The Wedding Guide

So this whole wedding thing is new to you and you're freaking out a little. We know that planning a wedding is stressful beyond belief and wanted to help you out a bit. Over the past ten years we've been to hundreds of weddings and we've learned a lot. We know what works and what doesn't and wanted to share that with you so you can have a stress free and more fun wedding day experience. This guide will cover everything from the getting ready portion of the day to the reception. We'll go over timelines, formal photo lists, what to have ready and what to not worry about. We hope this helps a little in your wedding planning process and allows you to actually enjoy your wedding day.

The Timeline

Every wedding day needs a solid timeline to succeed. It's truly what we'll keep you from losing your sh*t. Each wedding is slightly different but below are a couple timeline options based around 9 and 7 hours of coverage. One with a first look and one without. Your times may shift depending on your venue and ceremony but these are good starting points to creating a timeline of your own.

9 hours of coverage with First Look


12:30 - Photographers Arrive

12:30-2:00 - Getting Ready & Detail Photos

2:00-2:30 - First Look / Bride & Groom Portraits

2:30-3:00 - Wedding Party Photos

3:00-4:30 - Family Formals

4:30-5:00 - Ceremony Details & Guests Arriving

5:00-5:30 - Ceremony

5:30-6:30 - Cocktail Hour

6:30-9:30 - Reception

9:30 - Photographers Depart

7 hours of coverage with No First Look


1:00 - Photographers Arrive

1:00-2:30 - Getting Ready & Detail Photos

2:30-3:00 - Wedding Party Photos (Photographed Separately)

3:00-3:30 - Ceremony Details & Guests Arriving

3:30-4:00 - Ceremony

4:00-4:15 - Family Formals

4:15-4:30 - Wedding Party Photos

4:30-5:00 - Bride & Groom Portraits

5:00 - Reception Starts

8:00 - Photographers Depart


Getting Ready

The number one thing with the getting ready portion of your photography coverage is to be ready. I don't mean to be completely dressed but have things ready for when your photographer shows up. First, make sure you have a space with good natural light and that is cleared of any clutter. A clean and well lit room will go a long way when it comes to photos. Second, have your details ready. That includes, wedding rings, invitation suite, shoes, dress, jewelry, watches, and anything that has meaning to you and your story. Detail photos are typically how coverage starts and allows us to ease our way into the rest of getting ready photos. Third, be calm and happy. At this point in the day nerves are building up and not just for the bride and groom but for everyone in the wedding party. These start to get a little more real so keep reminding yourself to have fun and relax. If you're tense and stressed you'll see it in your photos and there is no photoshop to fix that.

First Look & Portraits

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Wedding Party Photos

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Family Formals

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The Ceremony

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Cocktail Hour

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The Reception

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