The intent with sharing this info is to help your day to run smoothly. In order for your day to feel relaxed, there needs to be a bit of structure, especially if it's a large group. A well planned timeline is a bride and groom's best friend :)

Don't worry, just because we care about timeline does not mean we'll be rushing to you do the next thing -- actually the opposite is true. Having a solid timeline will ensure you have enough time to do everything that's important to you without being rushed, your wedding party will be in the loop, and we'll be documenting it all naturally.

Because there are so many people and vendors coming together on your wedding day, things may not go exactly according to plan. Your bridesmaid's zipper fails, your makeup artist takes longer than expected to perfect your bridal look, or you forget your veil at the hotel-- we've seen it all and things happen we don't anticipate. However, I've found having a solid timeline ensures that no matter what happens, your wedding day will still run smoothly, you'll be relaxed knowing it's all taken care of, and you can still enjoy every moment. 

When you look at your wedding gallery, we don't want you to just see beautiful photos, we want you to remember how you felt. Below are a few timeline options to help you get started.

An ideal timeline would look something like the ones below (these are based on a 4pm ceremony all at one location, each wedding is completely different, so depending on locations & time of year this will change around a little bit -- for instance, if you're getting married in November, the sun will be setting at 4PM so we'll need to plan for that. All formal portraits (wedding party, family photos, couple photos) need to be done before the sun sets.

Timeline Example 1 (with first look)

Planning for a first look allows for a more relaxing, un-rushed wedding day. You'll also get lots more couples photos as well as family/bridal party this way. We highly recommend a first look for every wedding. Almost all of our couples decide to do one, and no-one ever regrets it! If you want to keep it traditional, now worries! It will all work out beautifully :)

11:00am- Start getting ready (confirm with hair+make-up artists for how long they'll need to have you ready 3 hours before ceremony)

1:00pm- Photo coverage begins (begin shooting dress, rings, important details)

1:30pm- Finished getting ready + final details (dress on, jewelry, opening cards/gifts, etc.)

1:45pm- Individual Portraits of bride and groom. (before you see each other)

2:00pm- Bridal Party Portraits (each side individually, before first look)

2:30pm- First Look

3:00pm - Bridal Party group photos + Immediate Family Photos (or family photos immediately after ceremony)

3:30pm - Couple + Bridal Party relax / freshen up

4:00pm - Ceremony Invite

4:15pm - Ceremony Start

4:45pm - Cocktail hour - Few photos of couple around venue, then join cocktail hour!

5:45pm- Reception Starts (all photos for the rest of the night are candids, besides 5-10 minutes at sunset).

6:00pm- Toasts, then dinner served. (photographers will break while couple is eating).

6:45pm- Sunset Portraits (varies with sunset time)

7:00pm- First Dance, Formal Dances 

7:30pm- Cake Cut, Bouquet/Garter Toss, Other formal events, Open Dancing

9:00pm- Photographers depart.

 

Timeline Example 2 (without first look)

11:30am- Start getting ready (confirm with hair+make-up artists for how long they'll need to have you ready 2 hours before ceremony)

1:00pm- Photo coverage begins

1:45pm- Finished getting ready + final details (dress on, jewelry, opening cards/gifts, etc.)

2:15pm- Individual Portraits of bride and groom (not together)

2:30pm- Bridal Party Portraits (each side individually)

3:30pm - Couple + Bridal Party relax / freshen up

4:00pm - Ceremony Invite

4:15pm - Ceremony Start

4:45pm - Cocktail Hour - Immediate Family Photos - Photos of Couple

5:45pm- Reception Starts (all photos for the rest of the night are candids, besides 5-10 minutes at sunset).

6:00pm- Toasts, then dinner served. (photographers will break while couple is eating).

6:45pm- Sunset Portraits (varies with sunset time)

7:00pm- First Dance, Formal Dances

7:30pm- Cake Cut, Bouquet/Garter Toss, Other formal events, Open Dancing

9:00pm- Photographers depart.

 

We hope this info was helpful! Please let us know if you have any questions.