Award Winning, Asheville, NC based Destination Wedding Photographer reveals top 10 Wedding Moments that you definitely do not want your photographer to miss:
One could argue that every moment is an important moment that you don’t want your photographer to miss but there are a handful of really distinct, meaningful and powerful moments, that are like TOP of the TOP on that list of moments that you’ll regret not preserving for eternity!
When I shoot a Wedding Day, I’m shooting to tell your story, completely and authentically. I want to tell that story in its entirety so that the details aren’t lost or forgotten with time. I’m thinking about the Wedding Album that you’ll look at on every anniversary from now until forever and that your children will one day love looking through and will cherish long after you’re gone from this earth…
On that note, girlfriend, please tell me that you’re not investing this much money on wedding photography only to download your files and keep them on the computer forever or just print a couple to frame!? A Wedding Album is the very best, timeless way to preserve this milestone moment in your family’s living history beautifully and completely. I work with an amazing professional print lab who’s albums are handmade and they make the most luxurious wedding albums with thick, metallic, beautiful pages, they’re heavy and substantial and come with an album box for safe keeping! You’ve seriously gotta see one of these babies to truly get it, I’m happy to show you one! All ya gotta do is set up a consultation with me! You can do that here:
#10. The Send Off / Last Kiss
#9. The Party
#8. Newlywed Portraits
#7. Ceremony Exit
#6. Kiss the Bride
#5. The Laughs…and the Tears.
A Wedding Day can be a real roller coaster ride of emotion from start to finish. It’s arguably the biggest, most meaningful day of your life. You’ve spent months planning and preparing for it and inevitably, there’s a lot of emotion wrapped up in this day. In my professional opinion, the importance of hiring a photographer who has the skill and ability to tell your story completely and authentically cannot be understated. Wedding Photography is not just about perfectly posed, pretty pictures where everyone is smiling and looking directly at the camera. Of course we all love those but there’s a real art to capturing beautifully authentic, real moments. You want a photographer who can to tell your whole story including the less than perfect moments, the messy moments, the moments when you think no one is watching — in a disarmingly beautiful way. Those moments are arguably more meaningful and powerful in visual storytelling.
#4. The Crew
These are your people. They’ve probably watched, supported and cheered from the sidelines as your relationship has blossomed. They’ve been rooting for you, for this moment and for your happily ever after, for a long time. When you told them that you were Engaged and asked them to be part of your Wedding, they chose to give you their time, their money and likely their vacation time to walk beside you, again, during this special season & for the very best moment of your life, thus far! You want these photos to say something about them, about you, and about what their friendship means to you. Its about more than just a pretty picture. These are the images you’ll look back on with incredible fondness when you’re 70. These are the images that you’ll send to your dear friend with a handwritten note, to remind them of this incredible day and how much they still mean to you, long after the memories of this day have faded by a lifetime of living…
#3. The Littlest Ones
#2. The Details
You have spent months (if not a year or more) planning, preparing and obsessing over every tiny detail of this day including the invitations, wardrobe, shoes, jewelry, perfume, rings, floral, cake, desserts, presentation, decor, centerpieces and table design…These are the details that will flush out your wedding album and help to re-tell this story for you so that you can remember the details which will surely fade with time! I shoot details (because it’s fun) but also because I want you to remember how those flowers smelled, how that cake tasted, what your invitations looked like, those awesome shoes that you wore, the way the perfume you were wearing that night smelled, the season, what the temperature was like that day, the favors you sent home with your guests and the clever little details that made this day uniquely (you guys)! Photographing the details is how we do it. It may not seem all that important, but it is. I agree 1000% that you don’t need 100 detail shots but you definitely DO need a handful of really great ones! Make time for it, when you’re 60, you’ll be glad you did! 😉
#1. Intimate Moments with your Parents + Grandparents
Here’s the thing: you don’t know this… until you know this.
Our parents and if you’re lucky enough to still have grandparents living when you get married, these special people will not be around forever.
This. This is what’s truly important. This is what’s priceless and what you will hold onto and will treasure someday.
Sure, maybe you’ll like the picture of your mom helping you get dressed on your wedding day when I return your gallery but I am 1000% certain that in 30 years or so, you’ll treasure that image of your young, healthy, vibrant mama helping you get dressed for your wedding, looking at you adoringly, holding you lovingly, in only the way that your mama can.
I know this because I’ll never get that moment with my mama. After loosing both of my parents suddenly two years ago, I became intimately aware that our parents won’t be around forever and I have to accept the fact that I’ll never get these wedding day moments with my parents or grandparents. As an artist, I channel that pain into my art. Because of my life experience, I take extra care to be sure that I capture these moments for you. Because I know how much (I) would treasure them and I want to give that to you!
because ten sounded better than 12 but there’s actually a couple more really important moments! 😉
The First Look:
Some of you have been dreaming about this moment for your entire lives (or at least, for a very long time). The moment when your beloved sees you in your wedding attire for the first time. So much love in their eyes, maybe a few tears… It’s a big moment and one that you’ll definitely want to preserve for eternity! Regardless of whether choose a first look or meeting at the alter, I am certain that this image will help you to vividly remember the way that your partner looked at you on that very special day — forever.
A Bridal Moment:
Not only are these anticipatory images of you alone, waiting on your Wedding Day vital in helping to tell your wedding story, they’re also incredibly beautiful. Making time for a Bridal Moment is especially important if you’re not planning to shoot a Bridal Portrait Session ahead of your Wedding! You’ll want to be sure that you allow enough time pre-ceremony for your photographer to shoot these types of images for you!