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The Guidebook | #7 The Ceremony

The guidebook - The Ceremony; Hochzeit, Linz, Hochzeitsfotograf, Wedding PhotographyBy now we’ve basically talked about most of what that happens before the actual wedding, so it’s time to shine a light on the ceremony in and of itself. So let’s dive right in, ok?

Make it a two-day affair:

Funnily enough you usually get married twice on your wedding day. First at the registry office and then afterwards at a church or any other venue of your choosing. If you are worried about the wedding day getting too hectic or your guest getting a little bored between the different ceremonies, think about the idea of doing the part at the registry’s office a day earlier. Often times you’ll only bring your closest family and friends for this part anyway and it’s usually only a lovely but very quick affair.
For example: You could get married at the registry’s office with the people closest to you on Friday and do the church wedding with all your guests on Saturday. This has a lot of benefits. First and foremost, you can start the festivities on Saturday later in the day, at about 3pm or 4pm therefore you get to sleep in a little and start your wedding day well rested, instead of frazzled and in a hurry. Should you get married in the middle of summer, people will probably thank you for not having to stand around in the early afternoon heat too. Also in general, if the timeline is a bit more relaxed the whole day runs more smoothly, with less ‘standing around and waiting’-time for all the participants.

The grand entrance and exit

It may seem strange to even be talking about this, but if you’d like to get beautiful photos of your grand entrance into the church (and also the exit for that matter) there is a little detail to consider for the bride: Take your time! Once the priest and all your bridesmaids are down the aisle wait another few seconds before you start walking. This is to ensure that there is enough space for your photographer to get the pictures you’re hoping for. Also, aside from that, you only get to walk this special walk once. So savor it! 🙂

The ceremony

When it comes to the ceremony itself there is not too much to consider, aside from enjoying it! The mood at a ceremony whether it’s held in a church or outside depends heavily on your priest or speaker. From a singing priest to a somber looking wedding speaker who should shift his focus to eulogies, I have seen it all.
But generally, even with emotions running high at this point, don’t forget to take a deep breath every once in a while, smile, and enjoy the moment.

Two quick pointers though:
First: Don’t look directly into the camera during the ceremony. As photographers we will be moving around a bit during the ceremony, but we will always try to stay as unobtrusive as possible. However, if you catch me standing behind the priest to get a beautiful shot of you and your groom, for example, don’t look into my camera, feel free to ignore me and focus on the ceremony itself.

Secondly: Every now and then it happens that your priest or speaker will forget to tell you that you are allowed to kiss after you have exchanged your wedding bands, which can lead to a bit of confusion. So in a nutshell… it’s your wedding! If you would like to kiss at any given point in time simply go for it. You don’t need to wait for an invitation to do so. 🙂


Have you already seen Part 1-6 of The Guidebook? No? Then click here. 😉

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The Guidebook | #6 The First Look

Hochzeitsfotograf Linz, Wedding photography, wedding, Linz, First Look, Destination WeddingAs wedding photographers, we often throw around terms like ‘getting ready‘ and ‘detail shots’, or ‘first look’, ‘first kiss’ and ‘first dance’. As someone who spends a considerable amount of time in an industry focusing solely on weddings, it is easy to forget, that people who are still in the beginning stages of planning their special day may have never heard these terms before. Obviously most of them are easy enough to understand but the one term my clients keep tripping on whenever I mention it in a meeting is the First Look. Continue Reading

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The Guidebook | #5 Hair & Make-up

Andrea Staska, Hochzeitsfotograf Linz,

When it comes to hair and make-up for your wedding day, you should (as always) consider hiring a professional instead of going to your usual hair dresser next door. Not because they are not awesome in what they do (I am sure they are), but simply because just like with anything else from photographers to florists, there is a difference between hair dresser who ‚take two centimeters off‘ day in and day out and occasionally get to do make-up or an up-do for a ball or prom, and someone who makes a living from only doing hair and make-up for special events like weddings or photoshoots. Continue Reading

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The Guidebook | #4 Getting Ready

The guidebook - getting ready-klI have said it before, but it bears repeating. Once all the organization and preparation for your wedding is over and done with, I just want you to be able to relax and enjoy your actual wedding day.

In order to ensure a great start to your wedding, don’t overlook the pre-wedding part of the day. Your getting-ready process shouldn’t be a mere afterthought, but a special time for you to enjoy. So to make sure you are not fighting your bridesmaids for a spot in front of the mirror, I have rounded up a couple of tips that should help you make your getting ready process an amazing experience and grant you lovely photos in addition to that. Continue Reading


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The Guidebook | #3 The Engagement Shoot

The guidebook-engagement-shoot-verlobungs-shooting-linzThe number one thing I wish for my clients on their wedding day is that they can fully relax and enjoy the magic of the day to the max. Obviously things can go wrong no matter how well you plan and organize beforehand, but from where I stand that’s totally fine. At least you’ll have a funny story you can tell over and over again that will make people laugh, right? Continue Reading

Tips & Tricks

My Photo Equipment

IMG_1049I often get asked by friends and clients what equipment I work with and I get it. If you are just starting out, or if you are interested in buying a new camera, there are a ton of different options, and to be completely honest, I really don’t know much about the technical pros and cons of any given camera modell. I just happened to start out with an old Canon DSLR and have been pretty happy with the brand ever since. So while I can’t provide much insight into what camera brand or modell is the best, I thought I could tell you what I use and some general things I wish I had known, back when I started. Continue Reading