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Wedding Day Photography Timeline

 
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Getting Ready

Depending on your coverage hours, we do like to start our booked coverage with a bit of getting ready.

Usually we arrive at least one hour before your ceremony start time to capture you getting in your dress and all your family and friends hanging out with you before your walk down the aisle.

Allocate at least 30 - 45 mins, plus buffer time = 1 hour

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A First Look

What is a first look you might ask?

It’s when you and your love see each other before the ceremony and that walk down the aisle.

This is your day and I would never want to pressure you to do this just for the sake of more photos or making it easier for me, your photographer.

To be honest, only about 10% of my couples opt for a first look.

If a first look with your partner isn’t something you are interested in - you can opt to do one with a parent instead.

Whatever you decide - I’m all for it!

Allocate at least 30 - 45 mins

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The ceremony

Here is the moment you’ve been waiting for!

Whatever you have planned during your ceremony, be it personal vows underneath a chuppah or a handfasting ceremony and one of your best friends officiating - I’ll be there to capture it all.

Some people opt to announce to guests to put away their cell phones and tablets so that they can be fully present during this time. While it’s not a requirement, it would be the most helpful - or at least for people to stay in their seats and rows instead of jumping into the aisles to grab their own perfect shot. I promise to share the images (that is if you don’t mind sharing!) and once the ceremony is over - it’s all fair game and they can put their faces to their cell phones if they want!

Optional: Stop at the last row of seats and wave your arms up in the air like you just got married! WOO HOO…and I’ll be there to grab a photo of you and your guests looking at me! — if this is a photo you def want, let me know so I can bring a step stool!

Allocate at least 30 - 45 minutes

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Family Portraits

During Cocktail hour

Immediately following your ceremony, especially if you didn’t have a first look - we’ll get right into the family portraits. We do this so that we can get to them quickly, so you can get back to celebrating with your family and friends! It does take a little effort and help- because right after the ceremony, every one of your guests will want to hug you, talk to you and congratulate you. BUT DON’T GET DISTRACTED! Once we get through the family portraits, you’ll be back to celebrating with everyone in no time!

Completing your wedding timeline questionnaire will help us create your family formals list easily. We do ask for immediate family formal lists only but will make sure to have time to do extendeds during reception - or if we are fully able to create your day’s timeline.

Allocate at least 30 - 45 minutes, or 1 hour with a buffer (I promise it will actually be way less time 😉)

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Wedding Party

During Cocktail hour

Immediately after the family formals, if you have a wedding party, we’ll do a few of those formals - from individuals to pairs to the groups of both sides. If you’ve done a first look, we may have done this before the ceremony! And if we have, then that just means you get to enjoy more of your cocktail party- YAY!!

Included in the timeframe above

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Reception

Dinner & Toasts

After the ceremony & cocktail hour (which we hope you’ll be able to enjoy too because we are pretty fast and thorough during the family formals & wedding party photos) - then it’s time to relax and enjoy the rest of the night’s scheduled events AND ALSO EAT & DRINK cause you’re MARRIED!

We try to eat when you and your wedding party eat so that we are ready to capture the toasts & speeches. (and it’s also nice to re-energize and eat a little here and there too! But we are pretty used to stuffing our faces in under 5 minutes when we’ve had to wait for a meal after the guests too. It’s not ideal, but we go with it! I try and let the caterer or planner know the ideal times for us to shovel food into our faces so that we are ready to continue photographing your event but sometimes - it doesn’t work in our favor)

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Golden Hour

Right Before Sunset

Sometime during your reception, after toasts (or sometimes right before) I’ll ask to whisk you two away to do a quick 10-15 minute session and will promise to bring you back before the next set of schedule events.

Because I create your wedding photo timeline at least 4 weeks before your day - we make sure that the time of this fits within your schedule and you don’t miss a thing! I make sure to find out the approximate time of sunset and work around this - collaborating with your planner or coordinator too, of course, so that we are all on the same page!

You can check the sunset time for your date here.

Allocate at least 30 minutes, this includes a little buffer

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Let’s Party

Dance Dance Dance

After the golden hour/sunset portraits - you head back and just relax and PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!! ENJOY!!!

Of course if there are events you’ve planned, please let us know…like a money dance, or a shoe game, the hora or a flash mob, Who knows? Whatever it is - let us know, so we can be better prepared!

Are you having a grand exit planned? With sparklers or confetti cannons?? LET US KNOW! We want to be in on the action and make sure we are ready to capture it.

A wedding day timeline will be emailed to you at least 4-6 weeks before your wedding date, so we get all the necessary details of your wedding day.

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Happily Ever After

It’s Just the beginning

Within 48 hours, if you’ve ok’d us to share, we’ll send you some sneak peeks.

Then 6-8 weeks from your wedding date, you’ll receive your full gallery via an email - so watch out for it! This email will contain the link to your wedding photos, easily viewable and shareable online.

If you’d like a photo or two to use for your thank you cards, sooner than the 6-8 weeks - just let me know! And' I’ll make sure to give you a few options.

*high wedding season is from May - October. November - April, galleries can be delivered within 4-6 weeks.