If you’ve ever seen those perfectly warm, glowing photos and wondered how they came to look so dreamy, then you’ve probably seen pictures taken during the almighty golden hour. It’s that hazy, peaceful time of the day just after the sun rises or shortly before it sets. The low light is nature’s perfect Insta filter for just about anyone, particularly two crazy in-love people who are enjoying one of the best days of their lives.
I know, I know… it seems totally counterintuitive to start the party and then leave it right away to go take more photos, but trust me when I say that you will not be disappointed. Sunset shots are hands-down some of the most gorgeous photos I take of my couples. Not only is the sun absolutely beautiful but, by this time of day, you’ve already done all the hard stuff and you can actually let loose a little. I can almost always see a visible weight being lifted off of my brides and grooms when they walk back outside together for those last few moments of sunlight. Their smiles are more contagious, laughter flows a little more freely, and all those countless nights of stressing and praying and worrying about their wedding day are distant memories to them.
I think we can all agree that golden hour photos are gorgeous, but in a more practical sense they also provide the perfect time to pause and soak up your entire wedding experience. The day will come and go so fast that you’ll think you dreamt the whole thing–just ask any newly married couple. Take these 15-20 minutes to feel truly grateful for this day, to love on each other a little extra, and to soak in some gorgeous, warm sunlight before going back to your reception. I promise you will not regret it!