I wanted to share a couple of quick thoughts with our lovely brides.
I recently photographed a wedding, where there were SO MANY people standing in the aisle taking photos (with iphones, point & shoots, and DSLRs with flashes) that not only did it make it VERY hard for me to get my shot (picture me on my tippy toes desperately praying that another uncle doesn’t stand in front of me, because then I would be totally blocked!)….but even more importantly, the Groom & bride never got to see each other as she walked up the aisle on her father’s arm. They were robbed of that moment. They mentioned to me later, how disappointing and annoying it was that SO many people were in the aisle. The bride had felt that her moment was robbed. If you think about it logically, what on earth are those people going to do with that “shot” anyways. They aren’t going to print it large on canvas and hang it in the living room! They are going to put it on facebook & that is about it. Meanwhile, they have stolen a moment from the bride that us women dream about & potentially ruined my shot with either a)standing in my way/crowding the way or b)having their huge flash throw off my set exposure at a very important second.
After seeing this bride’s special moment turn into a paparazzi event, I strongly encourage you to have your minister, justice of peace, etc to ask guests to only take photos from their seats & to please turn off their flashes. I did a blog post about this subject HERE & I encourage you to read that.
And now, a fun tip!
There is far things as romantic as a first dance. There are few things as horrible as guests still sitting at the table or standing at the bar, talking amongst themselves while you dance around. A fabulous idea that I have seen is ask your M.C to get everyone to make a large circle on the dance floor, and then the bride & groom dances in the middle. It makes for amazing photos (think–the two of you gazing lovingly at each other, while your guests in the background are smiling at how cute you are). Want to make it even more magical? Hand sparklers & lighters out to your guests right before the first dance. This is so beyond romantic!!! It creates a moment that you usually only see in movies!
That is all for now,
Happy wedding planning my lovelies!