Congratulations!

You are probably still deciding whom to hire to be your wedding photographer...

You are possibly still wondering and trying to figure out what you want or need, and what the right photographer costs, offers and should look like.

Well, we are grateful to be considered... thank you for that.

We believe the photographs are the most important thing you can have as a memory of your wedding and they should tell the story of how your wedding day truly felt.

This guide is made to take you on a imaginary journey of what your wedding day could feel like and how we could capture it for you.

Hopefully will also help to figure out some of those unknown factors we mentioned above.

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 Getting Ready

No great story worth telling starts in the middle.

When estimating how many hours of photography coverage you will need, a good rule oh thumb is to start about three to five hours before the start of your ceremony.

We want to capture all the anticipation prior to your ceremony. We want to capture the fun and intimate moments shared between families and friends along with more traditional moments like bride getting into her gown and few formal portraits.

We like to start with the groom getting ready and spending some time with his party. This is followed bay the bride and her party getting ready.

This time allows us to capture preparations like hair and make up, drinks, everyone getting dressed, and portraits as well.

The photography of the getting ready should end about thirty minutes prior the ceremony to allow the bride some time to freshen up and enjoy the moment.

Getting ready moments for both the bride and the groom happen separately and this will take about two to three hours.

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 Details

Even though our motto is “capturing human stories more than pretty shoes”, we truly love wedding details.

Details are a part of personality and they are a large part of the time you spend creating your perfect wedding day.

The majority of details are photographed at two separate times of the day. The first sets of details are captured at the beginning of the day during the “getting ready”. These include the floral like boutonnieres and bouquets. The bridal wardrobe including gown, shoes, jewels, and more are also captured.

In addition, the ceremony decor will also be captured prior to the beginning of the ceremony. This includes floral arrangements, programs and guests arriving. The second set of details are captured before the reception begins and prior to the guest arriving. The reception decor includes everything from entire shots, table decor to single details on the tables and settings. An ideal amount of time to capture reception details should be at least thirty minutes.

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Ceremony

The ceremony is the reason everyone comes together to celebrate.

We will photograph your ceremony as it happens. We will be close by to capture the stares, tears, smiles and laughter that you, your families and friends will share to make your wedding day special.

We are always cautious to be considerate and polite to you and your guests but at the same time, you have to trust in our instincts to capture all the actions and the emotion of the moment especially since most ceremonies are fairly short in length (fifteen to thirty minutes).

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 Portraits

A great portrait should capture the imagination and tell a story.

Our portraits vary form being very simple and traditional to being a more emotive and creative style that is quite unique.

Portraits will be taken during different sections of your wedding day...

Some will be done during the getting ready section of the day as described before. The majority of the portraits will take place shortly after the ceremony is completed. Portraits will include the bride and the grooms with their immediate family members followed by the wedding parties portraits (optional) and the bride and groom alone. Family portraits should take no longer than twenty to thirty minutes. The bride and groom must have a private small session, and need to be thirty to forty five minutes.

Keep in mind: the more time you allow us, the better!

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Reception

It’s party time...

The dancing, the speeches, the laughter, the tears, the cake, the drinking, more dancing... Time to let your hair down and celebrate.

Receptions are all different and they truly reflect the couple´s personalities more than other part of the day.

Some are wild and fun, some are not. Some involve all the rituals and some do not. Either way we will capture the reception the same way we capture a large part of your day, as it happens. There are no staged moments and telling people to act a certain way. We want to capture you, who you are, your essence regardless of how it is. We want to give you time to feel and enjoy the moments. We will seek to capture the story and the feelings you felt that day to the best of our ability.

Reception coverage can take anywhere from two to five hours. Varying from basic and brief to the all night ones that end with sparklers as you are both sent away to spend you first night together as a wedded couple.

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Pricing

 

BASIC PACKAGE

1300€

 - Includes a photographic report (two photographers) of the groom and bride during the preparations, the ceremony and the reception / speeches for six to seven hours.

- Edition and post processing of the finest photographs (high resolution, without watermarks).

- The photographs will be given to the couple in a USB thumb drive.

 

 

STANDARD PACKAGE

1600€

 - Includes a FULL DAY coverage (two photographers) of the groom and bride during the preparations, the ceremony, the reception / speeches and the wedding party.

- Edition and post processing of the finest photographs (high resolution, without watermarks).

- The photographs will be given to the couple in a USB thumb drive inside a wooden box with some printed photographs.

- Online gallery with all the edited photos (during 6 months).

 

 

PREMIUM PACKAGE

1900€

 - Includes a FULL DAY coverage (two photographers) of the groom and bride during the preparations, the ceremony, the reception / speeches and the wedding party.

- Edition and post processing of the finest photographs (high resolution, without watermarks).

- The photographs will be given to the couple in a USB thumb drive.

- A PHOTO ALBUM with the finest wedding photographs printed on high quality (large landscape format, thirteen by eleven inches; 80 pages maximum) will also be given to the couple.

- Online gallery with all the edited photos (during 6 months).

 

 

DELUX PACKAGE

2200€

 - Includes an ENGAGEMENT SESSION or a TRASH / CHERISH THE DRESS SESSION.

- Includes a FULL DAY coverage (two photographers) of the groom and bride during the preparations, the ceremony, the reception / speeches and the wedding party.

- Edition and post processing of the finest photographs (high resolution, without watermarks).

- The photographs will be given to the couple in a USB thumb drive.

- A PHOTO ALBUM with the finest wedding photographs printed on high quality (large landscape format, thirteen by eleven inches; 80 pages maximum) will also be given to the couple.

- Online gallery with all the edited photos (during 6 months).

 

EXTRAS

 

Extra session

275€

 (might be an e-session or trash / cherish the dress)

 

extra photograph albums

 Large landscape (28x33cm) – 350€

 Standard landscape (20x25) – 275€

 

 

Frequent Asked Questions

1. When would we receive the photographs?

Lapela is a two man operation, we like to take our time in crafting the best visual experience with our pictures, and therefore, depending on our work load, you should have a waiting period in-between up to 4 months after the wedding date to get your photographs.

2. How many photos would we be given without watermarks?

All the best photographs will be edited in high resolution and delivered to you watermark free, at no additional costs. Usually on a full day wedding report we deliver 600 to 800 photographs.

3. Will we receive all the photos taken?

Not all of them, since a lot of photographs would seem repeated (we shoot burst mode) or very similar in style. However, you will get the very best shots in each venue/scene.

4. Can we provide a list of photos we would like included?

Of course. We will try to take the all the photographs that you want to be taken, as for the rest of them, we will take them in our style and flair.

5. What’s the ENGAGEMENT SESSION?

The E-Session consists of a short (two to three hours) informal photographic session before wedding, which allows the photographers to become better acquainted with the bride and groom before the event. The venue of choice should be a beautiful but different place of the ceremony. It will allow you to keep (a minimum of thirty) different photos for remembrance or to use as you wish.

6. What’s the TRASH / CHERISH THE DRESS SESSION?

Consists of a short (two to three hours) informal photographic session after the wedding, where the newlyweds use the wedding dress and suit in unusual locations, allowing for a fun, relaxed and creative session that is not possible be done on the wedding day.

7. If we want to shoot outside Algarve, is it possible?

Yes, it is. Prices shown are valid for works in Algarve. Travel expenses and accommodation will have to be budgeted and negotiated for all events outside of the region.

8. Will you sell the photos after the wedding? Can we see them on a private gallery online?

Lapela does not commercialize any photographs. Post processing and editing results will be delivered to the bride and groom. After delivery, the couple has full control and liberty over the use of the photographs, including printing, publishing and distribution. We also provide an online gallery with some packs.

9. Will you publish some photographs online?

We also might use some photographic work for means of self promotion on our website and blog. Please, discuss this with us before if do not agree.

10. When do you finish your work on the wedding day?

Our work is finished one hour after the first dance.

 The end... or not!

Capturing human stories more than pretty shoes.

The moment is everything...

We are storytellers. We hope we get to tell your story.

We are always looking forward to meeting couples who are crazy in love and who love to have fun.

We would love to get to know you and perhaps we can be your wedding photographers.

Thank you for considering us,

Once again,

Congratulations.