A typical wedding day shoot starts with capturing the Bride’s final preparations a couple of hours before the ceremony. I then move on to the wedding venue to photograph the guests arriving and the final preparations of the ushers, best man & groom before the arrival of the bridal party.
The most important part of the day is the ceremony itself. It is important to remember that photographing the ceremony is at the discretion of the minister / registrar. You will need to discuss what they will and will not allow, as some venues apply constraints or prevent the photographing of the ceremony. You need to discuss this with the minister / registrar prior to your wedding, ideally at your pre-wedding meeting.
After the ceremony I will capture some photographs of you both as a newly married couple before moving on to the reception venue where I photograph the remainder of the day, including; the wedding breakfast and speeches, all the way through to the first dance of the newly wedded couple.
As highlighted elsewhere, my photography falls into the reportage style. This means that I like to capture the wedding in a in a more natural way than traditional posed pictures. Reportage is also described as photo-journalistic or documentary in style; capturing the events in a fly on the wall manner, discretely, with the minimum of intervention or direction from the photographer.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t do formal or posed group shots. I would suggest including a full group shot, to serve as a reminder of everyone who attended, as well as a few portraits with family & friends. However; I would recommend that the portraits are limited to about 5 or 6 different groups of people. This is so that these can be done quickly so that you and your guests don’t spend too much time waiting around for the group photographs. At a couple of points throughout the day I also like to whisk the bride and groom away from the main group in order to do a few more private portraits on their own.