timeline

planning

Listen, this isn’t my first rodeo. I have photographed HUNDREDS of weddings and I know that each and every one of them are different and no single timeline is the same.  BUT… What I have found over the years, is that there are certain components to every wedding that are the same.  Below, I have provided you with some timeline planning tips AND suggested time frame to set aside. I can create you AH-MAZING images, but I need a realistic time frame to make that happen.

What you can expect: as the day approaches, I will ask you to fill out a questionnaire to provide more specific details of your day. Using that information, I will put together a timeline draft that you and I will go over together during a phone call/in person meeting. We’ll talk about what is important to you, we’ll hammer out details and put actual times beside all of the key parts of the day giving us a customized timeline for YOUR big day.

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  • DETAILS

    DETAILS

    Suggested Time: 30 minutes
    When: Morning
    Where: Bridal Suite and/or Home
    Tips:

    1. Have all of your items in one location so that if you are in the middle of hair/makeup, I can get started right way without digging thru any bags. Please do the same with the guys details as well so that the second shooter can get started right way.
    2. If you have a sentimental item you will be incorporating into your wedding day please alert me ahead of time. For example, if you are having something sewn into your dress, carrying something on your bouquet or wearing a special ring I want to know so that I can be sure to include those meaningful items.
  • GETTING READY

    GETTING READY

    Suggested time: (at least) 45 minutes
    When: Morning or Early Afternoon
    Where: Bridal Suite and/or Home
    Tips:

    1. Let’s talk clutter If you have a lots of bridesmaids, ask them to put all of their items into another room so that the space you will be putting your dress on is clean and clutter free.
    2. Natural light is always more flattering and makes for some gorgeous images when the room you will be getting ready in has a window. Don’t me surprised if when I arrive, I open the blinks and pull back any closed curtains to let in all the light.
    3. Location Location Location: getting ready in the basement of a church with stacked up chairs and jesus posters will have a very different vibe than getting ready in a childhood home or a hotel room. Think about the location of where you will be getting ready and what atmosphere you want to be surrounded with.
    4. You may want to consider having anyone helping you get into your dressed already dressed by this point.
  • PLAY TIME PHOTOS

    PLAY TIME PHOTOS

    Suggested time: 15 minutes
    When: Prior to the ceremony
    Where: Bridal Suite, Home, Venue Space
    Tips:

    1. These are the images I take right after you put on your dress and your hair/makeup are fresh. We find some pretty light and focus on just the bride for 15 minutes photographing all the beautiful details of her in the dress.
    2. make sure the flowers are delivered before this time of the day
  • FIRST LOOK WITH GROOM

    FIRST LOOK WITH GROOM

    Suggested time: 15 minutes
    When: prior to the ceremony, daylight hours
    Where: private location near venue, preferably shaded
    Tips:

    1. We request that the wedding party and family not be present so that we can have a private moment with the bride and groom.
    2. This is the perfect time for the bride and groom to exchange gifts
  • BRIDE + GROOM

    BRIDE + GROOM

    Suggested time: 45-60 minutes
    When: Immediately after First Look or golden hour (one hour before sunset)
    Where: venue, location between ceremony + reception, private property
    Tips:

    1. Try to keep your locations near your venue so that you don’t waste time traveling to and from place to place.
    2. Take into consideration parking, traffic, events planned in the area during that time, detours, weather/seasons. Travel eats up LOTS of time so keep it to a minimum.
  • WEDDING PARTY

    WEDDING PARTY

    Suggested time: 30 minutes
    When: Daylight Hours, before or after ceremony
    Where: venue, location between ceremony + reception, private property
    Tips:

    • If there are children in the wedding party, please let me know ahead of time.
      Try to keep your locations near your venue so that you don’t waste time traveling to and from place to place.
    • Take into consideration parking, traffic, events planned in the area during that time, detours, weather/seasons. Travel eats up LOTS of time so keep it to a minimum.
  • FIRST LOOK with DAD

    FIRST LOOK with Dad

    Suggested time: 15 minutes
    When: prior to the ceremony, prior to family photos, daylight hours
    Where: private location near venue, preferably shaded
    Tips:

    • This is the perfect time to give him his gift
  • FAMILY PHOTOS

    FAMILY PHOTOS

    Suggested time: 30-60 minutes
    When: daylight Hours, before or after ceremony
    Where: inside or outside ceremony space
    Tips:

    • This timing depends on the size of your family. Larger groups tend to take longer to get everyone organized.
    • Please let everyone know to stick around during this part, one thing that eats up a lot of time is when we have to stop to track someone down.
    • I usually start with the large groups and work my way down to the smaller photos with parents.
    • I always try to take elderly and young children into consideration
  • VENUE DETAILS

    VENUE DETAILS

    Suggested time: 20-30 minutes
    When: before reception space is opened to guests
    Where: reception space
    Tips:

    1. Please allow us to photograph your reception space before coordinators allow guests to enter. Lots of time, money, and energy is spent planning the details and I would love to have some time to preserve that for you.
    2. Inform your venue coordinator or event planner to keep it closed to guests until the photography is completed if possible. When that is not possible, we do our best to take as many detail shots as possible but we can’t guarantee that guests won’t be in the background of those shots.
  • END OF THE NIGHT SNEAK OUT

    END OF THE NIGHT SNEAK OUT

    Suggested time: 20 minutes
    When: sunset or after dinner
    Where: around the reception space
    Tips:

    1. Keep in mind that depending on what season we are in the sun sets much later in the summer than in the winter months. Therefore, sunset often happens during the reception. We do our best to keep an eye on the sunset and night time lights to see if there is a great opportunity.
    2. It may take us a few minutes to set up some lights since these shots often involve flash and setup so we will often ask you a little ahead of time if you want images before hand. The choice is yours.
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  • DETAILS

    DETAILS

    Suggested Time: 30 minutes
    When: Morning
    Where: Bridal Suite and/or Home
    Tips:

    1. Have all of your items in one location so that if you are in the middle of hair/makeup, I can get started right way without digging thru any bags. Please do the same with the guys details as well so that the second shooter can get started right way.
    2. If you have a sentimental item you will be incorporating into your wedding day please alert me ahead of time. For example, if you are having something sewn into your dress, carrying something on your bouquet or wearing a special ring I want to know so that I can be sure to include those meaningful items.
  • GETTING READY

    GETTING READY

    Suggested time: (at least) 45 minutes
    When: Morning or Early Afternoon
    Where: Bridal Suite and/or Home
    Tips:

    1. Let’s talk clutter If you have a lots of bridesmaids, ask them to put all of their items into another room so that the space you will be putting your dress on is clean and clutter free.
    2. Natural light is always more flattering and makes for some gorgeous images when the room you will be getting ready in has a window. Don’t me surprised if when I arrive, I open the blinks and pull back any closed curtains to let in all the light.
    3. Location Location Location: getting ready in the basement of a church with stacked up chairs and jesus posters will have a very different vibe than getting ready in a childhood home or a hotel room. Think about the location of where you will be getting ready and what atmosphere you want to be surrounded with.
    4. You may want to consider having anyone helping you get into your dressed already dressed by this point.
  • PLAY TIME PHOTOS

    PLAY TIME PHOTOS

    Suggested time: 15 minutes
    When: Prior to the ceremony
    Where: Bridal Suite, Home, Venue Space
    Tips:

    1. These are the images I take right after you put on your dress and your hair/makeup are fresh. We find some pretty light and focus on just the bride for 15 minutes photographing all the beautiful details of her in the dress.
    2. make sure the flowers are delivered before this time of the day
  • FIRST LOOK WITH GROOM

    FIRST LOOK WITH GROOM

    Suggested time: 15 minutes
    When: prior to the ceremony, daylight hours
    Where: private location near venue, preferably shaded
    Tips:

    1. We request that the wedding party and family not be present so that we can have a private moment with the bride and groom.
    2. This is the perfect time for the bride and groom to exchange gifts
  • BRIDE + GROOM

    BRIDE + GROOM

    Suggested time: 45-60 minutes
    When: Immediately after First Look or golden hour (one hour before sunset)
    Where: venue, location between ceremony + reception, private property
    Tips:

    1. Try to keep your locations near your venue so that you don’t waste time traveling to and from place to place.
    2. Take into consideration parking, traffic, events planned in the area during that time, detours, weather/seasons. Travel eats up LOTS of time so keep it to a minimum.
  • WEDDING PARTY

    WEDDING PARTY

    Suggested time: 30 minutes
    When: Daylight Hours, before or after ceremony
    Where: venue, location between ceremony + reception, private property
    Tips:

    • If there are children in the wedding party, please let me know ahead of time.
      Try to keep your locations near your venue so that you don’t waste time traveling to and from place to place.
    • Take into consideration parking, traffic, events planned in the area during that time, detours, weather/seasons. Travel eats up LOTS of time so keep it to a minimum.
  • FIRST LOOK with DAD

    FIRST LOOK with Dad

    Suggested time: 15 minutes
    When: prior to the ceremony, prior to family photos, daylight hours
    Where: private location near venue, preferably shaded
    Tips:

    • This is the perfect time to give him his gift
  • FAMILY PHOTOS

    FAMILY PHOTOS

    Suggested time: 30-60 minutes
    When: daylight Hours, before or after ceremony
    Where: inside or outside ceremony space
    Tips:

    • This timing depends on the size of your family. Larger groups tend to take longer to get everyone organized.
    • Please let everyone know to stick around during this part, one thing that eats up a lot of time is when we have to stop to track someone down.
    • I usually start with the large groups and work my way down to the smaller photos with parents.
    • I always try to take elderly and young children into consideration
  • VENUE DETAILS

    VENUE DETAILS

    Suggested time: 20-30 minutes
    When: before reception space is opened to guests
    Where: reception space
    Tips:

    1. Please allow us to photograph your reception space before coordinators allow guests to enter. Lots of time, money, and energy is spent planning the details and I would love to have some time to preserve that for you.
    2. Inform your venue coordinator or event planner to keep it closed to guests until the photography is completed if possible. When that is not possible, we do our best to take as many detail shots as possible but we can’t guarantee that guests won’t be in the background of those shots.
  • END OF THE NIGHT SNEAK OUT

    END OF THE NIGHT SNEAK OUT

    Suggested time: 20 minutes
    When: sunset or after dinner
    Where: around the reception space
    Tips:

    1. Keep in mind that depending on what season we are in the sun sets much later in the summer than in the winter months. Therefore, sunset often happens during the reception. We do our best to keep an eye on the sunset and night time lights to see if there is a great opportunity.
    2. It may take us a few minutes to set up some lights since these shots often involve flash and setup so we will often ask you a little ahead of time if you want images before hand. The choice is yours.