Getting Hitched: Guest Photos

Now that my omgmyweddingisover rambling is out of the way, it’s time to jump right in to photo recaps!

I decided to start off with some of my favorite guest photos that I wanted to share with you guys, mostly because I was somewhat anti-guest photos before the wedding. I know that unplugged weddings have become a pretty big topic of discussion; I’ve seen it pop up on the boards, and I know other bees have talked about their stances before (there’s a few Offbeat Bride articles on the topic if you’re unsure what I’m talking about). If you would’ve asked me a month before the wedding how I felt about guests taking photos, I would’ve told you I was not a fan, and I was planning to somehow ask them not to. Fast forward to the week before the wedding, where I realized it was too late to add a paragraph to the programs and there wasn’t a place with high visibility at our venue to frame a sign asking everyone to turn their cameras off. Now, what? Well, because I couldn’t keep guests from taking photos (I could’ve asked our officiant to make an announcement, but I thought that was a little too in your face), I set my Facebook setting to where I had to approve photos I was tagged in and tried to forget about it.

And I did forget about it, until I checked my phone the morning after the wedding (bad honeymooner!) and saw a few photos I had been tagged in. Rather than feel upset that there had been photos posted, I was actually overjoyed! I quickly flipped through the pictures and immediately wanted to see more. Given, there were a few I wasn’t crazy about the angle or how I looked, and a few were just too blurry, but they were all fun to look at and enjoy with Mr. C. I approved the ones I like, hid the ones I didn’t, and that was that. Of course the photos are only hidden from my actual Facebook, but it was the best solution for me, and one that I was happy with. I also noticed that most of the guests took photos during the reception, with only a few snapping some shots during the ceremony. It seemed like most everyone was pretty in the moment during the ceremony, which is most brides’ main worry anyway.

So, long story short, you might not actually hate having guest take photos as much as you thought, and you might be surprised that a lot of people put down their cameras on their own and just enjoy the day—I was! Although, I still totally support those of you who ask guests no to take pictures—some people just need to be reminded!

Now, back to the photos! This first photo is actually one taken on my iPhone the morning of the wedding. I had planned to leave my dress in my vehicle until we got to the Piazza because there was no reason to drag it up to the hotel room we got ready in, just to carry it back out to the car…Except for photos. Oops—forgot about those. So, MOH L and I ran out to my car in freeeeezing weather (okay, it was only in the 40’s that morning, but a cold front had come through and we were unprepared!) and took turns lugging that thing back up to the top floor. She was such a great help the entire day, and I just love this photo as a fun memory with her:

MOH L taking her turn carrying the heaaaavy dress

Momma Coach took this photo while I was getting my makeup done, but the main reason I liked it was because you’ll notice our wonderful videographer Vanessa filming over in the corner. I’m so, SO excited to see what was being filmed on her side of the lens (obviously my mom in this pic) throughout the day. Many people told me she captured them doing something throughout the day (including MIL & FIL Coach in the photo booth—too cute!!), and I am just dying to see it all come together in our video.


Next, a few photos snapped before the ceremony started:

Bridesmaids and little cousin/house party member, all looking fabulous in their dresses.
Love this girl!

A guest favorite from the ceremony—one that I shared with you guys as a sneak peak:


A cell phone pic of Bridesmaid R and House Party member C—these girls were my college roommates for two years, and we had way too much fun together!


One of my sweet flower girls, getting her picture taken next to my bridal portrait. She way just way too cute!


And, finally, one of my favorites, breaking it down with two of my favorite nephews on the dance floor! Those boys had some moves! :)


So, the guest photos obviously weren’t professional, nor were they a complete summary of the day, but many of them are so special to me now and I really am glad I have them. Anyone else surprised by how much you appreciated guest photos?


Next up, the rehearsal!


Mrs. Coach

Wedding Date:
October 2012
Puppy Love: Bouquet Toss
Hoppily Ever After: Moments Before
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  1. Member
    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 7:07 am

    YAY for Coach recaps – seems like you’ve been gone forever! Can’t wait to see more.

  2. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:04 am

    So cute, can’t wait to read more about the Coach wedding! LOVE your dress :)

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    bridalbridle, Guest @ 8:15 am

    Can I be really stupid and ask what a ‘house party member is? Don’t think we have that term in the UK.


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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:53 am

    I believe the House Party is a bit of a southern tradition in the US. I asked a few girls who were very special to me, but who were not going to be bridesmaids, to help with certain parts of the wedding day like passing out programs and helping with the guest book. Basically, attendants who aren’t bridesmaids.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:37 am

    You look great! Love the guest pics. :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:23 am

    These are so cute, especially the one with your flower girl! I thought I would hate our guest pics, but they were so nice to have while we waited for the professional shots!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:45 am

    I love guest pictures for the reasons you described. They’ll be perfect for the in-between time when I am dying for our professional photos.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:51 pm

    Guest pics are amazing, the one from your ceremony is fantastic.

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 2:05 pm

    Great photos! I checked Facebook while on our honeymoon and I LOVED seeing all of the photos that different wedding guests posted and tagged us in! It made me and Mr. B so excited and feel so blessed!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:43 pm

    I love guest pictures! they capture such a different side to the wedding, and I know I’m going to be dying for the pro pics to come back. I’ve said it once or twice, and I’m going to say it a million times, you look so pretty, I love your dress

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 10:21 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve said this yet, but holy moly, your dress is BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to see guest photos of our special day…I feel like they’re truly “candid” in ways that professional photography sometimes isn’t, and really captures those moments that might otherwise have not been noticed!

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 1:46 pm

    Awesome dress and veil!

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    xskittles 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:59 pm

    Your dress is BEAUTIFUL! I love the different layers in the front!!!

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    new york bride 13 334 posts, Helper bee @ 8:01 am

    You look gorgeous! I love the guest pictures! I am actually looking forward to seeing mine, I hope that everyone posts them to facebook or our picture sharing site the day after the wedding, because I can’t wait until the pro pics are ready to see pictures of our wedding!

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    glitter86 459 posts, Helper bee @ 11:11 am

    I wore the same dress!! How exciting to see it on someone else! You looked adorable in it :)

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