There are several ways for you to plan your timeline, and we will work with you to make the absolute best use of your time. For those couples that are open to having a "first look", we have a recommended timeline that we have found to be the easiest on the bride and groom and their families, as well as maximizing our photo coverage. What's our recommended timeline look like, you ask? Like this!
- Getting Ready Photos: 30 minutes
- First Look + Bride and Groom Formals: 60 minutes
- Bridal Party Photos: 30 minutes
- Family Formals: 30 minutes
- Bride and Groom regroup / Photographers prepare for ceremony: 15 minutes
- Additional Family Portraits, if necessary, with any extended family members that were not available prior to the ceremony: 15 minutes
- Reception: Time to Party! At this time, we will coordinate our remaining time with your wedding coordinator and your DJ, to ensure that we capture all the important moments of your reception.
...Ready, Set, Go!
For couples that are willing to do a "first look", we can do all of your getting ready photos, family photos, first look and formal photos of you and your spouse, as well as all of your bridal party photos -- all before your ceremony! The best part of taking care of these photos right up front - you are fresh and looking your best and still have energy. We have found that couples that are willing to get as much of the "formal portrait" stuff out of the way as possible before the ceremony have the most relaxed and fun time the rest of the day. Its really hard when you have your ceremony, and then still have to take care of all those really important photos - especially when you really want to visit with your guests and get the party started!
The easiest way to start your timeline planning is to plot the definite times, and work around them - for example, the ceremony start time, the time you are allowed to arrive at your venue, and the time you need to leave the venue.
1. Getting Ready Shots (30 minutes):
Our couples should have all these items ready for the detail and getting ready shots prior to our arrival:
– Rings (all THREE rings if there is also an engagement ring)
– Bridal Jewelry
– Both bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets
– Anything else you want a picture of (i.e. invitation, sign, or any other special memorabilia or garment you’ll be wearing that day)