What an Intimate Wedding Looks Like from a Photographer’s Perspective

June 10, 2020

Hello Friend and WELCOME to the 3rd week of the Intimate Wedding Series! This series is designed to showcase exactly what an intimate wedding is, what one entails, and how an intimate wedding can be tailored to your needs to tell your unique story.

Each week I’ll be speaking on an intimate wedding topic and will be linking to other vendors blog posts as well (see below) on the same topic. By having each topic shared from a different vendor’s perspective you’ll get a comprehensive idea on what an intimate wedding looks like and what we can create for you. So let’s get started…

Before you dig into today’s topic – Check out our previous posts in the Intimate Wedding Series first:

What is an “Intimate Wedding”?

5 Benefits to an Intimate Wedding

What an Intimate Wedding Looks Like from a Photographer’s Perspective

Let me first start by saying that I believe that every couple has an unique love story to share and tell. I believe it is my job, no matter your guest count or how you structure your day, to tell that unique story.

Intimate weddings provide opportunity to lean into some really important elements that tell your story even deeper. So that’s what I want to focus on today.

By hosting an intimate wedding I believe that you as a couple can…

01 | Have the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones and lean into your relationships

Just due to the nature of large events it is difficult to spend quality time with every. single. guest. However, at an intimate wedding you can lean into each and every one of your relationships. You can have quality conversations, share beautiful words, have more people speak at your ceremony or reception, and have a more relaxed experience with those you love most.

So, what does that mean for me as a photographer?

That means I can photograph you more organically interacting with each and everyone of your guests. I can photograph you with your most important people. I can photograph all the hugs, tears, toasts, and everything in between.

02 | Spend your budget on quality over quantity details and experiences

Everyone has a wedding budget. There is always a limit. If your wedding budget is $200,000 and you have 400 guests that will look a lot different than a wedding of $200,000 with 40 guests. It just will.

By hosting an intimate wedding you can invest in an incredible experience for you and each and every one of your guests. An intimate wedding allows you to invest in quality vendors, details, flowers, paper goods, ceremony spaces, music, cocktails, food, and EVERYTHING. I am big believe in quality over quantity no matter what, and investing in your vendor team and details well will ensure you have an impeccable experience.

So, what does that mean for me as a photographer?

That means that I can spend more time digging into your details and ensuring that no detail is forgotten about. Every detail can be photographed with great intention with YOUR story in mind. The details are important because they tell your story. The details are important because they embody the experience you want each of your guests to have. At an intimate wedding day we have more time to go through all your details with care and intention.

03 | Receive a gallery with more newlywed portraits

Providing beautiful portraits of you as newlyweds and as a couple is a HIGH priority for me at every single wedding. However, at an intimate wedding we have more time together. We aren’t trying to rush you off as quickly to meet the next deadline on our timeline so we don’t get behind.

So, what does that mean for me as a photographer?

We can spend more time getting creative and getting you all the most incredible portraits that you’ve been dreaming about. We can ensure your love, story, and relationship are documented beautifully in a slower and relaxed state.

04 | Break the mold and create and uphold traditions that are meaningful to you.

Yes, you can create a big event that is unique as well…however at an intimate event you have more breathing room to create traditions you love. For example – I had 2 intimate weddings of my own recently and at both we had ~ 10 of our closest guests and relatives share words of love, wisdom, and hopes for our marriage and participate in our vows. It was important to us to have a community of support around our marriage. By having a small guest count we could craft a vulnerable space to host something like this.

This is just one example – but the options are endless!

So, what does that mean for me as a photographer?

That means that I can really capture all the moving parts of your traditions, stories, and memories really well. And that is the story that should never be forgotten and I can ensure to deliver you a gallery that tells that story.

05 | Relax and enjoy your day more

Now…this is just my personal opinion because I don’t like people starring at me or being the center or attention. So if I can just be surrounded by my closest people I feel more at ease and can enjoy the experience more and be apart of the experience as opposed to feeling like I am more apart of a production. Again – this is just my personal preference…but I know there are people out there like me…know you’re not alone. 🙂

So, what does that mean for me as a photographer?

This means that you have less tension and anxiety throughout the day and that means that you are more more relaxed in your photographs and can be more of yourself. And when you can lean more into who you are…you ALWAYS get better photographs and a gallery that feels more like a work of art.

Read more on what an intimate wedding looks like from the perspective of some of my favorite wedding industry friends:

Taylor Dawn | What an Intimate Wedding Looks Like From a Planner’s Perspective

Whitewood Events | What an Intimate Wedding Looks Like From a Planner’s Perspective

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Are you planning an intimate wedding of your own? I’d love to hear about it!

Till next week friends!

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