It was such an honor to be a part of this wedding at Sedgefield Country Club. Not only did we get to photograph this beautiful winter wonderland wedding, but but we also shot Stacey’s Bridal Photography here as well. That was a few months earlier and the grounds were green and lush. With design and coordination help from Relish Design Company, Stacey and Ethan’s wedding day turned out perfectly- with just the right amount of snow to cover everything in a blanket of white, but not so much where it hindered any guests from coming. And that was important because a special guest was invited (unbeknownst to the bride and groom) by the best man. The couple are big UNC fans, and halfway through the reception they got a big surprise 🙂 Scroll down to see!
It’s the #1 question brides ask: What can I do to get the most amazing photos on my wedding day?
Having been through the in’s and out’s of many, many weddings all over the world (we just shot #275 last month !?!), I have LOTS of tips to share.
Of course, getting beautiful wedding photos begins with your photographer, and nothing will replace their ability to create stunning works of art. BUT after you’ve hired someone you totally love, what can you do help?
Let’s get right to it…here are 8 things you can actively do to get the most amazing photos possible on your wedding day!
1. Pick A Venue You Truly Love
From getting ready location to reception, do your research. Do you prefer elegance over urban flair? Do you envision an outdoor garden reception draped in market lights or an indoor ballroom reception lit by candles and chandeliers?
Whatever your tastes may be, there is a venue out there that fits your personality and that you will fall in love with!
Visit locations and keep an eye out for the photographic potential of the venue. Search online for examples of weddings that have been photographed at different venues to find one that provides the look and feel you’re desiring.
Then communicate with your photographer what you love most about your venue. Is it the greenery in the gardens? The modern architecture? The classic ballroom? The natural rustic feel of the meadows?
The more you communicate with your photographer, the better.
2. Have Details Ready to Go
We always begin your story by photographing all of the little details while you’re getting ready.
The shoes, the dress, the jewelry, the garter, gifts to your wedding party, mementos from generations passed, and (don’t forget!) the invitation… collect all of these little details and have them set aside in the room where you are getting ready. We’ll set them up so they look perfect while everyone is finishing hair and make up.
The cherry on top is a silk, wooden, or personalized hanger for your dress.
3. Prepare for the Unexpected
I love the saying “Spontaneity is the reward of preparation.”
So prepare for the unexpected during your wedding and include valuable cushion time in your schedule for the day. You’re thinking it will take 30 minutes to get from the hotel to the ceremony site? Add a 15 minute cushion to account for getting into the cars, unforseen traffic, and people running late (or slow).
There will always be something that will come up – late bridal party members, lost family members, someone forgetting something, etc. These can all cause the schedule to come to a pause, so you’ll be in a much happier place if you create buffer times in your schedule.
Looking for the perfect wedding day schedule? We’ve created the wedding day timeline of your dreams! Just ask and we’ll happily email it over to you.
4. Hire Awesome Hair and Make Up
Your wedding is going to be a long day and you want your face and hair to look fresh in your photographs from morning until night. Nobody wants their hair flying about by the time they get to the reception.
Find professionals who are experienced and equipped with the tools to not only create a beautiful look, but also one that can withstand the demands of a full wedding day. We are always happy to provide the names of vendors we love. In fact we have a Vendor Referral Guide if you would like some help narrowing down the field of choices.
Schedule a trial-run with your chosen hair stylists and makeup artists and be open about your vision. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind if you aren’t feeling the look! Regrets over not speaking up about what you really wanted is the last thing you should be feeling when you look at your photographs years from now.
5. Golden Hour Light
That hour right before sunset is known as the Magic Hour for photographers – and for good reason.
This warm, soft light is a photographer’s best friend, so you definitely want to take advantage of it by scheduling your couple portraits during this time.
Typically the best time to schedule this is between the ceremony and reception, but if your schedule doesn’t allow for it, consider taking 5-10 minutes to step away from the reception with your groom to be bathed in some golden light.
6. Communicate with your Photographer
It’s so important to communicate with your photographer about your vision for the wedding day. Let them know what moments you are most excited about, if there are any guests or family members that you definitely want photos with, or any details that you don’t want missed.
Also, let them know what you love about your body – do you love your smile? Your hair? Your arms? If you don’t tell your photographer, then they won’t know how to pose you in a way that you will love.
And it’s ok if there’s something you’re less than excited about – maybe you don’t love yourself in a certain angle or you have a scar you want to hide. Don’t be afraid to be honest with them so they can help you look and feel as beautiful as possible!
But remember – it’s really important to focus on the positive when it comes to body image. The more you tell your photographer what you LOVE versus what you DON’T LOVE, the more confident you both will be to capture it.
I’ll let you in on a secret – as a photographer, it’s much easier to bring out your most beautiful features than it is to hide things! So help them focus on your best features, and you’ll be a happy subject!
7. Trust Your Photographer!
So now that you’ve chosen the perfect photographer to document your day and communicated with them your likes and dislikes: trust them 100%.
I don’t mean trust them kind-of-sort-of or hand them a large list of images from Pinterest to recreate.
I mean really trust them.
A wedding is the ultimate documentary assignment. Nothing can be recreated, but everything has it’s own importance in the story of your wedding day, and you’re hiring them for their eye and how they interpret the story.
Let them tell your story.
By relinquishing control, you’re telling your photographer that you have full confidence in their storytelling abilities. What a gift!
8. Have Fun!
I just can’t sign off until I say this: Joy is contagious!
On your wedding day, surround yourself with people who bring out the BEST in you – those who you can be yourself around and who make you smile.
Stress and tight schedules can easily turn your dream wedding day into a less-than-perfect experience, so this is when turning to your soon-to-be husband, best friend, mom, or your goofy little nephew can help remind you of the true purpose of the day: Celebrating your legacy with the love of your life!
Smile through some of the stressful moments, even if it feels unnatural, and it will become completely genuine! Your joy is your most beautiful feature!
We had a great time with Micaela and Patsy at the beautiful Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, just outside of Boston MA. These two were so in love and it was completely evident in the smiles and tears from both of them! What an honor to be able to capture their North Shore Boston wedding for them- and such a great trip back up to New England- a favorite spot for sure!!
We are in the process of interviewing people for a studio manager position with Eric Boneske Photography and want to start getting the word out! The position will be about 20-30 hours a week and will include everything from receiving new contracts, to helping in the editing process to assisting with shoots. Applicants must have a good working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop. Being a photographer is a plus, but not a necessity. All inquiries please email me at [email protected] and we can’t wait to hear from you!
It is always such an honor to be be included in this A-List Wilmington wedding show. Courtyards & Cobblestones is a unique wedding show, in that it features eight fully styled venues and a hand-picked collection of the most innovative, creative wedding professionals from Southeastern North Carolina. Each venue has one photographer, one videographer, one catering company, one floral designer etc. This year, our team was stacked with amazing talent and the design that was executed was breathtaking. From the Lily of the Valley bouquet to the compass seat assignments to the lobster mac n cheese- every last detail in this Sail Away With Me themed ‘wedding’ was perfect. If you are looking for wedding inspiration, or just love beautiful wedding design, this blog post is full of details. Special thanks to our beautiful models (and newlyweds) Mallory and Stewart!! All vendors that helped make this day amazing are at the bottom of this post!
If you are planning a wedding in Wilmington, please reach out to these people below- they are all professionals in the truest sense of the word I always love working with them and I think you will too. They make my job as a wedding photographer a dream. Between the charm of this city, and the great group of wedding vendors working every weekend it’s no wonder Wilmington is a top choice for so many weddings!
Venue: 128 South
Floral Design: EcoChic Flowers
Event Design and Coordination: Social Butterfly Events
Hair and Makeup: Meraki Beauty
Wedding Dress: Coastal Knot
Desserts: One Belle Bakery
Entertainment: DJ Brian Hood
Live Music: 919 Band
Rentals: DP Etc and Party Suppliers
Lighting: High Performance Lighting
If anyone knows me, they know that Northern California, and Lake Tahoe wedding photography especially, holds a special place in my heart. So I was thrilled when Bailey and Ryan asked me to photograph their wedding there. At the time of their wedding, the Mariposa Wildfire was burning close to Yosemite and the whole area was hazy- so the typical bright blue Tahoe sky was hidden. But it also gave the surrounding mountains and meadows a soft, beautiful feel you don’t usually see in the high Sierra. All in all it was an incredible day, the wedding was beautiful and the celebration was a party I won’t soon forget! Congratulations Bailey and Ryan- you guys were so much fun to work with!