How To Survive A Wedding

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1. YOU JUST HIRED US - NOW WHAT? 

Hey, thanks! Now we want to come over, hang, and take photos of you in your apartment and around your hood. Book yourself here.  

2. LET'S GET ORGANIZED HERE, PEOPLE!

Wedding Day Timeline. It's real. We want to make sure you have enough time for photos with us. We're selfish like that. Need help with it? Phone date! 

3. WE DON'T KNOW ANYONE

We could study your family’s photos on facebook but that would be time consuming, and quite creepy. So please designate a family photo wrangler (a loud and bossy one is ideal) to get everyone where they need to be for family pics. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                            4. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Getting ready locations. Find a spot as unique as your wedding. Look for natural lighting and places that make you feel comfortable. Getting ready at home or at a light-filled Airbnb is a great option and compared to fancy hotels, you get more for your money. 

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5. CUSHION TIME

Always allow more time than you need, as things usually run behind on a wedding day, it's normal.. just plan for it because stress shows in photos... 

6. THAT LIGHT THO

Magic hour is prime during those last 2 hours of the day. Light is soft, even, and warm. This is the ideal time take your portraits. 

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7. FELLAS

Bowties. They can take forever to figure out! If the guys are wearing them, make sure there is a pro-bowtie-putter-on’er in the group. If not, tie them all the night before cuz we don't know how to do it... 

8. HEY LADIES

A hefty portion of our brides end up wiping half of their makeup off after the make up artist leaves. Sad but true. If you know how to do your own make-up - do it.  If not, hire someone and more importantly, schedule them to wrap up 45 min before we're supposed to head out for photos. Completely done! Same goes for hair. Hair + makeup tend to run late. And if they are late, you will be late, meaning less time for portraits. Boo!!! 

9. STARVING ARTISTS

In a perfect world, we eat when you eat. We don’t want to miss the first dance cause we’re sucking down arctic char in the kitchen. Most caterers will serve us a lukewarm meal after dinner is cleared, which means less photos for you. Please talk to whoever is in charge of catering and let them know. They don’t listen to us.

10. HEY YOU - EYES UP HERE! 

It's pretty rad when your guests disconnect from their devices and cameras during your ceremony to "be present".  Guests leaning into the aisle snapping pictures means that there will be devices instead of their adorning faces, which is what we are hoping to capture for you.

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11. YES, WE'RE COVERED

If your venue requires a certificate of insurance from us, please tell us asap. It takes a few days for our people to call your people.

12. TIME FLIES

20-30 minutes for wedding party photos. 20-30 minutes for family photos. For the shots of just you's two's, we need at least 45 minutes. It takes time to walk from point A to B in fancy shoes - so in reality, that 45 min means 25 min of actual picture taking time, ya feel? The farther we go away from the venue, the more time we’ll need. 

13. FIRST LOOK 

(seeing each other before the ceremony)

To first look or not to first look, that is the question. We encourage our couples to do a first look so you both can get straight to the celebrating and enjoy all of those mini lobstah rolls and signature cocktails you paid for. If you’re really against the idea, just be ready to miss a big chunk of your cocktail hour so we can get all of those photos done for you. (see #12) 

14. SUNSET

If you’re having an outdoor ceremony, make sure you check when and where the sun will be at the time of day the ceremony is taking place. We don’t want one of you to be blinded by the sun as you’re being asked to read your vows. Ouch! In our opinion, cocktail hour is prime for enjoying sunsets .. with a cocktail.  

15. FAKE N BAKE

 Self tanners and UV beds give a special, Mob Wife shade of orange that will amplify when standing next to everyone else. Its a bad look. #trust!

16. RAINPLAN

If you have an outdoor wedding with no rain plan and/or if your venue can't let you into their space early to take cover and to take photos (common in nyc), then you should definitely consider renting an affordable place by the hour like Peerspace . If you do this, let us know what spaces you are considering so we can see if it works for photos. 

17. WE KNOW GOOD PEOPLE

We've been around enough to accumulate a list of really talented, solid industry friends that we enjoy working with.  Its right here.  


SAMPLE SCHEDULES

By no means do you have to pick one of these schedules, but at least they will give you an idea for how to pace things throughout the day. 

If you plan on getting ready off site, add in that travel time (with some cushion) on the front end. 

PORTRAITS BEFORE CEREMONY

2:00pm
getting ready at venue, photographers arrive
 3:00pm
first look, portraits with couple
 3:45pm
bridal party photos
 4:30pm
family photos
 5:00pm
take a minute to chill + refresh
 5:30pm
ceremony starts
 6:00pm
cocktail hour
 7:00pm
dinner / reception
 9:00pm
dance party!

PORTRAITS SPLIT

2:00pm
getting ready at venue, photographers arrive
 3:00pm
first look, portraits with couple
 3:45pm
wedding party photos
 4:30pm
take a minute to chill + refresh
 5:00pm
ceremony starts
 5:30pm
family photos
 6:00pm
cocktail hour
 7:00pm
dinner / reception
 9:00pm
dance party!

PORTRAITS AFTER CEREMONY

3:00 pm
getting ready at venue, photographers arrive
 4:30 pm
ceremony
                                                                               5:00 pm - 6:30 pm                                                                                                                                                          (extended) cocktail hour                                                                              5:00 pm
family photos
   5:30 pm
wedding party photos
   6:00 pm
portraits with couple (we need at least 30 min)
 6:30 pm
dinner / reception
 9:00pm
dance party!


WHEN THE PARTY ENDS

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We just shot your wedding and you want your photos yesterday. Now what?

You get em in 2 months - so stay strong lovers!  This is a great time to distract yourself with Netflix binging while we go into our cave and make your photos all pretty n' stuff.  We’ll post them to your online gallery and poof, they’re yours. 

 If you love the photos, give us a shout / credit on social media. A few words go a long way. 

XO

CMP