While your cocktail hour is so much fun for your wedding guests to freshen up with some chilled champagne, a cold brew, or some treats, as a wedding photographer I like to call this time: Photo Hour.
Ever wonder when do the wedding couple get a chance to take those stunning wedding portraits of just them glowing and basking in each other's admiration? It's most likely taken during cocktail hour, and as long as you've got treats and wedding drinks handy your guests won't even notice you're gone (Sorry to break it to you). However, you will have this amazing time to take those stunning wedding portraits of you and your forever partner-in-crime done in the mean time.
Not sure if cocktail hour is necessary for your wedding, let chat shall we?
Imagine this: You both just said "I do" and now you finish walking back down that aisle...now what?
*Insert Cocktail Hour*
Cocktail hour gives your guests an intermission time between your ceremony and your reception especially if they're in the same location. This will give time for them to mingle with other relatives or reconnect with other friends they haven't seen for a while over some champagne and some hors d' oeuvres. Meanwhile, you're both off with your wedding photographer behind the venue, around the corner or simply in a different part of the venue to take your first wedding portraits as newlyweds.
Before you enter your reception, I always encourage my couples to spend just a few moments to themselves tucked away while everyone is making their way to their tables and the MC is getting ready to re-introduce you to your friends and family.
The time between when you get to just live in the moment together. Often times, my couples feel the rush of moving from their ceremony to their reception because they're so excited to be with their family and friends, but here's the thing-- this is the day you officially become a married couple. Breathe it all in and ease your way in with some dreamy, fun portraits and enjoy each other's company for a little bit.
These moments alone let you breathe, have a quick snack, have some water (or champagne) and immerse yourselves in the moment--together.
From my experience photographing couples during this time, I've noticed a glow that these couples have that is quite different from other times. The looks they give each other, the eyes, the light and the overall magic that happens right there.
This is what cocktail hour is for.
Use it and have fun with it!