Your wedding day will be a day that you never forget and a photographer's job is to make sure that happens. As a photographer, my job is to capture the story of the day. From beginning to end.
What is really special about what I do is that I get to capture those moments that the bride and groom don't get to see. You are going to be busy on your wedding day, busy getting things ready, getting yourself ready and then getting married! But it doesn't slow down after that because then you need to talk to your guests, cut the cake, dance as husband and wife and hopefully eat and drink something in between.
My job is to capture the moments that are happening where you are AND where you aren't so that when you get the photos, you can see the funny things your cousins were doing while you weren't looking.
The story is important and needs to be captured. This is why you need to make sure you find a photographer who is invested in you as much as you are invested in them.
I always like to meet with my clients before we sign any contracts and reserve any days because the way we work together is important. I have a lot of experience in how the wedding day goes and the order that things happen in and I prefer for things to run smoothly. (This is sometimes out of my control.) But if I am on a completely different page than the couple who has reached out to me, I like to know before the dotted line is signed.
You want your photographer to see things the same way you do and to have a similar vision. I've had it happen where my personality just doesn't mesh very well with a bride or a groom and that makes the wedding day hard. You don't want to be feeling any tension on your wedding day and especially not with your photographer.
Be sure to do your own research and take ownership of looking through the photographer's past work. We love to show it off, so it shouldn't be hard to find. Photographers have a style or a particular way of shooting and you want to make sure it's what you like. Don't just hope that a photographer is going to change their ways because you have an idea in your head of how the final product should look.
These are YOUR photos so you should take your time and find someone who fits that vision that's in your head.
Lastly, I think it's important to trust your gut. I know that's probably not what you want to hear but if you have some hesitation about a photographer, take a step back. Do a google search, ask your friends what photographers they love.