Here’s the page that can be somewhat intimidating! The TIMELINE! I know this isn’t the most exciting aspect of the wedding day, but this is the one thing that can make or break your photography! The following diagram will outline an ideal wedding day working off of a 6pm ceremony timeframe. This ideal timeline is also based off of a wedding day that includes a first look. 80% of my couples choose to do a first look, and you can read more about that option here. Remember that all wedding days are different, and your timeline may differ due to travel times and unique situations.

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    Bridal Details

    12:30 – 1:15

    Every bride loves having those beautiful shots of her bridal details. It’s an important part of the story and I love having some time to shoot the dress, shoes, jewelry, invitations, etc.

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    Bridal Prep

    1:15 – 2:00

    After the details have been photographed, it’s time for the bride to get into her dress! This is a big moment!

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    First Look


    This is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day! I will find the perfect location for my couple’s First Look prior to the getting ready portion of the day!

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    2:25 – 3:25

    After the bride and groom take their time with the First Look, I will begin taking a few romantic portraits of the two of them while the initial excitement is still present! I will find the locations for these shots as well! Remember, the LIGHT determines where we shoot and so I can’t decide on portrait locations until the day-of. As we shoot these portraits, the bridal party can start making their way to us for Bridal Party portraits!

  • Jan 24, 2018

    Bridal Party Portraits

    3:30 – 4:00

    During the Bridal Party portraits we’ll get great shots of the guys and girls both separately and together. Then we’ll set up for formal photos of the bridal party and finish with a fun set where everyone can let loose!

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    Bride in Hiding

    4:30 – 5:30

    After bridal party portraits are complete, the bride will go into hiding so that early guests don’t sneak a peek, and the ushers will begin their duties.

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    Reception Details

    5:00 – 5:20

    If the reception is in the same location as the ceremony, I will use this time to shoot the reception decor UNTOUCHED.

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    5:30 – 6:00

    It’s time to get married!! Most ceremonies are 30 minutes long. If your ceremony is longer than 30 mins, we’ll make adjustments to the timeline!

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    Family Portraits

    6:10 – 6:40

    Family formals normally take place immediately following the ceremony.

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    A Few “Just Married” Portraits

    6:45 – 7:00

    7:00pm is the BEST time of day for portraits in the late spring, summer and early fall! This is when the sun is glowy and golden. I love having a few extra minutes with the bride and groom to take a few “Just Married” portraits right after family formals!

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    Reception Begins!


    This is when the bridal party lines up for introductions and the party begins!! By this part of the day, my timeline isn’t as strict. I work off of the natural light and so after the sun is set, my portrait time is over and I begin focusing on the reception events!

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    The Exit


    I include 10 hours of coverage so that I can be present for the main events of the reception and about an hour of dancing! If you’re interested in having your exit photographed, there are several options for this! You can either add additional coverage or plan a faux exit with just your bridal party! We have had GREAT success with this and the party never stops! Email me about this if you’re interested in learning more!

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