DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTO TIPS AND TRICKS
To the adventurous Bride and Groom looking to tie the knot on the other side of the world, welcome! Having a destination wedding myself in Italy, I am partial to destination weddings – mixing in the excitement and anticipation of getting married with the sense of adventure associated with an unknown place is an amazing feeling.
Having experience with destination weddings, I thought I would provide some worldly thoughts on destination weddings to help you on your travels:
TIP #1 – HIRE PHOTOGRAPHERS YOU TRUST
Destination weddings often involve a lot of unknowns as you work to pin down exactly what everything will look like on your big day – distance often makes it impractical to meet all your vendors and differences in expectations can occur as you plan your wedding in a different country. This is going to be an amazing experience for you and there’s only three things you’ll be taking back home with you – you’re wedding ring, your new husband/wife, and your photos to remember the day.
That’s why it’s so important to hire photographers you trust to deliver on quality and that you can meet ahead of the wedding to get comfortable with. Peace of mind is priceless.
For example, certain popular destination wedding locations are known for crowds of speedo-daring individuals that are often surprisingly bold in walking close to your otherwise beautiful wedding venue. While the resort will often position the ceremony in such a way to minimize this effect, it is impossible to capture all angles without… well this:
TIP #2 – PLAN FOR A “NEXT DAY” SESSION
Despite the name, this will often NOT take place the next day after your wedding as you will have undoubtedly had a great time partying the night away with family and friends (everyone is on vacation after all!).
This session gives you and your new husband/wife the opportunity to change your hair style, dress, suit, anything that you want more of or that you weren’t quite happy with on your wedding day.
James and I spend A LOT of time exploring around the resort and through the local towns during the first few days (while you will likely be busy with last minute wedding details) and we will have A LOT of really cool places to capture your beautiful selves. There will never be enough time on the wedding day to get every photo in while still remotely staying on schedule so James and I include this in every destination wedding.
TIP #3 – MIND THE PRE-RECEPTION DRINKS FOR THE ENTIRE WEDDING PARTY
This really goes for any wedding, but especially when the drinks are often readily available on house throughout the entire day and often under the heat of the sun. We want to photograph you and your wedding party at your best! A drink to help loosen the edge is A OK, but let your wedding party know that they can start to party AFTER the group photos. This will greatly increase the speed and quality of the group wedding photos.
TIP #4 – OUTDOOR TROPICAL WEDDING RECEPTIONS ARE BEST
With the caveat that you have a back-up available if it does pour, and you’re not getting married in a beautiful historic church or castle in Europe. In our experience with tropical destination weddings, indoor receptions can often be situated in common buffet rooms which may not provide the most flattering of colour combinations. If you’re getting married somewhere tropical than stay outdoors if you can where the scenery is more flattering.
TIP #5 – LOBSTERS ARE GREAT TO EAT, NOT GREAT TO BE
The pools, towns, and open sea can be alluring creatures – the excitement of exploring new locations with family and friends and your husband/wife to be can cause you to venture out without proper protection. Wear sunscreen! We’ve never had a wedding couple burn thankfully, but James has been a burning orb of red in the lens on several tropical vacations and it makes for extremely difficult post editing and extreme discomfort for you when anything touches your skin.