When you sit down to talk with us about the schedule for your wedding day, there is one bit of advice that you can be sure we will give you. We tell every one of our Washington, DC, clients to build more time for every part of their marriage celebrations than seems necessary. In our experience photographing weddings in and around the Nation’s Capital, nearly everything takes longer than it is supposed to on the day you tie the knot. Sometimes there are specific reasons (a bridesmaid forgets her shoes, someone’s father gets stuck in traffic, etc.). Sometimes things run late because things do not run at the pace they are supposed to. Regardless of the reasons behind it, lateness has a pretty predictable effect on the wedding. You and your get worried. And that means you might not be enjoying the day as much as you should. So we always tell our future newlyweds, “Give yourselves more time than you think you’ll need!”
You might logically respond to that advice by asking what happens if everything runs as smoothly as possible. In our experience, having a little downtime on your wedding day is not the worst thing. A matrimonial event is usually pretty long and hectic. Many future spouses spend a lot of it dealing with family members, making sure everything is taken care of or rushing from one place to the next. Unfortunately, they often don’t get that much time to just enjoy being with each other. A looser schedule can frequently provide bits of much-needed alone time that allow you to relax and recharge.
The other benefit of not having to race around on a wedding day is that there is more time for couples portraits. When a couple is short on time, their wedding photographers often don't have much more than a few minutes to take a portrait or two of the lovely newlyweds before they are whisked away to the reception venue. Having a few extra minutes means more time for taking those pictures. That means you get more beautiful images of you and the person you love on the day you tied the knot. And in our experience, no bride or groom ever complains about getting too many wedding portraits!
Do not worry, of course, if you do not have that extra time for couples portraits. We are professional DC wedding photographers. We only need a couple of minutes to produce images that you and your future spouse will treasure for a lifetime. But we have found that some of the most fun pictures (and those most valued by our wedding clients) are the ones that we take near the end of the time allotted for couples portraits. By that point, you and your beloved are a bit more relaxed and less aware of the camera. That makes the shots much more natural and unposed. We have also already finished taking the “safe” shots that can go in a photo album or on a mantel, so there is more freedom to play around and try for some more creative and fun pictures.
This photo, which we took outside St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Charles Town, West Virginia, is a perfect example of what is possible when your DC wedding photographers have more time to work with. We had already finished with the family formal pictures and some of the couples portraits back at Crown Rose Estate in Knoxville, Maryland (where the bride and groom had gotten ready). We had a bit of time before the wedding party had to be back at Crown Rose Estate for the reception, so we asked the new husband and wife to try out a few new poses. The one we like best was this, in which the bride is captured on film as she appears to pass through a series of arches on her way to her groom. We find the symmetry of the two arches very visually pleasing and absolutely love the joy on each of their faces!
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