Portrait time with the wedding party was really important to me. We had to be at the temple at 11 am, and all of our wedding party wouldn't be going inside with us so it didn't make sense to do pictures before. We knew we would emerge from the temple somewhere around 1:15, and we wanted to get a few pictures with all those in attendance as well. We knew we had to budget around 20 minutes for the drive from the temple to the hotel, and that everyone would be driving in different cars and arriving at different times.
All I can say is budget extra time for your portraits. More time than you think would ever be possible to fill, because there will be setbacks. Like how the groomsmen all decided to swing by the hotel and pick up their "party clothes" to spend a night on the town after the wedding. As the bride I stuffed my face with a sandwhich and tried to pretend like I didn't care (Oh, did I sound sort of shrill when asking where they were? My bad).
No matter now though, because we ended up with photos like this:
Do I even need to be explaining why I love this photo by Kelli Nicole?
1. Everyone somehow managed to have the same kind of expression on their face. Not just any expressions, but some of the hottest and sassiest expressions I have ever seen in a wedding photo.
2. I knew the suitcases could be a stretch. Would they look awkward, would the bridesmaids (and man) want to haul them around and pose with them? Whether they liked them or not, at least they did a good job pretending.
3. Look at my little junior bridesmaid in the bottom left. We only had to coach her one time, and that was to keep her panties from showing :)
4. Does bridesman Trevy not look like a GQ movie star? I'm feeling a little flushed.
5. We managed to pull off shots like this even though we had to get up about every other shot and allow people to walk up and down these stairs. These stairs are only a block or two from Pike's Place Market so they stayed pretty busy the entire time.