by Jasen Arias of Studio Moirae
(photos by Studio Moirae)
We all know that wedding trends are moving targets, and the photos are no exception. Brides are no longer content with the traditional images with her family and new husband. Wedding photography trends are on the move and starting to include requests for more of an edge and focus on fashion. Images can often take more time out of your special day. Unfortunately there are still only 24 hours in that day and there is still nothing that can be done about what time the sun sets. So let’s look at how your day might potential play out.
8:00 A.M.: Your wedding day starts out bright and early. The ceremony is at 5pm so you can catch the 6pm sunset in your photos. Since the reception starts at 7pm, you have more than enough time to celebrate with the 150 of your closest family and friends. Everything is timed perfectly with room to spare. You have checked with all of your vendors, your friends and family are all accounted for, this is going to be a perfect day.
9:30 A.M.: Friends and family start showing up to start the excitement of your day. Before you know it, you have had breakfast and you are on your way to an 11am hair and make-up appointment. Your photographer shows up at noon to catch all the excitement as you transform from bed-head to stunning bride in just a few short hours. It’s in that moment you hug your mom, your best friend and realize that in roughly 2 hours you will be walking down the aisle to start a new journey in your life. Now is the time to get in your dress. The photographer catches every angle, every moment, every emotion.
3:30 P.M.: You and your fiancé decided beforehand that you wanted to do a first look with the photographer. You are anxiously sitting, dreaming and tapping while you wait for your photographer to tell you it’s time. As you walk around the corner, you can see the future standing in front of you. His hands clasped together, giant smile on his face and the hint of a tear in his eye. It was a perfect moment and you have the perfect photos to remember it by.
4:00 P.M.: You have to be done by 4:30 to get ready for the ceremony so you sneak in a few formal portraits with your bridesmaids and groomsmen. The ceremony goes off without a hitch. A few tears, a few laughs and a load of moments to remember. You are running 10 minutes late, but what wedding doesn’t run a little late at some point. After all, you can’t rush Grandma.
5:50 P.M. : You walk back down the aisle. Trying to avoid your guests so you can catch the 6:07pm sunset, crazy Uncle Frank grabs your hand to give you a hug and tell you a short story about his wedding. You look at the sun and check in with your photographer who tells you that you still have 15-20 min after the sun goes down to get the sunset photos. You still have to get family photos and a full bridal party portrait. You remember telling both sides of the family to be available for photos directly after the ceremony, so no problem. As you gather the group, you see good ole Uncle Frank grabbing refreshments for everyone at the bar. You can tell his hands are full so you send your brother to help him. On your brothers way back he gets stopped by his best friend who steals a couple drinks out of his hands. You’re kinda starting to freak out, but then tell yourself…”relax, it will all work out”.
6:25 P.M.: You are wrapping up those family photos. No time for that awesome bridal party shot you wanted. You now only have 7 minutes of orange tones left on the horizon, so you and the photographers rush to a perfect spot where you can see the sky. Just as the color fades from the horizon you get one nice pose and a couple clicks. Not quite what you wanted and you start to worry about the photos you missed. What is your album going to look like without those images. Is there that iconic image you will want enlarged. What about the artistic shots of just you and your husband. Oh no! Dang that Uncle Frank, my Brothers best friend AND Grandma! This is their fault! If we only had another 20 minutes, this would have been perfect! Then you look over at the photographer with different type of tears in your eyes. That is when they tell you not to worry and remind you that you booked a “Day After” shoot. Once you remember that, you exhale with a huge sigh of relief. Your red eyes look happy again, and you realize you can get all of those images you wanted. . . . .and more.
6:45 P.M.: The planner approaches to tell you that you have 10 minutes till the DJ announces the bridal party. The excitement returns to your evening as you think about getting some food, refreshments and dance moves. No worrying about photos. . . .now you only hope that those new shoes don’t give you blisters before the night is over. Cuz you are rockin those glittery kicks and they are NOT coming off.
All too often brides are forced to decide between having a sunset ceremony or sunset photos. Most of the time couples cross their fingers and try to time it to allow for both. This not only rushes and adds stress, but can also leave them disappointed with photos or moments they didn’t get. Definitely not the way anyone should feel at any point during their wedding day and especially not after walking down the aisle. That’s why we are starting to see couples opting for a “Day After” shoot. Allowing you not only to wear that fabulous dress and glittery kicks again, but it’s a perfect opportunity to take as much time as you need to get all of those incredible bridal portraits you dreamed of. No stress, no time constraints and no Uncle Frank. You have so many more options as well. Do you take additional photos at the same venue or if you had another special location. This is the perfect way to add an additional set of images to that incredible wedding collection that you always dreamed of and will now always have.