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. If you are not interested in sharing a first look, then I would suggest having your ceremony 3 hours before sunset to ensure that you will have plenty of time for all of your portraits afterwards. The lower the sun, the more romantic the lighting. This timeline is based on a 6pm Sunset.
If your entire Wedding is taking place at one venue and you prefer not to have a First Look, we can still take Bridesmaid and Groomsmen formals before your Ceremony. We are Pros at making sure to take both groups photos without the Bride and Groom seeing each other. Then after the Ceremony, we will take a few Bridalparty Group shots. This will save us time after the Ceremony so Family and Couple Portraits will not feel rushed.
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. Ask your
Coordinator to have the Ceremony site ready to photograph at least 1 hour before the Ceremony begins.
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 Ceremony.
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.
These images are always my favorite not only beacuse of their beauty but because this is such a sweet portion of the day. For this brief moment in time, you will be alone together on your wedding day. 1-2 hours before sunset is the best time of day for portraits. This is when the sun is glowy and golden. Let me know if you want to sneak out, during your reception, for a few Night portraits.
Family Portraits will follow the group photo. 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.
Immediately following the Ceremony we will take a few group photos of the entire Bridal Party. These will be really quick since we will have already taken the majority of the Bridal Party Formals.
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 Venue has specific rules on where we can stand or the use of flash.
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.
I will use this time to shoot the reception decor, untouched by your guests. 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.