October 1, 2018
I’m just taking a few moments to talk about 3 quick tips for the brides who want an outdoor wedding experience. There have been very distinct challenges I have seen over the five years that I photographed weddings. These tips are more focused on those brides who find photography as one of the most important aspects on their wedding day. Outdoor weddings are absolutely beautiful and are usually one of my favorite locations to shoot, I absolutely love the natural light and fresh air. Here in the south though, most people don’t want to get married outside in the summertime for one really good reason in particular, it’s just really hot. Most brides choose to have their big day during the two main peak bridal seasons in the south, the spring and the fall.
The first challenge that I’ve always encountered has been the struggle with having enough natural light. If you are planning to get married at these times of the year, the amount of light after your wedding is usually very limited. I suggest that you have most of your photographs taken before the wedding, which includes a first look. If you choose to wait, that is completely okay; however, you do have to consider that after your ceremony you will be limited for the amount of time you can take photos outside. As a photographer, I am unable to change when the sun goes down, although I wish I could influence this! I have had many discussions in the past with brides about the timeline and the limitations that come with sunsets. Just be aware that you may need to be with your photographer more before the ceremony to plan accordingly and receive all the looks and shots that you’re wanting.
Another challenge that I have seen involves the setting of the sun and the location of your ceremony. Again, if photos are extremely important to you or if you just don’t like squinting, this is something that you do need to consider. Starting from fall and all the way through spring, the sun may start to go down during your ceremony; moreover, you need to make sure you talk with your photographer and your venue so that everyone is on the same page and understands this element. I have realized through the years that many brides did not consider that when deciding their venue and were faced with many unforeseen challenges due to this.
My last tip to consider involves realizing that you cannot control the weather. I always suggest having a backup plan and also to choose a venue that has an area to support that backup plan. There have been circumstances that I have been in where there was no secondary location if the weather didn’t cooperate. Also keep in mind that photographers have equipment that they have to consider as well which cannot be exposed to extreme elements or moisture; that being said, they will do the best that they can to accommodate your love for being outside. All things considered, it really is best if you select a venue that you love inside and out so that no matter what mother nature decides on your big day, you’ll have an amazing experience.
I hope this helps you as you consider location and times of your wedding. I always love sharing my experiences to brides and hope to help you have the most amazing experience that you plan so much for!