“The best decision we made for our wedding was to take private, formal photos of just us the day after the wedding. This allowed us to pick the perfect outdoor spot for the occasion and take as much time as we needed to get the perfect shots. I will forever value the intimate time my new husband and I got to focus on capturing the love we have for each other. These are photos I will cherish for a lifetime. And, as a bonus, we got extra time to spend with our loved ones and guests at the actual wedding making for a perfect wedding weekend.” -Erika
I have seen this time and time again when couples decide to all of their formals on just their wedding day, they are tired by the time we get to their formals. After being up for hours, getting ready, making sure everything is ready, getting married, doing group photos with family and friends for the past 45-60mins, the idea of another hour of pictures sounds exhausting and the couple decides to only take a few and then regrets not having more photos of just the two of them.
The benefit of a formal session is that you get additional wedding pictures with breathtaking locations as your background. It relieves the stress of missing your must have shots on your wedding day, helps you enjoy your day and to have more time partying with your guests!
If you choose to to have your session beforehand, you can have these photos as part of your decorations during your reception and for a slide show. It’s also a great trial run for your hair, makeup, and flowers! And if you chose to have these photos after your wedding, you’re less worried about your dress and suit getting dirty and needing to be perfect for your wedding day.
Erika and Michael contacted me a year before their wedding wanting to hold their formal session the day after their wedding so their flowers would still be fresh. Park City always held a special place in their heart and they wanted epic pictures of just the two in their wedding attire. Guardsman Pass just past Deer Valley in Park City, Utah definitely did not disappoint! We had 360 views and the fall leaves were breath taking. They also brought their A-Game to their formals which earned them a spot to be featured in Zion Brides!
There is no right or wrong way when it comes to your wedding. It’s your special day and we want to make it as memorable and stress free as possible for you. I highly recommend consulting with your photographer and videographer about their process and what they can do to make your day be the best day ever!