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8 Wedding Day Tips

Welcome and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Weddings are such beautiful events that involve so many people. Even intimate weddings with a low guest count can still end up being crazy when working with different vendors and dealing with moving parts. I always offer the following wedding day tips to my couples to help them have a stress-free, smooth-flowing wedding day!

  1. Brides’ Details. Have all of those little details that you want photographed set aside. This way the photographer doesn’t have to run around searching for tiny details which can take a lot of precious time. These small details include jewelry, perfume, the full invitation suite, rings, shoes, garter, and anything sentimental. Your dress and veil can stay in their bags and we will carefully move them when we’re ready. Flowers can also stay in water so they don’t wilt early.Wedding day tips from a professional photographer specializing in Philadelphia weddings
  2. Grooms’ Details. Same rules apply to the groom! Make sure he has his cologne, shoes, tie, cufflinks, watch, etc. all set aside. When your photographer arrives he or she can get all of those photos out of the way and this also gives the bridal party a few minutes to warm up to the new person in the room.Wedding day tips from a professional photographer specializing in Philadelphia weddings
  3. Getting Dressed. The bride and groom should not be dressed when the photographers arrive. Grooms can be in their pants and shirts but shoes, jackets, ties and accessories should be set aside. Brides can be dressed in anything they’d like. I personally like to photograph my couples getting those final details on when it’s actually happening, instead of staging those events.Wedding day tips from a professional photographer specializing in Philadelphia weddings
  4. Hair and Makeup. When planning the timeline for hair and makeup it is incredibly helpful if the bride, and anyone assisting her into her gown, have their hair and makeup done before the photographers arrive. This way, if anything does run late with hair and makeup, we can still have the bride get dressed while other bridesmaids finish hair and makeup.
  5. Getting Ready Photos. Do you love those photos of the bridesmaids in matching robes? Make sure your photographer knows ahead of time! Because when those photos happen it means that all hair and makeup needs to be done and that getting dressed is put on hold.
  6. Hotel Room Keys.  A lot of hotels require a room key to access the elevator so if yours does, make sure you tell the front dest to have a room key ready for your photographers! Otherwise we have to have the front desk call your room and bother you 🙂
  7. Room Numbers. Don’t forget to also tell your photographer your room numbers as soon as you know them! Again, just so we don’t have to bother you.
  8. Family Portraits. Make sure that any family members included in the portraits before or after the ceremony, know that they are being photographed. They will need to know to arrive early or to stay after the ceremony for photos. A lot of guests are really excited for that cocktail hour and will rush out if they don’t know they’re needed for family portraits. Wedding day tips from a professional photographer specializing in Philadelphia weddings

That’s it! Those are the tips I provide to all of my couples! If you would like any more information please visit the experience section of my website! If you are interested in booking your wedding with Noreen Turner Photography then contact me here!

Enjoy!

Noreen Turner Photography, wedding photographer specializing in Philadelphia weddings

Laurel Creek Country Club Wedding

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When you bond with a bride over a shared love of spreadsheets and organization you know the wedding is going to go off without a hitch. Brooke and Eddie’s Laurel Creek Country Club wedding was exactly as we planned and maybe even better. The timeline of the day moved so smoothly even with the unexpected hiccup of it also being Treasure Day in Riverton. For those of you not from the area, Treasure Day is a townwide yard sale that folks take very seriously. Treasure Day is one of many events Riverton holds to raise funds for their epic 4th of July celebration. A small portion of Treasure Day also took place in the church parking lot! Luckily by the time we arrived for the ceremony the tables and shoppers had gone, but not too early – because our groom scored a sweet Christmas ornament from a yard sale just across from the church!

Everything from the sun, to the perfectly placed clouds making family portraits simple, to the light rain in the evening that made for a few amazing nighttime portraits, worked out in our favor. I also admit that working with an excellent video time was the icing on the cake! Mike and Ted are wonderful people and I was so excited when Brooke and Eddie decided to hire them! Not only do they create amazing videos for their clients but these two gentlemen are some of the most generous people I know. For the past two years a group of photographers and myself have adopted families for Christmas and cooked dinners for families staying at the Ronald McDonald house. Mike and Ted are the first to volunteer or generously donate to these causes!

Thank you Brooke and Eddie for having me photograph your amazing day! It was an honor. Congratulations on your marriage and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

 

Ceremony – Sacred Heart Riverton

Reception – Laurel Creek Country Club

Videographer – Flagship Studios

Photographer – Noreen Turner Photography

 

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Hotel Palomar Wedding

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From our first meeting to their engagement session at Forbidden Drive and finally to their wedding day, Christine and Devon were kind, goofy, funny, thoughtful, and just a joy to be with. Their Hotel Palomar wedding was perfectly quaint, romantic, and full of love.

We started the day a little different than most weddings, skipping the bride and groom prep and went straight for the first look in Hotel Palomar’s library. After a few portraits there we were able to take our time and explore Rittenhouse Square for a few more portraits. The park was pretty busy since it was such a beautiful day but we lucked out and scored a sweet spot where no one was in our way. Christine and Devon were even personally serenaded by a wonderful gentleman in a yellow seersucker suit. They insisted that he didn’t need to sing for them I won that battle and we have some adorably sweet and awkward photos for it!

After the photos in Rittenhouse we made our way back to Hotel Palomar for family portraits, the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. I need to mention that Christine and Devon truly made me feel like family. I had a seat at the table and enjoyed dinner with their close family and friends. I loved learning more about them as a couple and also all about how they met their friends. After an amazing dinner we walked over to Fado for a little after party!

Their wedding day was truly amazing! Having a small wedding doesn’t take away from the importance of the day and if anything, the celebration is even more special. This was definitely evident for Christine & Devon. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. and thank you so much for having me be a part of your day!

 

Florist: Carl Alan

Hair & Makeup: Salon L

Bridal Gown: BHLDN

Groom’s Suit: Armen’s

Ceremony & Dinner: Hotel Palomar

After Party: Fado

Photographer: Noreen Turner Photography

 

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

 

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

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