Want the perfect wedding ceremony photos? Of course you do! However, this won’t happen without a little advance planning and knowledge, as well as plenty of communication with your wedding photographer. Couples often feel the most amount of stress and anticipation during their wedding ceremonies, and it often passes by in a blur. This makes it all the more important that you capture wedding ceremony photos that will beautifully capture these fleeting moments. We’re here to ensure that happens with these wedding ceremony photo ideas and tips:
Know Your Limitations
Getting married in a church, synagogue, or other house of worship? You should know that many have restrictions on wedding ceremony photography. For example, some cathedrals and churches don’t allow any flash photography. Others won’t allow photos to be taken at all, while still others will place restrictions on where the photographer can stand and at what points during the ceremony shots can be taken.
Have your heart set on a location but worried about the photography restrictions? Don’t worry. If your photographer knows in advance what’s allowed and what’s not, he or she can usually find a way to work within these limitations and still capture amazing wedding ceremony photos.
Mind the Aisle
As we mentioned, the ceremony can be a bit of an anxiety-inducing event, and not just for the bride and groom. Often, members of the wedding party become so worried about walking down the aisle slowly, keeping in time with the music and other members of the party, and avoiding (gasp!) stumbling, that they may forget that photos are actually taken during the processional. Fret not though. There are a few ways you can ensure your processional photos are just as beautiful as the event itself.
First, remind your attendants that to look not down at their feet but instead at the ceremony’s attendees as they walk down the aisle. If they’re nervous and don’t want to look about, they can simply train their eyes on the officiant at the end of the aisle. The same goes for the bride—try to relax and breathe as you walk slowly down the aisle. If you feel nervous, just look at ahead at your soon-to-be spouse, waiting for you at the end of the aisle.
Also, all female members of the wedding party (including the bride) should remember to hold their bouquets level with their navels. Otherwise, they risk holding them too high and covering their faces.
And, finally, remember to SMILE!
Enlist the Crowd
Be sure to let your wedding guests know your wishes regarding photography prior to the wedding. Depending on the lighting situation, setup, and location of your ceremony, your photographer may request that your guests refrain from using their phones or cameras during the ceremony, especially if a flash is required.
This not only ensures the lighting is exactly the way the photographer needs it to be, but also prevents your photos from being filled with raised arms and/or people standing to try to capture photos. You can assure your guests that you’ll be happy to share photos of the event with them after your big day.
Slow It Down!
Those in the processional, including the bride, should try to walk slowly and avoid rushing up the aisle at the start of the ceremony. This help us to ensure that your photographer has ample time to capture photos.
During the ceremony, take your time sliding the ring on your new spouse’s finger and performing other rituals. No need to go in slow-motion, but don’t rush it either.
The same goes for the big finish! Smooch your new spouse slowly, not only so your photographer can capture your kiss, but also because you need to fully enjoy this special moment!
Finally, once you’ve finished your big smooch, avoid the temptation to grab your spouse’s hand and hightail it for the door. Try to remember to turn slowly, smile at your guests, and make your way down the aisle slowly so you can relish your first moments as a married couple. (This is less important for your wedding party, they can feel free to walk back down the aisle a bit more quickly to make way for you and your new spouse.)
Time It Right
Talk to your photographer about the best time of day for your ceremony, if you can. An outdoor ceremony is generally best held about two to three hours prior to sunset. It allows for fewer shadows to be cast and offers the ideal soft lighting for photos. Having an indoor ceremony? You should still consult your photographer. He or she may have experience with the location, or can scope it out beforehand to determine when the natural light streaming in through the windows will make for the best wedding ceremony photographs.
Above all, try your best to relax and go with the flow! There are bound to be slipups or other components of the day that don’t go exactly as planned. Expect it and let it go when it happens, so that you can truly enjoy your day (it will show in the photos!)
By employing these wedding ceremony photo tips, your photographer will be in an ideal position to capture photos that will become cherished keepsakes for years to come. If you need a wedding photographer or simply want to learn more about our services, give Craig Collins Photography a call at 973-335-1505. We’ll be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.