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Tips for Planning your Pre-Ceremony Photos

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Tips for Planning your Pre-Ceremony Photos

Photo by Smith House Weddings

Photo by Smith House Weddings

Over the years, and through building timelines with many photographers, I’ve picked up a couple of tips to consider when planning your pre-ceremony photo timeline.

You’ve seen these photos, whether or not you realized that careful planning went into capturing them. The beautiful display of your invitation suite, with your flowers and jewelry perfectly placed between. The image of the gorgeous bride, buckling her shoe, with the sun beaming in through the window behind her. Her and her bridesmaids laughing, while holding a champagne flute. The exchange of your letter to your groom, holding his hand from behind a door, as you prepare for your first look.

These don’t happen by accident, but these photos are some of your most cherished after the wedding day is over and you’re basking in your post-honeymoon glow! So, to make the most of your morning, and the hours before you walk down the aisle, consider the following tips!

Photo by Sasha Boheme

Photo by Sasha Boheme

1.     Getting Ready Location- The Garden Grove has no angle or spot on the property that wasn’t perfectly designed to be a backdrop at any given moment. Take advantage of this and ensure your bridesmaids get dressed in a separate room than where you will get dressed, or where you will get your hair and makeup done. Why? To reduce the amount of clutter, (bags, shoes, dress hangars) in the background of your photos. As soon as your photographer arrives on site, you want to take advantage of every second possible; not spend time cleaning the room while they wait!

2.     Lighting and Sunset Time- If you’re getting married in the winter months, you have a very strict schedule to adhere to… the sun’s. If you want to ensure you get outdoor photos with prime lighting, set your ceremony earlier. Also, consider having a First Look, so you can get family and wedding party photos done prior to the ceremony. This enables you to have additional bride and groom photos after the ceremony, or a private dinner for just you two!

3.     Photography Shot List- Sit down with your Planner and Photographer to review your photography timeline together. This will best prepare you and your family for when you will be doing formal portraits. If we’re able to plan for a first look, family and siblings will need to be dressed and ready prior to the ceremony to be a part of these photos. If we’re going with a more traditional timeline, let’s ensure those family members who will be in photos, know to stick around after the ceremony.

Photo by Kasey Lynn Photo

Photo by Kasey Lynn Photo

Bridal Portraits in the Woodlands | Houston Wedding Planner

Open communication and careful planning with your wedding planner and photographer will ensure you make the most out of your wedding day in regard to photos. These are the images you’ll have framed on your desk or displayed throughout your home, and you want them to perfectly capture your hard work you put into planning everything!

Want to get coffee and chat about your wedding timeline? Let us know!

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Katie + Mike | Married at the Woodlands Resort

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Katie + Mike | Married at the Woodlands Resort

Woodlands Grace Presbyterian Wedding | Houston Wedding Planners

When I first got to speak with Katie and her mother for our phone consultation, I could immediately tell that both were organized, sincere and truly wanted to plan a wedding where both families could enjoy their time together, as they were coming from different parts of the country to celebrate!

The couple chose a classic wedding ceremony at Grace Presbyterian in the Woodlands, followed by a relaxed reception full of surprises and touches of understated elegance. The ballroom at the Woodlands Convention Center and Resort was the perfect backdrop, with wrap around porches, modern chandeliers and the top notch service you'd expect!

We teamed up with EB Inc for tabletop linens, and The Blooming Idea for floral goodness- focusing on greenery, and whimsical pieces with minimal blooms. To delight the guests, Katie and Mike had a Cigar bar on the patio as well as togo boxes for the styled dessert station full of mini pies, brownies and macarons! 

Ending with a bubble exit, the couple left sweet memories in the hearts of everyone who attended! I so enjoyed working with them both, Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Wagner!!

Creative Team:

Planners: Plan Our Day Houston

Photographer: Smith House Photo

Venue: Grace Presbyterian and The Woodlands Resort

Flowers: The Blooming Idea

Linens: EB Inc.

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