Love is Magic


First Look

Plan your schedule around the sun, especially if your ceremony is outdoors. Lighting is the most important element of good photos! Ceremony lighting is really important, if you get married outdoors at 12pm, the lighting will be extremely harsh and not only will there be harsh lines of light on your faces, you will also be squinting. I suggest planning an outdoor ceremony 2 hours before sunset if you are having a First Look. The lower the sun, the more romantic the lighting. This timeline is based on a 6pm Sunset.

This is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day! I will find the perfect location for your first look and portraits, when we arrive in the morning prior to the getting ready portion of the day. Don’t stress about that one bit! I will make sure the location is private and as secluded as possible. The presense of the Bridal Party is optional.

2:30 - 2:45

During morning prep I will sneak away to photograph the ceremony site, before guests arrive. Check with your Coordinator and Florist to find out what time the site will be decorated and ready for photos. If your Ceremony is at a different location than your prep site I will sneak away later in the day. Ask your Coordinator to have the Ceremony site ready to photograph at least 1 hour before the Ceremony begins.

CEREMONY details

After hair and make up is done, it’s time for the bride to get into her dress, near a window! This is a big moment! The mother of the bride and all of the bridesmaids should be dressed by this time. After the bride is in her gown, she can put on her jewelry, veil, shoes etc. and I will shoot some additional bridal portraits! Let your MUA and Stylist know you must be ready at least 45 minutes before we leave for the First Look or Ceremony.

1:00 - 2:30

Collect all of your details before I arrive so that I can begin quickly. Don’t forget to give all 3 rings to the Bride. Make sure and have your Florist deliver the bouquets and bouts to the bridal suite before photogs arrive. So we can get some shots of them in the AM. I like to allow at least 45 minutes for this part of the day. 


It’s time to get married!! Most ceremonies are 30 minutes long. If your ceremony is longer than 30 mins, we’ll make adjustments to the timeline. Cherish these moments! Your ceremony will pass by so quickly! Let us know if your  Church or Venue has specific rules on where we can stand or the use of flash.

4:00 - 4:30

If the reception is in the same location as the ceremony, I will use this time to shoot the reception decor, untouched by your guests. If the ceremony and reception are in different locations, I recommend having a cocktail hour outside of the main reception area, so that I or my second shooter can grab some great shots. Ask your Coordinator to have this area ready to photograph at least 30 minutes before the Grand Entrance.

3:30 - 4:00

During Bridal Party formals, we will make sure to take some geat shots of the group, the guys and the girls! Taking these photos in the morning will ensure we will not feel rushed after the Ceremony. You'll also get to spend more time with your Bridal Party and there is a high likely hood that you will get to enjoy a portion of your Cocktail Hour.

3:00 - 3:30

After the bride and groom take their time with the First Look, I will begin taking a few romantic portraits of the couple while the initial excitement is still present! Remember, the LIGHT determines where we shoot and so I can’t decide on the portrait locations until the day-of. As we shoot these portraits, the bridal party can start making their way to us for Bridal Party formals.

2:45 - 3:00

8 hours of coverage ensures I can be present for the main events of the recepetion and about an hour or two of dancing. If you’re interested in having your exit photographed, there are several options for this! You can either add additional coverage, plan a bubble or streamer exit after your ceremony or plan a faux sparkler exit with just your bridalparty and close family. We have had great success with this, your guests don't even realize that you stepped out and the party never stops. 


This is when the bridal party lines up for introductions and the party begins!! It is best to schedule your big events immediately following dinner - bouquet/garter toss, cake cutting, first dances, etc. A good portion of wedding guests tend to leave a little bit after the meal so having the main events while guests are still around looks best for photos, and allows you to share those events with those who have to leave early.


1-2 hours before sunset is the best time of day for portraits. This is when the sun is glowy and golden. I love having a few extra minutes with the bride and groom to take a few “Just Married” portraits right after family formals. Let me know if you want to sneak out, during your reception, for a few night portraits. 

5:00 - 5:30

Family Portraits normally take place immediately following the ceremony. it’s best to save all of the family formals until after the ceremony because ALL family members will be present at that time. We have a great system for working through these shots, so you do not have to worry about creating a shot list. If your Ceremony is in a church, make sure we can use the site for at least 30 minutes for family photos after the Ceremony.

4:30 - 5:00