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Need some ceremony lighting and location tips? I hear you!
Okay guys, there’s something that we haven’t really talked about and thats your ceremony lighting and location information. So many brides are either told by their venue where to hold their ceremony, or choose a location without thinking of the lighting and how the photos will turn out. Well today, I’m here to share with you all the Do’s and Don’ts with various ceremony locations and their lighting situations.
Please keep in mind: Your photographer will make you gorgeous and look amazing regardless of your ceremony location. However, if you keep in mind these tips, your photos will look even better. Just saying! 🙂
Okay, let’s go!
As a wedding photographer for 6 years, I’ve seen all kinds of ceremony location styles. So I wanted to add to this wedding planning guide to share with some tips and tricks I’ve learned all the way. A lot of couples forget to think about the lighting around the ceremony area and the venue usually tells them how to set it up, here are some ceremony location setup thoughts to think about:
So overall, check in with your venue and see all your ceremony location options and see what the lighting will look like. If you go to the venue, you can take some shots of the area you want to get married at on your phone, send them to me, and I can give my thoughts or some suggestions!
I also have a fun blog post about How to have the Best Lighting for your Wedding Photos and you can check it out here!
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying before… timing is everything. Well, that’s 100% true in regards for wedding photography. For sure! When starting to plan out your wedding day and seeing when/ the time of things are to happen, think about the light/ time of day. 🙂 Here are some cases where you might want to think about time when building your timeline:
If you’re getting married in the middle of summer and you want your ceremony at 2pm… listen up! Your guests, your wedding party, your 90-year-old grandma will be out baking in the sun if you do this. If you would prefer yourself and your guests to not be so sweaty and you sweat off your makeup you’ve paid for, think about having your ceremony later in the afternoon.
If you’re planning on serving dinner, consider a 4pm or 5pm ceremony so you guests get a little cooler temperatures than 1pm, and dinner is being served as soon as the ceremony is over.
Also consider having water or fans at every seat so your guests don’t get dehydrated.
Now, usually weddings have their portraits scheduled either before or after the ceremony. Sometimes both! But just be aware of the light that is occurring during those times you want your portraits.
If it’s mega sunny, there might be more backlighting than normal and it might be a little bright, but I won’t face you guys toward the sun so you’re not squinting. I’ll do my best to locate some shade so no one is sweating a ton and sweating off your makeup, but just a warning. With the backlight, everyone will look great, and have even light, it’s just some photos might be brighter than you think.
You could consider having the family, wedding party, and some bridal portraits either after the ceremony when the light is a little softer, or we can find a nice shaded area to keep everyone cool and lighting on the skin even.
So this one is super all about timing. Usually during the reception, I’ll keep an eye outside on the lighting and make sure we’re ready for golden hour photos right when the light is mega awesome. We’ll chat beforehand about when the sun is setting and I’ll do some research on the location and if the sun ducks behind some hills or something, and we’ll make it work. Most of the time, I’ll tell my couples the basic time when we should go out for Golden Hour photos, and then we’ll head out when the sun looks super amazing.
I hope this helps with thinking about your ceremony location and the timing of things on your wedding day. There is so much that goes into planning your wedding so if you want some help figuring it all out, please don’t hesitate to message me! 🙂
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