Hello Bride and Groom to be!
This is such an exciting time for you and I am sure your mind is racing with all that needs to be planned. It’s all very exciting , but it can also be somewhat overwhelming as you’re in the process of planning the day that you’ve been dreaming your whole life without know how should it start and how will it go. And by the time you get the hang of it, the planning is over!
My goal as a wedding photographer is to make this one aspect of the planning process simple. Photography is more than just images, it’s a real part of your day. Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photographic experience. The goal of this guide is to help give you a simple idea to start planning your wedding day. There are still a few steps before we are official, but this will give you an idea of what a wedding day with me will entail
Takes about 15 - 20 mins
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. These shots allow me to get warmed up for the rest of the big day. I normally like to allow at least 15 minutes for this part of the day.
While I’m shooting details, I’m also capturing some shots of the bride and her girls getting ready!
Bride Getting Ready
Takes about 1 - 2hrs
There is a lot that happens in brides room, all the fun, smile and some special moments that bride share with her bridesmaid before she walks down the aisle. After the details have been photographed, it’s time for the bride to
get into her dress! This is a big moment! I usually ask the mother of the bride and all of the bridesmaids to be dressed by the time the bride
is ready to get into her dress. This ensures that everyone will look nice in those photos. After the bride is in her gown, she can put on her jewelry, veil, shoes, etc. I also like to shoot some additional bridal portraits at this time.
Groom Getting Ready
Takes about 1 - 2hrs
Same as Bride getting ready I like to photographer groom ready shots with some details of this such as his shoes, tie, cufflink, watch and anything that groom is wearing that day. Groom getting ready photos complete the gallery. They are also a big part if this day and to your surprise sometime I have see that there is a lot that happens in their room which your don't want to miss.
Sometime I like to do this session before the brides getting ready or if groom is in the same hotel as bride than keep switching so that while bride is getting her hair done we are done with the groom photos. I also will be taking some portrait photos if our time allow us
Takes about 15mins - 20 mins
This is the most romantic and intimate session of Groom seeing his bride for the first time in her beautiful wedding dress. I will find the perfect location for my couple’s First Look prior. This session is filled with all the emotion and kisses. I will make sure the location is private and as secluded as possible.
Takes about an 1hr
After the bride and groom take their time with the First Look, I usually take 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. I also will be asking my couple if they have some spot that they like and depending on the light i'll decide if it a best place to shoots or not. Remember, the LIGHT determines where we shoot. As we shoot these portraits, the wedding party (bridesmaid's & groomsmen's) can start making their way to us for Wedding Party photos.
Wedding Party Photos
Takes about 60-90mins
The time for this session is all depends on how many wedding party do you have. I like to take all the traditional group shoots of bride with bridesmaid and groom with groomsmen's and every one together. I'll also take all the fun shoots as well as the single shots of bride and groom with their wedding party.
I also like to take all the family photos before the ceremony so there are free to enjoy the cocktail hours. After wedding 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.
Ceremony & Reception Details
Takes about 30 - 40 mins
While bride and groom are taking a moment by themselves before the ceremony and before the guest arrive I do like to take all the detail shoots of the lovely decor you both have planed for your dreamy wedding. If the reception is in the same location as the ceremony, I will use this time to also shoot all the beautiful reception decor. If the ceremony and reception are in different locations, I recommend having a cocktail hour outside of the main reception area if possible so that I can grab some great shots of your reception before the night begins and guests start laying down purses and coats on their seats!
Takes about 30mins - 1 hr
This is the moment everyone has been waiting for, you may be nervous, and thats completely normal, just look into each other’s eyes and soak in the moment.
Takes about 20 mins
If we have not done family photos before the ceremony than this is the time for a wonderful Family formals which will mostly take place right by the arch. I will send a questionnaire before the wedding where you can list out the shots that you want. I recommend shooting portraits outdoors if possible so that they resemble more natural family portraits, especially if the ceremony location is dark!
Takes about an 1 hr
If you have included second shooter than while we are busy taking some sunset shoots my second photographer will cover all the fun guest is having at the cocktail hour.
Takes about 40 - 50 mins
The BEST time of day for best lighting for portraits is mostly close to golden hour, which is the time before and while the sunset. This is when the sun is glory and golden and sometime sky shows it's magic with beautiful colors. I love having a few extra minutes with the bride and groom to take a few “Just Married” portraits in this magical moment.
Once the portraits session is done, enjoy the remaining time with family and friends at cocktail hour or relax before your grand entrance.
This is when the bridal party lines up for introductions and from the party to begins! By this part of the day, everything is more relaxed and i take candid shots of everything thats happing around, grand entrance, First dance, special dance, cake cutting, toast, group shoots with all the guest, open dance floor and all other fun that will make you smile when you see your gallery.
If you are plan to do something special for exit and want me to photographer it then i would suggest you to booked my 10hrs package and/add additional coverage or plan a faux exit with just your bridal party before i leave. I have had great success with this and the party never stops! Email me about this if you’re interested in learning more!
Please Note: Each wedding and couple are different from each other, their needs and culture is different. Also, about 45 days before the wedding, you’ll receive an online questionnaire that will help me with everything I need to know for your big day and i'll rearrange everything according and create a timeline according to your needs.
There will also be an extra travel time if your location is two or more places.
I really hope you decide to choose me as your wedding photographers.
ASK ABOUT MY AVAILABILITY TODAY!