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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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