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THE EGP WEDDING GUIDE

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Hey friends!
Let’s get down to business! Not official “hear ye hear ye” business...
but fun and creative wedding planning BIZ-ness.

 
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01. GETTING READY 

  • Make sure the getting ready space has plenty of window light
    (don’t forget about your partner’s getting ready space as well!)

  • Consider an AirBnB. They usually have more natural light and character than hotels do.
    Check out my AirBnB code to get a discount!

  • Clean up before I arrive. Clutter like water bottles, suit cases, and trash laying around will be eyesores in your photos.

  • Travel time is included in my working time.
    Make sure your getting ready location isn’t more than 20/30 minutes away.

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02. THE FIRST LOOK

A ‘First Look’ is when you and your partner get to see each other all dolled up before the ceremony.
It’s a private moment that I quietly ‘third wheel’ for pictures.

  • You’ll be able to get your family & wedding party photos done before the ceremony as well!

  • A ‘First Look’ can help you relax before the ceremony. Plus you get to tell each other how FINE you look!

  • If you’ve always wanted to see each other for the first time at the aisle, that’s totes ok! We’ll take all of your posed & group photos at cocktail hour (just after your ceremony). Make sure we still have sun during cocktail hour.

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03. WEDDING PARTY & FAMILY PHOTOS

  • I suggest group photos before the ceremony -Everyone is freshly done-up & ready to go
    (plus no one will miss cocktail hour).                   

  • For wedding party photos, I’ll take a group photo of both sides, a photo of your group + individually with each friend, and a photo of your partner’s group + individually with each friend.

  • Standard family photos usually include immediate family only. If you have cousins, aunts, or college buddies that you’d like to include, I ask that you be wary of timing (each combination could take up to 4 minutes to place, organize and photograph. Extra groups can also be done at cocktail hour / reception. Here’s an example of a typical family shot-list.

    You & your fiancé with both sets of families

    You & your fiancé with your parents and siblings

    You & your fiancé with your parents

    You & your fiancé with your siblings

    You & your fiancé with your partner’s parents and siblings

    You & your fiancé with your partner’s parents

    You & your fiancé with  your partner’s sibling

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04. YOUR CEREMONY

  • Consider an ‘Unplugged Ceremony.’ This means, no cell phones or cameras (except me, duh) during your ceremony. It gets electronics out of your photos and makes everyone stay present.

  • For your ceremony lighting, SAY NO to harsh light & weird shadows on your face.
    ‘Backlight’ where you are standing for your ceremony (place the sun shining on your officiant’s back).

  • Consider doing a fun ceremony exit with confetti or flowers! It makes for super lovely photos, and then I don’t have have to organize tipsy guests for a fire-frenzy ‘sparkler exit’ at the end of the night. Hooray!

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05. YOUR COUPLE PHOTOS

  • I’d love to get some couple photos at your first look, just after the ceremony, and during the sunset. If we don’t have enough room in your timeline to do all three, we’ll take at least 30 minutes at sunset of just you two alone (and me, your third wheel, of course).

  • Sunset is the most crucial time for couple photos because it’s ‘the golden hour’, aka that good-good light. If we have a rainy day, no worries, we’ll still get some drama for the photos.

  • BE PRESENT! I can’t say this enough. It’s super important that you guys get a moment to take the day in together (most of my couples are so thankful for their time to breathe during sunset photos).

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06. COCKTAIL HOUR & RECEPTION

  • Cocktail hour is awesome for getting more group photos in; College buddies, cousins, work friends etc. Just give me a general list and I’ll do our best to make it happen.

  • Lighting = ambiance. I recommend romantic string lights, and candles all over the place.
    Plus they just photograph so dang beautifully!

  • Say NO to DJ lights!! Especially for speeches & first dances. DJ lights make the weirdest color spots in photos that are super hard to edit out.

  • Sparkler exits- Don’t wait until the very end of the night to round up 100+ tipsy people to play with fire (you won’t want me for 3+ hours of dancing anyhow). If you have your heart set on a sparkler exit, I’m happy to organize your wedding party for some sparkler photos about 20 minutes before I depart.

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 07. YOUR RAIN PLAN

  • First things first, embrace it! You’ve hired me because you like how crazy I am, and I will stomp around in the rain to get epic photos.
    If it's a hurricane we’ll make the best of staying dry, but if it's just a drizzle, I’ll most likely take you outside.

  • Some of my most romantic ceremony shots were in the rain. Prepare your guests to bring umbrellas if it’s just a light drizzle, and hold a clear umbrella for you and your fiancé to stand under as you get married. It’s beautiful I promise!

  • Clear tents & umbrellas are the best for photos! A white top tent will do as well, just make sure that your rain cover has plenty of natural light, string lights, candles etc.

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THE END

HIGH FIVE YOURSELF FOR READING ALL THAT.

Reach out if you have any questions at all! I’m here to help.
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