Every wedding is unique and has a different timeline.
There are however, similar parts of every wedding day no matter the time of year or culture of your wedding. The following are ideal time frames to keep in mind when we plan your timeline. They might seem a little long at first, but remember that most weddings run slightly behind schedule and the day will absolutely fly by.
Also, having a little 5-10 min break on your wedding day is healthy ;)
Rings, Dress and other Details
Ideal Time Allotment: 20 Minutes
Location: Bridal Suite/ Home
20 minutes gives us enough time to get beautiful photos of your rings, dress, shoes and other details ( such as invitations, or details that are especially meaningful for you). Sometimes the hotel room is crowded or not aesthetically pleasing so we'll have to find a calm, quiet and clean space.
Detail shots are an important part of your wedding day story and make for great transitions from one part of the day to the next in your album.
Ideal Time Allotment: 45 Minutes
Location: Bridal/Hotel Suite, Home
We'll spend this hour getting candid moments of the bridesmaids and groomsmen as they are getting ready for the day as well as the final makeup touches. This is also our time to zip / button up the dress and put on jewelry and shoes.
While I will be with the bride,my second photographer will be capturing special moments with the groom and his guys. We usually get a lot of candid, emotional moments, so don’t cut it short. It’s always better to have some extra time to take a deep breath before the day unfolds.
First Look, Bride/Groom Session and Individual Portraits
Ideal Time Allotment: 45-60 Minutes
Location: Choose a location close to ceremony/ reception area
From our experience, we can assure you travelling to multiple locations will take loooots of time on your wedding day. Although it would be wonderful to go to multiple locations, especially around the city, parking and weekend traffic will cause us lots of headache. Make sure you're leaving at least 45 minutes in your wedding day photography timeline for us to capture your first look, standard and creative images of the two of you as well as individual portraits (bride and groom separately). Most couples schedule an after wedding photo session when we can have all day for ourselves and hit as many beautiful spots as we want.
Ideal Time Allotment: 30 minutes
Location: Same as Bride/Groom session
Your bridal party is your dream team! :) During this time we'll get individual portraits of you with each of your bridesmaids and groomsmen and then move on to group and fun photos of all together.
Ideal Time Allotment: 30 minutes
Location: Park, Venue lobby/garden, church
Immediate family photos are a very important part of your wedding day and we want to make sure we capture enough images with them. Remember that your wedding day is the happiest day, not only for you, but for your family as well. Gather your parents, siblings ( and their spouses) and grandparents.
Ideal Time Allotment: 15-20 minutes
Location: Reception site
We like to capture the reception room completely set up 15 minutes before the guests enter to capture the beauty of the room. This includes details like the cake, centerpieces, menus etc. We also set up our lights and do a quick light test.
Ideal Time Allotment: 10-15 minutes
Location: Areas near or inside venue with interesting lights and textures
We are famous for our incredible night time photos. If you like those creative images, please plan on sneaking out of the reception for a short period of time. We like to create these images around 10-20 minutes before we finish photo coverage, usually after the cake cutting.
It’ s a little get away from loud reception and lots of guests and a chance to be alone for a few minutes. The images we create at this time usually serve as a beautiful ending to your wedding day story. Please leave time in your wedding day photography timeline for this important set of images!