Congratulations to Brandon and Sarah! Your wedding was so much fun! I wish only happy years ahead for the both of you.
Your choice to not see each other before the wedding was just fine with me. Many photographers prefer that brides and grooms do the portraits before the ceremony, but either way is fine with me. I have experience in shooting portraits both before or after the ceremony and everyone has an opinion on it. It really depends on what the bride and groom want. It can certainly be done after the ceremony with grace. Sarah and Brandon chose to let guest eat during the portraits. Others have appetizers and drinks served. Then again, some people decide to have a bridal session on a different day all together! There are so many options really. Whatever works for you! There is always a solution.
When I arrived, I shot some candids and stills as the family was preparing for the ceremony. Then like I mentioned earlier, after the ceremony we did all the family and bridal party portraits. I always have a plan after several pre-wedding-day meetings with the bride and groom but I have been doing this long enough to know that flexibility is just as important as skill, planning, or even luck when it comes to wedding photography! I know families want portraits and weddings are the perfect time to do so when everyone is together, dressed up, and happy. That is why I always accept requests at the last minute during the family portraits. Even if I don't have time to do it all at that time, I will make a special effort to find those images later during the reception. People are usually very happy to regroup later if we need to.
After the family portraits we did bridal party portraits. I like to prepare the bride and groom during the contract signing that they should schedule about an hour if they want to have plenty of bridal party portraits. I don't always end up with that much time though. Sometimes I only get 15 mins! It always works out though. I can work fast and set priorities when it comes to wedding portraits. Each wedding is unique, complex in one way or another and unpredictable so.......Flexibility!!!
This wedding was at a venue I had never worked before. It was in Richmond Ky at the Arlington Club. The old sprawling estate was just lovely! This was in truth a golf course but I tell you it really felt like I was in a romantic novel that was set in the Civil War era as I walked around the house and the grounds. "The air was warm and heavy with the moisture of a soon to be southern summer rain shower..." LOL!
I'm just sayin... It was so beautiful and old I felt the romance... Just perfect for a summer evening wedding don't you think?
The staff was friendly, hard-working, and very kind. I hope to shoot more weddings here. It was so nice!
I actually have more sneak peaks of this wedding on my AA Imaging facebook page. So be sure to go there, become a fan and see other works by AA Imaging. Have a good week everyone!!!