1. Hire a Professional Photographer
One of the complaints I hear most often is, "I wish we hired a professional and really loved our photos." The connection between you and your photographer is almost a sacred thing on your wedding day. You are giving them a backstage pass to one of the most special days of your life. You know years from now, your future children will pull down your album of wedding photos and stare in awe at the magic that made up your wedding day. The flowers will die eventually. You may only pull out your wedding dress on your first anniversary and then it will be relocated to the back of your closet. The pictures are what you will always look at to remember your day by. Investing in a professional is always worth it.
2. Have an Unplugged Ceremony.
Trust me on this one: guests with iPhones and iPads for faces is not what you want to see when you look back on your ceremony photos in 20 years. Having an unplugged ceremony allows your guests to take a deep breath and really be present for your vows and the commitment you're pledging to honor for the rest of your life. You're paying your photographer for a reason. Let them capture your ceremony while your guests stay present in the moment.
3. Chase the joy.
When your photographer asks about doing a first look, or sneaking away from your reception for 15 minutes to take pictures during sunset, go with it. Taking those quiet moments to be together both before your ceremony and during the reception craziness will be some of your favorite moments from your wedding. Cuddle up, kiss, reconnect one last time as an engaged couple and again as newlyweds. You'll be able to feel the joy as you let the whole world melt away. In those moments, it will just be you and your sweetheart and your photographer snapping away in the background, capturing those sweet moments you will cherish forever.
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