Wedding Photographers Reveal Their Biggest Pet Peeves

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Nov 142016
 

Your wedding photographer adores you, and couldn't be happier to photograph your wedding day — there's no two ways about it. But that doesn't mean the guy or gal behind the camera lens isn't hiding a grimace when a guest steps in to steal the shot, or a family member goes MIA right before your well-timed portrait session.

So if you've ever wondered what annoys them the most, five wedding photographers are here to reveal their biggest wedding-day pet peeves — so you can avoid them, of course.

"By far, my biggest pet peeve is when everyone at the ceremony has their phone, iPads, and cameras, out. In this day and age, we're hard pressed to find anyone actually absorbing the moment in front of them. As a photographer, it breaks my heart to see every person in the audience viewing the wedding through their screen, and when the bride walks down the aisle, the groom sees a bunch of phone screens blaring in his direction instead of being able to focus on his bride." — Laura Neff, owner of Laura Lee Photography

"I would have to say it is gathering people together for the family photos. After the wedding is over, it is so tempting for family members to head out to the cocktail hour, so I totally understand. However, to keep things running smoothly, we truly need them to stay seated and wait as the other guests head out so we can being the group family photos." — Michelle Horn, owner of Horn Photography & Design

"My wedding-day pet peeve is couples who cling to each other so tightly on the dance floor for their first dance that I can't see both their faces. In this day and age, no one wants to go back to the old-fashioned, obtrusive photographer who would tap a bride and groom on the shoulder during the first dance and ask them both to look in the camera for a shot. But as a wedding photographer, you realize there's a reason this old-fashioned method was so tried and true — for couples who rock back and forth without any space between them, all you can get are shots where either the bride or the groom's head is barely showing in the shot." — Faith West, owner of Faith West Photography

See More: Photographers' Tips for Ensuring Picture-Perfect Wedding Photos

"Guests who get in the way of the photographer because they want to have their own photos on their own phones or cameras, sometimes ruining very special moments that cannot be re-done. Most of what makes up a wedding day are one-time things: The first time a couple sees each other on their wedding day, their vows, the kiss, the first dance. There are no do-overs. The guests who step in front of a photographer to get their own shots are caught on camera and now face the wrath from the couple." — Meredith Moran, owner of Meredith Moran Photography

"My biggest wedding day pet peeve is when the bride and groom don't do a first look, or don't allow enough time for portraits. If you don't want to do a first look, make sure your ceremony time is early enough that you have at least a good hour of sunlight left, so your photographer has time to get all the portraits done. Remember, you've got family formals, bridal party, and bride and groom. I've had so many bride and grooms refuse to do a first look, and then be rushed for portrait time — or be so hungry/tired that they don't want to do photos after the ceremony." — Chelsea Royse, owner of Chelsea Kaye Photography

Our Favorite Wedding Photos from Real Couples Who Got Married This Weekend

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Nov 082016
 

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Hello, November! While engagement season is upon us, we're still obsessed with scrolling through our Instagram feed and rounding up all of our favorite wedding photos from real couples who got married this weekend. And the added bonus? You'll even see a few familiar faces that we've been DYING to see walk down that aisle! Want to share your wedding photos with us from your own big day? Tag #MyBridesMoment for your chance to be featured. Now, onto the photos!

(Above) Congrats to Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo who tied the knot this weekend at the Cathedral of the Ozarks at John Brown University in Arkansas. Jinger wore a classic lace wedding dress with long sleeves — a bridal trend we keep seeing over and over again!

Add Audrina Patridge to the list of The Hills' stars to get married this year! This past weekend she finally said "I do" to her long time beau Corey Bohan. And by the looks of this sneak peek we saw, she looked stunning in a form fitting embroidered wedding dress with spaghetti straps. We seriously can't wait to see more!

Ohh, look who we spy in this photo...Ryan Seacrest! His latest gig? He got to play a very important role — being the man of honor at his sister Meredith's wedding. How sweet is that? Now if only we could hear his MOH speech which we're pretty sure would be ranked #1 (if there was a wedding toast chart!)

A picture-perfect moment for model Courtney La'Bree and her new husband. We are loving her strapless wedding dress, sparkly shoes, statement earrings, flower bouquet — ok, we'll just admit it. We love absolutely everything about this couple.

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Wow, do you see that beautiful ceremony structure? This photo caught our eye right away. Planned by Mindy Weiss, this wedding was one to remember.

The 6 Secrets to Getting the Absolute BEST Wedding Photos

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Nov 042016
 

Who better to tell you how to snag amazing photos at your wedding than the guys and gals behind the camera? Here, six photographers share their top secrets to getting wedding photos you'll treasure forever.

1. Schedule your portrait session at sunset.
"For those dreamy, glowy photos, plan on having your photographer outside during golden hour, which is the hour directly before the sunset," says Tim Muller, co-founder of George Street Photo and Video. "During this time, the sun will be low enough to create those strong golden hues, soft shadows, and some serious sun flare. Swoon."

2. Do what feels natural.
"Being photographed all day long can be exhausting, and couples will often look stiff during portraits," warns Erin Wik, owner of Erin Wik Photography. "I recommend standing in a way that you normally would together. For example: Holding hands, or with your arms linked around each other's waists. The more comfortable you feel, the more natural it's going to look. Plus, this will ease you into the process, because being the star of the show can be nerve wracking."

3. Hire a professional hair stylist and makeup artist.
"Not just for yourself, but for your bridal party as well," says Ashley Lodge, owner of Ashley Lodge Photography. "You get to feel the benefit of feeling like royalty all day long, and your photographer will love you for it. The editing process goes a whole lot smoother and quicker when hair stays in place and makeup doesn't run."

4. Don't give your photographer a shot list.
"The problem with those lists is that they're the stuff of imagination," explains photographer G.E. Masana. "The requests may be for things that never happen that day, making your photographer obligated to devote their focus on watching for those, so preoccupied with nailing your requests that they miss the spontaneous moments that do happen at your wedding. And those moments can be far more powerful, richer and meaningful to you, now and in later years, than any pre-conceived idea of what you imagine your wedding photos should capture."

See More: 21 Romantic First-Look Photos

5. Trust your photographer's instincts.
"Know that if your photographer suggests one spot over another or doing some photos slightly later than you had initially planned, it's because they know best," says Meredith Moran, owner of Meredith Moran Photography. "They know that their photos are very important to them and they want to give you the very best. That being said, if you have your heart set on a location or backdrop that is not photographically ideal, your photographer should be able to make that happen no matter what."

6. Definitely do an engagement session.
"Not only will it give you a chance to see if you like the work of said photographer, but it will also help you by getting to know them and getting to know how they work," says Victoria Johansson, of Victoria Johansson Photography. "All of this means that when your wedding is running late, and that carefully allocated photography time shrinks from an hour to five minutes, your photographer will know what works for you and what doesn't, and you will already feel comfortable working with them and having a camera pointed at you."

Our Favorite Wedding Photos from Real Couples Who Got Married This Weekend

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Nov 012016
 

What a boo-tiful weekend it was to get married! (Sorry, we just can't help ourselves!) No, but seriously, after scrolling through our Instagram feed this morning, we have to admit — Halloween weekend is a spook-tacular time of year to get married! From pumpkin décor to fall flower bouquets, we're seriously loving every single detail from these real couples who got married this past weekend. Want to share your wedding photos with us from your own big day? Tag #MyBridesMoment and @brides for your chance to be featured. Now, onto the photos!

(Above) Best day ever is right! There are SO many things about Katie and Paul's wedding that we are obsessing over right now. From the pumpkin aisle runners to the most adorable ring bearer and sign, this couple slayed their Halloween wedding.

Introducing the Cohans! This gorgeous couple said their "I do's" at the Royal Palms in Phoenix, Arizona. How sweet is this moment? And by the way, that Berta wedding dress. One word. Flawless!

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There's something about a sexy open back that we can't get enough of! Married this past weekend at a vineyard in New Mexico, these two couldn't look happier to be Mr. and Mrs. now.

This bride and groom jumped into the cutest getaway car after their wedding ceremony. We're pretty sure they're more than ready to drive off and begin their new journey as husband and wife.

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Kate and Tyrone celebrated their marriage with a joyous ride around on a carousel. Take some style inspiration from this bride's bold statement earrings and pretty fall flower bouquet.

Our Favorite Wedding Photos from Real Couples Who Got Married This Weekend

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Oct 252016
 

Can you feel it? Winter is coming! But before that happens... we are going to bask in as many fall wedding photos we can. From the wedding dresses to the décor, we are gathering so much wedding inspiration as we scroll through our Instagram feed. We know you are just as obsessed as we are, so here's our round-up of our favorite photos from real couples who got married this weekend. Want to share your photos with us from your own big day? Tag #MyBridesMoment for your chance to be featured. Now, onto the photos.

(Above) What a beautiful autumn day at this golf club in Arkansas for Micah and Colin to get married! We can't take our eyes off the bride's lacy long sleeved wedding dress. And thanks to her groom's gentleman ways, she didn't even get the bottom of her dress dirty during their nature stroll! We think she found a keeper.

This gorgeous couple has us dreamin' of a California wedding. They tied the knot at Holman Ranch — an incredible wedding location in Carmel. And as if this scenery wasn't enough to swoon over, we're even more fixated on the bride's blush wedding dress.

Jaqueline and Daniel took full advantage of this lovely fall weather by shooting their wedding photos outside too. While these two were caught up in a sweet moment, we'll take our own pause to admire her elegant style and flowing train.

How cool are these magnolia trees? Leave it to wedding planner extraordinaire Mindy Weiss to make you feel like you are outside getting married, when you're really at the Rainbow Room in New York City. Lucky for this couple, they got to say their I do's underneath them.

There's so many things about this photo we adore! But we must point out one of the latest trends we've been seeing — suspended-greenery installations. Isn't it the perfect décor to dance the night away under? We thought so too.


Our Favorite Wedding Photos from Real Couples Who Got Married This Weekend: October 17, 2016

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Oct 182016
 

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Oh, October! This is the time when our Instagram feed is overflowing with everything we all love about this wonderful time of year. From apple picking, pumpkin patches and countless images of fall foliage, there's so much to swoon over — including an all-time favorite of ours, fall wedding photos! We can never get enough, and we know you can't either. So here's our round-up of our favorite photos from real couples who got married this weekend. Want to share your wedding photos from your own big day? Tag #MyBridesMoment for your chance to be featured. Now, onto the photos!

(Above) Wedding bells were ringing this weekend for The Flash actor, Robbie Amell and Designated Survivor actress, Italia Ricci. After 8 years of dating, the duo finally said their "I do's" at a ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. Italia looked über classic in a stunning ball gown wedding dress with her hair simply pulled up and topped off with a sparkly headband. They paused for a quick moment to take in one of the happiest moments on your big day — when you get to make your grand exit as husband and wife!

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Chinyani! We completely stopped when we saw this beautiful couple. We absolutely love how the bride chose a blush pink wedding dress. Brides, take note. This is a major trend we are seeing coming down the runways. And big props to her husband for taking a little bit of a risk and adding a pop of color to his wedding day attire too!

Your wedding day is seriously the best day ever. So don't be afraid to kick up your heels and dance down the street with your husband like this bride did! Oh, and another cute added bonus? Their adorable doggie who got to tag along on the big day making this one of the sweetest photos ever.

Yep, it's possible to have a beach wedding in October! Lucky for Catherine and Rob they scored one fine day to get hitched in New York at the Montauk Yacht Club. We completely adore the bride's strapless Vera Wang trumpet wedding dress. It's safe to say this is wedding day perfection.

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Hello to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Swenson who got married in Mississippi Gardens this weekend. I think we can all agree they had the most amazing fall foliage backdrop for their wedding day photos. We bet they're going to want to frame this one!

Our Favorite Wedding Photos from Real Couples Who Got Married This Weekend

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Oct 112016
 

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Bridal Fashion Week has been in full swing this past week! Of course, we've been out and about at all of your favorite bridal designers' shows so we can report back to you on all the newest wedding dress trends coming straight from the runways. While we know you've been obsessively following along, we must interrupt our coverage to fill you in on our favorite photos from real couples who got married this weekend. We know you can't live without our weekly Instagram round-up, amiright? We didn't think so. Want to share your wedding photos from your own big day? Tag #MyBridesMoment for your chance to be featured. Now, onto the photos!

(Above) Congratulations to Teen Mom's Macy Bookout who tied the knot this weekend to Taylor McKinney at a destination wedding at the Honeylake Resort in Greenville, Florida. The bride wore a pretty pink pastel wedding dress by Riki Dala Haute Couture and we have to say we're totally loving the non-traditional wedding day look.

Former Bachelor winner Nikki Ferrell finally got her fairytale ending this weekend (Sorry Juan Pablo!) as she wed Tyler VanLoo Saturday in Kansas City. We can't stop staring at her gorgeous beaded trumpet wedding dress. The pair couldn't look happier as they exited the church with their new tittles — Mr. and Mrs.

How sweet! Victor and Javi got to say their "I do's" at the W in New York City on Saturday. Despite the rainy weather, these two couldn't help but sneak away outside to steal an unforgettable moment together.

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Talk about a dream wedding venue! Olya and Jason were lucky enough to get married at the Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa in Ubud, Bali. This couple and scenery are so beautiful, that we need another few minutes to admire and take it all in.

Say hello to newlyweds Tritia and Roger. They got hitched this weekend in LA at the Hudson Loft. The bride wore a stunning lace embroidered strapless dress and carried a bouquet of red gerber daisies. What a great way to add a pop of color to your day! And yes, you have our permission to add this idea to your Pinterest wedding inspo board ASAP.

We’re Not Having a First Look. What Do We Need to Know?

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Oct 082016
 

While first looks are becoming more and more popular as both an opportunity to have a few quiet moments together before the celebrations begin and to get some extra pictures done before the ceremony, it isn't for everyone. Some couples still choose to stick to tradition, spending the night before the wedding apart and seeing one another for the first time as they reach the altar. If you fall into the latter camp and are skipping your first look, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Our experts are here to break it down for you!

If you're not having a first look, the biggest thing to be aware of is your timeline. Sure, you can do pictures with your bridesmaids and immediate family before you walk down the aisle, but you'll need to include extra time post-ceremony for things like your couple portraits, photos of the entire wedding party, and pictures of your families with the two of you. When you're making your must-have photo list with your photographer, work with him or her to break down what you'll be able to get beforehand and what you'll have to save until after your "I dos." Depending on how long your list is, you may want to discuss having your photographer bring a second-shooter to help get as many pre-ceremony pictures done as possible so you're not left missing all of cocktail hour.

See More: The Pros and Cons of Having a First Look

Your timeline should also include specifics to help keep the two of you apart before the ceremony. If you're staying at the same hotel, schedule your walks or drives to the ceremony venue to happen 10-15 minutes apart, so you can get through the lobby (and into your ceremony venue!) without bumping into one another. Make sure there is a room you can head to where you'll be out of sight — most houses of worship have a bridal suite or meeting room that's designated for the bride, where she can tuck away with her 'maids until all the guests are seated.

Do you want to save the "look" for the aisle, but still wish you could have a moment together before you exchange vows? There are a few alternative ideas that make for sweet pictures without ruining the surprise. One is to stand on either side of a doorway or around a corner and hold hands. You can exchange notes, talk to one another, say a prayer, or do whatever will help calm your nerves. Another option is to have your groom positioned somewhere with a blindfold on, then have the bride walk out and stand back-to-back with him. You'll be able to touch and speak to one another, but your dress will still be a big surprise!

4 Photographers Share The Wedding Moments That Always Make Them Cry

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Oct 062016
 

There's enough emotion floating around a wedding that anyone with a tear duct will find themselves, at some point during the evening, shedding a tear or two. But what about the wedding professionals — the people who attend a wedding almost every single weekend? If you're wondering what moments still make them choke back a sob, you're in luck. We asked four wedding photographers to admit the moment that still makes them sob.

Dad's First Look
"Without fail, the moment in the wedding day that makes a bride cry is when they have a quiet moment with dad. With mom, brides are supportive, helping her through the moments when she is teary and playing the role of a supportive friend to her. With her groom, she's happy, excited, and wells up with joy as they take on the new journey together. But with dad, they get a rare glimpse of seeing the man who has always been strong, who has always been her rock, start to show emotions that she's often never seen before." Peter Greeno, a destination wedding photographer serving Cape Cod and Coastal Maine

When The Couples Read Their Vows
"I love when the couple write their own vows. During this moment of the ceremony the couple talks straight from their heart and this moves me every time." —Merinda Edmonds, Photographer with A Sweet Focus

The Walk Down the Aisle
"I always find myself about to cry when I see a bride have her father walk her down the aisle. This moment is super personal for me because I don't have a dad anymore. That moment means a lot to me and I make sure I have the best angle to capture it so the bride can remember that moment forever." —Susan Shek, Susan Shek Photography

See More: 5 Tricks to Keep from Crying Throughout Your Entire Ceremony

The Groom's First Look
"A moment that always gets me no matter what the grooms reaction is has to be when the bride first makes her appearance and he locks eyes with her. I've seen grooms cry, tear up, suck tears back or just stare in awe at her. I love that part. It always gets me, even when the groom doesn't cry because you can see the love and almost a sense of admiration for her that is priceless. You can sometimes see the groom hold his breath, which is such a compliment in my eyes. That look is the reason I shoot weddings." —Hilda Medrano, Hilda Medrano Photography

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

BRIDES Washington DC: The Best Engagement Photo Shoot Locations

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Oct 062016
 

In a place that's as iconic as Washington D.C., it's hard to get a shot that doesn't scream tourist (can we say National Monument backdrop, anyone?). Even though kitsch is fun for a photo or two, we can bet you want something a little more personalized for your big engagement photoshoot. To get photos that are as unique as you and your fiancé, head to one of these slightly less chartered destinations right in the heart of the city.

National Cathedral Washington DC

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The National Cathedral
The working cathedral (whose full name is the Cathedral Church of Saint peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington) closely models other soaring structures built in the Neo-Gothic style with two towers decorated with multiple spires and protective gargoyles. Even though shots in the front of the cathedral and around its manicured gardens are popular, the best views (and photo opportunities) come from the top of the bell towers, which offer sweeping vistas of the tree speckled skyline of Wisconsin Ave. Read real brides' reviews here!

Union Station Washington DC

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Union Station
Although it's bustling with commuters and tourists alike, the soaring, ornately decorated ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and vintage look of railway stations past greatly make up for the busy atmosphere. To avoid some of the crowds, skip morning and early evening as that's prime rush hour. Instead, go in the middle of the afternoon or on the weekend so there's last chances for a photobomb. Read real brides' reviews here!

See More: Looking to Use Those Engagement Photos for Your Save-the-Date? Find Washington D.C. Wedding Stationers Here!

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
If you and your fiancé are space and science nerds, snap your photos in the National Air and Space Museum in Vienna, Virginia. The three- floor museum is decorated with all of the astronaut helmets, vintage aircrafts (like one of the first aircrafts ever created) space ship memorabilia and contemporary and historic air traffic control towers awaiting exploration. Plus, the high factory-esque ceilings and dangling array of hanging aircraft create the perfect backdrop for couple photos.

Barracks Row Washington DC

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Barracks Row
Barracks Row has come a long way in the past few years, but the row still has plenty of exposed brick and colorful buildings for an incredible backdrop. The five blocks that stretch south of Pennsylvania Ave now boasts hundreds of boutiques, restaurants and bars (most locally owned) with all of the exposed brick, hanging pipes, brightly painted facades and quirky street art you'd expect. For the best light and to capture the colors of the street, go at sunset.

Need a local photographer to capture all those sweet engagement snapshots? Browse dozens of DC wedding photographers here!

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