I generally spend the night before packing and getting everything in order, there are a lot of items to remember and forgetting any one thing can be a disaster! I typically start the day off with some getting ready shots, in the morning, for these pictures I focus on the small little details. Curled eyelashes, a comb running through hair, applying lipstick and a few creative shots of the room the bride through the mirror. It is also a great time to get photos of the dress hanging in a window, the shoes and little accessories like the tiara necklace etc, my focus for these photos are creativity and elegance.
Next are some bride shots after she is all done up and ready. Then on occasion a "first look" which is a moment before the ceremony when the bride gets to see the groom for the first time! This is usually a semi private time between the bride groom and the photographer.
Then the ceremony! This is guided by the officiant, and usually lasts from 5-20 minutes! This is where I need to be in as many places at once stealthily getting as many angles as I can. Important images to capture here are the expressions on the bride groom and parents, this is an emotional time so my focus is on the emotion of the moment. Tears of happiness running down a cheek, smiles of joy, and enthralled eyes between the bride and groom.
Now it is time for the fun part! The formals. Typically I like the start with the biggest group, i.e. both parents brothers sisters of the bride and groom and the wedding party. After a few combinations and special requests, we are left with just the wedding party. This is when we can be goofy and fun. And anything goes. This is also a great time for creativity. I like to go out and walk around and find some fun things to do, as the pictures below illustrate.
Then comes food, toasts, cutting the cake, bouquet toss, guarder toss and first dance.