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January 17, 2024

5 Ways To Be Fully Present On Your Wedding Day

As a documentary wedding photographer who has witnessed countless love stories unfold, I’m here to share some valuable insights on how you can be fully present on your special day. Trust me, these moments are fleeting, and making the most of them is essential. Let’s dive into my top five tips for capturing the magic and authenticity of your wedding.

1. Plan your Timeline According to What you Actually Want To Do

From behind the lens, I’ve seen the beauty of couples who plan their day with intention. Consider what truly matters to you and your partner. Ask yourself, “Are we doing this because it’s supposed to be done at a wedding or because we actually want to?”

2. Remove Any Overly Curated Moments Unless They Completely Align with your Vision

In the age of social media, there’s often pressure to create picture-perfect moments. However, as a documentary wedding photographer, I encourage you to embrace authenticity over trends. Let your love story shine through, and opt for moments that genuinely resonate with your vision for the day. It’s ok not to include certain elements in your timeline that don’t truly resonate with you (i.e. first dance, cake cutting, staged first looks, etc.)

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3. Limit Family Photos for Documentary Style

Family photos are a cherished tradition, but finding the right balance is key. Limit formal poses to 10 priority combinations to keep your sanity; trust me, you’ll thank me later.

4. Don’t Skip Cocktail Hour

As a photographer, I’ve seen couples rush through cocktail hour or skip it altogether to take portraits. This is totally fine if you are valuing having lots of photos of the two of you. But if you want to enjoy more of your celebration, I’d recommend savoring this time. It’s a chance to unwind, connect with guests, and revel in the post-ceremony glow. Use the opportunity to reflect on the beautiful moments you’ve just experienced.

5. Hire a Documentary Wedding Photographer (Yes, Like Me!)

Investing in a documentary wedding photographer can be a game-changer. Rather than orchestrating inorganic moments, we focus on capturing the raw and unfiltered that make your day uniquely yours. These photos tell a story ā€“ your story ā€“ preserving the genuine emotions and memories that will last a lifetime.

Remember, your wedding day is a celebration of your love. By incorporating these tips, you’ll not only be present in the moment but also create a timeless visual narrative of your special day. Here’s to capturing the beauty of your love story ā€“ authentically and passionately.

Iā€™m Masha, a wedding, elopement and couples photographer based in sunny Hawaii, & often found serving couples worldwide.

If you're looking for a meaningful, cinematic and editorial approach to photography-something effortless but still iconic, you're in the right place. I am so excited to hear more about your story and create and collaborate with you.

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