I was shooting the “formal” group portraits at a wedding on Saturday and as is pretty typical, it proved difficult for many reasons. After the ceremony, people are usually hungry, ready for a beverage, socializing with friends and family they haven’t seen in a while, etc., etc. So when you are trying to wrangle parents, siblings, in-laws, grandparents, nieces, nephews, and everyone else you might want photos of, it can get a bit chaotic and frustrating for everyone involved (except me, of course, because I can handle A LOT!)
The groom’s mother turned to me and said, “You know, we should have gotten these family shots done last night at the rehearsal dinner, ” and I thought, “That’s a great idea!” So I thought I would share this with you. On your wedding day, it’s so important to get photos of you and your new spouse, the wedding party all dressed up and coordinated, your parents and siblings, and other people that are important to you. But as far as all the extended family shots, if you are inviting all of those people to your rehearsal, consider booking your photographer for that event too and get a lot of those out of the way then. Most people are still dressed up pretty nicely and there is a more relaxed air to the rehearsal dinner than the actual wedding day.
Another option that many couples are doing is to take some portraits before the wedding ceremony. This is nice for many reasons including fresh makeup and hair, less rushing, and more time to enjoy your cocktail hour after the ceremony. But some couples prefer the tradition of not seeing each other before the big moment of the bride coming down the aisle (a really special moment I remember vividly from my wedding day.) And some people might want some quiet moments of reflection prior to tying the knot.
So weigh your options and consider these. But whatever you choose, keep an open mind and remember that even though it might seem like work, I promise you’ll cherish having your photos when the dust settles and you begin your life with your new spouse and family.
I adore this photo for all the wonderful expressions and moments going on. Thanks for the great tip, Mrs. Decker!! And I loved that everyone was so pleasant even though there was so much going on.