Before or After?

Tradition states that the bride and groom should not see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day. This tradition holds true here in Mid-MO : we have only covered 3 weddings out of over 15 where the bride and groom saw each other before the ceremony. Two of these in particular actually worked out quite well, with the bride and groom being fully dressed for the ceremony and not seeing each other until they arrived at the ceremony location, though still several hours before the ceremony.

Christine and Omair RevealOne of these was Omair and Christine. Summer followed Christine around that morning, taking pictures of her getting her hair done and getting dressed, while I took some background shots at the ceremony location. Omair arrived, and we were able to take some formal shots of him and his groomsmen while Christine relaxed for a little while.

When we were done with the guys, we moved outside and placed the two on sides of one of the corners of the building. They gradually moved closer and closer to the corner, eventually holding hands. We had them cover their eyes, turn around the corner and face each other, and then open their eyes. We were able to capture a very touching moment of love between these two, and they were able to relax and enjoy some time together. After the reveal, we took pictures of the couple outside, as well as some individual pictures of Christine with Omair looking on.

Our job as your photographer is to give you the pictures you want and to respect your wishes. We respect those who want to not see each other until the ceremony, and will gladly set up a reveal shot if you choose to see each other early. If you do choose to go that route, not only can we get some very touching pictures, but from what we have heard from our clients who wen this route is that they found it to be very stress relieving and special.

I did say we had two recent couples that tried this and it worked out great for them – I will follow up shortly with more about our next couple, Laura and Keith.

Check With Your Church

Some time earlier this year, we revised our contract to state that the bride and groom are responsible for making sure that the photographers can do their job at their selected ceremony location. This weekend highlighted why we ask our clients to do this.

We just got back from a wedding in Jackson, MS, that we did for some close friends. It was held in a Methodist church, and we have not taken pictures in one before. Im not sure if this is a policy of the entire organization, just this church, or just the wedding director at that particular church, but we were not permitted to be on the floor of the sanctuary (the entire main auditorium where the ceremony took place), nor was flash photography allowed. Thankfully, we were able to use a balcony to take some distance shots, and Summer was able to sit with the guests and take a few shots from the audience. None of us, including the bride and groom, were aware of this policy until time for the rehearsal.

Some churches do not allow flash photography. This is pretty common in Catholic and Lutheren services. Many will not allow the photographers to be on the stage, which is only important if you are looking for some pictures that face towards the audience, not from. This was a new experience, being told we could not even be on the floor of the sanctuary.

It is always best to check early to see what is permissible, and to make sure that what is allowed agrees with what you want to get out of your ceremony and your pictures.

Sarah and Nate

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Blake and Kadie

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Corey and Holly

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Ben and Stacy

We are continuing to update our site with weddings from the last six months. Here is our latest, Ben and Stacy.

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Allen and Vera

We have known Vera for a few years, and we run into each other from time to time. Most recently, we were all at Omair and Christine’s wedding – we being the photographers, and she was the guestbook attendant. After seeing our work for Omair and Christine, she was convinced that we needed to come to her wedding.

Our entire family flew out to Phoenix to cover this wedding at a beautiful private residence. The owner had recently finished his back yard, including a very large area for guests and a huge outdoor fireplace. The two story house allowed for us to get some great pictures from the balcony. As this was an evening wedding, the timing had to be right to make sure there was enough lights for formals, but this allowed for us to get some great sunset pictures after the ceremony.

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As an interesting idea for others, Vera did something very creative with the guestbook at Omair and Christine’s wedding. She took pictures of guests as they arrived, and used a compact photo printer to print the pictures on an adhesive paper. These pictures were attached to poster boards, and while we were taking formals after the wedding, guests could go pen comments on the posters around the pictures.

Limited Wedding Coverage for Summer 2010

As I mentioned a little while ago, we are limiting the number of weddings that we will cover during Summer of 2010. We found out recently that Summer, my wife and fellow photographer, is carrying our second child, and will be born some time in late June or early July. We had our first son, Silas, shortly after we started doing weddings as DSW Photography, and looking back, it made our lives even crazier to be taking care of a newborn and having to take pictures at weddings. So, for this second child, we are going to slow down on weddings, though we do plan on still offering other services. We thank you for your interest in our services, and hope that even though we might not be able to be your wedding photographers, that we might be able to serve you in some way in the future.

Phoenix, AZ

Last weekend we covered a wedding at a beautiful home in Phoenix, AZ. Pictures will be posted some time in the next couple of weeks.