Tips for the Best Wedding Portraits – Steven & Jan – Morrisburg Wedding

Steven and Jan planned a wedding that was so classy and beautiful but also felt and looked effortless and relaxing. Their mornings were laid back and spent with their closest people and the day continued on in that way! They kept everything simple and elegant while remembering to include little details that were unique to their story, lives and culture. Steven wore a traditional filipino barong, they got married on family property and each table was not numbered but named after a filipino word that meant something special. For example Pamilya for Family and Kaibigan for Friend and even Rennen for running, one of their many hobbies!

These two didn’t miss a beat when putting together a beautiful day or on their dance floor in celebration. It was a beautiful wedding!

Here are 3 reasons you should have sunset portraits scheduled into your timeline;

1. It’s a great time to reset and get away from the crowds. Everyone wants to say hi and congrats. You’ll do, I’m sure, laps during cocktail hour and dinner, but it may feel like you just have to keep going. This means a quick 30-60 minute break with just you two will be welcomed and needed.
2. It’s the most perfect time of day for lighting. You’ll look flattered from every angle/side/view even if you cried off some mascara! The light is soft, gentle and so pretty!
3. Everything major is done. The rest of the day is usually pretty laid back and fun so you’ll be more relaxed than before or right after the ceremony.

Here are 3 tips on how to plan for this;

1. Create your schedule with 60 minutes already by default included the hour or the 45 minutes leading up to sunset. (I love to shoot into blue light right after the sun goes down, so a little overlap is perfect).
2. As you start to co-ordinate dinner and dessert pick a time in between meals and speeches that makes the most sense. This will change depending on location and time of year obviously because the sun changes so find the time that works best. In the summer it’s typically as dessert is being served before or after the final speech. In the winter it’s usually just before or after the first course is being served!
3. Let everyone know! Your MC’s, DJ, venue, caterer, planner, video and photo people should all know and for extra bonus, tell your parents and bridal parties. That way nothing will happen when your gone and you can sneak out with confidence!

Vendors involved;

Planner – Champagne and Co
Florals – Blooms
Hair Stylist – Hair by J
Venue – Private Property
Caterer – Winchester Catering and Events
Event Rentals – Makin’ It Lovely
DJ – DJ Sound
Wedding Dress – Davids Bridal
Bridal Shoes – ASOS
Brides Ring – Brilliant Earth
Grooms Attire – Barongs R Us
Grooms Ring – Enso Rings

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