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Slowing down on your wedding day

Wedding days can fly by. With so many moving pieces, beautiful traditions, sacred moments, and spaces filled with loved ones, it's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of wedding activities.

Instead, pause.

In each room you're in, stop and look around. Take a few deep breaths.

The people around you, the way you feel, the little details—soak them in.

When your wedding day has come and gone, the only things you'll have are the photographs and the memories from your best day. The more you are able to be fully present, savoring moments on your wedding day, the more you will remember.

Sometimes there are barriers to letting yourself relax and be present on your wedding day, things that get in the way of savoring. Here are three ways to set yourself up to let go of the details and savor your wedding day:

1 Work with a Wedding Planner

Having a wedding planner means that you literally hire someone to coordinate the details and take care of them on your wedding day! Having someone dedicated to the details means that you don't have to worry about them on your wedding day.

2 Sleep

Getting full nights of sleep during the week leading up to your wedding is SO important! Make sleep a priority so your mind and body can function well for your wedding.  

Sister helping the Bride get ready, laughing together

3 Add cushion time to your schedule

Having cushion time built in your wedding day timeline keeps you from being on the go all day long. Here are some ideas for building extra time into your day from a photography perspective: 

First Look then Couple Portraits: Having couple portraits immediately following your first look means that you're able to spend a few minutes together—uninterrupted—before jumping into the rest of your day.

Post-Ceremony: Right after you're officially married, make sure you have time to celebrate together and hug your loved ones!

Cocktail Hour: If you've taken most of your photos earlier in the day, you're able to step away for 10-15 minutes during the cocktail hour for some alone time with your new spouse!

Sunset Portraits: If possible, we love taking couples out for 5-10 minutes during the reception to capture some golden hour portraits. We love how special these portraits always look and feel, when you're finally married and enjoying the celebration with family and friends! During these portraits, we give less direction and give couples a few minutes to just be together.

Blonde bride smiling at her groom

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Becky Dean

I'm a co-founder and lead photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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