Matters of Light and Time | How To Choose The Best Time Of Day For Your Outdoor Ceremony

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I was recently asked by the fabulous Leigh Pearce of Leigh Pearce Weddings to be a guest blogger.  She gave me a pretty wide open field (so long as it dealt with photography!) and I chose a subject near and dear to my heart – light.  Light is everything to us photographers and I wanted to discuss how you can plan your day to optimize its fabulosity.  So here’s the question we discuss: what is the optimal time to get married in order to get the soft buttery light that just makes a wedding sing? All of the images above were taken within 2 hours of sunset and you can see how gorgeous the light is. Bodies look longer and leaner, skin looks more soft and even, shadows disappear. If you are thinking of an outdoor ceremony, ask your photographer what the perfect time for your day is.

From the blog post – “When you envision your wedding ceremony, what do you see?  Candle light glowing softly or sunlight streaming in through the windows?  Outdoor formal portraits and a romance session with that sweet yellow light or more traditional formals in front of the church sanctuary?  This is no small question in the planning of your big day – especially where your photography is concerned.  Most brides spend an average of 10 – 12 % of their budget on their wedding photography but really have very little knowledge of how to plan for the best wedding light – and light, my dear friends, is everything.”

Head over to Leigh’s blog to read the rest of the post and here’s to you looking fab on your wedding day!


 About Leigh:

Leigh is one of my absolute favorite wedding planners to work with.  Her work is honest, whimsical, and very thoughful…  I wish I had known her when I was getting married!  If you are in need of a wedding planner or a wedding designer, contact this sweet, sweet woman.  She will make every step a joy.  Go and check out her work and read all the great information on her blog.

Traci Arney

I am an overly passionate, slightly obsessive fine art photographer who just happened to fall in love with photographing weddings. Recently I was named one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States. I love telling stories so I dig pretty deep into your personal story. We have a blast together and you will be blown away by my images, your prints, and your album!

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