What is a pre-wedding session?
A pre-wedding session is often referred as engagement session but with wedding dresses. Like the name suggests, it is a photoshoot done 4~6 months prior to the wedding day.
The reason for pre-wedding is…
Vancouver is known for its unpredictable weather. We could have up to 4 different seasons in a day even during summer! However, a pre-wedding session could be rescheduled, but it would be a hectic challenge to reschedule a wedding day. We always recommend investing in rescheduling fees and wait for the beautiful soft golden hour that we at Wedding Story.
It is also rare to schedule a photo session on wedding day during golden hour (In Vancouver, it’s 5 pm during winter and 8:30 pm during summer) as the golden hour is usually during dinner time. In conclusion, you would have the highest quality photos with less amount of stress compared to the wedding day. Some would even consider conceptualizing their shoot with themes. Lastly, why wouldn’t any girl want to pull off more than one style of dress in her lifetime?
The origin of pre-wedding is…
The photos will be then used towards invitation designs, wedding RSVP websites, photo guest book, slideshow presentation and reception canvas display.
Modern day pre-wedding…
Nowadays modern day pre-wedding is outdoor and the style varies from fashion, film, studio, outdoor, candid, and dreamy. Most people would choose 2~3 locations in a day for the shoot.
The wedding gown, tux, makeup & style as well as props (including veils, fun display signs, and accessories) are provided by the Wedding Story.
Brides would usually be presented with plenty of different dress selections ranging from white to colour. It is highly recommended to choose a different style than the one bride would be wearing on the actual wedding day.
Bride’s make up & hair would also be slightly more adventurous/heavier comparing to the wedding day make up & hair which would be more natural & beauty focused.
Benefit on Pre Wedding Session…
Get a hair and make-up trial
A pre-wedding shoot is a great way to “try out” your hair stylist and make-up artist before the big day. You’ll get to see how you’ll look in professional photos, and advise your style team if you want any adjustments made for your wedding. Our professional make-up artist will make your day look perfectly.
Create a guestbook
You’ve probably seen them before at weddings – a plain guestbook with ruled lines and not much else. Why not create a beautiful personalized signature guest book with images from your pre-wedding shoot?
At Wedding Story, we work with our couples to create a stunning hard-cover photo guestbook with images from your pre-wedding shoot. I love watching the guests crowd around these at wedding receptions, writing their messages and flipping through the whole book. The signature guest book becomes a keepsake which you can flip through and remember your day and the well-wishes of the people who were with you.
Get some beautiful images for wall art
Of course you’ll display some of your favourite wedding images on your wall. How about mixing it up with a few fun and colourful prints or canvases from your pre-wedding shoot? You can display one or more of your favourite images on a canvas at the entrance to the reception, and then take it home to display in your bedroom, dining or living room.
Get photos in a different location to your wedding day
On your wedding day it’s always a good idea to choose a location that’s somewhere between the wedding and reception venue, to maximise time for your location photos. Sometimes you may also be limited to location choices because of what you’ll be wearing (for example, you may not want to wear your wedding dress down to the beach or to a location with heavy winds).
A pre-wedding shoot is perfect for getting photos done somewhere completely different to your wedding day. For example, you may want to get some photos at a certain spot where you often spend time together, or where the proposal happened. Some couples even have their pre-wedding shoot at night for a moody, intimate vibe.
Use your photos in a reception slideshow presentation
For something truly special, you can feature photos from your pre-wedding shoot and even the wedding day itself, at the reception. Set aside 5-10 minutes in the evening, pick some beautiful music to go with it, and wow your guests with a slideshow highlighting your love story.
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