03 Nov


How to Prioritize Wedding Day Portraits

There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding and sometimes it’s hard to know what should be prioritized. And while I may be a little bit biased, I strongly believe that it is essential to prioritize wedding day portraits. How exactly do you do that? Well, here are three ways you can prioritize wedding day portraits.




Three Ways to Prioritize Wedding Day Portraits

#1. Your wedding timeline

Having a wedding day timeline is definitely one way to prioritize wedding day portraits. When you’re intentionally setting some time aside to capture all the shots you want with your families and the bridal party, it’s always easier to make sure it gets done.

Three ways you can do this is:

  1. Having a first look– when you have a first look, you can capture these portraits during a less hectic time. (I mean, I know the whole day can be hectic, but before guests show up and make it even crazier). 
  2. Have a longer cocktail hour – If you’re not a fan of the first look, opt for having a longer cocktail hour to make sure you can prioritize the wedding day portraits you’ve been dreaming of. 
  3. Getting the family portraits done before the ceremony – you can get as many family portraits done before the ceremony to limit the amount you have to take together AFTER the ceremony.

#2. Get everyone on the same page

Whether you have a large wedding party or a small one, whether the number of family members you want in your wedding day portraits is many or few, get everyone on the same page! I can’t stress this enough. When everyone is aware of where they’re supposed to be and what they’re supposed to be doing, it gives that time to actually take the portraits! So if you want to prioritize wedding day portraits, make sure that everyone is on the same page about location and time. 

#3. Have someone running point

It’s inevitable, someone will get distracted and forget that they’re supposed to be taking portraits. Or maybe the flower girl needed a nap or the ring bearer needed a snack and they disappeared. Please NEVER send someone in the bridal party or someone you want in your wedding day portraits to track them down. 

This is a great job for the day of wedding coordinator or your wedding planner. If you have neither, ask someone you can trust to be in charge of tracking down the people who’ve gotten a little sidetracked. By asking someone not in the wedding day portraits, you’ll be able to continue taking the pictures you need until the missing people arrive.


Final Thoughts

Remember that when you prioritize wedding day portraits, it gives you and your significant other the chance to be alone, just the two of you… okay three, because I’ll be there! 😉 But it will give you some time to take a breath and really soak in the moments of the day. 



Alexandra and Brett’s Wedding Day Portraits


Before I share with you Alexandra and Brett’s wedding day portraits, I wanted to share a little bit about who they are. Walking into this day you could feel the love. Not only between the two of them, but their families and bridal party. Their bridal party consisted of a group of friends that have been together for a while and you could just see how excited they were to stand beside Alexandra and Brett as they said “I Do”. 

Alexandra and Brett are each other’s person, they’re a package deal, and you can just tell how much they absolutely love one another. Take a look for yourself in their wedding day portraits (which of course, they prioritized! 😉)





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