Sample timeline

I know it can be hard to plan how your day will unfold so I’ve created this guide to help in your planning process! I want to be able to deliver artwork for you to remember for years to come, and your timeline is a big part of how your wedding day images will be captured. Generally this is the amount of time needed. This is a sample timeline working with a 6pm wedding and a first look.

DETAILS & PREP : 1.5 HOURS

FIRST LOOK & PORTRAITS : 30-40 MINS

BRIDAL PARTY : 30-40 MINS

FAMILY FORMALS: 30 MINS

EXTRA PORTRAIT TIME : AS MUCH TIME AS YOU’LL GIVE ME!

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Bridal details 2:30-3:15

Every bride loves having those beautiful

shots of her bridal details. It’s an important

part of the story and I love having

some time to shoot the dress, shoes, jewelry,

invitations, etc. I normally like to allow at least 45

minutes for this part of the day. So I suggest scheduling me

to arrive an hour before you plan to put on your dress.

While I’m shooting details, I’m also capturing

some shots of the bride and her girls getting

ready! If the groom or partner is getting ready

nearby, my second shooter will begin photographing

the boys close to 40 minutes before

the first look since it always takes them less time to get

dressed!

PORTRAITS 4:15-4:45

After the bride and groom take their time

with the First Look, I will begin taking a

few romantic portraits of the two of them

while the initial excitment is still present!

I will find the locations for these shots as

well! Remember, the LIGHT determines

where we shoot and so I can’t decide on

portrait locations until the day-of. As

we shoot these portraits, the bridal party

can start making their way to us for Bridal

Party portraits!

FAMILY PORTRAITS 6:40-7:10

Family formals 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’ll need about 30 minutes for family

formals and I will need a list of all

the shots that you want. I recommend

shooting portraits outdoors if possible so

that they resemble more natural family

portraits, especially if the ceremony location

is dark!

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Bridal Prep 3:15-3:45

After the details have been photographed,

it’s time for the bride to get into

her dress! This is a big moment! I usually

ask the mother of the bride and all of the

bridesmaids to be dressed by the time the

bride is ready to get into her dress. This ensures

that everyone will look nice in those

images. After the bride is in her gown,

she can put on her jewelry, veil, shoes, etc.

and I will shoot some additional bridal

portraits!

BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS 4:50-5:20

Now it’s time for Bridal Party shots! I buffer

in extra time throughout the day just

in case we have some unexpected things

that hold us up! One way to make sure we

stay on schedule for bridal party portraits

is to have someone put the boutonnieres

on the guys BEFORE they arrive for portraits.

During Bridal Party portraits, my second shooter

and I will make sure to take some ..... great shots of the guys

and girls both separately AND together! After bridal

party portraits are complete, the bride

will go into hiding so that early guests

don’t sneak a peek and the ushers will

begin their duties.

A FEW JUST MARRIED PORTRAITS 7:15-7:30

7:00 is the BEST time of day for portraits

in the late spring, summer and early fall! Keep in mind if

your wedding is in January this time is generally an hour

before sunset. 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!

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First look 4 pm

This is one of my favorite parts of the

wedding day! I will find the perfect location

for my couple’s First Look 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.

Reception details 5:30-5:50

If the reception is in the same location

as the ceremony, I will use this time

to shoot the reception decor UNTOUCHED.

If the ceremony and reception are in different locations, I

recommend having a cocktail hour outside

of the main reception area if possible so

that I can grab some great shots of your

reception before the night begins and

guests start laying down purses and coats

on their seats! 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!

RECEPTION BEGINS 7:30

This is when the bridal party lines up for

introductions and the party begins!! By

this part of the day, my timeline isn’t as

strict. I work off of the natural light and

so after the sun is set, my portrait time is

over and I begin focusing on the reception

events! I include 8 hours of coverage usually so that I

can be present for the main events of the

reception and about an hour of dancing!

If you’re interested in having your exit

photographed, there are several options

for this! You can either add additional

coverage or plan a faux exit with just your

bridal party! We have had GREAT success

with this and the party never stops!

Email me about this if you’re interested in

learning more!