One of the things that my brides and grooms want to know is what to expect during the wedding day.  After all, they have never done this before, and I have a bit more experience.  So, I thought that it might be useful to walk you through a day in the life of a wedding photographer!  =)

I will be using the gorgeous wedding of Johanna & Fred.  I picked this wedding to showcase for several reasons.  The first being that about half of my weddings are Catholic and take place in beautiful cathedrals.  Not only that, this particular wedding was perfect in every sense of the word.  The bride is stunning, the dress is amazing, and the lighting was spot-on.  Everyone was so happy and it was simply an awesome day.

Engagement Session
Well, my wedding day starts out well before the wedding itself.  I like to begin with the engagement session.  This session is vital in allowing me to get the best coverage possible of your wedding day by giving me the chance to work with you beforehand.  We decide on a location together that speaks to your personality as a couple.  Then, we just go out and play  =)  Of course, I offer some direction, but I really like for you two to feel more like you are on a date than posing for a camera.  Here are a few from Johanna & Fred’s engagement session at Trinity Groves in Dallas.

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Before the wedding
The engagement session was fun (aren’t these two ridiculously perfect??).  Before the wedding, I create a wedding photo timeline that will show where my assistant and I will be at each point during the wedding.  If you have a second shooter, you will also see her start time and what she will be concentrating on.  This just lets us all know what to expect at what times of the day.

On the wedding day
On your wedding day, I plan on plenty of time to pick up my assistant Elissa (AKA my Photog Manager, occasional translator, idea sounding board, and an all-around awesome person) and we arrive ready to go.  I love to get there about an hour and a half before the ceremony for some getting ready and pre-ceremony portraits.

Johanna & Fred’s wedding went off without a hitch.  Johanna was beyond stunning, and the ceremony and reception were gorgeous.

Here are the vendors that were involved on this special day!
Cathedral: Cathedral of Guadalupe | Videography: 4500 Films | Reception Venue: Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake | Catering: Kenny’s Italian Kitchen | Photography: Me, of course, and my awesome second shooter, Tara.

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After the Wedding

Once the wedding is over, everyone goes home, and the decor is swept up and discarded, my job is only half-over.  I get to relive your wedding day for the next couple of weeks as I carefully go through the images and find the best ones that tell your story.  I try to give you as many as possible, but I also don’t want to overwhelm you, either.  I find that most of my couples end up receiving 500-700 well-thought-out images, and that seems to be just about perfect.

Once the images are color corrected, straightened, and ready to print, I upload them to a wedding gallery and send them over to you!  You also will receive all of your color-corrected final images with printing rights on a USB.

I love to stay in contact with my brides and grooms after the wedding as well, but I am aware that some of you are often quite busy adjusting to your new lives.  I am always here if you need me for anything.

Want me to photograph your wedding?

I would love to talk to you about capturing your love story!  Let’s chat over coffee or dessert!  Email me at christina@christinatruelove.com or call/text 469-432-2245.