5 Things To Expect On Your Wedding Day

Hi friends!
Coming to you with yet another post on a few things I've observed as a wedding photographer for the last 4 years. Most people don't know quite what to expect for their big day, but as someone who got married a year ago, and who sees some reoccurring things take place as I work with my clients, there's five main things I can tell you are likely to take place. 


1.) You should expect things to go wrong. 

Yep. Every single wedding I've ever been a part of has had some sort of last minute change of plans or several things go "wrong". Go into your day expectant of this, because not every detail will unfold perfectly. The biggest thing to remember is that you've done months of planning, and now it's finally your wedding day, so let it happen and soak up every moment.


2.) Expect to feel so excited it's overwhelming

Oh my gosh. I've seen that look on every bride's face, one where she's so grateful, happy, relieved and overwhelmed all at once. So many things are going through your head and you can hardly keep up. It's going to be amazing seeing all of your family and SO many close friends all together in one place, there, for you!


3.) You should expect to look and feel like a million bucks

You're going to look back on this feeling for years to come. I remember on my own my wedding day thinking I could've lived in that dress forever and didn't want to take my hair down from how perfectly arranged it was. And when my husband finally saw me and told me how much he loved the dress, my hair, the flowers - I really couldn't breathe. 


4.) Expect the day to go by WAY too quick.

I've heard this one time after time. I can promise you that the day you've waited and planned out for months is going to fly. You'll get to the end of the day and it might seem impossible how quickly it slipped by.

That's why I want to tell you this - please enjoy it! Take the time to hug everyone you can and visit with those who came to witness this event. And look at your new husband lots of times and let your heart swell with thankfulness.

You can't get this day back.


5.) You should expect an imperfectly perfect day

Most of all, I promise you'll look back on this day and love all the beautiful imperfections. Because this is your wedding, it will be unique to YOU and your fiance. No day is perfect, but the love you share is, and that is worth celebrating.

This is the day I want to capture for you!
Your wedding day, which will be the day you'll remember for years to come.

Until next time,
Lydiah Chrisitne

How To Plan For Family Photos On Your Wedding

Oh yes. The dreaded family photo time.

As a wedding photographer, and also someone who got married less than two years ago myself, I've seen my fair share of family portrait time. Most of us know how it goes.. and with so much taking place in one day, it can be quite chaotic trying to round everyone up for some cooperative photos.

From years of doing this over and over, I've found that there's a system which helps quite a bit during the whole process. So I'm here to give you a few tips on how I've seen things go much smoother during a wedding day.


1.) Create a list of family members who you would like photos with/of. Examples look something like; Bride & Groom with parents, Bride & Groom with siblings, etc. You can print this list or have it handy on your phone.


2.) Designate someone at the wedding who can track down family members on said list. Since the photographer doesn't know names of everyone in your family, chose someone who is close enough to know extended family members and friends to gather people and call out names at the time of family photos.


3.) This is an important one. If you can, have your photos set in natural light outside. Everyone will thank me, because it's much more flattering than indoor florescent lighting. Can any other photographers out there give me an amen?


4.) Set aside at least 45 min to 1 hour in your timeline to take the family photos. It probably won't take this long, however, it's better to have extra cushion time not having to rush anything.

Based on what I've seen, I recommend getting all or most of these photos out of the way before the ceremony, so there's no need to break away from the reception while everyone is mingling.

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5.) Understand that not all family photos are perfect, and that's the beauty of it. You'll remember these photos for years to come, perfect imperfections and all.


6.) Make sure to get those goofy photos, too! Wedding day's call for some jazz hands!


7.) last and not least, HAVE FUN! There's no need to stress over this event! You are family and you're together celebrating one of the best days ever! Relax and enjoy the process. 

That's all from me for now!
Much love!

Lydiah Christine 

Why I went barefoot for our wedding

On your wedding day, you want to feel and look beautiful and radiant,
but also remember the day as being comfortable and "you".
These are some of the things I wanted on
my wedding day for myself, so that's why I chose not to wear shoes.

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First of all, I have always felt more comfortable barefoot. and on such a
big day with so much excitement, it helped me relax and
calmed my nerves not having to worry about shoes. I didn't want things to be too "done up".

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Another reason why it worked for me to go barefoot,
was that our June wedding was on the warmest day of the year
(or so it seamed). And maybe I'm a girl who never grew out of her barefoot habits,
but it only seemed fitting for our day.


More than anything, I just loved the effortless simplicity there was
in not wearing shoes. having that dress on already gave me a sense of beauty
with my hair swept back. I wanted things on our wedding day to feel like they
just fell into place, and walking down the isle barefoot to
the man I'm in love with seemed like everything natural to me.

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I'll face it, I actually did buy these shoes for the reception. But after
photos were taken and we made it back to the venue, the back of my
ankles were already bleeding. (shoes are just rough, am I right?)
This was an obvious one for me. As much as I love these sandals
(they're from Madewell) they came off so fast as soon as we got to the reception.

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I know this idea isn't for every bride. but if there is something
you've considered doing the non-traditional way, I'm here to
whole heartedly agree with you -- that if something is going to make you feel more
like your self on the day you want to remember forever -- you won't regret it!!


all photos by H. Nicole Martin

Caleb & Jessie

There's nothing quite like working with people who trust your creative vision and appreciate the work you put into it.  Caleb and Jessie were a joy and an ease to work with, every artist's dream clients! Each one of these frames here is completely natural to them and sincerely who they are. They just flow and move together like day-to-day habit. All these smiles are genuine, they are so excited to be together. One thing I know for sure; they are meant for each other and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding day!