In order to accomplish this, I work closely with the bride and groom (or wedding planner) to create a wedding timeline that allows for the bride and groom to thoroughly enjoy their day and for me to be able to capture both the “emotions” and the “prettiness” of the day.
So here’s a quick visual of a sample wedding timeline and an explanation below. These images are from Kristina and Brian’s wedding back in October of 09, but since I had already created this PDF, I’m recycling :).
I like to start with the bride and her girls getting ready (1). I love the anticipation and the mix of emotions everyone is feeling. During this time I also have the opportunity to photograph all the details that have been carefully chosen by the bride and groom, such as the dress, the shoes, the ring, the flowers, etc.
Right after make-up and hair are completed and the bride slips into her gown, I like to make the bride’s portraits by herself and then with all her girls (2). You know, before any happy tears, lipstick kisses or crazy wind :).
Next up is the guys (3). The groom by himself and with his best man and groomsmen.
The first look (4) is one of my most favorite moments of the day. You can read more about it here. I have my really long lens on, so this is your most private moment together throughout your whole wedding day. After you get a chance to hug, kiss, cry and cuddle we move on to fun portraits of the bride and groom together (5). When that’s over we let the whole bridal party join in for a few more fun shots (6).
Approximately 1 hour before the ceremony we begin all the family photos. This allows for us to be completely finished about 30 minutes before the ceremony so the bride and groom can go back inside before guests begin to arrive, freshen up and get ready for their ceremony.
From here on out it’s all candid moments, the ceremony, the reception and whatever else fun things you have planned for your awesome wedding day! And depending on the timing of your ceremony, I usually try to get just a few more portraits of the bride and groom during cocktail hour.
Please note, no two weddings are the same and this is just to give you a general idea of my approach to wedding photography.
We would determine your specific wedding timeline together to make sure it works for you and your wedding day.
And here’s one final chronological recap:
START AT: 1 pm
1:00 Getting ready/Details
2:20 Bride in her dress
2:30 Bride & Bride with Bridesmaids
3:00 First look & Bride and Groom portraits
3:30 Groom & Groom with Groomsmen
4:00 Bridal Party
4:30 Family Portraits
(Bride with Mom and Dad
Bride with Mom, Dad, and siblings
Groom with Mom and Dad
Groom with Mom, Dad, and siblings
Bride and Groom with Bride’s grandparents
Bride and Groom with Groom’s grandparents)
5:00 Finished with portraits
5:00 – 5:30 Ceremony site photos
6:00 – 7:00 Cocktail Hour
6:00 – 6:30 Reception site photos (centerpieces and other details)
6:30 – 7:00 Bride & Groom portraits
7:00 Grand Entrance
END AT: 9 or 10 pm
I hope you find this helpful in your wedding planning process!