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WEDDING DAY TIMELINE
THIS TIMELINE IS GREAT FOR COUPLES WHO WILL BE TAKING PHOTOS TOGETHER AFTER THE CEREMONY. COUPLES WHO OPT FOR THIS TIMELINE DO NOT WANT TO SEE EACHOTHER PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY AND ARE COMFORTABLE MISSING MOST (OR POSSIBLY ALL) OF THE COCKTAIL HOUR. THIS TIMELINE IS BASED OFF OF A 5PM CEREMONY AND EVERYTHING TAKING PLACE ON ONE PROPERTY. IF THERE ARE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS,
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL TIME IS NEEDED.
Many brides love having those beautiful shots of her bridal details. It's an integral part of the story, and we love having some time to shoot the dress, shoes, jewelry, invitations, etc. These shots allow us to get warmed up for the rest of the big day. We usually like to allow at least 30 minutes for this part of the day. While we are shooting details, we are also capturing some shots of the bride and her friends getting ready!
If the groom is getting ready nearby, we will begin photographing the guys between bridal details and bridal prep since it always takes them less time to get dressed! We shoot with the guys for about 20 minutes and capture them putting on their ties and cufflinks, and maybe a pre-ceremony toast.
4:00 - 4:30
After the bridal details and groom have been photographed, it's time for the bride to get into her dress! This is a big moment! We 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 lovely in those images. After the bride is in her gown, she can put on her jewelry, veil, shoes, etc. & we will shoot some additional bridal portraits!
It's time to get married!! Most services are 30-45 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!
5:30 - 7:30
We recommend having at least ninety minutes to two hours for your cocktail hour...guests enjoy this time to catch up, and this will provide ample time to get all of your photos done post ceremony.
If you do a two hour cocktail time, this will allow you thirty
minutes of time to catch up with guests at cocktails and also
allow us time to photograph the details of reception.
5:40 - 6:10
Family formals usually take place immediately following the ceremony, so that your parents and family are the first to go to cocktail hour. 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 30-40 minutes for family formals, and we will send a questionnaire before the wedding where you can list out the shots that you want. We recommend shooting portraits outdoors if possible so that they resemble more natural family portraits, especially if the ceremony location is dark!
WEDDING PARTY PORTRAITS
Now it's time for Wedding Party shots! Since we are a bit pressed for time, we try to take these as quickly and efficiently as possible, so that your wedding party can get to cocktail hour. During Wedding Party portraits, we will make sure to take some great shots of the guys and girls both separately AND together! After wedding party portraits are complete, we will move on to portraits of just the two of you.
This is one of our favorite parts of the wedding day! We will find the perfect location for the couple's portraits depending on the sunlight. We also love to hear your ideas for potential locations, and we strive to make sure the area is private and as secluded as possible to avoid distractions from guests.
This is a gret time for you to go to greet your guests at cocktails for thirty minutes while we photograph the detials of the reception. At 7:30 guests are invited into the reception to find their seats. If you have questions for ideal reception timelines for dancing, toasts, and other unique traditions, let's chat more!