I'm not a huge fan of the formal posed pictures but I realize that they are necessary, especially since those are typically the ones that the parents prefer to frame. I didn't want to spend a whole lot of time on these because I wanted our family and wedding party to have a chance to go and enjoy the cocktail hour while Kristian and I took pictures around the property.
Here are some of the formal family and wedding party photos we got. I'm not a fan of the stairs that lead up to the stage to the left in some of the pictures but I've been able to crop them out of a few of the ones prior to ordering the prints.
*my mom and Kristian's parents*
*my mom and two older brothers*
*our good looking wedding party*
*I think the only person I'm taller than in this picture is the flower girl. Sad.*
I do have a few regrets when it comes to these pictures. Despite not being a big fan of formal shots there were a few that I wished we had gotten but didn't. Unfortunately we weren't able to get any formal shots with Kristian and I and our pastor or with any of the extended family. Everyone pretty much immediately headed next door for the cocktail hour and between the rain outside and the time crunch from running behind schedule we just didn't think to go hunt those relatives down.
I wish we had gotten a formal shot with Kristian's grandmother's. I really regret not having this. And I know my mom especially is disappointed we didn't get any with her brother and sister. Also, despite the fact that they were both there we didn't get a picture of just me with my two brothers...that's another picture I know my mom would have wanted.
But such is life when it comes to the craziness of weddings. We did make a list of the photos we wanted taken but in the hustle and bustle of trying to get everything some of them were forgotten.
My suggestion is to make sure that any person, whether it be family or friends, that you want formal pictures with know when and where to be for those pictures. If that means they should stick around after the ceremony let them know in advance otherwise they will probably head to the next destination.