The timeline below is The Complete Package. It's designed for Brides doing a First Look which we highly recommend! Its a suggestion of the timing of the day and the order of events can be easily changed. The intention is to give you an outline to help you build your day by blocking out time for what is important to you.
12:30 PM: (3.5 hours before Ceremony Start time) Photographers arrive to start the day and set up
Capturing the details of the entire day help to tell the complete story of your wedding. We tell our brides to be in the finishing stages of hair and makeup when we arrive, but not in the dress yet. While you and your bridal party are in the finishing stages of hair and makeup, your photographer should arrive to photograph the details of the wedding that you are going to want to remember. These details include your dress hanging, shoes, jewelry, and bouquet.
PHOTO TIP #1: The bride should have the wedding rings, bridal bouquet and anything else ready for individual special photos.
PHOTO TIP #2: Make sure to share your schedule with everyone involved including your stylist and make up artist. If you are having your make up done at the venue, its important that everything runs on schedule. Perhaps book an extra half hour for things so id the stylist is running late it does not throw off the schedule.
1:30 PM: Bride Gets Dressed For The Wedding
Depending on your schedule you should be finishing getting ready about 3 hours before the ceremony. Many brides request that we capture the moment of them getting into their dress while others ask us to come in after they are dressed. Either way is fine, Cheryl or Josie will capture these images. Please let us know what you prefer.
1:30-2:30 PM: Groom and Groomsmen Preparation
The men should be finishing up getting dressed as well. Tom will take some fun shots of the guys getting ready as well all hanging out together. This will include group photos, serious as well as candid photos. Many times these turn out to be some of the favorite photos of the day.
2:30-3:00 PM: Bride with Bridesmaids photos
These will be like the groom and groomsman photos, casual, serious as well as candid.
3:00 PM: First Look of the Bride and Groom
This is one of the best moments of the day. One you will never regret capturing. Once the location is set up by your photographer, the groom will be placed in position and the bride will surprise him. Usually, this is just a moment between the bride and groom and the photographer. Please let everyone know that this has to be a private moment to capture it the correct way.
3:15-4:00 PM: Bride and Groom Portraits
This can be right after your first look. These are the photos that are in a nice spot to capture the uniqueness of your day. The bride and groom photos in the location of the ceremony will be after this. They will be in more of a traditional vein with all of the wedding party members. This is another time that needs to be very private and away from other people so we can focus only on the two of you and the photos.
4:00-5:00PM: Family Photos and Wedding Party Photos
Once you have your first look and bride and groom portrait session, the rest of the family can join in on the fun. During this time, the rest of the wedding party will come in to take formal wedding photos with the bride and the groom. Make sure that everyone in the wedding party and immediate family is there no later than 3:45. These photos can be taken in any location you would like, but we need to determine this ahead of time so we are all set up and ready to shoot. In addition we can complete all of the photos well before your guests start to arrive.
PHOTO TIP #3: Please send us photos from Pinterest and other places when you see things you like. Try to get them to us at least a week before the wedding. We want to accommodate your needs and give you the photos you want and expect on your day. The photos you send us will help us to understand and frame the day.
5:00-5:30 PM: Preparing for the Ceremony
Once all of you go back to your rooms to relax before the ceremony, we will be mingling with the guests and taking candid photos as they arive.
5:30 PM: Ceremony
Here comes the bride! All eyes are on you as you walk down the aisle. This is perhaps the most special moment of the big day and we cover it from multiple perspectives. Here is where having 2 photographers really make the day. We will catch you as well as all of the wedding party coming and going. Along with the reaction of the groom.
PHOTO TIP #4: Take in the moment but remember to look at the person you are marring. We want to capture the beautiful look on your faces! We understand you are thinking of so many things all at one time but remember to enjoy the experience.
7:00 PM: Family Photos and Cocktail Hour
We will head straight to the reception to capture the hall along with the place settings, wedding party table and all of the extras you have works so hard to make this event so amazing. Before you arrive we will take candid phots as well as family photos of your guests.
7:00 PM: Reception Begins
As the wedding party arrives we will be there to capture all of it. If there is time after you arrive and before dinner, we can set up a space to take photos of you with family members and friends.
7:30 PM: Dinner is served / Toasts to the Bride and Groom
We will be there to capture all of this as well as the guests
8:15 PM: Special Dances
We will be there to capture all of the special dances include father daughter, dollar dance.
8:30 PM: Open Dancing
We will move about the crowd taking candid phots and offering photos for friends and family.
9:00 PM: Cake Cutting / Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss
We will continuing taking photos to capture all of these special moments.
9:30 PM: Photographers Exit. It’s rare for us to stay to the end of a reception unless there is a grand exit planned in which case more hours can always be added to the day. Or if you would like us to set up a specific area to do family portraits.
We understand that this timeline will not fit for everyone's schedule or culture. Its simply meant to give you a rough outline of the day. Most people are unaware of the timeline and the amount of time it takes to get all of the photos. Even a timeline like this will blow by so fast you will be shocked. We are happy to work with your wedding day and happy to alter the schedule to fit your needs.