The light on your wedding day is most likely the last thing on your mind at the moment… however, we can guarantee that it will affect more than just the photographs.
In general, you need to think about where the light is coming from during the ceremony, especially if it is outdoors. It would be very uncomfortable to have a piercing beam of light in your eyes as you exchange your vows. During Shawn and Marci’s wedding below the sun was perfectly positioned behind the gazebo giving them plenty of shad for their vows.
Our advice is to find a nice shady spot for your ceremony, this will allow for even light on you and your bridal party. If that isn’t possible, try to have the sun behind the officiant.
We also highly suggest pushing the ceremony as close to sunset as possible, especially during the summer. This will also save your guests from the suns unforgiving heat. If you choose to do a first look + all your photos before the ceremony you can literally do a sunset wedding 30 mins before the sun kisses the earth for the evening. This will give you wedding a gorgeous golden glow like Christina + Jim’s beautiful wedding day.
If you choose to for go the first look then you will need to start about 1.5 hours before sunset. Having a wedding ceremony at 2pm in July will generally mean sweaty guests, a lot of squinting eyes, and harsh shadows. Don’t be afraid to start later into the day.