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Planning for your Wedding Portraits – Southern Illinois Wedding Photographer

If we’re being honest, all of the wedding day images are important but the real favorites are almost always from my time with the bride and groom.  These romantic portraits of just the two of you will be the images that you frame beside your bed, over your mantle and they will also be the images that will fill your album for generations to enjoy.  These images are always my favorite not only because of their beauty but because  this is such a sweet portion of the day.  For this brief moment in time, you will be alone with your groom on your wedding day.  You will have a chance to love on each other and really connect before the craziness begins.  Romantic portraits are normally done before the ceremony (after the first look)  and then I LOVE shooting a few “just married”  portraits after the ceremony as well.  This is when the light is low and golden.  It’s such a romantic time for bride and groom portraits.  If you’re interested in a first look, we will make sure to include a lot of time after the ceremony for these portraits.

Let’s chat about your bridal paty.  This is when the fun REALLY begins!  I know from experience that all brides want their closest friends to have an AMAZING time during their big day and I will make sure that happens!  Bridal party portraits should be a ton of FUN!

After you share your first look, depending on the locations and the timing of the day, your bridal party will join us for portraits.  If all goes well, we will be able to accomplish ALL of your bridal party portraits BEFORE the ceremony.  This means that your guys and gals will be free to mingle at cocktail hour if they wish.  If there are flower girls and ring bearers involved, they can either join us for the pre-ceremony portraits or we can take one final group photo after the ceremony, before family formals.  Be sure your groomsmen arrive with boutonnieres and your bridesmaids arrive with bouquets.

Cody & Victoria – Southern Illinois Wedding Photographer

Every detail about Cody & Victoria’s wedding was sentimental. They got married on her mom and dad’s anniversary. On her grandparents property. Wearing her moms dress that they had re-done. The flower girl’s dress was also made from the mother of the bride’s dress.

The handkerchief her mom carried on her wedding day.

Never too old to learn how to tie a tie from your dad! LOL

First look with mom and dad. This was the first time she had seen it since they’d started working on it. 🙂

Cody wins the prize for groom reaction during a first look!!!

Grumpy ring bearers are the funniest!!!

Crazy awesome florals by Craze Concepts