As a wedding photographer the first part of the wedding day is usually spent with the bride and her bridesmaids and it is a fun time. When the wedding photographer arrives it is a sign to the bride that the wedding ceremony is getting ever nearer and there is excitement in the air, along with a few pre wedding nerves.
I usually introduce myself to the bride with a smile and ask a parent/friend of the bride to quickly show me around. I scan all the rooms before deciding where to shoot the wedding dress, wedding shoes and any other accessories if they are not already set up. These shots help to tell the story and look great in a wedding album. If I can, I get the parent/friend to help me.
The wedding dress is best shot in a room with nice features and/or good light. I then shoot the wedding shoes, wedding veil and any cards and gifts which help tell the story. Whilst I do this I am also keeping abreast on what is going on around me so I can capture the moment perhaps when dad pops the champagne or when the wedding bouquets arrive.
The details are important and with a little care and attention they can be made to look really nice. I can then move on to photographing the bridesmaids along with the mother of the bride and the moment when the father sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress.