THE BIG DECISION
FIRST LOOK or NO FIRST LOOK?
If you’re having a sunset ceremony or if there will be LESS THAN ONE HOUR of light afterwards, a first look is highly recommended to assure we have enough light for our signature natural lit photographs.
If you’re planning to NOT do a first look. Please be sure we schedule separate portraits (ex. Groom with groomsmen and his family followed by Bride with bridesmaids and her family separately) *BEFORE* the ceremony to ensure we have enough time for couple and group portraits post-ceremony. If we do not do this, we may have less variety in backdrops/angles for couple portraits and may not be able to do every group combination, especially if you have a large wedding party or family. If you prefer all portraits to be done after the ceremony, I highly recommend extending cocktail hour to 1.5 hours instead of 1 hour.
an overview of the suggested flow and timing of the day...
Begin / 1 hour before bride steps into dress
First Look + Couple Portraits / 60 minutes
Formal Wedding Party Photos / 30 minutes (longer if more than five people on each side)
*Any pre-ceremony portraits need to be finished 30-40 minutes before ceremony begins to ensure guests do not see the bride*
Ceremony Decor + Guests Arriving / 30 minutes
Ceremony / 30 minutes
Formal Family Photos / 30 minutes (1-2 mins. per group, longer if more than 15 combinations)
Newlywed-Sunset Couple Portraits / 10 minutes
Reception Decor / 15 minutes
Reception / varies, typically 2-3 hours
Posed Table Photos / 2 -3 mins. per table
End / 15-30 minutes of open dancing
REAL TIME vs. WEDDING TIME
If there’s travel between locations (ex. hotel to church) / Double the travel time (if google says 10 minutes, it’ll most likely take 20 minutes – trust me!)
Allow 10-15 minute cushion with everything. 30 minutes may seem long for group photos, but most things will run late and we typically end up having only *half* the time we allotted for, so adding cushion is so important!