Mehnaz & Saif recently said I do in St. Johns and with the help of a team local vendors put together a beautiful day.
After a trip to Signal Hill for photos everyone made their way to the @johnsongeocentre for an evening to remember.
The Johnson Geo Centre is a fantastically unique venue to consider for your wedding day - not only does it make for a unique backdrop for your event - it is super close to Signal Hill with amazing photo opportunities right outside the front door.
If you were recently married in Newfoundland and would like to feature your wedding day and the team who helped you make things happen - or looking back on your big day and have ideas or words of advice for future Newfoundland brides drop us a line.
Is it worth saving a thousand dollars or so on your photography budget and taking morning prep photos with your friends on your phones?
Most couples booking a wedding photographer select an 8 or 12 hour collection.
Couples who book 8 hours of wedding day photography coverage generally receive 95%-98% of the photos couples who book 12 hours coverage receive and can save a thousand dollars or more on their wedding budget. When asked how long they booked their wedding photographer for - Brides over on the Newfoundland Brides Planning Group weighed in with their thoughts, some had booked 12 hours coverage and others had booked 6 - 8 hours coverage.
“We had our photographer for 5 hours. Glad I did this when I look back as in reality, I’m only printing off so many pictures. For instance, as nice as it is to have someone photographing getting ready, what will you be doing with those pics later?”
Most couples don't end up printing or hanging photos of prep in their home.
The past few years have found more couples asking themselves what they will be doing with prep photos later and opting for 6 hours or 8 hours of photography coverage.
Many photographers and brides-to-be agree that there are only so many photos that can be taken of hair and makeup and the late night party before they start to look the same - some couples ponder whether they even want professional evidence of late night shenanigans.
Depending on your crew, vibe and style there can be fantastic candid moments during morning prep - it can also be an excellent time to build rapport between your photographer friends, and family - but for some couples this part of the day is less than magical and doesn't require professional documentation.
Morning prep is not always candid moments in matching bathrobes - it can be different for everyone and in the age of Instagram with ‘good enough’ cameras in everyones pocket - the reality is many couples are finding the easiest way to save some money on their wedding budget is cutting back on the early morning professional photos.
Morning prep - magical once-in-a-lifetime memories? Or maybe not so much?
How much is this kind of photo worth to you?
12 Hour coverage works better for some wedding days than it does for others - a lot depends not only on the size and speed / pace of the day, but also your personal style.
The vast majority of photos taken on your wedding day will be taken from about an hour before your ceremony start time up until just after you sit down for dinner. If your wedding ceremony is starting at 1:00pm or later 8 hours of coverage is going to get you everything from the end of prep to the start of the party.
Newfoundland Wedding Photographer Darren Hatt says - "Our most popular package is 8 hours. It covers most couples from prep to first dances".
Detail photos can be taken at anytime on your wedding day.
Will I miss out on detail photos if my photographer is not at my morning prep?
Detail shots are a great component to telling your wedding story.
Nice macro close up photos of details look amazing and are especially nice to have if you are planning on designing a wedding album. Detail images can be captured at almost any point during the day - not just in the morning.
Your photographer can sneak away with your details virtually anytime throughout the day - you do not have to book a photographer for 12 hours to get decent detail shots - ceremony site / reception site / the in between locations - detail shots can be taken at any time during the day as they only take minutes to set up - you can even be in them.
Detail photos can be taken anywhere on your wedding day,
At the end of the day the question of how long to book your wedding photographer for many is really a question of - how much is a professional photo in matching bath robes or a photo of your dress hanging worth to you?
Here's a quick look at the differences in cost for an 8 hour photography collection vs a 12 hour collection amongst Newfoundland Wedding Photographers.
In the carefully curated world of social media – should one unplug at their wedding or embrace technology and run with a custom hashtag?
Some food for thought on maximizing technology and your wedding day.
Hashtags and Instagram are great – however consider a large part of your family hasn’t figured out Instagram yet - and of those who have - most probably don’t really understand what a hashtag is or how to use it properly.
Your friends may understand social media inside and out - but many family will have no clue and you may spend hours after your wedding trying to tech support your Uncle and his extended family through how to find and share your photos – there are secure digital alternatives that work great and are user friendly – if you have a tech savvy crew consider using Google Photos.
Google photos is more secure / private than Facebook or Instagram and offers a ton of features that make it a top contender for compiling and sharing your guests cell phone photos – not only can the bride or groom create and invite guests to a master group – they can track comments, create albums and more on the spot.
Most couples don’t have a completely unplugged wedding – but are opting for an unplugged ceremony.
Not only does an unplugged ceremony allow you guests to be present and distraction free – it also allows the professionals to get their shots without having to compete with Uncle Bob and his iPhone in the aisle.
Ensuring your officiant is aware of your wishes is essential and a sign will help convey the message - many couples tie their “unplugged ceremony” sign into their decor – allowing them to add a taste of their humour / style.
If you go with a hashtag a few things to remember - always search the hashtag first - there have been embarrassing mix-ups where couples use a common last name or seemingly random letters that turn out to be not so random and stand for something else.
Try to keep your hashtag simple and not too clever - your last names and the year usually do the trick - the wedding I was at that had #mrandmrsmadeofpizza - just didn’t work out so well.
Whether you want to have an unplugged ceremony or hashtag things up – be sure to make a memorable and effective sign letting your guests know your wishes.
Many photographers have been to hundreds of weddings - they usually understand how a wedding day flows. From hair and make up to late night shenanigans - photographers and videographers have a front row seat to the entire day - they have seen what works and what doesn't - your photographer can usually offer great advice and will know what works well when it comes to timing and flow of the day.
There are basically only a handful of ways most wedding days flow - we can help you make sure your day flows as smoothly as possible. We see most days from start to finish - every wedding is different - but we can usually help you avoid / deal with common issues - basically most couples do this once - many of us have done this hundreds of times - we can help you make your wedding day timeline run as smoothly as possible.
You shouldn't feel any need to hand your photographer a list from a magazine or a website - ideally you want your photographer looking through their viewfinder and not at a clipboard.
Most photographers will take thousands of photos throughout the day - if you have spent money on something or taken the time to make something happen we are going to capture it - if there is something totally random it would make sense to mention or make special note but generally speaking - you shouldn't have to hand you photographer a list with like - 'Shot #132: Bride walking down aisle.' - if you feel the need to tell your photographer they need to take a photo of you walking down the aisle its probably best to consider another photographer.
There is one list I appreciate in helping make the day run more smoothly - and that is the list of the family formal groupings - by name - it allows your photographer to herd cats efficiently during family formals - it ensures that part of day runs super smoothly and that you won't miss the combinations that are most important to you and your fiancé.
A family formal shot list also helps you to mathematically figure out how much time you need for formals - 5 groupings - 15 groupings - 50 groupings - at roughly 3 minutes per grouping - these all take different amounts of time - knowing your combos ahead of time allows you to budget your time efficiently and ensure no one is left out.
"It is so important to be present. The day goes by very fast."
Take some time for just the two of you to sneak away before the end of the night.
I always take 10 minutes towards the end of the night to be alone with my couples - not only do we capture some unique after sunset images - but it also gives them a ten minute break to be alone - they are a celebrities for the day - and everyone wants their time - its important for them to take some time for themselves.
"You will never regret doing you."
Do you. Make decisions based on what you and your fiancé want - not what your great aunt says should happen. There are no rules. Well okay maybe a few - but do you.
Have someone who has been to a bunch of weddings look over your timeline - there are a few small tips and tricks that can help make your day flow smoothly.
If you hire a photographer or videographer talk to them about things - they have seen everything from prep to dance floor many many times - they know what works and pitfalls to avoid.
I can't stress being present enough - don't try to micro manage every minute of the day - come your wedding day the planning is over - let your hair and makeup team, your officiant, your photographer, your DJ and venue staff do what they do best - enjoy your day - take it in.