STRESS FREE WEDDING
A stress free wedding is what every bride to be usually aspires for in one of the most important days of her life. We have already said it here. It is naive to think that artists do their work in a poorly lit place. If there is no organization, the wedding will not just magically flow naturally and quietly. Many couples, because of their lack of experience and excitement at the time of having a perfect wedding, things usually happen that were not planned.
This is normal and I can tell you in all confidence that you are not the first or last to be stressed on your wedding day. We want you to trust the professionals because they have experience in the field. For us, the most important people are the bride and groom. It is essential that the bride is calm and relaxed because it will be reflected in the photographs and videos. Also with the groom, he should know that without a relaxed attitude it will not reflect well in the picture.
The attitude counts a lot and that is why it is important that you know about us. Insistently we will make an engagement session or two if possible. Our philosophy of documenting is that you feel intimacy and trust with us and that it is mutual. We will teach them how to be relaxed in front of the camera and that they do not have to pretend or make such strange poses. What we want is to teach you that you can be yourself and in a natural way, you can have those unique moments because that is life.
The unique moments can be key moments in documenting a story: when the father of the bride sees her daughter arranged in her beautiful dress. When the groom sees the bride for the first time. When the couple gazes at each other in front of their friends and close relatives. It is possible to have a stress free wedding and it is possible to have a dream wedding. But it is also important that in order for this to become reality one must take care and plan many details. The organization goes hand in hand at a wedding.
Sometimes we make Wedding Planners although we will not tell you what flowers to use or what color your shoes should be or what decorations you should have in place. However, we can advise and organize if you want. Our five years of experience makes it easier for us. I want to leave you with 10 small tips to have a stress free wedding. And if you want at the end you can download a checklist that we have made as a guide for brides which contains 20 points that you should consider to have a stress free wedding. It is free and we keep it updated.
This is not at all a manual or a rulebook. They are only recommendations that we give our brides to be to help them have a better experience on a unique day.
Soon, I hope to be able to make some video to be clearer in some points which can serve as a guide for that dream wedding that you want and that you deserve to have.
1. IDENTIFY HOW YOU WANT YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE WEDDING.
I want you to close your eyes and imagine what emotions come to mind that you expect to have. Then imagine what it smells like. What do you hear? Is the wedding cool or warm? Do you want it to be a wedding on the beach, in the woods or in the mountains? It is very important for you to visualize that experience so it will give you the basics to start planning. But it will also give you the basis for deciding how you want to make it memorable.
2. IDENTIFY HOW YOU WISH YOUR GUESTS TO EXPERIENCE THE WEDDING.
Put yourself in the place of your guests. How do you want them to remember that wedding? What do you want to be the first thing you remember when you talk about your most special day? What would you like to feel the moment you arrive at the place? If you had a soundtrack right now, what would you listen to?
3. IDENTIFY HOW IMPORTANT PHOTOGRAPHY AND / OR VIDEO IN YOUR WEDDING IS IN COMPARISON TO EVERYTHING ELSE.
This should be among the 5 most important things in a wedding. The reason is because a wedding is a unique moment in the life of two beings who love each other with all their heart. Being able to witness such an event is an honor for us. But it is also important because it goes hand in hand with the organization, you can not document it well if there is bad lighting or the chairs are messy.
Or if the families of the couple negotiate because of time or logistics. There are guests who can sometimes hurt the photographs or the video without them noticing.
Invest in having time at this point, like buying a car or a house. There are couples who can spend more of their budget on the party, on the chocolate fountain, on the music, but in the end all that is lost and nobody will remember what the menu was or what drinks there were during the reception.
4. IDENTIFY IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A COURTSHIP, BRIDESMAID AND GROOMSMEN AND HOW MANY ON THE SIDES.
All weddings are unique and different. There are small and large. There are brides who have a courtship or just the couple. This is important because you can add more time to the ceremony as well as shorten it. There are processions and entries that can be complex and exotic, but our recommendation is to be as simple as possible.
5. IDENTIFY IF YOU WANT TO BE SEEN BEFORE THE WEDDING. THE FIRST LOOK FOR THE BRIDES.
We do not do traditional or boring weddings, we want you to have a stress-free and relaxed wedding. In Latin America, the “First Look” is not as common but is starting to grow in popularity, while it is something normal in the United States, even differs from European weddings. Known as the First Look, it is a moment we take for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time. This can be very emotional for both. We give ourselves a few minutes to document the moment when the groom sees the bride for the first time.
In our experience, it is essential to see the groom get excited and see for the first time his bride dressed and ready to have a few moments of tranquility before the ceremony. This allows us to prepare them and to relax even more for the moments that are to come. First Look becomes important to the couple’s parents. I consider that it is one of the most important moments especially for the father of the bride. Consider whether you want to have this moment in your wedding or not. It will influence logistics and times.
The bride must have her own makeup artist and stylist. Ideally, she should be alone with the basic staff. One of the most important points for you to have a stress free wedding is that the bride should have her makeup artist and stylist unique to her. The reason is that sometimes, it does not reach in time and it creates pressure and conflict in it. It is neither aesthetic nor emotional to document when the bride is fighting with one of her relatives because there is no time or because the stylist takes “x” amount of time per person. The ideal is to hire at least two stylists and two makeup artists or a team of professionals.
Sometimes a friend or aunt does not like what the hairstyle looks like and wants to get another one. This actually makes you lose time, consider these factors so that you have a wedding stress free. It is always best to plan and resolve situations before they occur. The bride has more priority on this day.
6. REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE MORE LOCATIONS FOR THE WEDDING DAY. MORE HOURS OF LOGISTICS AND PHOTOGRAPHY COVERAGE REQUIRED.
We always recommend that the couple move in a hotel near the place of the ceremony or in the destination where they marry. It is not aesthetic to enter the house where the bride will be arranged and in a small room and with the whole family stuck in there. The chaos that is made stresses the bride. This also goes the same for the groom. These two places can be separated by a great distance and valuable time is lost and they risk that unforeseen problems happen when there is no need.
The room of a Hotel, will give you that tranquility, space and security to change and prepare for the wedding. Hotels often have special options for the bride and groom; Do not hesitate to ask for these. What if after fixing the bride and groom you have to go to some other location to make the photography and video of the First Look or the ladies or groomsmen? That adds more hours of coverage and more logistics for the wedding day.
That is why we recommend simplicity so we can avoid mishaps, the better the photographs are going to look. It is not the same to speak of the aesthetics of photography for a house with a room of only 10 x 13 square feet to a hotel room that has the sufficient space and the architectural design to document.
7. CONSIDER A SESSION FOR THE DAY AFTER IF THE PORTRAITS OF THE GROOM OR THE BRIDE OR COUPLE ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOU.
It takes us between 10 and 15 minutes to make the portraits of the bride and groom during the sunset. This is called the Golden Hour. Time is very limited, but we do not need more. It is an intimate moment for you after the ceremony.
There are times that for lack of logistics or foresight where time is lost or you simply want to take advantage of the destination place where you are getting married. This can be on a beach, hacienda or somewhere near the wedding venue. We can do a Post-Wedding, After Day or Trash The Dress if you wish. It is always gratifying to document them as newlyweds.
8. COORDINATE WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IN DECISIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY. THE COORDINATION IS VERY IMPORTANT.
Another very important point is the coordination with the photographer and videographer. Independent if you wish to have an experience with us. Always trust the professionals; it is not by whim or taste that we make certain recommendations. It is because we know how the final photograph will look like and the final video. We will work with what we have, we cannot do magic where there is none. If it is dimly lit, so will it also look in the photographs. If it is badly decorated like this, it will be seen.
If there are guests with Ipads or tablets, selfie sticks or smartphones crossing in front of us, it will be seen. We cannot fix anything with Photoshop because we do not use it. We are not graphic designers we are artists and professionals of photography and video. If there are poorly arranged cables or monitors, it will be seen in the photographs, we do not want to deceive anyone. Nevertheless, all this can be avoided and it makes it look much better if we plan it and follow the recommendations.
9. ASK OR CONSULT A PLANNER WITH A GOOD SCHEDULE BASED ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER’S RECOMMENDATIONS.
It is good to have someone who can plan but also know how to work as a team with the vision of the photographer and videographer. It is not a matter of egos, the most important are the bride and groom, but that too will be reflected in having a stress free wedding. We always recommend that the bride decides to have a friend, family member or someone close to her to support her in planning the wedding. In your logistics do not have a wedding activity as an honorary lady or have any other activity during the ceremony.
From experience, doing this creates uncomfortable moments and stress for fulfilling different responsibilities during a very important event where lack of experience can make the wedding have setbacks and complicated situations. By working with Wedding Planners, we can provide you with certain schedules and tips that work well during the wedding hours. This makes everything flow in a more natural way.
10. MAKE SURE THE TIMES OF DAWN AND SUNSET. IN WINTER AND SUMMER TIMES CHANGE THE HOURS.
The most important thing for photography is lighting. For a photographer and videographer, light is the language that allows you to express yourself through light and shadows. A wedding with good lighting translates into good documentary work. Remember we cannot do wonders if the place is poorly lit. The best light is when the sun is no longer perpendicular to objects. The light is always better when the intensity decreases.
Many brides think that having a wedding at noon is beneficial; the reality is that they do not. Too much light can create extreme shadows and oversaturate the place with unnecessary lighting. The best portraits are obtained in moments where the sun caresses the approaching twilight. We always recommend working at sunsets at least two hours before sunbathing or in the morning from sunrise to two hours at most. The midday sun is best avoided.
The golden hour is when the sun is hidden below the horizon, generating tones warmer and softer. The colors of the sunset turn yellow to orange, pink and blue tones. This lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. Ideal for portraits at the wedding of the bride and groom.
The blue hour is actually a French expression “L’heure Bleue”, because it is the point of twilight where it is not daytime and it is not yet night and the tones turn blue and purple. It is a magical moment where the light is soft. I hope that this can help you. We wholeheartedly wish you a wedding with a happy ending and a stress-free wedding.