Ashford Halley Top Tips and Frequently Asked Questions for Your Wedding Day
We have compiled a list of our top tips and frequently asked questions to make your wedding day with Ashford Halley as stress free as possible!!
RELAX AND EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED
My number one piece of advice is to be open to the fact that everything may not go exactly as planned on your wedding day. It may rain, you may forget the rings, or you may be running late but don’t allow anything to ruin your day. Relax and keep an open mind. At the end of the day you will be married to the person that you love and that is what matters!
From the very moment that you book your wedding day with us, we are here to help guide you through the planning process and to answer any and every question that you have. The best, and our preferred method of communication with our clients, is via email. While email certainly has a tendency to feel less personal than, say, a phone consultation, the benefit of having all of our discussions typed out for reference later on is invaluable. However, there are times when a personal phone call is needed. We are certainly up for this as well and are happy to set aside time to speak with you and answer all of your questions. We usually recommend emailing us and arranging a time to speak that will work for both of us.
FEED THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
You will need to allot time in your reception coverage for us to eat a meal. We require a meal for each of us of whatever you are feeding your guests. We will let you know when we plan to eat so that we are not missing key moments during the reception. Keep in mind that the meal that we eat at your wedding reception, as rushed as it is likely to be, is very likely to be the only food that we will eat that entire day.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
When you are working out the timeline for your wedding day your hair and makeup person will ask you what time you need to be ready for pictures. It is a good idea to add 30 minutes to that time as a buffer just in case things run late. Depending on your timeline we like to arrive during the final stages of hair and makeup.
THE FIRST LOOK
A first look is a special moment when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Traditionally the groom doesn’t see the bride until she walks down the aisle but more and more of our clients are opting to do a first look session on their wedding day. There are many benefits to doing a first look – check out our blog post about FIRST LOOKS.
It is so important to make some time on your wedding day to create beautiful couple portraits so don’t forget to include a time slot for these portraits on your wedding day timeline. If you are doing a first look we will do these portraits about 1.5 – 2 hours before the ceremony and we usually have plenty of time but if they will be done immediately following the ceremony or during the reception ideally we would like about 15-30 minutes for this. Keep in mind that the absolute best lighting will be about an hour before sunset.
FAMILY GROUP PHOTOGRAPHS
If you are not doing a first look we will do all of your family and wedding party photographs right after the ceremony. It is best to keep your list to 10-15 pictures so we can get them done quickly and you can get to the party! This list typically includes immediate family only (parents, grandparents, siblings and wedding party). If you have larger family groups we can do those at the reception. We can have the band or DJ make an announcement.
The best time to have an outdoor ceremony is a few hours before sunset when the light is soft with no harsh shadows. The light should be consistent on both the bride and groom so you don’t have one person in the light and one in shadow.
OUTDOOR RECEPTION LIGHTING
We love outdoor receptions but the lighting can be extremely challenging at night. Bring in as much light as possible (string lights, candles, chandeliers, etc..) to warm up the background of your photos. We do bring external lighting equipment for these situations but your background will be completely black unless you have some sort of lighting in place.
Transportation can be tricky when trying to get around in large cities especially during peak traffic times. If you have multiple locations and a large wedding party it is a good idea to have a limo bus, trolley or some other form of large transportation to get people to and from the ceremony and reception. A police escort can cut down on travel time and is sometimes a necesity for New Orleans weddings. Whenever possible we would like to ride along with you so we are sure not to miss any fun moments! This is especially important for New Orleans weddings since parking can be difficult.
PINTEREST AND SHOT LISTS
Our desire to capture your wedding, and to cater our approach to your personal preferences is one of our top priorities. We welcome your input and want to know about everything that is most important to you, or any special moments that are otherwise not everyday occurrences at a typical wedding. We’re happy to do what we can to cater our approach for you, but it’s imperative that you keep your expectations realistic. Show us an idea you found for a pose, but keep in mind that we will do so in our own style and that your location is likely different from your example. When it comes to shot lists, our advise is usually to leave it at home. If we spend our time trying to look down a list of shots that we’d otherwise be taking anyway there is the very real possibility that we may miss it entirely. We’ve been photographers for a long time, and it’s extremely unlikely that if something of significance is happening that we will not be capturing it.
This is the random name in the photography industry given to that wedding guest who makes it their priority on your wedding day to out-photograph the professionals that you’ve hired. It’s very possible that Uncle Bob may end up in your professional photographs. There are a few scenarios that sometimes present themselves that are worth mentioning. When you walk down the aisle for instance, you probably do not want Uncle Bob hanging out into the aisle with their iPad in the frame of your wedding photographs. Another common problem occurs during the group photos after the ceremony. Uncle Bob stands next to us taking pictures as we do and half of the group are looking at us and the other half are looking at him. There are a few solutions to this problem. The first being to ask nicely the guests whom you think might be a nuisance to put away their cameras just for those few important moments. If you want to avoid having an awkward exchange on your wedding day, simply giving us the authority and we can ask nicely, and more firmly if need be, that they put away he camera for those few important moments when possible. Likely you will either have to roll the dice and hope for the best, or you can choose the “Unplugged” option.