This wedding was one of those "oh my gosh, did that really just happen?" moments. It's always when I'm driving home that evening from a day filled with SO much. So much to unpack, from great moments in between moments, to the dresses, the people, the music, the venue.....when it all comes together so seamlessly you can't help but bask in the perfection a wedding can bring.
Nicole and Shane had the best balance to their wedding. And that is a statement I have never said about a wedding before. Secrets out! What do I mean by that? A wedding day can feel so overwhelming. From wanting to talk with all your guests, to wanting to see the personalize gifts you handmade set up on the table you had been envisioning for months, to actually having time to finish your dinner among the chaos.....and all of it you want to take in. I get it. A lot of the day is going to fly by. And it might even seem like a bit of a blur the next day. For this wedding in particular, I cannot tell you how lucky I am to have amazing clients.
From getting ready moments with her bridesmaids at the house, to photo time with the family, to cocktails with their guests, to wonderful speeches, to a sunset session filled with magazine-worthy shots, I'd say this was the best balanced wedding for time I have ever witnessed.
Leading me to that SUNSET SESSION. That's something worth making time for. A popular time among photographers: that BLUE HOUR before the sun goes down. I always take whatever time I can get because even just a handful of shots is totally worth the adventure for. Joined by my amazing second photographer Lydia, we took Nicole & Shane to the bridge just south of their wedding venue. With my music in hand we had them take a step back from their wedding and soak in the moment with one another.
VENUE: Otter Creek Golf Course
DRESS:Emmy Mae Bridal FLORALS: Floral Occasions (Ingersoll)
PHOTOBOOTH BUS: The Long Weekend Bus PLANNER & DECOR: Melissa Vandermeer
VIDEOGRAPHER: Blake Smith
Here's 5 Tips to making the most out of your SUNSET SESSION during your Wedding Day:
1. BLUE HOUR
I know it's called the sunset session but you want to make sure you get these shots BEFORE the sun is gone. That last hour of sunlight is crucial to getting those amazing shots you will frame forever.
2. FLOWY MATERIAL
Ladies OR Gents, this is your day to wear that dream outfit you have always dreamt of. I love to have something lightweight, a veil, a dress piece, a cape, a blanket... something that I can lift into the air and let drop down. The light at that time through that material is magic.
3. ONE PROP
Don't think too much about it. It can be something simple like popping a champagne bottle, two regal chairs that you can place in a field, or even the archway from the ceremony. A piece that you can use to help elevate the EXPERIENCE and not just to get those "pretty photos." For this wedding in particular we had lots to work with, from her cape dress to the bridge those were great things to help frame their love.
4. DIFFERENT SPOT
Something that sounds very simple but will make the biggest difference. Going somewhere you haven't taken photos yet during the day. Even if it's for a few, it will bring variety and a different "frame" to all the photos.
5. BRING MUSIC
I do this for all my engagement sessions, and even the family photos during the day if the time calls for it. For this, BRING a wireless bluetooth speaker. It will bring an entirely different vibe to your couple, make them feel like they're in a music video, and really be in the moment together while forgetting about the camera next to them.
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