Wedding Tips

So you’ve started planning your southern highlands wedding. Awesome, these wedding tips should get you started! It’s a super exciting time for you both and it’s in my best interest to help you 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.

Things to think of…


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

When you make your final preparations, consider the physical distance between where you are both getting ready in the morning. 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.

Please make sure to have the rooms relatively tidy when I arrive, it’ll make your photos look better.

ROOM LIGHTING

Another important factor is window light. Be sure to get ready in a place lit only by window light. Artificial light, such as downlights creates nasty shadows over your face and gives off an unnatural colour to your skin. Also, make-up artists will love you.

You can see that most of my photos are free-flowing with a fair bit of movement and most of the time 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 a long train, it’ll make it really hard for you to move around. One thing I do hear brides say a lot is that they wish they had an easier/more comfortable dress to walk around in.

UNPLUGGED CEREMONY

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 times repeatedly keeping me from doing my job. Having your guests darting around to take photos and 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 of 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 example times in this document.

* Please allow at least an hour for portraits after.

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.

As for time allocation, please allow at least one hour.

SUNSET

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 alone time to absorb everything that’s happened during the day.

Embrace it because one thing you can’t control on the day and that’s 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.

It’s really important to just be you. Enjoy your day as it goes by in a flash. Think of the amazing moments you’re going to have and don’t worry about the little things. You have an amazing team around you and it’s gong to be perfect!

LIKE CLOCKWORK


Wedding Timeline

A well-crafted wedding timeline is the backbone of a seamless and stress-free wedding day. It serves as the guiding thread that ensures all elements of your wedding harmonise effortlessly. One of its crucial roles is keeping all the vendors synchronised. From the florist to the photographer, the caterer to the DJ, every vendor relies on this timeline to coordinate their efforts effectively. With everyone on the same page, the day unfolds like a well-choreographed dance, allowing each vendor to showcase their talents and contribute to the overall success of the event.

Furthermore, a thoughtfully constructed wedding timeline is the key to a stress-free day for the couple and their families. It alleviates the burden of constantly checking the clock, worrying about when and where each part of the day should happen. Instead, the timeline serves as a trusted roadmap, allowing you to focus on what truly matters – your love and the celebration of your commitment.

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