Dan Cartwright Photography specialises in capturing memories full of warmth and heart. Based on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. Covering Australia wide.
So you’ve started planning your southern highlands wedding, awesome because these wedding tips should get your started! It’s a super exciting time for you guys and it’s in my best interest to help you guys out as much as possible!
I want to try and give you a stress-free wedding with some amazing photographs. By all means if you have any questions along the way, please don’t be scared to get in touch with me.
Table of contents
Morning preparations and attire
When you make your final preparations, consider the physical distance between where you are both getting ready in the mornigng. The closer you are to each other the less time it takes for me to travel between these locations, thus giving you more of my time to use for the rest of the day.
Make sure to have the rooms relatively tidy when I arrive, it’ll make your photos look better.
LIGHT: Another important factor is window light. Be sure to get ready in a place lit only by window light. Artificial light, such as down-lights create nasty shadows over your face as well providing an unnatural colour to your skin. Also make-up artists will love you 🙂
WEDDING DRESSES: You can see that most of my photos are free flowing with a fair bit of movement and most of the times we are jumping or ducking under fences to get some nice shots in big fields at sunset. Imagine having a really big and wide dress, or long train, it’ll make it really hard to for you to move around. One thing I do hear bride’s say a lot is that they wish they had an easier/comfortable dress to walk around in.
UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS: I know it may sound really crazy, but please consider for a moment an “unplugged” wedding. Tell all of your guests to turn off their phones, put away their cameras and iPads and then let me “the paid professional” that you hired for the day take all the photographs.
Unfortunately for me, sometimes guests believe they are designated photographers for the day. The result, they will be in all the wrong places at all the wrong time repeatedly keeping me from doing my job. Having your guests darting around to take photos, videos, popping up into my frame for constant phone snaps inhibits me and prevents them from enjoying the moment as well.
START TIME: I would like to also recommend setting your ceremony start time as late as possible to steer clear from the midday sun, especially in the summer months. Not only will guests be more comfortable but you guys too! The bonus is much better pictures. I have examples times later on in this document.
Family Photos: I normally do family photos right after the ceremony as everyone is there. A good idea is to have a think about who you will have for family photos, or even have a list (if you’re a list kinda person). This part of the day can take a bit of time rounding people up in an un-orderly fashion as some tend to disappear after the ceremony, which can chew up your location photos time. It’s a good idea to have one of your friends and/or family memeber(s) to help co-ordinate this with you on the day. That way if they are ordered we can get them done as quickly and neatly as possible.
I am not here to make your day look unnatural. My mission is to capture the joy of an event you will cherish for years to come in a way that is completely natural, authentic and sometimes even a bit raw. The best advice I can give is to be you and forget about me.
SUNNY DAYS: I always like to photograph around sunset as it produces the best light, rather than being hot and harsh during the day. Depending on the time of year when the sun sets at a later time and if you guys are willing, I’d love to take you both out to catch the last bit of light for the day. Most of my couples love this time as they can get a breather and some lone time to absorb everything that’s happened during the day.
RAINY DAYS: Embrace it because one thing you can’t control on the day and thats the weather! Just think to yourself that you are going to be with all of your amazing family and friends drinking and eating like kings and queens. I can take great images in crazy weather too.
Here’s a link to some rainy day tips.
SMOKE BOMBS: I like them 🙂 It also creates a pretty cool backdrop.
1PM to 1:30PM | GROOM PREP
12:30PM to 1:00PM | GROOM PREP
1:45PM to 3:15PM | BRIDE PREP
1:15PM to 2:45PM | BRIDE PREP
3:40PM to 4PM | DAN TO CAPTURE CEREMONY DETAILS
3:10PM to 3:30PM | DAN TO CAPTURE CEREMONY DETAILS
4PM to 4:30PM | CIVIL CEREMONY
3:30PM to 4:00PM | CIVIL CEREMONY
4:30PM to 4:45 PM | CONGRATULATIONS FROM GUESTS
4:00PM to 4:15 PM | CONGRATULATIONS FROM GUESTS
4:45PM to 5PM | IMMEDIATE FAMILY PHOTOS
4:15PM to 4:30PM | IMMEDIATE FAMILY PHOTOS
5PM to 6PM | BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS
4:30PM to 5:30PM | BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS/SUNSET
6:30PM | RECEPTION
6:00PM | RECEPTION
7:30PM to 8PM SUNSET PHOTOS (if sunset at 7:45pm)
I know this is a lot to take on, but after shooting hundreds of weddings I have learned a thing or two about planning a Bowral and Southern Highlands wedding. I want you to be absolutely thrilled when you get your final images and my fond hope is that this guide will greatly aid the both of us in getting truly outstanding results!
Recommended southern highlands wedding suppliers
Makeup by Megan – Megan has a 20% discount for any of my brides. Just contact her and let her know that you booked me to received the offer 🙂
GREAT PLACES TO GET READY