The day of your wedding is one of the most important days of your lives. We are there to capture the most cherished moments and to be a part of your day, it takes a bit of planning and stress leading up the final day.
Here are just a few tips on what would help me prepare for your day:
1. A casual first meeting over coffee/tea/brews with the future bride and groom. Let's get to know each other. First meetings are a casual and fun way for us to see if the shoe fits. Let's get to know one another on a personal level rather than just vendor to client. Or else I'll just bore you with my knowledge, background, network, and career in this field. This is your time to shine, your wedding day, and let's focus on you, united, as one.
Casual first meetings are a great way for us to get to know one another and to truly see if we're a great fit for one another.
Coffee addicts? Same! Let's hit up a Starbucks and or a local cafe and enjoy anything with coconut or green tea. Into local brews? Love them! Let's grab a cold one from the craft brewery! Bea McNally's in Hackettstown offers some great salads and local brews or Mama's Pizza Cafe Baci has decadent Italian dishes and incredible wines! Wanderlust? Let's try a something new together!
So, if we don't vibe, then clearly the shoe doesn't fit, no pressure, no strings attached. If you love me after our first meeting, then let's chat about the details at a follow-up meeting!
2. Communication with the event coordinator for the final wedding timeline. The wedding timeline is a carefully constructed itinerary of your day. If you are having a bridal session or first look, it is essential that myself and the event coordinator can plan out what times these events will take place during your special day. The timeline has strong details to concerning deliveries and ceremony start/end times. With this list, it is essential for myself and my team to construct our shot lists around this time line. We work one on one with your coordinator and place our timelines together so that your day will run as smooth as possible. Here, comes planning and we would love to take the stress off of you and work directly with your planner.
3. Please provide us with a list of immediate relatives, friends, and family to be photographed during cocktail hour. If we are photographing formals of immediate family, bridesmaids, and groomsmen, please provide us with a list of all immediate relatives and those to be photographed.
4. Unplugged Weddings. We ask for all clients to think about hosting an unplugged wedding and/or ceremony and for all guests to refrain from using flash photography. The unplugged ceremony allows for your guests to have a tech. free evening and to be fully immersed in your investment, in your evening as one, and in celebrating of you and your future S.O. together. In addition, the unplugged evening allows for no interruptions and photography solely by trained professionals giving your #instafamous friends a break and allows them to immerse themselves in your evening and have a blast. Give it a thought.
5. Preservation of Your Photographs. Your wedding photographs deserve more than to just live on a hard drive or in an online proofing gallery. Photographs truly do not breathe until they are printed, hung on the walls of your home, and reminisced upon due to their presence. Photographs deserve to be cherished for a lifetime. Remember to print, share with your loved ones, and to care for your heirlooms.
Questions, comments? Drop me a line in the comments section!
Interested in learning more about Michelle Behre Photography? Contact us to schedule your first meeting.