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Wedding Tips | What Is The SCP Wedding Experience?

Feb 23, 2023

When you’re newly engaged, you are feeling all the emotions. Happy, nervous, excited, and everything in between. This my friends, is normal! When it comes to the wedding planning process, it’s imperative that you’re working with wedding vendors that help make your experience as seamless as possible. The last thing you want is for your vendors to make your life more complicated. Uhm, no thanks! It’s important that no matter which wedding vendors you work with that they have a solid client experience. Here at SCP, we value the wedding experience to the highest degree. We want all of our couples to feel secure, comfortable, and ready to celebrate this next step in their journey. One of the biggest wedding tips I can give you is to find vendors with a solid client experience.

Below is a run-down on the wedding experience with SCP and how we have built a solid workflow to help deliver the best client experience. A client experience that will have you feeling on top of the world and ready to take on the BIG day.

It Starts With The Inquiry

First things first, it all starts with the inquiry. We have curated our inquiry form in order to help learn as much as we can about our couples prior to even meeting. This helps us give you a better idea of what you’re looking for in a wedding photographer. Not only that, but also what your wedding day vision is, and that will build the foundation of our relationship.

Scheduling The Consultation

After your inquiry form has been submitted, we determine if we are available for your wedding date. If we are, then this is where the real fun begins! We love being able to hop on consultation calls with our prospective couples to get a better feel for how well we mesh together. This step is incredibly important, and we typically recommend that you do not skip it. Again, it helps build the foundation of our relationship and ensures that we are a great fit for one another. Key details such as what type of photography coverage and shooting style you’re looking for and how well we vibe together personally all play a major role during the call.

These consultation calls are not just for learning about all the fun and beautiful details you have in mind for your wedding day. It’s also so that we can go over logistics. Any questions regarding pricing and packages are also discussed. This is to make sure that we are working within your current wedding budget. All of these things have the utmost importance in determining who you choose to be your wedding photographer. This is why we give special time and attention to all of our couples on these consultation calls. Once our consultation call is over, a rough timeline and proposal will then get sent out for you and your partner to review.

You’re Booked & Ready To Get Into It!

Once you have looked over your proposal, chatted details with your partner, and are ready to take the plunge, you’ll sign a contract and place your retainer payment! Then, that’s it! You’re *officially* booked with SCP as your wedding photographer. Go on and can check another big thing off of your planning to-do list. This is quite the day and it should absolutely be celebrated! So pop open that bottle of champagne (or drink of choice) and celebrate! From this point on you’re officially being taken care of in the photography department. Working with SCP means you have someone beside you every step of the way!

Schedule Your Engagement Session

Wedding Tips | What Is The SCP Wedding Experience?

Now that you’ve officially booked us as your wedding photographer, it’s time to get chatting about your engagement session! Right off the bat, we will dig deeper into getting to know you as a couple, your preferences, and any big ideas you have for your engagement session. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry! We are here to help and provide a complete engagement session guide and locations lookbook resource to help. From there, we will get your session scheduled and continue to provide advice on how you can prepare leading up.

All SCP wedding collections come with a complimentary engagement session, which helps elevate and enhance the entire wedding planning process. At your session, we will coach you through every step. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and get comfortable in front of the camera. We’ll arrive on your wedding day already knowing how you two interact, what your best poses are, and how to photograph you in a genuine way! You will receive your online gallery no more than two weeks after the session!

Feel free to take a look at some of our favorite engagement sessions to help get you inspired!

New Jersey Engagement at Jockey Hollow

Autumn Engagement at Valley Forge Park

Winter Golden Hour Engagement in Philadelphia

Fall Engagement at Longwood Gardens

The Wedding Planning Process & Check-Ins

The wedding planning process can be stressful, that’s for sure. You’re trying to juggle having a social life, celebrating with friends and family, working, and planning your wedding all at once. This can be a lot! However, this is why SCP puts all of our attention and expertise on every one of our couples throughout the entire journey. Not just on the day of your wedding.

From the moment that you are onboarded with the SCP team, you will receive resources, helpful guides, and questionnaires to help you in the wedding planning journey. These are vital steps in the wedding planning process. They have not only helped our couples feel more prepared but ensure that we are as prepared as possible for the big day. We’re there along the way to answer questions, help you with outfit advice and make sure that you are living your best life celebrating your engagement!

Building Your Wedding Timeline

Wedding Tips | What Is The SCP Wedding Experience?

Your wedding timeline will arguably be one of the most important aspects of the wedding planning process. Think of your wedding timeline as the glue that holds your wedding day together. It also allows everyone (the SCP team, your vendors, you, and your guests) to be all on the same page. Getting to know the details of what type of wedding photography coverage you’re looking for on your wedding day will be vital in helping plan out your perfect wedding day timeline.

Key components like knowing your ceremony time, travel details, if you are choosing to do a first look, etc. all play a role in making sure that we are able to capture and fit everything into one day. Don’t worry though, this isn’t something that you need to worry about creating, we are here to help you in determining what timeline will work best depending on how many hours of photography coverage you have.

How it Works

From our very first call, you will have a rough photography timeline in hand. This will help you begin to shape the day and figure out other aspects with confidence. A few months before your wedding date, you will receive my wedding day questionnaire. You will fill out all of the details – locations, timing, family portrait combinations, and more. From there, I will come up with your customized timeline to best fit the needs of your wedding day and vision. We will work together so that you won’t have to worry about anything on your special day. As your wedding day approaches, I am here to help with anything you may need. 

Wedding Tips: Keep in mind that if you have hired a wedding planner/coordinator they will also create a wedding day timeline for you. In this case, SCP works with your wedding planner to ensure that everything lines up with your photography coverage.

The Wedding Day Is Here

Wedding Tips | What Is The SCP Wedding Experience?

The days leading up to your wedding day will be some of your most nerve-wracking and exciting moments. We encourage you to feel *all* the feelings because this is completely normal! You can be at ease knowing we are there to capture every moment. I want your day to be as stress-free as possible. Your only job is to enjoy your day and soak it all in! Throughout the day, we will be your right-hand (wo)man and make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Loose hairs and threads being fixed, posing prompts and candid shots, and making sure you’re having the time of your life are just some of the roles that SCP takes hold of on your wedding day.

Remember, this is YOUR day. While we are here documenting the memories, don’t be afraid to let loose and be yourself. This is when your photos come out the rawest, most real, and most authentic!

Editing Your Wedding Gallery

Wedding Tips | What Is The SCP Wedding Experience?

So your wedding day is over and it was absolutely epic. First of all, woohoo! You’re living the high life and celebrating now being a spouse. It’s crazy to think about, right? While you’re riding cloud 9 after your wedding, the SCP team is busy working on your wedding gallery and making sure it’s absolutely perfect. The editing process typically takes between 4-6 weeks from your wedding date to receive your full wedding gallery. However, we are aware that waiting that long to get the goods can be painfully hard. That’s why we will always send over some sneak peeks a few days after the wedding to have you gushing over how amazing you two looked.

Trust me when we say, it is completely worth the wait.

Gallery Delivery

Wedding Tips | What Is The SCP Wedding Experience?

The moment has come to finally obsess over your wedding day once again. You look in your inbox and *ding* you finally see “your wedding gallery is here” as the subject line. Through our secure online gallery delivery site we deliver a perfectly curated selection of wedding photos. Ranging from details, getting ready, portraits, family formals, the ceremony, and the reception, your day is documented and cherished as it deserves.

At SCP, we take pride in all of our wedding galleries. We put our heart and soul into editing each photo to perfection so that you are absolutely in love with every photo. We hope you love them just as much as we do!

Within your gallery, you can download, print and share, as much as your heart desires without any watermarks or restrictions!

Design Your Wedding Album

Wedding Tips | What Is The SCP Wedding Experience?

One of SCP’s favorite steps has got to be wedding album design. This step is an overlooked, but incredibly powerful step when it comes to having professional wedding photos taken. We believe that your wedding photos don’t deserve to just sit there in a memory card on your phone. Or on a hard drive on your computer. These are your memories, your legacy. They deserve to be cherished and celebrated, and what better way than to have a physical copy in a perfectly designed and curated wedding album.

If you choose to order a wedding album through SCP, we ensure that the entire design process is smooth and straightforward. In a few short weeks after the delivery of your full wedding gallery, you will receive a completed design of your wedding album. We don’t hold up the process by having you choose images or designs at this point in the process — you’re busy gushing over your wedding gallery! We curate your wedding day to help tell your love story in the most romantic and authentic way possible. No one is going to know your wedding images and the story of your day better than us! Once you receive and review the online album proof, we will work together to make any necessary changes and make sure all of your favorite images are included! Once the design is finalized, the order is placed and, in just a few short weeks, a completed and customized wedding album ships directly to you.

If we could give you one of SCP’s biggest wedding tips, it is this. Order the wedding album and allow it to be a gateway into your legacy. Share it with family, friends, and your kids and you will never regret it.

For more of our wedding tips on ordering and printing your photos, check out this blog:

Why You Should Print Your Wedding Photos

Wedding Tips | What Is The SCP Wedding Experience?

At Sarah Canning Photography, we love being able to take care of our couples the best way we know how. Through care and attention, we pour our everything into each and every one of our couples and their love stories. That’s how we believe it should be! So, as you go on your journey looking for your dream wedding photographer, take some of these wedding tips in mind.

If you’re looking for more wedding tips and helpful resources to help you in the wedding planning process, here are just a few of our favorite blogs! In these blogs, we go over some of the best of the best wedding tips to help you throughout your wedding journey!

When To Book Your Wedding Photographer

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Wedding Venue

Why Wedding Photography Costs So Much


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