It was an amazing Italian-Russian-Texan-Minnesotan-Orthodox-Nerd wedding! It was so fun to be a part of the day with Giulia & Chris, they are such a unique and fun couple. They are obviously perfect for each other, it was so fun to hear stories from their childhood and their relationship. I am so excited to see where life brings this amazing couple! :D
Today is the wedding day for one of my long-time friends and roommate Giulia! It was so fun to be a part of the unfolding story of her relationship with Chris. It was full of Skype calls across states, quirky inside jokes and so many smiles.
I'm so excited to be a part of this day, it's just one day of the journey, but I am sure it's gonna be a day to remember!
This video was posted on The Knot yesterday and although I have never had an experience quite this terrifying, I have dealt with a some difficult officiants, wedding coordinators and churches. I've found a couple of simple steps can help avoid these wedding day mishaps.
1. Find Out The Photography Policy of the Church
Many churches have established photography policies, it's important for you (and your photographer) to know and understand these policies. When choosing a wedding venue, ask if they have specific wedding photography policies.
Many common photography policies include things like:
Photographs in the sanctuary must be finished one hour before the ceremony begins
Photographers must refrain from using the flash during the ceremony, except during the processional and recessional
Photographers must stay two rows behind the last seated guest
It's a great idea to sit down with your photographer and talk through the policy, some of the guidelines may interfere with the shooting style of your photographer, it's important to understand these things before your wedding day! These policies can also effect your wedding day schedule, so make sure to keep that in mind as well!
2. Add Photography to the List of Things to Ask Your Officiant
Understanding your officiant's style is key to the tone of your wedding day—check out this great list of 10 Questions to Ask Your Officiant. In addition to these questions, it's a great idea to ask about your officiant's photography policies as well. Some officiants are very flexible and are not bothered by the photographers, other officiants want to preserve the significance of the wedding ceremony and avoid distractions such as flashes and moving photographers.
3. Communicate Your Preferences with Your Photographer
It's important for your photographer to know what your photography preferences are as well.
If you would like your ceremony photos to have a more intimate and close feel, your photographer will need to be very close to the front of the sanctuary, this usually means sitting among your wedding guests, while this creates beautiful photos, it can also be somewhat distracting to your guests to have the clicking of the camera in their ears.
As a photographer, I strive to always be professional and respectful of the bride and groom, the guests of the wedding and the officiant. A wedding day is definitely not about me as a photographer—it is my job to help make your day be as beautiful as it can be! Having a clear idea of the photography policy of your venue and the preferences of the officiant and most importantly you as the couple can help you avoid a wedding day mishap like the couple from this video!
It's so much fun for me to be a part of the weddings of my best friends. I have known this couple for six years and I was there as their relationship was budding! They had a fun June wedding! Check out the pictures below!