Why You Must Have Golden Hour Wedding Photos at Your Wedding

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Danielle Capito Photography via Style Me Pretty

Golden hour. Have you heard of it? If you’re a photographer or have ever spoken with one for more than ten minutes, it’s definitely in your lexicon. But for us normal people, golden hour is that magical time one hour before sunset when the light is just perfect for photographs. Those glowing wedding photographs you’ve sighed over as you research wedding photographers? Golden hour. Every time.

During the golden hour, the light is softer and less harsh than when the sun is higher in the sky, meaning your photographs will have a beautiful soft glow and you can often take advantage of those gorgeous sun flares. You’ll also avoid strong shadows and squinty eyes which make photographing faces awfully difficult for photographers.

You can even check the golden hour for any time zone and any date with this handy caculator, which is helpful if you’re trying to fit golden hour photographs into your busy wedding day! Technically, golden hour also happens one hour after sunrise, which might not be so relaxing on your big day unless you and your mate are serious morning people!

Golden hour wedding photos is something to take into consideration as you’re plotting out your wedding day, but don’t fret if golden hour happens several hours after you’d like to take photos. One way to take advantage of this light is to take group photos after the ceremony earlier in the day, and then sneak away with your photographer for a few after dinner portraits in that magical light. Do make sure to talk with your photographer about taking advantage of this light in advance. They will likely be able to scout the perfect spot to take advantage of this short window of time!

Here are just a few images to get you excited about your own golden hour wedding photos!

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The Sweetest Father-Daughter Wedding Moments

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Trent Bailey Photography via Style Me Pretty

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d put the spotlight on our sweet dads this week. There’s nothing that will tug at your heart strings faster than a proud, tearful dad on his daughter’s wedding day. I’ve been tearing up for hours writing this post and putting together a selection of the sweetest father-daughter wedding moments!

When I got married, my Dad and I had already been crying for weeks. We’re a family of sappy souls! In the months before our wedding, I asked my father to choose a song he would like for our father-daughter dance. When he picked it, I knew I couldn’t listen to it until our wedding day or I’d spend the next six weeks in a puddle of sappy tears! Funny enough, by the time we got to the big day, we were all cried out and we were the ones with dry eyes for once! But that father-daughter dance was the only time that I couldn’t keep it together. My father chose the song Love and Happiness, by Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler and it is possibly the most beautiful song you could ever choose.

There are a few father-daughter wedding moments you’ll likely want to capture with your father on your wedding day, from a first look to your father-daughter dance. But there are a few unexpected moments to watch out for – or ask your photographer to watch out for – throughout the day. Here’s a tear-jerker of a list for you!

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A classic and elegant DIY wedding by Scott Patrick Myers Photography

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Today’s classic and elegant DIY wedding day comes from a very special place — it’s the wedding of one of our very own writers, Rachel Geeser (formerly Kenny)! We’re thrilled to feature this gorgeous wedding, which was perfect down to the very last detail. With mint, navy and gold polka dots tying the entire day together, this DIY day was put together with a lot of love. A few words from the bride…

“I wanted to make sure that every aspect of our wedding felt personal and true to who my husband and I are and also wanted our guests to have a great time! My husband and I were married at our alma mater, the place where we met (and also where his parents met!) and was a destination wedding for almost all of our guests.
From our welcome bags, where we included root beer from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery (where we live) and potato chips from Billy Goat Chip Company in St. Louis (where my husband is from), plus homemade macaroons we made together the week of the wedding and a personal note tied to each bag, we wanted our guests to feel welcome and excited for the events to come. At our cocktail hour we had the university’s marching band make a surprise appearance to introduce the wedding party and I surprised my husband with a bacon bar at our reception. 
All of our flowers were DIY’d by a family friend and my matron of honor custom designed all of our invitations, programs and menus. I also handmade all of the table numbers, and my mom, sister and I spent more time than we’d like to admit covered in glitter DIYing the candle votives, dress hangers, shoes and the monogram that hung above our reception head table.”

Ready to see more DIY wedding inspiration? Read on for more gorgeous photos of Rachel and Brett’s day by Scott Patrick Meyers Photography!

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An elegant Napa wedding by Sylivie Gil Photography

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What’s more beautiful than an elegant Napa wedding? The answer… nothing. So obviously this gorgeous day photographed expertly by Sylvie Gil Photography is a winner in our book! Alexis and Patrick are live on the east coast, but knew that they had to have a sunny outdoor wedding day, so a California wine country wedding was the perfect solution.

With a stunning chapel ceremony and a reception set in paradise, this is one beautiful wedding day you don’t want to miss. Read on for more beautiful wedding photos by Sylvie Gil, and a few word from the bride!

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