Wedding Photo Check List – Must have shots
After your big day has taken place, you will find that your wedding photos become one of your most treasured possessions! A record of this most special day, they embrace your memories for ever more. Today we look at some of those must-have shots you really want to have in your Morden Hall wedding album.
On the morning of your wedding, your photographer is likely to be taking photographs of the venue before guests arrive. He or she will capture the scene, taking beautiful images of the Morden Hall exterior and the different rooms and spaces set for your wedding.
Ask him or her to capture shots of you getting ready in the Cherry Suite, having your hair and make up done and enjoying a glass of Champagne with your bridesmaids.
This is also a great opportunity to take a few detail shots, perhaps of your wedding dress on a hanger and your accessories from your jewellery to your shoes.
When bridal flowers arrive, it’s a lovely idea to take close up photos of those and the buttonholes, in pristine condition before the day begins.
You might also speak to the photographer about taking shots of the groom and his groomsmen as they prepare for the day ahead.
Finally, you’re likely to want some group shots of the bridal party before the ceremony begins, elegant photographs of the bride with the bridesmaids and with her parents.
As the bride, you don’t get to see your guests arrive at the venue, so it’s a great idea to ask your photographer to capture these moments for you.
A close up of the Order of Service is a must, as well as any floral arrangements in the Willow or the Hawthorn Room.
Beautiful ceremony photographs will include shots of the groom and his best man awaiting your arrival and the moment you walk in to the room and down the aisle.
A good photographer will discreetly work around the room during your ceremony, recording the emotion of the event with reportage style photographs of you and your guests.
The Drinks Reception
After the ceremony, your photographer might ask to spend a little time with you for some couple shots. Morden Hall offers some beautiful backdrops, whether you decide to wander in to the garden and across the beautiful old footbridge or find a secluded spot amidst the trees for your wedding photos.
You might decide that you would like a large group shot, in which case, this is the time to take it, perhaps outside with the exterior of Morden Hall in the background.
It’s the perfect opportunity to take relaxed photographs of your guests laughing, mingling and chatting, along with some detail images of your cocktails, Champagne and canapés.
During your Wedding Breakfast
Ideally, your photographer will have taken photographs of the décor in the Mulberry Suite before guests move in to dine. It’s also lovely to see the room in its entirety filled with your guests, capturing the moment as a whole.
Again, you’re likely to want shots of guests chatting and laughing and, of course, of those infamous speeches.
Finally, don’t forget the details, from pretty favours to place settings and your wedding cake.
As day turns to evening, there are just a few photographs left to take. We certainly all want to remember that first dance moment.
Speak to your photographer about getting some great party shots, both on the dance floor and off, and maybe even with some fun illuminated props such as sparklers. You might also like to have some photos of your wedding food, especially if you’re having something fun and theatrical like a live cooking station.
As your day draws to a close, it’s a lovely idea to complete the photographic story with the your departure from Morden Hall, waving to your guests and driving off in your wedding car.
And finally… follow these top tips for some great photographs
– Discuss your wedding photo ideas with your photographer. Make sure they know what you like (and what you don’t).
– Ask one of your groomsmen to liaise with the photographer on the day, pointing out key members of your family.
– Relax! If you feel nervous about having your photo taken, consider having an engagement shoot before the big day to ease any anxieties.
– Add a few props. Umbrellas or parasols are a great idea – shading you from the sunshine or protecting you from rain.
If you have yet to pay a visit to Morden Hall, we would love to show you around. Simply give our friendly wedding team a call on 020 8102 0553 or contact us online.
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