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  • Writer's pictureJarrod Rigby

Plan Your Wedding Ceremony with the Sun in Mind

As you embark on the journey of planning your wedding, one aspect that can truly elevate your photos from beautiful to breathtaking is the lighting. It's an element often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of choosing venues, tasting cakes, and selecting playlists. Yet, the glow of natural light, especially during the "golden hour," can transform your wedding photos into the kind of magical keepsakes you'll cherish forever.

The golden hour – that serene time just after sunrise or before sunset – provides a soft, warm light that flatters the skin, adds a glow to the surroundings, and creates a romantic ambiance that's impossible to replicate with artificial lighting. For photographers, this time is like a painter's dream palette; it offers a quality of light that can turn your special moments into timeless art. Therefore, consider planning your ceremony around the sunset. Imagine saying your vows with the backdrop of a softly setting sun, painting the sky in hues of gold, pink, and orange – it’s not just a ceremony; it’s a masterpiece in the making.

If you're leaning towards the traditional, opting not to see each other before the ceremony (no first look), it's crucial to allocate time for couple portraits while the sun still graces the sky. Post-ceremony, ensure your timeline includes a slot to catch those golden rays. Conversely, if you're tying the knot earlier in the day, sneaking out for a quick 15-minute photo session during golden hour can capture stunning portraits amidst the festivities.

Planning is key, and knowing exactly when the golden hour will grace your special day is essential. A visit to can help you pinpoint the sunset time on your wedding date, allowing you to schedule your ceremony and photo sessions with precision. This small step in planning can make a monumental difference in the ambiance of your ceremony and the quality of your photos.

Remember, while the perfect venue, decor, and attire are significant, the magic of your wedding day is captured in moments, glances, and the natural light that envelops you. By aligning your schedule with the sun's schedule, you're not just planning a wedding; you're curating an experience that will be immortalized in your wedding photos, glowing with the warmth and love of your special day.

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