Small Weddings Photographer in Perth
For some, the ideal wedding day is a grandiose affair with hundreds of guests, glitz, glam and lavish venues. But for others, it’s a more intimate affair. Small weddings, with only your nearest and dearest present to witness and celebrate with you. These are becoming an ever more popular choice, with many couples simply choosing elopement, with just the two of them present.
Elopement Photography Perth
An elopement or an intimate wedding? In actual fact, the definition doesn’t really matter. And the line can get a bit blurred here.
For us, an elopement is a wedding with between 2 and 20 guests. Did you know, you actually need two guests at any Australian wedding for the wedding to be legal. An intimate wedding is a wedding of less than 50 guests.
Wikipedia refers to elopements as “a marriage conducted in a sudden or secretive fashion… involving a hurried flight away… to run away and to not come back…”
“To run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent”
In times gone by, if you had eloped it was frowned upon and held a certain amount of shame. People would whisper and shake their heads.
But in the Modern world an elopement is to get married with no guests or just a small number of guests, in a beautiful location, where the ceremony is short and the day is about the two of you. Maybe a simple dress and a small bouquet of flowers is all that is needed.
The Benefits of Having a Small and Intimate Wedding
It’s Kinder on Your Wedding Budget
Many intimate weddings take place mid-week, and this opens a variety of venues that you may not have considered our may have been out of your budget. These offer a great deal on a small wedding. Or you could simply have a small beach wedding, a registry wedding, something stylish at Hyde Park under the ancient figs. Perhaps a friends beautiful back yard or local bush retreat. Less costly venues mean that you can put your budget towards quality rather than quantity. Just because it’s not a big wedding doesn’t mean it has to be less beautiful. You can splurge a bit more on florals and food and hiring an awesome wedding photographer.
It’s less….. Complicated!
With fewer logistics to consider – you can spend your energy on enjoying your day rather than stressing about where Uncle Jo has been seated and if the food will be hot and if you’ve catered to every dietary whim or if you’ve upset your bff from school (who you haven’t seen for 10 years) because she wasn’t invited. You can keep things sweet and simple and still stylish.
It’s ….… More Intimate!
You get to savour the love and company of those you cherish the most. A day of togetherness where the vibes will be deeply personal and special. A small wedding could well make this a day that neither you nor your guests could ever forget. No drama needed.
Wedding Photography ….For how you want to remember your day….
This is probably one of the most important decisions you will need to make about your wedding. These will be the special memories you keep of your day to look back on in years to come. It’s important to find a professional wedding photographer who has the knowledge and experience to deal with different lighting, different personalities and who can document emotion and pose well so you don’t feel awkward. You also want to think about choosing your photographer based on their style so go ahead and make sure their portfolio is representative of what you have in mind. Remembering fads come and go but timeless, good quality never fades.
What your Wedding Photographer should include – depending on the type of wedding.
Getting Ready and Detail Shots
These are really special photos, because sometimes in the flurry and stress of make-up and getting ready you forget to enjoy your moments, your photographer can capture all the fun and silliness, the details of your dress and shoes and your cute flower girls (if you have some). It’s a great time to have a few portraits with your bridesmaids or special person like your mum helping you to get ready. If your budget allows your photographer can arrange to have a second shooter capture the groomsmen getting ready – these can be super fun and help tell your whole wedding day story.
Here your photographer will usually take a few detail shots of the venue, the groomsmen waiting for you, your guests arriving and any floral arrangements. The Bride arriving and walking down the aisle – the Grooms reaction and exchange of rings, the kiss and signing of the legal documents.
The More “Formal” Portraits
This is where it’s a really good idea to have a specific ”shot list” with a well organised, and designated helper from your guests to rally the troops as they are required. A good wedding photographer should be able to get these done for you quickly whilst still posing to make everyone look and feel comfortable. Depending on the personality of the bride and groom these can be more formal and serious or fun and creative.
At this stage, your photographer may request a bit of time for just the bridal party so you can get some intimate shots of the two of you alone and with your bridal party. It’s a good idea to do these a little way from your guests so you don’t feel like you are on show and the two of you can just relax and enjoy being married for the first time. We recommend 30 – 50 minutes for these depending on the size of your bridal party.
The In Between Candid Moments
These are some of our favourite shots, unsuspecting moments of fun, silliness or seriousness help to complete your story of the day. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, you don’t notice the details going on around you, but your photographer should attempt to capture these special moments for you. These are so much fun to look back on.
Your Wedding Photos
I understand it’s the modern era of digital files and these are great to have to share on Social media, but we implore you to purchase an album from your photographer – it is the perfect keepsake of such a special day. One you can flip through when your children are born, or grandma comes to visit. You can snuggle on the couch with your partner and cherish your day over and over again. It’s a true reminder of your love and commitment to one another. Digital files tend to sit in a draw – never to be fully enjoyed.
Wedding Photography Perth
If you are considering a smaller wedding or an elopement, then the one thing that can provide long-lasting memories is your wedding photography. This is what we do at Channon Williamson Photography. I am a small wedding Photographer and I love all the special details and moments of your love day as it unfolds. Like the lace applique on your dress, to the hand-picked flowers in your bouquet, but the best part of your day will be the memories you create: the feelings you feel, the fun and tender moments you experience.
I will help you relive those moments again and again. From the funny moments when the flower girl has a tantrum to the tears rolling down your dad’s proud face. The first kiss and everything in between. I love telling stories through pictures – real, authentic moments, as your day is documented every step of the way. We don’t want you to waste hours posing for your portraits – as we know you want to be with your guests and enjoy a cocktail or two. A quick, no fuss 30 minutes is usually all we require for your wedding portraits.