Your “Wedding Day” photos and suggestions when to take them.

By: Samantha Winer of the Mountain View Grand Resort


Have you ever been to a wedding where there is a long cocktail hour and the bride and groom are nowhere to be found? Or, the wedding pictures seem to be soaking up more time than the couple anticipated? Sure there are first looks, but what if you want to save that for your wedding ceremony as tradition holds? Try this! Take your wedding party pictures before the ceremony to enjoy some time at your cocktail hour with your friends and family.

Don’t want your spouse to see you? Have them take their side of the wedding pictures at a different time. For example, say your ceremony starts at 5:30 pm. Have your soon-to-be spouse and their party members take their pictures from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Then, you and your party members can take your pictures from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. This way, you spend time with your friends and family during cocktail hour, and your wedding pictures are focused on you and your spouse!

While we understand the importance of photos, they do take up quite a bit of time. In the end, your photographer will be happy split the wedding party pictures, as trying to take pictures with eight or more individuals can be difficult. People tend to get sidetracked or distracted. Taking your wedding party photos before the ceremony allows the photographer to be more focused and efficient.

When you have your wedding at a resort like the Mountain View Grand, there may be several locations you would like to take pictures. Realistically, one hour isn’t long enough to take pictures with your entire party, and your spouse in all the locations you would like. Taking your pictures beforehand will help in this regard as well. You won’t feel rushed and will be able to enjoy yourself. From the stunning views of the mountain ranges on the Overlook Lawn, to the intimate 1865 Wine Cellar, you will capture all the best moments!  


Photo taken by: Eric McAllister Photography