I'd be the first to say your wedding day will be one of the happiest days of your life. It's like you've traveled through time mentally, because now you finally know the name of your husband, his voice, exactly who he is, but you also probably remember what it was like wondering and daydreaming about who that man would be, hoping for it, praying for it. The entire season of your engagement and preparing your heart for marriage is something to savor. But every family likely has dynamics that could bring some stress into planning and enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime event you've envisioned.
As your photographer, I recognize the privilege it is to not only serve you, but also serve your family. I have a VIP pass into your sacred moments. When your Dad who never cries starts weeping in joy when he sees you as a bride, I'm there. When you make a vow before God, your family, and your friends, I'm cheering you on with everyone else. I care about your marriage and your family. So inviting me in (however much you feel comfortable) if there are scenarios you anticipate could be uncomfortable can help take stress off of you as I'm able to help navigate with your best interests at heart. As an example, if there are any sensitive situations that could make taking family formals tense or difficult, it could be helpful to let me know ahead of time so I can accommodate your family and make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible through each transition. You can think of me as an honorary bridesmaid, extra hair pins in hand.
I'd love to know if you found this advice helpful. My heart is to help prepare and educate you as best I can for your wedding and your marriage.