I am truly honored to be your photographer!


On your wedding day, you can expect to have fun and enjoy the entire experience. I know weddings can be stressful at times, but rest assured that photography is not something you'll need to worry about. You are in good hands with us. We will work to capture all of the big - and small - things that you want to remember about your day. No doubt your wedding will be one of the most beautiful and significant moments for you as a couple, and we want to be sure that you enjoy every part of the experience. 


Please read through this Wedding Prep Guide to make your day just as magical in photographs. We are so excited for your upcoming wedding and look forward to documenting this important day in your lives. 

Timeline


EVERY WEDDING IS UNIQUE, SO I WILL CREATE A CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE THAT IS TAILORED SPECIFICALLY TO YOU. 

WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO GO OVER THE DETAILS OF YOUR EVENT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST EFFICIENT USE OF YOUR TIME. 


Here are some of the contributing factors and some things I will discuss as we are creating your photography timeline: 


- Would you like Bridal Preparations photos?

- Are you doing a First Look or First Touch/Letter Exchange?

- Key Event Times - Mainly ceremony and reception start and end times.

- When is the last big reception event? (Cake cutting, garter etc ... )

- Are you interested in having Sunset Photos?


If you a I ready have a draft of a wedding event ti me Ii n e, please send that over as soon as possible. We will review it and make sure that there is adequate time provided for your photography, and ensure that your wedding day is laid out in a smooth & efficient manner. There is a lot to photograph during your wedding day and I want to ensure you are satisfied with your collection of images. Timeline will be completed and finalized no later than 1 month before the wedding. 

Here are some good examples:

8 Hour Timeline


12 PM Photographer/s arrive on site, final make up touch ups, detail shots of dresses, shoes, invitations, bouquets, etc. 

1 PM Guys arrive, detail shots of guys ties, shoes, watches, etc. Bride starts to get fully dressed along with bridesmaids. 

1:30 PM Girls should be fully dressed and ready to go! 

2 PM Groom fully dressed along with groomsmen (parents and siblings of both sides should be dressed by this time as well). 

*Perfect time for the first look - I highly recommend so we can do all bridal groupings before ceremony because of sunlight.* 

2:30-3:45 PM Any before family pictures, bridesmaids group pictures, groomsman group pictures, and singles of bride and groom. Whole bridal party pictures, bride and groom together if first look took place. 

*Most pictures should be done by now because of the sunlight*

4 PM Ceremony (lets say 15-30 minutes). 

4:30 PM Family pictures (immediate/extended) any groupings we didn't get before, more bride and groom pictures before the sun sets (this should be the last set of pictures before the reception). 

5:45 PM Start to bustle the dress, grab drinks, get ready for reception introductions (any last minute must have pictures are taken here). 

6 PM Introductions, blessing and/or toasts. 

6:15 PM Dinner is served. 

7 PM First dances, cake cutting, bouquet toss and/or garter toss, open dancing follows. 

8 PM Photographer/s depart. 

10 Hour Timeline


11 AM Photographer/s arrive while hair and make up is being finished. 

12 PM Final make up touch ups, detail shots of dresses, shoes, invitations, bouquets, etc. 

1 PM Guys arrive, detail shots of guys ties, shoes, watches, etc. Bride starts to get fully dressed along with bridesmaids. 

2 PM Groom fully dressed along with groomsmen (parents and siblings should be dressed by this time as well). 

*Perfect time for the first look - I highly recommend so we can do all bridal groupings before ceremony because of sunlight.* 

2:30-3:45 PM Any before family pictures, bridesmaids group pictures, groomsman group pictures, and singles of bride and groom. Whole bridal party pictures, bride and groom together if first look took place. 

4 PM Ceremony (Iet's say 15-30 minutes). 

4:30 PM Family pictures (immediate/extended) any groupings we didn't get before, more bride and groom pictures before the sun sets (this should be the last set of pictures before the reception). 

5:45 PM Start to bustle the dress, grab drinks, get ready for reception introductions (any last minute must have pictures are taken here). 

6 PM Introductions, blessings and/or toasts. 

6:15 PM Dinner is served. 

7 PM First dances. Open dancing follows! 

7:45 PM Cake cutting. 

8 - 8:15 PM Bride and groom sunset session. 

8:15 PM Bouquet toss and/or garter toss. Open dancing follows! 

9 PM Photographer/s depart. 

The Sunset Session


Being a natural light photographer, I strive for the golden hour and using light to my advantage throughout the day. When working together on your timeline, I will assist you in ensuring maximum usage of sunlight. I enjoy taking my couples out at sunset for 15-20 minutes to provide a brief break from partying, a chance to soak in all of the excitement from your day thus far, and to provide additional photos of the two of you as the newly married Mr. & Mrs. These images are often become favorites as couples have sh rugged off the stress and have relaxed into the happiness of the day. 

Sunset Sessions are highly recommended if you decide not to have a First Look or First Touch. Sunset Sessions are limited to weddings between May-October, and for the remaining months be supplemented for a 15-20 minute session if natural or artificial light from your venue is available. 

Bridal Details


Please have all of your "bridal details" in a spot ready for us during the getting ready shots. This includes anything special for the bride AND groom that you'll want photos of - rings, shoes, jewelry, veiI, etc. 


If you would like your dress photographed hanging up, please ensure you have decorative or wooden hanger available. Same for the bridesmaids dresses. 

Must Haves


A lot of our wedding couples ask us if we need a "shot list" for their wedding day. I understand that you have a lot of important things you want captured, and I want to ensure that everything you want photographed, is photographed. If there are any "special" shots that we should know about, beyond these traditional images, then I encourage you to let us know.


For example, if you have "something old" from your great grandma on the day of the wedding, please let us know so that we can be sure to capture a photo of that for you. 

The only other "list" that I will ask for is the family portrait I ist. PI ease in cl ud e names as wel I as who they are in relation to you so that we can be as efficient as possible on the wedding day and not lose any valuable time by having to look for family members.


If you have a mistress and master of ceremony, I would gladly use their help to locate and organize those listed on your family list as we are unfamiliar with who is who! 

Beyond these lists, I plan to capture all of the typical/standard shots throughout your wedding day - first kiss, first dance, groom with each groomsman, etc. 

Please send your list over to us no later than 1 month before the wedding. 

First Look


A question I often hear here is "do you recommend that we do a first look?" This is something that has become increasingly popular, and first look images can be very special. Choosing to do, or not do, a first look is a personal decision, and it is up to each couple to decide if this is something you would like to do. I can say, however, that almost all of our couples do choose to do a first look, as they find it very beneficial. 


Here are the top reasons why our couples choose to do a first look: 

- It is a private, special moment between you two, without hundreds of eyes watching. 

- Seeing each other earlier in the day helps to release any stress, nerves, and anxiety before the ceremony. 

- Your 'walking down the aisle moment' is still just as special and emotional, as a first look does not take away from that moment. 

- A first look will allow for more time & locations for photos of you as a couple, and will allow you to enjoy more of your day (for example, it can give you the ability to partake in your cocktail hour). 

Letter Exchange or a First Touch


Want to stay a bit more traditional and enjoy the excitement of seeing your loved one for the first time as you walk down the aisle? A great alternative to skipping out on the First Look is to have a First Touch while you exchange love letters. These are done with the respect of keeping you both out of sight of each other, but within reach to hold each others hands while you read your letters. This provides you as an opportunity to still partake in another moment with your loved one, and to get extra images of the two of you together. 

Unplugged Wedding


I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONSIDER THIS TRENDING OPTION AND TO ASK YOUR GUESTS TO TURN OFF THEIR PHONES DURING 

YOUR CEREMONY. 


It is easy for the guests to want to capture their own photo, but they become distracted and nothing is worse than having someone's phone rings in the middle of your vows. This also eliminates any family members that may become in our way during the ceremony, resulting is loss of opportunity to capture the first moment your loved sees you walking down the aisle, the happy tears falling as you recite your vows, or the blissfulness of your first kiss. I can promise you this, as your hired professional photographer/s, we won't miss a moment of your love story. 

My Secret Tips


1. Have your engagement ring cleaned before your wedding day!

2. Create a #hashtag for guests to use at the wedding to upload and tag all

your pictures! A snapcaht filter is also a really fun idea. 

3. Take a few moments at your head table to simply observe your family and friends. It m i g ht be you r favorite pa rt of the n i g ht. 

4. The easier way to use the restroom while in a wedding dress is to sit on the toilet backward, facing the wall. 

5. Don't wear a bra the morning of your wedding! It will leave marks on your back and shoulders that will be visible in pictures! 

6. On your RSVP cards, put a line for a requested song. This way you will know what your guests want to hear and they will get excited when their song comes on! 

7. When getting your wedding dress altered, make sure you can sit in it before they make the dress smaller. 

8. When planning for your honeymoon, don't just make a list of things to pack but a list of things to bring back. 

9. Put someone in charge to make sure you have your honeymoon bags on your wedding day! 

10. Splurge on a new perfume - it's a great way to capture the day's memories. Every time you smell the fragrance, your mind will go to that special day. 

Ceremony and Reception Details


The best time to take detail shots of the ceremony and reception location is 

15-30 minutes before the event is going to start. At this point your coordinator is typically done with all the pre-ceremony/ reception setting up and lighting of any candles. This will allow the bridal party a little time to chat with arriving guests or to relax. 

Family Portrait List


BRIDE & GROOM + bride's parents 

BRIDE + bride's parents 

BRIDE + bride's mother 

BRIDE + bride's father 

BRIDE + bride's siblings 

BRIDE & GROOM + bride's siblings 

BRIDE & GROOM + bride's parents+ bride's siblings 

BRIDE & GROOM + bride's parents+ bride's siblings+ bride's grandparents

BRIDE & GROOM + bride's grandparents 

BRIDE + bride's grandmother 

BRIDE + bride's grandfather 

BRIDE & GROOM + bride's grandparents + bride's parents 

BRIDE + bride's mother+ bride's grandmother 

GROOM & BRIDE + groom's parents 

GROOM + groom's parents 

GROOM + groom's mother 

GROOM + groom's father 

GROOM + groom's siblings 

GROOM & BRIDE + groom's siblings 

GROOM & BRIDE + groom's parents + groom's siblings 

GROOM & BRIDE + groom's parents + groom's siblings + groom's grandparents

GROOM & BRIDE + groom's grandparents 

GROOM + groom's grandmother 

GROOM + groom's grandfather 

GROOM & BRIDE + groom's grandparents+ bride's parents

GROOM + groom's father+ groom's grandfather 

BRIDE & GROOM + ALL parents 

BRIDE & GROOM + ALL siblings 

BRIDE & GROOM + ALL parents + ALL siblings + ALL grandparents

BRIDE & GROOM + Officiant 

BRIDE & GROOM + Mistress & Master of Ceremony 

Now you're ready to make magic!