Here's the most important part of your day, the wedding ceremony...
The Wedding is what everyone's come to see and witness! I always aim to arrive at your wedding 45 minutes before the wedding ceremony starts so I can photograph the venue details, guests arriving and also the groom and groomsmen all getting ready for the wedding... I call this the 'Nervous Groom' pictures. Technically, all you both have to do is arrive, it's quite simple.
I document your wedding quietly like a fly on the wall, trying not to attract any attention to myself so I can photograph yourself easily and guests watching your wedding undisturbed. I often find myself moving locations between readings, applause's or hymns so you have a variety of photographs from different angles, this is mostly dedicated towards church or weddings held inside because if you're getting married outside then natural sounds will drown-out any footsteps or camera sounds.
If you're getting married inside a church then corporation is required between myself and the vicar / priest / rector to get the best possible results as under contract I am limited by the photography guidelines of the ceremony official, these rules can vary in different parishes with rules stretching from 'no photography' to 'free rein'.
How can I help improve the photographs during my wedding ceremony?
If you are getting married outdoor you'll most likely going to be standing in direct sunlight, if there's no shaded area or just spotted light from the leafs under a tree then try to avoid the hours between 10am till 3pm, as beautiful as it looks with the naked eye, it sadly leaves harsh shadows under eyes and nose which is unflattering.
Sadly some couples have missed out on some amazing photography opportunities because of restrictions held in the church (as explained above) so I would really advise for you to notify the ceremony official that you have a professional photographer present and that you would like no restriction placed on the photographer in regards to where he will stand or how many photographs he will take, this way if I am approached by the official asking me to "stand at the back of the church" or to "not to take any photographs" I can mention that I have no restriction.
It's a good idea for the Groom and the Groomsmen to refrain from attaching any button holes or final details such as watches etc, until I arrive so I can photograph these events acting as a mini-preparation for the Groom.
Please walk down the isle slowly whilst leaving a big gap between the Bride and Bridesmaids, at most weddings the bridesmaids walk down the isle first followed by the Bride and father of the Bride but unknowingly to everyone else the photographer is unable to see the Bride or father of the Bride as the bridesmaids are obstructing the view, I would advise you to either let the bride walk down the isle first or for the bridesmaids to walk down the isle first with a big gap followed by the bride.