There are two main wedding timelines.
Traditional Timeline: The bride & groom do not see each other until the ceremony.
Modern Timeline: The bride & groom have a “first look” before the ceremony.
While we tend to prefer the modern timeline, there are advantages to both options. It will be up to you to decide what best fits you’re expectations of your wedding day.
Q. What's a First Look?
A first look is an opportunity to see each other before the ceremony. It's an opportunity to slightly rearrange the traditional photography schedule. It allows us to spend more time with you and your bridal party and you get to enjoy your whole cocktail hour and reception uninterrupted.
We schedule a specific amount of time for this. This means we can let the couple relax and enjoy hanging out with each other for a few minutes. Immediately following the first look we like to do all bridal party pictures and formals.
Q. When do you recommend doing family portraits?
If your having your wedding in a church we recommend doing the family portraits directly after the ceremony. We recommend that you tell your family members in advance. It's very helpful to designate someone from your family to be in charge of helping to gather the families.
If your having a ceremony on site we recommend to get them done prior to the ceremony. This will allow for less distractions which usually follow once your cocktail hour starts.
Q. What time should my photographer arrive at my(bride's) house?
We recommend 90 minutes from the time the limo is scheduled to pick you up. This will ensure enough time to capture details and prep.
Groomsmen should be the same 45 minutes before the limo arrives. If you want pictures of your fiance getting ready we recommend 60 minutes. Normally we arrive when the guys are dressed and do formals of the groom and groomsmen.
Recommended times for helping to build your timeline.
Bridal Prep and Details: 90-120 minutes
Groomsmen Prep: 60 minutes
First Look: 15-20 minutes
Bridal Party: 30 minutes
Couple Portraits: 30 minutes
Families: 15-30 minutes
Although these times are not set in stone they are recommended to complete our complete checklist of pictures.
The key to enjoying your day is having a great plan ahead of time. That way the day will run smoothly, and the only thing you will need to focus on is being the bride and taking in every moment.