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Tips for Great Ceremony Pictures

Your wedding ceremony photography coverage will capture some of the most important and cherished shots of your wedding day. For many couples, the ceremony aspect of their day can feel like it was over in a blink of an eye. These photos will be undoubtedly important as they will preserve a vivid account of your ceremonial events, your vows and the overall ambiance of the church or ceremony site. With that being said, it is always important to be aware of any rules or restrictions that may interfere with photography coverage.

(Below are a few common rules or limitations)

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Common rules or limitations:
– No camera flash during the ceremony
– Photographer restricted to not using the center aisle
– Limited time to stay in the church after the ceremony ends
– Photographer restricted to the back of the church during the ceremony

When booking with your church or ceremony site be sure to inquire with whoever is officiating to find out about any rules or limitations beforehand. Another thing to consider is if you decide to have a “receiving line” at the end of your ceremony often they can take an additional 30-40 mins. If couples only plan to have family portraits after the ceremony, then I typically recommend that they regroup at the front of the altar immediately following their closing procession. Also, it’s always helpful if couples inform their immediate family members about the altar pictures beforehand. Keep in mind, these pictures will take anywhere between 20-30 minutes.

Small little planning details like these will help keep your day running smoothly & on-time so that you can maximize the time you have for mid-day creative portraits which typically follows.

If you have any questions about how my photography can specifically fit into the events of your day shoot me an email or call, I’d be happy to discuss details and offer my recommendations.
matthew@matthewblasseyphotography.com | 412.853.3567

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