emerald coast & beyond

the blog
The team

I am dedicated to capturing the real stories behind each meaningful detail and moment.

Coastal Weddings & Lifestyle Photography

inquire now!


Most Common Wedding Ceremony Mistake

June 14, 2024

I'm a natural light photographer who enjoys capturing love stories all over the world—but  Pensacola, Florida is where I call home with my husband and two young children. 


Top Categories




read more


The Sailboat Engagement

Seaside Chapel Vows

Artisanal Margaritas

read post

read post

read post



Why Your Gorgeous Ceremony Backdrop Might Be Missing the Mark (and How to Fix It!)

wedding ceremony mistake
wedding ceremony mistake
wedding ceremony mistake

We’ve all seen them on Pinterest and swooned over them at wedding expos: stunning ceremony arbors, overflowing with blooms, draped with fabric, a picture-perfect frame for your “I dos.” But there’s a hidden detail that can throw this picturesque scene off balance: the couple themselves. This is the most common wedding ceremony mistake!

Here’s the not-so-secret secret: couples often spend a significant amount on this beautiful focal point, only to stand slightly (or very) off-center during the ceremony. This misalignment can be distracting in photos, and let’s be honest, a little awkward on your big day.

So, how do we ensure you and your partner are the stars of the show, perfectly centered under your arbor masterpiece? Fear not, lovebirds! Here are three easy fixes:

1. Pre-Wedding Rehearsal with a Purpose: The rehearsal dinner isn’t just for practicing the processional (although that’s important too!). Do a walkthrough of the ceremony space, including where you and your partner will stand. This allows you to visualize the arbor and adjust positions accordingly. Pro tip: Have the officiant stand in your spot to ensure they have a clear view of both of you throughout the ceremony.

wedding ceremony mistake

2. Mark the Spot: This might sound a little silly, but it’s incredibly effective. Work with your venue coordinator or florist to discreetly mark the spot on the ground where you should stand. This could be a small piece of tape, a hidden flower petal, or even a specific floor tile (depending on the venue). Having a visual cue takes the guesswork out of centering yourselves and ensures those dreamy arbor photos!

3. The Power of the Assistant: Delegate a trusted friend or family member (perhaps your maid of honor or best man) with the task of gently guiding you into position before the ceremony starts. A quick nudge in the right direction can make all the difference. Just be sure to give them a heads-up beforehand and a wink on the big day!

Bridesmaids Outfits

By following these tips, you can ensure that your ceremony arbor truly enhances your special moment, without becoming a centering obstacle course. Remember, clear communication with your vendors and a touch of planning go a long way in creating those flawless wedding photos (and memories) you’ll cherish forever. Now go forth and avoid this most common wedding ceremony mistake and get centered, lovebirds!

+ Show / Hide Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Modern Romeo & Juliet

Carillon Meeting House

New Orleans Elopement

More beautiful imagery awaits. Whether your style is elegant, modern, or somewhere in between—we take pride in capturing your truest essence.

Our Favorite Posts

don't miss


For more timeless imagery with a documentary flare, follow along on Instagram at @pvcobia. 

pv cobia photography 2023  —  all rights reserved  —  design by arc design haus 

Coastal Weddings & Modern Lifestyle Photography