The Ceremony

Here it is! The moment everyone has been waiting for! The music is playing and the guests have been seated. Ushers make their way to the back of the venue, and the coordinator is lining up the bridesmaids while giving the musicians a two minute warning. The bride is about to walk down the aisle to the love of her life….. and if she’s like most girls, she’s dreamed about this moment for a long time! Vows will be shared and promises will be made… this is what it’s all about!! In a world full of wedding blogs, Pinterest and bridal magazines, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and consumed by the “prettiness” of the event. While details do matter and planning is necessary, it’s important to never lose sight of the real purpose of this amazing day.

Your Photography

As everyone is coming down the aisle Savannah will be crouched beside the mother of the bride. This way when everyone stands up as the bride enters, she'll be able to photograph the bride walking towards the alter as well as the groom's reaction. As soon as the bride nears, she will sneak off the side to get out of the way. If your venue has restrictions that prevent this or you don't want us to do this, please let us know, but be aware we may not be able to get the shots we normally do.

Throughout your ceremony we will be moving around to get different angles but we will be as quiet and discreet  as possible as to not cause any distractions. In order to capture family and guest reactions during the ceremony, we will move near the front. If possible, please ensure there is room around the sides of the chairs / pews for us to move freely around the outside.

Program & Details

The best advice we have for the program-ordering process is to remember that not every guest needs a program! Usually each family will take one and share it with their partner. If you print one for each guest, you will be left with a lot of programs. Programs and the ceremony decor are things that the bride can plan in advance but then delegate the actual job of setting it up to a friend or coordinator. The last thing a bride needs to be doing the morning of her wedding is running around setting up floral arrangements!

Order of Service

We have seen so many couples do so many amazing things during their ceremony. For example, one couple had a Persian sugar ceremony where the women are called up to hold a cloth of unity over the couples head. They then rub together large cones of sugar to sprinkle over the couple, so that every interaction with the couple will be blessed with sweetness. Some couples share in communion, while some light a unity candle. We’ve seen sand ceremonies, rope ceremonies and the signing of the family Bible. The options are limitless! As you plan your ceremony, make sure you design it to be exactly what the two of you envision it to be. This is your day! When you have the freedom to be creative, then by all means, be creative!

Lighting

Ceremony lighting is really important. If you get married outdoors at 12:00 pm, the lighting will be extremely harsh and not only will there be harsh lines of light on your faces, you will also be squinting. I suggest planning an outdoor ceremony 2 hours before sunset. If you're having a first look, you may be able to push this a little as we won't need time after for the family formals- but we will need time for your portraits. The lower the sun, the more romantic the lighting. If you are having an indoor ceremony, it is always best to have EVEN lighting at the altar. If there are two spotlights on the bride and groom, we will not be able to expose the rest of the bridal party. It is better to have soft, even light across the whole altar. Please don’t use any strong colored lighting.

The Exit

Before walking down the isle many couples like to do a fun celebratory shot, like throwing your hands in the air or showing off the ring and pointing to it. When you’re halfway down the isle, go ahead and kiss and then pose for one photo. If you want to get real wild you can try a dip in the middle of the isle with all the guests cheering around you!