Madison is such a special place. May be you met here, went to college, fell in love. Katie and Paul knew they needed to come back to Madison for the engagement photos and we are so glad that they did. Don’t miss this beautiful engagement session, filled with classic Madison, from State Street to the Capitol to the Memorial Union Terrace.
In photography, the background can make all the difference. Choose a light background with a lot going on and your eye will bounce around your photo, taking everything in. Choose a dark background and you will create negative space, drawing your eye into your photo.
When creating your photo think about what you want to achieve. Do you want the focus to be on a singular object, or are you capturing the mood of an entire scene?
Example: Capturing the scene
Here, we wanted to include the entire scene in this wedding photograph. The majestic trees, the classic car. The umbrellas. I love how this wedding photo brings you right back to that moment in time. Classic. Capture the scene.
Example: Singular focus on one subject
Here, our focus is just on our bride. Everything else should fade. We found some beautiful light, positioned our bride and turned off the lights in the room to make everything else really dark. The result, our bride stands out. All of our focus is on her in this beautiful wedding photograph.
You spend countless hours planning your wedding day. The big day comes. Suddenly, you are running late on hair and makeup. You struggle to get everyone to the church. Your ceremony starts 15 minutes late. You are rushed to get photos in and you miss a key location that you really really wanted wedding pictures at. You miss your cocktail hour and your wedding caterer is frustrated because food is getting cold for dinner.
Don’t let this happen to you on your wedding day. Use our five tips below to create the perfect wedding timeline, that will leave you feeling relaxed and full of joy (not stress!) on your wedding day.
5. Add time for Hair and Makeup.
Wedding hair and makeup is notorious for going over planned time. They want you to look perfect. You want you to look perfect. But… once hair and makeup goes over, everything is late (this is the first part of your day!). Avoid stress. Add 15 minutes on to each appointment. Make sure your bridesmaids are ready to go at their slotted time. Set your day up for success.
4. Don’t forget about travel
Here is a typical thought. Wedding ceremony 2-3. Wedding photos at the gardens 3-4. Cocktail hour 4-5. Wait… we didn’t take into account that the garden was a 30 minute drive from the church and the wedding reception. Suddenly there is a very small window for photos at the garden. Remember to build in travel time. With a large wedding party take into account the time it will take them to get in and out of your limo. Check the events page for your city. Is there a festival going on the day for your wedding? Add time if you need to.
3. Pad your timeline
The easiest way to avoid being rushed on your wedding day is to put in a little extra time than you think things will take. Time to freshen up. Time to grab a snack, a water, a cocktail! This extra time will allow you to take care of yourself and enjoy your entire wedding day!
2. Find a Personal Attendant
Do you have that one friend who is always the one organizing everyone? The one who can get people together, isn’t afraid to tell people what needs to be done? Ask this person to be your personal attendant. What is a personal attendant? They will be in charge of all the little things that need to be done. Need Grandma Sue to be in a photo? Your attendant will go grab her. Desperate for a bottle of water? Your attendant is your go to person. Don’t forget to get her a kick butt thank you gift.
The most important tip of your day. Give your wedding party a copy of the timeline for the day. Let everyone who is going to be in a formal photo after the ceremony know that the need to stick around and where they should be. The more people can be where you want them to be, the less time you will spend rounding people up, and the more time you will have to relax, soak it all in and enjoy.
Weddings are so wonderful because you get to witness the start of a family. Typically two people come together, committing to share their lives together. It isn’t just these two people who are joining, but two families who are also joining.
Sometimes a wedding is even more. Sometimes a wedding is about three people coming together. We were lucky enough to photograph one of these weddings this year. Where not only Bob and Chris came together but Chris’s son also expanded his family. There was so much love at this joyous wedding. Bob and Chris were able to incorporate their son beautifully into their wedding, though a combined lighting of a unity candle and having him involved in the wedding vows and wedding ceremony itself.
Weddings are about family. The beginning of a new, beautiful commitment. We wish this new family all the love in the world and hope that their wedding photos bring back many happy memories for years to come. Congratulations!
On one of the hottest days of the year, Peter and Corinne had the most beautiful wedding at Madison’s Eastside Club. The heat couldn’t slow these two down or dampen the happy wedding festivities. They had a rock’n wedding party lead by Blazin’ Djs and the laughter kept flowing into the night. We wish Peter and Corinne a lifetime of laughs. Congratulations!
Wedding Ceremony and Reception Club: The East Side Club
Wedding Dress: White One Dress from Vera’s House of Bridals
Wedding Tux: Nedrebos
Wedding Flowers: Daffodil*Parker
Wedding Cake: Carl’s Cakes
Wedding DJ: Blazin’ DJs
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rented from unionstation.co
Live the moment: A Madison Wedding. Philip and Mack’s Wedding Photography at Mansion Hill Inn and Lake Windsor Golf Club
When I’m not using my time to capture beautiful images for my clients, I teach yoga. A lot of yoga is learning to be present. To let go of the past, the future, the little games your mind plays with you and to just live in the moment. Weddings are a time when I see people do this. They have prepared for this day. They let go, soak in the moments. The joy. The love.
When I look at Philip and Mack’s wedding photos, I am brought back to their wonderful wedding day. I can see the joy, the love that Mack and Philip have for each other and that all of their friends and family have for them. Mack and Philip truly knew how to soak up each moment. To just be there. To appreciate. To love.
A wedding is one of the most joyful events that takes place in your life. Take the time to soak it all in. Be grateful for this day. Step back. Take it in.
Wishing you joy, love, and presence.
Wedding Portrait Site: The Mansion Hill Inn
Wedding Reception Site: Lake Windsor Golf Club
Wedding Cake: Madison Sweets
Wedding Dress: Alterations by Sue (custom dress design for the bride)
Wedding Videography: Frank Slow Films
Wedding Tux: The Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Flowers: Blooms
Weddings are life changing events in the very best of ways. Two people decide to come together to form a family. Sometimes, it is more than just two people. And those times can be even more special. Emily and Barrett’s wedding was about Emily and Barrett and Gavin becoming a family. We couldn’t be happier for the three of them. Congratulations. We wish you all the best.
xoxo ~Ben and Megan
Wedding Planner: Dominique Zube at Simple Elegance Wedding and Event Planning
Wedding Flowers: Daffodil Parker
Wedding Hair: Stephanie Sabatke Hair Design
Wedding Makeup: Krystle Marks of Love Krystle
Wedding Tux: Nedrebo’s
Wedding Shoes: Paradox London
Wedding DJ: Fre5h Production5
Wedding Reception Venue: Bellini Italian Restaurant
Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Pres House
Wedding Dress Designer: Demetrios Bride
Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Bill Levkoff
Wedding Cake: Rolling Pin Bake Shop