Best Bridgeview Yacht Club
We love shooting at Bridgeview Yacht Club for so many reasons. They have a great staff, great food and the view is incredible.
This wedding was exceptionally fun. We started with the Bride in a nearby hotel room. We like to start every wedding day with interesting and unique bridal details. Such as creative photos of the engagement rings, wedding bands, the brides shoes and of course the wedding dress.
We then move on to the getting ready section of our wedding day. We always leave the room, then ask one of the bridesmaids to get us when the bride is in her wedding dress. This gives us time to think about where we want to photograph the bride getting ready and various other photos we may want to try. It also gives the bride time to get ready in peace.
Once the Maid of Honor or one of the other bridesmaids have let us know the bride is totally dressed and ready for her photo session, we re-enter the room and begin the getting ready photos. We typically like a nice clean background, so we sometimes move picture frames and lamps out of the way creating a non distracting background for our images. We like to use the mother of the bride or anyone close to her to help they make for great candid moments that really help tell the story of the wedding day.
While we were with the Bride the second photographer or "photojournalist" is with the groom. Groom prep, is an important time for the wedding day. It's not all just about the girls, the men need some TLC also. We like to get him, putting his tie on, or his jacket. We love to use the best man for these shots. It loosens him up, allowing him to relax and that makes for great candid wedding images.
Candid First Reveal Photos at Bridgeview Yacht Club
We all meet up at Bridgeview Yacht Club for the first reveal. The great thing about Brideview is that they have many locations for various aspects of any wedding day. We choose to use the hallway connecting the main ballroom to the cocktail hour room for the first reveal. The reason for this is, the sun was directly overhead and it would have created harsh shadows under the bride and grooms eyes and would not have made for a pretty photos.
I love the brides reaction to seeing her future husband for the first time. She lights up and so does he. Most times, grooms are a little more reserved than our brides. They tend to hold as much back as possible, trying to keep this "manly" persona going. But not this time, the groom let his emotions go and it made for beautiful candid moments.
Fun Bridal Party Photos at Bridgeview Yacht Club
After the first reveal, I typically like to go straight into bridal party and family photos. The reason for this is, I like to get them done, while:
1) The bridal party is still sober enough to take direction.
2) The family / mother of the bride's make up is still fresh.
I choose to do the bridal party photos in Bridgeviews outdoor ceremony area. It's a great area that made for some fun and creative bridal party photos. I always start off with a traditional bridal party photo, where they are camera aware and looking straight into the camera. This is a must have photo for any wedding album. After this, we like to have a little fun and get some silly bridal party photos.
Some typical combos I like to photograph are, the bride and each of her bridesmaids, the groom and each one of his groomsmen and of course the entire bridal party together. This gives us enough to play with when we are putting together the wedding album. It also makes the bridal party feel like they were a bigger part of the wedding day.
After these were done, we move on to the traditional family photos. I choose to use Bridgeview Yacht Clubs entrance way for these images. They have a nice fireplace that makes for a beautiful background for the family photos. These images are straight to the point, and we get as many combinations as we possibly can. We always talk to the newlyweds prior the wedding in their finals appointment about who they want photos with and who they don't. Thus, making the family photos section of the day, quick and painless.
Indoor Ceremony Photos at Bridgewview Yacht Club
Bridgeview Yacht Club has two locations for ceremonies. The couple and the staff choose to do their ceremony inside due to the weather. It is quite a site to see, as the bride and groom stand, hand in hand facing each other, looking into each others eyes. The officiant in the middle speaking about love and marriage. The backdrop is the stunning bay and sun kissed sky.
I love all of the emotion that is bought out of the wedding ceremony. The mother of the bride watching her daughter as she marries her soul mate. Tears of joy can be found from the front row the the back row which makes for great candid wedding photos for the bride and groom to love forever.