Bride and Groom
A wedding is a whirlwind of events, gone in the blink of an eye. There’s little more important to a perfectly executed event than an organized timeline. If you are looking to effectively plan out your wedding day with your wedding coordinator or fiancé, here’s a look at a typical wedding photo timeline from our point of view. I am here to help assist you in planning out your day so that you don’t miss a beat.
6 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
I’ve just finished packing my bags and I’m now going over the wedding information form and having a meeting with my assistant to talk about the details of the day.
4.5 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
I leave my home to go to the bride’s home or designated place. The bride’s hair and makeup should be well underway to leave plenty of time for family and couple photos.
4 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
I arrive at the preparation site to capture hair do and makeup. I will also document the bride getting into her wedding dress and we will take a few shots with the bridesmaids and parents.
2.5 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
I’ll spend time with the groom and the groomsmen. I will work on some natural photo shoots with the groom’s entourage, and keep it very simple.
1.5 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
If the bride and groom are at different locations, I will head back to the bride’s home and to capture the final moments before leaving for the big day.
30 MINUTES BEFORE THE CEREMONY
I leave the bride’s location to set out for the ceremony site. Here I coordinate with my assistant and set up any equipment we need during the ceremony. We take a last look around and find where the light is coming from to best document the ceremony.
10 MINUTES AFTER THE CEREMONY
If you wish, I will setup for a quick group shot. Immediately after this I will begin formal photographs with the entire wedding party and the bride and groom’s immediate and extended families. Depending on travel time, I will either shoot these at ceremony location or at the photo location.
45 MINUTES AFTER THE CEREMONY
The bride and groom’s portraits begin. I work in a variety of locations and capture a wide range of poses. It’s your first moment together and I really want to capture the vibe. I should be done in a little over one hour depending on reception check-in.
2 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY
I enter the dining room before the guests arrive to photograph the cake and floral decor. I also take this time to set up room lights and spotlights if I find they are needed. After this I strictly document the reception candidly as it unfolds, including the first dances, toasts, dancing, and cake cutting. But don’t worry; I’m always available for any photo request you may have throughout the evening. Just ask!
4 to 6 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY
I pack my equipment and prepare for departure. But first, I will check with you to make sure there aren’t any further photos you would like or an overtime request. I may go outside for a night “time exposure” photograph of the both of you to showcase the beauty of your location at night.
**Two to four weeks before your wedding I will touch base via phone or e-mail to discuss your wedding day photo timeline. At this time I will also go over some specific details including locations, family members photos, special wedding day events, vendors and much more. This information will ensure we are all on the same page for an unforgettable and stress-free event!