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There are Some Things I Want You to Know about the Wedding Day

April 7, 2022

Dear SDP couple,

The day is almost here! You’ve planned and stressed and spent literal days creating your once-in-a-lifetime wedding day! While I’ll be there to help however I can, there are some things I want you to know about your wedding day.

  1. Things are going to happen that aren’t planned. In fact, some stuff might be the opposite of planned. Smile through the little things and remember that at the end of the day you’ll be married to the love of your life!
  2. Surround yourself with your tribe. Spend the morning getting ready with all the people that make your heart full. The love and conversation will keep your mind off any pre-ceremony jitters and fill your day with sunshine and laughter!
  3. Laugh. Laugh a lot. Keep laughing when the flower girl cries and runs to her groomsman daddy. Laugh when you’re so caught up in the emotion of the moment that you need the officiant to repeat your vows. Laugh harder when your dad forgets the marriage license at home. Just laugh it off. Those little snafus will just make the story of your wedding day that much funnier.
  4. This is your day. (Well, both of yours…) Make decisions together that reflect what you envision for your dream wedding. Just because it’s traditional doesn’t mean it has to be done. And just because it’s uncommon doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It’s YOUR wedding day. Do what YOU want.
  5. Enjoy your day and soak up everything. Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Take a few moments throughout the day to be silent, take a few deep breaths, and take it all in.

Wedding day details including dress, cologne, invitation, shoes, necklace, and handkerchief Wedding day reception details, including the fireplace, mirror sign, centerpiece, and guest table first look with dad; father seeing his bride daughter for the first time on her wedding dayoutdoor wedding day portraits of groom, bride's bouquet, happy couple, and entire bridal partyOutdoor wedding day portraits of the bridal partyOutside wedding ceremonyBride and groom portraits after their ceremonyfunny wedding reception grand entranceswedding cake cutting, bouquet, first dance, and father daughter dancewedding reception moments


funny wedding reception moments



Sarah DeMaranville Photography is a luxury wedding photographer based in the Iowa/ Illinois Quad Cities. We love photographing outdoor weddings, as well as museum, country club, and mansion weddings. Our favorite places include The Morton ArboretumCompany 251The Bend Event CenterThe Armour House at Lake Forest AcademyProvidence Vineyard, and the Drake Oak Brook.

SDP regularly books 18-24 months out. Please reach to check availability and learn about how we can make your wedding day portraits magical. 

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  1. Julia says:

    This post is so helpful for us anxious brides! The photos at the end are so pretty and instantly got me excited about my day!