When we hear “Wedding Photos” our minds immediately jump to the beautiful, romantic portrait of the wedding couple, but in reality being the one standing before the camera isn’t always a piece of cake. Some couples are naturally at ease in front of the camera, but most find it difficult to relax and be themselves. Take a breath and relax, your wedding photographer is just another friendly human being holding a fancy time capsule who wants to assure that you have beautiful memories of your special day captured. Find 10 weird and wonderful tips for your wedding photos below.
1. If you have any Specific Photographs in mind, share them with your Wedding Photographer or Videographer before the wedding day to ensure that your Photographer or Videographer knows to capture them.
Photograph Captured at Margaux & Kyle’s stunning wedding at Tres Jolie Wedding Venue
2. Don’t forget to just Be Yourself during your couples shoot. We are here to document your love and all of the adorable, intimate moments in between. Don’t shy away from the camera, these photographs are an eternal encapsulation of you in your individual-togetherness and should capture who you are as a couple.
Photo from Meghan & Warren’s Wedding at Bryanston Country Club
3. To add a natural and timeless feel to your wedding photos, choose a venue with loads of natural light and beautiful greeneries. Your wedding photographer will love you for it. (Bonus Tip: doing your couple shoot in a forest setting will ensure that you have some extra privacy and alone time with your spouse)
Photograph by Theme Photography Ent.
4. Don’t forget to add some luscious lashes! Some volume eyelashes always look amazing in photos!
Invest in a good makeup artist. Your bridal makeup should look natural but it’s safe to go a little darker than you usually would, it translates much better on camera and your bridal portraits will look incredible.
Marneli & Jacques Stunning Wedding at Makiti Wedding Venue
5. Choose a guesthouse with natural light and beautiful decor elements to get ready at. This will ensure the best possible light and surroundings for your bridal portraits.
Photograph from Danzelle & Ruan’s Rustic Wedding
6. Don’t wear a bra the day of your wedding to avoid having straps indentations that will show in photos.
Photo Credit: Zivame
7. Remember to check with your Photographer when the Lighting will be best for an Outdoor Couples Photoshoot
Photograph from Danzelle & Ruan’s Rustic Wedding
8. Keep your Head Up while walking down the aisle. You may be nervous, but keep your head up, even if you don’t smile. A thoughtful or content look is way better than only the top of your heads.
Photo captured at Meghan & Warren’s Bryanston Country Club Wedding
9. Remember to ensure to have enough Photographers – if you would like yourself and your soon-to-be to both be photographed getting ready, one photographer just can’t be in two places at once so assure that your package includes a second shooter.
Photo from Meghan & Warren’s Bryanston Country Club Wedding
10. Take a Breath! Don’t be too focused on having The Perfect photos taken, that’s the photographers’ job! If you spend your entire wedding looking for the camera, the photographer won’t get the chance to capture those special, unforgettable moments of yourself and your new partner in crime.
Photo from Meghan & Warren’s Bryanston Country Club Wedding
Thinking back to our wedding day brings back a rush of emotion and beautiful memories. The build-up to the wedding was not easy but day of the actual wedding went down without a hitch. The day before the wedding was filled with a few last minute errands, my cousin had flown in from Cape Town as she was one of my bridesmaids, and my first childhood friend, we had our nails done, sipped champagne and spent some quality time together. The night before the wedding was very calm and relaxed, I thought I would be more nervous but instead, I was filled with excitement! I spent the evening at my mom’s house with family, we chatted and packed for the big day. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in the world.
The morning of the wedding came quickly and we were out of the house and on our way by 7. I arrived at the venue with my mom, sisters and my cousin. We had a lovely breakfast before we started preparing the reception area and church. My mom is the world’s best wedding planner, she took control and worked on the décor for months. She was so devoted to creating a picture perfect wedding day, she succeeded and some. Every element was carefully thought out and everything was done with the utmost love. I am so lucky to have had her help me every step of the way and I treasure the time we spent together leading up to create this perfect day.
It was important to me to add little details of our journey to the day and I wanted to be involved in everything and really enjoyed setting things up. I helped until the last minute, the hairdresser and makeup artist actually had to come and call me to sit down. When things had calmed down a little I spent the remainder of the day in the bridal suite with my bridesmaids. My two sisters were bursting with excitement which I fed off, they are my everything and I was so overjoyed having them next to me throughout the experience. They made my journey unforgettable. We drank champagne and listened to music whilst getting prettified by the best beauty team a bride could wish for.
My beautiful sister in law, also a bridesmaid, made sure we had enough sweets and treats to keep us going. She always provides a good laugh and has endless love to give. She helped me into my dress and that was the first time that the day did not feel so surreal. When I came out in my dress I felt like a princess, my bridesmaids looked stunning and my mom so elegant. We had such fun taking photos and these photos were amongst my favourites. I shared first looks with my two brothers, my stepmom, my stepdad and my dad. Those few minutes, before going down to the chapel, with all my family around were precious. Just before going to the chapel I received a gift from Kyle, a beautifully embroidered handkerchief, for the first time that day my eyes filled with tears and my heart started to beat a little faster.
When we got to the chapel doors the nerves kicked in, my dad and I were left outside the chapel alone. In that moment I realised once again that I was about to marry my best friend. When the doors opened I just stared at Kyle and couldn’t wait for him to turn around and see me, when he did my heart burst with love, joy, excitement and every other wonderful emotion. When I got to him my only thought was ‘don’t let go of me.‘ My legs could not stop shaking! The ceremony was beautiful and having everyone we love there to witness our commitment to each other was just magnificent. Walking out of the church is one of the most memorable moments I treasure of the day, appearing as Mr and Mrs Mills for the first time felt incredible. The rest of the evening was filled with love, laughter, good food and celebrations. It was a day that I couldn’t have imagined any better in my wildest dreams. I feel so fortunate to have been blessed with such beautiful memories and photos, of course, to look back on.
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A Beautiful Love Story as written by Marneli
“How to describe my wedding day. A day filled with laughter, crying, love, sadness, stress, fun, so many emotions in one day. I wouldn’t describe myself as one for a fairytale wedding. I have always wanted it to be more real than that. And it was.. And yes technically it looked like the fairytale wedding. And yes I have my Prince charming. But that day I really cannot even put into words.
The day started when I woke up after having only 4 hours of sleep because that previous night, one of my bride’s maids only did my nails after 10 at night and us girls were sitting outside chatting for hours.
So I was tired but excited. The last few days leading up to the wedding was quite stressful.
.. Not because I am a perfectionist.. (anything but)
But because my 2 mothers in law were and that freaked me out. That being said I have to give them all the credit for making the wedding run as smoothly as it did. The whole day is somewhat of a blur to me. Because I have never experienced how one day flies by so quickly. All I remember before the actual wedding was that in 3hours we tried to set up everything in time before my groom arrived. Murphy’s law, he arrived and we weren’t done and so I had to leave everything in the hands of my girls and family. I then started getting ready, and I guess there it slowed down a bit because, for some reason, there was an incredible amount of calm and peace that washed over me. My sister started doing my hair and makeup, and she managed to turn me into this beautiful being, someone I didn’t know, but liked very much. And when I got into my dress, I was shocked at the perfect reflection in the mirror. So it was a good start… And all of a sudden it was time, for my dad to see me and to give me away. That’s where the sad part comes in because to see how my dad cried, made me realize that this is it, this is the moment when I am no longer his to look after. After 24 years of preparing me for life. Today my life changes.”
“We were waiting for what felt like forever to go to the chapel. But from the bridal suite I could hear the jazz, I could hear people talking and that made me excited. Soon enough we were there and all I could think of was what my soon to be husband is thinking. I think it’s quite surreal when you realize that someone has chosen to spend their life with you beside them. I think it’s a wonderful privilege to be able to share a friendship and a love with someone like that!
Anyway, I chose to walk into the church with Josh Groban’s when you say you love me playing in the background. I must say that day, it was the most fitting song because when the doors opened and I saw my Husband’s face, the world stood still. I stopped breathing and I felt like it was just him and I in that room. I have never seen him cry the way he did that day. I have never felt his love so deeply like that day!! I wanted to run to him. I guess it was like a fairytale, but filled with way more emotion which made it so real! The ceremony was short but beautifully done, by my dad of course, who is a Minister of Religion. So again it was filled with emotion until he took out his pellet gun when he asked my husband if he will love me and cherish me forever. My dad is one for terrible jokes, but he pulled it off as we all laughed. Soon enough, we were married and we kissed and life as I knew it changed. My wedding was amazing. There was jazz music at Makiti wedding venue, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, fairy lights, wine, all our friends and family were there with us and we even tried to do our best Argentinian tango for our guests. After many dance lessons, we failed properly, but it was the best time we had as we couldn’t stop laughing! My dress even broke before our dance! But with all the fails of the evening, it was the best time I ever had, and it was the best start to my life as a Coertze!”
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