The Process

Bride and Groom walking up the stairs at Temple Church in London


Booking me as your wedding photographer

Hello again! Now that you’ve had a look at my website and blog and you love my images and style as a wedding photographer, it’s time to get in touch. Yey!


Next you’ll be taken to my contact form, which includes a few short questions about your wedding as well as a message field where you can let me know a little bit more about your plans. How exciting!


I will usually get back to you within 24 hours and if I am available on your date I will also include an overview of my wedding coverage. If you don’t hear back from me within this timeframe, something must have gone awry, so please do give me a prod.


If you’d like to meet, have a chat and see some lovely photos, you are more than welcome to come to my home in Otford, Kent. I’ll show you my portfolio including a complete wedding or two and some of my looooovely wedding albums. I also offer an endless supply of tea and the odd glass of wine. Yumm.


Alternatively, we can always also meet somewhere in the middle if distance is an issue. Or if you are booking from abroad, live further away or you are busy with work, we can also chat on the phone or on Skype.


The next step is easy. If you’d like to go ahead and book me as your wedding photographer, all it takes is your signed contract and a £500 non-refundable booking fee and we’re off!


Please note that I work on a first-come first-served basis in order to be fair to all the couples that I meet, and so I can only confirm your booking once I have received both of these from you.


Bride and flower girl arriving in the wedding car and greeting the groom and ring bearer


Getting to know your wedding photographer


Yey! You’ve booked me as your wedding photographer!


With the formalities over we can start to get to know each other a little better.


The best opportunity for this is your complimentary pre-wedding shoot, which we should plan to do no later than 6 weeks before your wedding.


You may already know when and where you would like it to be, or you may be unsure about what would reflect you as a couple best. I can always come up with a few suggestions that would achieve this, but maybe there is a special place where you like to walk together, a field or hill where you love to watch the sunset, a country spot, a city location, a beach you both love to roam, the coffee place where you met or love to hang out at, or the pub or restaurant where you love to have your relaxed brunch on a Sunday. It might also be Paris, Prague or Rome or anywhere else where you’ve always wanted to go.


Pre-wedding shoot


Once you have seen and fallen in love with your engagement images, I can help you create a signing frame or book using your favourite engagement image for the day of your wedding. I will also create a set of gallery cards for you with a small selection of images from your engagement shoot on one side and your wedding gallery details on the other so your wedding guests know where to go to view your images after the wedding.


From the day when you book me as your wedding photographer up until your wedding day, I am always available to chat through any of your questions, either by email, phone or facebook.


When you book me I will also send you a photography planner, which is a short questionnaire, that will ask about the exact running order of the day, the key parties, any special considerations (such as divorced parents and new partners’ names), as well as any special photography requests and restrictions there may be. As part of your day, I will of course take the important group images, but I advise to keep these to a minimum, ideally no more than 8, so as to not interrupt the flow of your wedding celebrations for too long. You should allow up to 5 minutes for each formal group shot. After this I can concentrate on capturing candid, spontaneous and unposed images of your friends and family that tell the story of your day in a fun and meaningful way.


Around 6 weeks before your wedding, I will also send you a reminder for your final balance so that it’s all sorted and we can focus on your upcoming day.

Bride arriving in her wedding car and looking at her bridesmaids


Finally, in the week before your wedding we will have a pre-wedding consultation, during which we’ll talk through your photography planner. This will help us make a plan for your wedding day that will achieve the images you want without interfering too much with your plans.


Your wedding day


Wohoo! It’s finally here! On the morning of your wedding day I will arrive and after a hug, I will quietly blend into the background and start capturing all the beautiful details and your preparations. Wedding rings lying on the window sill at The Hurlingham Club wedding flowers

Sophie & Nat - The Hurlingham Club - Maria Assia Photography-9 Bride

Bride and bridesmaids looking at the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses

Groom and groomsmen wearing superhero masks


If you’ve booked one my second photographer will do the same with your groom and his party before you arrive at the church or registry office and then I will capture your ceremony, your guests and of course the two of you while you say your vows.


Wedding photography at Sanctum on the Green by Maria Assia Photography Bride and groom exiting the church


After this, we will follow the timeline we set out together, although I always allow for some flexibility to account for bad weather or some part of your day overrunning.

Bride and Groom laughing and walking through confetti at Two Temple Place

I try to get your group shots out of the way first, so that we don’t have to worry about them later and after a short break in which you can relax and spend some time with your guests, we might sneak away to your first portrait session.


Bride and bridesmaids laughing in a groupshot at The Hurlingham Club

Fun groupshots with top hats, groomsmen and bridesmaids at Coworth Park


These images will be just of the two of you, similar to your engagement shoot and will show just how gorgeous you two look together on your special day. I promise not to keep you away from your guests and the fun for too long. 🙂

Bride standing under a huge ball chandelier at The Hurlingham Club Bride looking at the camera over her groom Greek wedding Bride and Groom looking at each other under the bride Bride and Groom standing close at their wedding in Temple church in London

During the rest of the day, I will capture many candid shots of your friends and family interacting and laughing with each other and with you. This will include the speeches, the cake cutting and throwing of the bouquet if you want to do that, and then I will take a short break while you and your guests sit down for your meal.


Once the light is low, and weather and time permitting, I may take you out for a second much shorter evening portrait session. Whewww that was a mouthful! This is usually the time when all the really different images with creative light or glorious sunsets are made, so they are very much worth doing.


Bride and Groom laughing in the rain under a monument on the Thames in London at Two Temple Place


Your first dance and the party afterwards will form the end of your wedding day story in my images, and I will spend quite a bit of time capturing the mood and atmosphere of your party. This is the loud, crazy, fun and dance-filled part after all and I’ll probably be rocking out right there with you while capturing you and your guests having a blast!


Once I have captured this, I will come and find you, hug and congratulate you once more and then take my leave.
Bride and Groom at their Coworth Park wedding during their first wedding dance Bride and bridesmaids dancing and singing loudly at their Coworth Park wedding

What happens next?


I know how much you will want to see your images right away. I know I couldn’t wait after my own wedding!


So, in the first couple of days after your wedding, I will post a preview for you on my Instagram feed and my Maria Assia Photography facebook page. Like my feed and page now, and you’ll be able to see my updates when they come online. Woop Woop!


Bride and groom hugging at their wedding in Richmond Park Groom and Groomsmen smoking cigars at their Warren House wedding



After this, it takes me around 6 weeks to edit your images depending on the time of year and on how busy I am and once your images are ready, you’ll be able to view them in your online wedding gallery. Please feel free to share these and tag your family and friends and I would love it if you tagged Maria Assia Photography too.


With your wedding images on a USB stick on their way to you about 1-2 weeks later, we can talk through your choice of wedding album if you would like one. I will design your album with your favourite images in mind, and once you are happy with everything, and depending on the time of year, your album will arrive in around 7 weeks.

Queensberry Album designed by Maria Assia Photography

So is this the end?

The end of our wedding photography journey together doesn’t have to mean the end of our friendship or even our photography journey and I hope that you will often come by on my blog, Facebook page and instagram to drop me a line or let me know how things are going.


I would also love it if you would leave feedback about your experience with me as your wedding photographer. You can do this, via email, on my facebook page or also on the Maria Assia Photography G+ page.


Then, when you’re ready, I would also love to photograph your onward journey together as a new family. Think anniversary or romantic couple photo shoot, or if you have a little munchkin come along with a maternity and baby shoot. But more about that when the time comes.


So, get in touch and let’s begin our photography adventure together!


I’d love to hear from you about everything you have planned, and if you fancy, I’m always up for a chat and a nice hot cup of tea or a glass of wine.


Tell me. What are you waiting for?


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