Some advice for your best photos ever as you prepare for your dream wedding!

We've had the honor of capturing wedding days for 6 years now, and here are some of the most common questions we get from couples about their wedding day! Here for your help as you plan out your wedding day, top 7 question and answers about your photography!
What do you think makes the perfect wedding day photograph?
 - The best photographs are the ones where you are relaxed and genuinely enjoying their day together. The real laughs, the joking around and being natural with each other is the best and makes for the absolute best wedding day photographs.
First look or traditional aisle viewing?
That is such a hard one! I personally went the traditional route and waited until the aisle for my hubby to see me and I loved it! It was so special to me to have that big moment. However I do wish we would have had more portraits from our day together as the weather changed and we were freezing by the time our bride and groom portrait time came. I love love love the first look as it not only gives more time together at a totally different part of the day, but it is also such a personal and sweet moment between the bride and groom that I wish I would have had! Since I've seen and done both, I really don't have a preference and feel like its a personal choice for the couple and I support either way! If a couple doesn't decide to do a first look, I always recommend including a little more time before the wedding for photos with just the bride with her family and girls, and just the groom with his guys and family so that it saves time post wedding! : )
What makes a great wedding day?
Obviously a ton goes into a great day but here are a few things some people might overlook. 
1. A  great bridal party - people that keep you calm, make you laugh and start the dancing at the reception!  Never underestimate the power of a funny bridesmaid to keep the day light and FUN!! 
2. Receptions where the action moves along in a great flow. For example, buffets tend to slow up the evening and having every person in your family give a speech seems sweet, but can often drag out. Receiving lines are like totally a no no and such a thing of the past. Keep things fun and moving, people want to dance, drink and socialize, plus you want a chance to go around and see people that came to your wedding so give yourself time to have fun by keeping the events moving!
3. Incorporating "You" into your wedding. Guests and family LOVE when they get to know you as a couple during your day. Either through a pre-recorded video of you guys retelling your engagement story while they wait for the wedding to start, or personalized vows that tell your love story, or a cookie bar because you both just LOVE cookies. People dig things that are different and fun to you. 
4. Not having to rush. Seriously. Make sure you give yourself time and trust your planner/organizer when they build in some cushion time during your day. Not every line item will go as planned and its SO nice to have that breathing space and not feel rushed on what is supposed to be a fun day!
What would you say to a bride or groom who think they are not photogenic?
 I have had everything, from blinkers, to stiff Stanley's to " I HATE THE CAMERA"... and yet if you look through my blog you could never pick out who those people are. Photos aren't about being photogenic, its about being comfortable and being yourself. Make sure you hire a photographer that makes you feel YOU and comfortable from the get go, even at your first meeting and over the phone! If you don't connect, that's okay, but your photog is a key person on your big day that you want to have good reporte with! And that's it, the good photos will come!
Give one piece of advice to couples planning their wedding. 
Hire a planner. Unless this is your second marriage, then this is the first time you are probably ever planning a major event complete with a ceremony, processional, dinner, cocktail hour, clothing for yourself and your bridal party, venue, music, and 1000 other decisions that can get very overwhelming! Wedding planners are not only organized and can help you stress less about your day, but can also SAVE you money! Believe it or not they know tons of vendors and can actually find you the best deal for your budget as they know best prices, seasonal best picks and have hook ups with local companies! DO IT! Lots of planners do everythign from just day- of organizing, to complete planning of your day down to the napkin holder. I have recommendations for any brides looking to get help with their planning!
Why do you need a second shooter?
Two reasons; safety and candids. 
Safety: if anything goes wrong there is always a second person there to make sure everything is captured. 
Candids - So much is always happening right behind me as I take photos; sometimes its those candids that help tell your story best. Plus the obvious moments like when you walk down the aisle but we have to get his reaction of course! 
What’s your favorite moment to capture?
- My personal favorite moment to capture on a wedding day actually the one that they never knew I took. The one where a candid moment is happening, maybe laughing with a close friend at the reception, or a sweet moment with their mom while they are getting ready. I love going back through a bride and grooms day as I'm editing and think " oh they are going to love this one because they won't remember it even happened!!!". That is the best. I love when brides come back and tell me their favorite photo that they didn't know we took.

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