5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Photographer for your Destination Wedding or Elopement

 Gadsden House Wedding, Charleston, SC

Gadsden House Wedding, Charleston, SC

Deciding to trade in a stressful traditional wedding for a smaller more intimate evening definitely has its perks. A relaxed and memorable time with the loved ones you hold so closely is easier than coordinating 200+ guests, 40 floral arrangements, and special seating charts.

Although I love big weddings, they are not for everyone. A wedding venue that fits your personality is what leaves your legacy.

The trend of private weddings ensures sufficient time to enjoy those who matter most and truly celebrate your marriage. If a small wedding is more your style, don’t assume that you will not need a wedding photographer.

There are several reasons why it is beneficial to you to not skimp out on your destination wedding photography budget.

1. Having a photographer minimizes your stress level.

You chose a small or destination wedding to get away from being stressed out about minor details. Why then, would you want to add anxiety to your day over always making sure that you have someone around every corner to capture certain emotions and memories? Photographers are hired for their artistic style, quality vision, and to use their experience to promise that every unique detail will be captured. Details that your uncle with a nice camera may not think about. Let’s talk a little more about your sweet uncle who so kindly volunteered to photograph your wedding! Anyone photographing your wedding day will not be able to enjoy it as a guest. Do them a favor and politely decline so that they can be fully present in the moment WITH you. When you ask a guest to take photos, you take away from their heartfelt joy for you on your big day. 

2. You need photos with the most important people in your life.

All weddings encompass special guests to the bride and groom, but it is even more so at small intimate weddings. All of the guests who are invited are usually the closest people to the bride and groom. Being surrounded by the most influential people in your family life makes for a perfect time to capture your bond with each one of them. Take advantage of having everyone together at the same time. They have taken the time out of their busy lives to celebrate your love and commitment to each other. They are truly there for you knowing that the number of people in attendance does not govern the importance of your big day. It’s significant because of the honest happiness and support they have for you as a couple. 

3. Your emotions and memories are the same no matter how many people are in the crowd.

This is the day you marry your best friend. The first day you will ever look them in their eyes and call them your husband/wife. Those raw emotions between the two of you are intense! Your wedding day will be the most exciting experience you have ever had. The memories that you will share from this day will last a lifetime and then some through your photographs. Preserve these moments so you never forget and so future generations can learn from your love story. The heirlooms from your wedding day will tell your story long after you’re gone. Be steadfast about capturing these moments that will pass by too quickly.

4. It is still your wedding day!

Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life. It is a day when you are fully supported by those around you. A day that you celebrate unity with your spouse. A promise that sets the foundation for your future. All of these things occur no matter how many people fill the chairs. Your wedding will never happen again, so it is unwise to not have a wedding photographer. Treasure this day no matter how many people you invite. Capture the passion between you and your significant other because that is why anybody even shows up at all as witness. It is about you, and it is worth photographing.

5. Photograph your wedding for those who couldn’t attend.

Small or destination weddings can feel hard because there are just some people who you would love to have that can not be in attendance either for their personal reasons or because your guest list has reached its maximum occupancy before turning into the big wedding you decided not to have. These people are still going to want to celebrate the memories of your day with you, and the easiest way to do that is through professional photographs. You will never be able to recount each detail of the day, but a picture… well you know how it goes! “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” Hire a photographer regardless of how many people are on your guest list.