Logistics- Dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s
About one month before your wedding, I’ll contact you to set up a time to chat about the event logistics of your wedding. If you don’t have a Wedding Coordinator, we’ll work together to create a timeline to help make your big day run smoothly. I’ll send you a simple Timeline and Family Photo template to complete so I know when and where you’d like me to be when photographing all the important events on your wedding. If you have a Wedding Coordinator, be sure to introduce me to him or her so I can work directly with them about these details.
Creating Your Timeline
I often receive questions on how to best arrange a schedule of events, and I always let my couples know there’s not one right way to create a timeline- divide your time around the events that are most important to you. If capturing the “getting ready” moments, for example, is important to you; be sure to have me arrive earlier in the day. If catching the Grand Exit is at the top of your importance list, arrange your schedule so I’m with you all the way to the end.
Here are a few ideas for how to best divide your time:
- In general, 30 minutes of Getting Ready photos tends to be the perfect amount of time.
- I’ve never had a bride tell me she wished she had less time for the bride and groom photos- these tend to be the photographs my brides and grooms love the most! The more time you can allocate to these images, the better. I love to have 30-45 minutes or more, but can definitely work within any time limits that you may have.
- Consider a” first look”(when a bride and groom choose to see each other before the wedding). Once you and your spouse-to-be are fully dressed, we clear a location for this special moment and send the groom there. The bride enters the room shortly after he does, and the groom can choose to watch her walk towards him, or simply turn around when she’s right behind him. These shots allow you to take photos before the ceremony in a more stress-free atmosphere. If you’d like to go the traditional route and have that first look happen at the ceremony, that’s totally okay too!
- Each family/bridal party shot typically takes about 2 minutes to set up and photograph. Keep this time in mind when allocating time for family photos.
- If you are having a wedding during the Fall or Winter, try to do your important photos when it’s light outside. With the sun setting so early, it’s best to maximize all the light we can get!
The Big Day
I’ll be unobtrusive, friendly, and will photograph the memories as they happen. It’s my goal to have you tell me that you forgot that I was even there :) My approach to photographing your day will be to tell the entire story of your wedding- from the grand shots to the fun details… I’ll capture it all. If you forgot to mention an important shot that you’d like me to take, just let me know and I’ll be happy to photograph it!
Tips and Tricks:
- Shade is a photographer’s best friend! If you have flexibility in selecting where you’ll stand for the ceremony, pick a spot that has you and your fiancé nestled in a shady spot. You’ll be much cooler and your photos will look great :)
- Delegate: Have a family member be responsible for rounding up for family members for Family Photos.
- Although this sounds simple, remember to let your bridal party and family know when and where they’re supposed to be for important photos.
- Have fun – your wedding will go by quickly!!
Day After Session
If you did not want to see your fiancé before you walk down the aisle, but natural light is not available after the ceremony, or if you simply want more awesome photos of you in your beautiful wedding dress, consider doing a Day-After Session. You’ll be able to pick a location that’s perfect for you and we can do more even more creative shots with you in your dress. This session, of course, does not have to happen the day after your wedding :)