There’s no doubt that the photographers you choose to capture your big day will absolutely play the biggest role in the ultimate quality and impact of your pictures, but they’re not the only ones. After all, this is your wedding we’re talking about here. That means that you, your partner, and your guests will be the stars of the show, and of your photo album.
But being a “star” isn’t so easy for everyone and one of the biggest issues many newlyweds have is loosening up and truly living in the moment. The good news is that we’ve been in NY & NJ wedding photography for long enough to have picked up a few tricks for doing just that. Read on to learn about a few.
Get off to a good start.
Yes, that means getting a good night’s sleep before your big day and eating a good breakfast, but that’s not really what we’re talking about here. Everyone has some kind of morning routine, yet many newlyweds-to-be toss all that out the window on their wedding day. They figure that there’s going to be so much to worry about and their morning routine just won’t fit.
However, you’ll be far better off sticking to the things you normally do in the morning on your wedding day. That, combined with a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast, will go a long way toward getting you off to a good start. Think about it, rather than being totally removed from your normal routine, it’ll be the opposite.
You’ll be in your usual morning comfort zone if you stick to your normal routine and you may want to consider adding some extra cushion time. Also, if you don’t really have any relaxing routine, then it’s not a bad idea to simply build some time into your wedding day timeline that will allow you to ease into your big day because, make no mistake, that will make a huge difference in your ability to live in the moment.
Set some one-on-one time aside.
Wedding days, while often hectic if not a little overwhelming at times, are all about celebrating the love and union of you and your partner. That’s why it’s so important to spend some time together, just the two of you, during your wedding day so that you can reflect and remind each other what it’s all about.
It doesn’t have to be a ton of time and you don’t need to do it too frequently, either. It’s more about determining the best possible points in the day for your “excursions.” You want to try to strategically plan them so that they come at times when there’s a good chance that you and/or partner will be feeling a little rushed or overwhelmed.
It could be just after your ceremony or just before your photo session, but the bottom line is that it won’t be easy to skip off to spend even a few minutes together on your wedding day unless you plan for it and build that time into your timeline. But if you do, then that time will go a long way toward helping you and your partner relax and remain in the moment.
Prepare to brush a little dirt off your shoulder.
One of the biggest reasons that so many couples have such trouble staying present in the moment on their wedding days is that they allow little issues and hiccups to disrupt their focus and mood. It’s perfectly understandable, too. After all, every bride and groom wants their wedding to go off without a hitch.
But the thing is that there’s always a hitch, or two, or three. The point being that a wedding day wouldn’t be a wedding day without a few unexpected issues arising at one point or another. It’s just the nature of the beast as every wedding is full of moving parts and variables, which makes it practically inevitable for at least one thing to go wrong.
So, the key is to not sweat those types of hiccups. In fact, you’re far better off actually expecting them to happen, a few at least. That way, when something does happen, you’ll be ready to brush it off rather than allowing it to affect you and remove you from the moments that make up your big day.
We’ve been doing wedding photography in NJ for long enough to know how much being present can make for better pictures.
No one’s saying that living and staying in the moment throughout your wedding day is easy, because it rarely is. Aside from all the moving parts, there’s also all the inherent energy and emotion to consider, which can be a little distracting at times.
But there are some tricks to staying loose and in the moment, and while these aren’t all of them by any means, they are some of the good ones. We hope they help, and good luck!
About Us: Live Picture Studios has been doing NY / NJ wedding photography and videography for years. At LPS, we always create to inspire, and you can check out our photo gallery and video gallery to see some examples.