Our plan for the portraits:
- photos with bridal party and family before the ceremony
- photos of just bride and groom afterwards
This plan had worked well at my sister’s wedding last summer. In theory we would get the photos with the bridal party/family out of the way before hand so we weren’t rushing through photos after the wedding. Plus, if would give Derek and I a chance to take in our first moments as husband and wife alone (minus our photographer).
It sounds good in theory, but I learned that whenever you take your photos, you’re going to feel rushed. Instead of rushing to take the group photos before cocktail hour ended, we were rushing to take them before the ceremony started. My advice for future brides: ALWAYS add at least 30-45 minutes more to the timeline then you think you’ll need for photos. Looking back, I would have tacked on the extra time because we definitely needed it.
Luckily, we were able to squeeze all the group photos in before the ceremony and it was just Derek and I after. I can not recommend enough the solo session right after the ceremony. Derek and I were literally on cloud 9 the entire time and I LOVE how goofy and in love we look in all the photos. Spending that first hour as husband and wife away from everyone was perfect. perfect. perfect. perfect.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from our portrait sessions.
How did you time the group portraits for your wedding?
Photo credits: Andrea Hubbell Photography