For every couple planning their wedding, there tends to be one aspect of the day that is most important to them; sometimes an exquisite meal, or a free-flowing bar, for some a kick-ass band will make the day theirs. Considering how you most like to enjoy yourself and making this the focus of the day is a great way to prioritise your planning - and your budget.
I’ve attended a few weddings as a guest with no hired wedding photographer and while it was lovely to enjoy the day without breaking for posed shots, after each one I have received slightly frantic email asking if I took any pictures of the day that I could share and it got me thinking. There’s a great argument for living in the moment instead of behind, or in these cases in front of a camera. Almost everyone has a smart phone now, so social media sharing sites are a great way to capture candids - why not have your own wedding #hashtag.
The thing is, after the food has been eaten and the band has packed away, after your dress has been dry cleaned and cake has been distributed the one part of your wedding that increases with value over time are your photographs. Your special day, more often than not, will be a blur of love and hugs and tears and smiles, a good photographer will tease out moments from the day, writing your story in a picture book.
Even for the most camera shy couple, I would recommend finding a good photographer and selecting them should be a wholly personal process. Ensure their style of photography is to your liking, that they are happy to take the shots you wish to stage, but most of all make sure you choose someone you like. You want to feel as comfortable as possible in front of the lens - it will translate to beautiful images that capture the real emotion of your wedding day.
As a planner, I get kid-on-Christmas-morning excited when my happy couples share their wedding photos with me. It’s a chance to re-live the special day; the golden moments shared and captured for you to keep forever.