We always like to start by setting aside two to three hours before your ceremony. That's where we capture all the detail pictures, Groom getting ready with his groomsmen and then Bride getting ready with her bridesmaids. Here is the timeline we generally like to follow.
Your wedding portraits generally start with your handsome guy getting ready, which we set aside about thirty minutes. We will capture the GQ in your groom on this beautiful day. Make sure he has his favorite watch, cuff links and cigar available for his portraits. He may want to have his best man and groomsmen as well as family members available as well.
After the Groom, it's on to the Bride's Suite to capture the details you worked so hard planning. Have your maid of honor help you organize your rings, perfume, dress, shoes, flowers, invitations and save the date stationary. Maybe your groom has sent you a romantic note you would love to have in your wedding album as well. It's important to have mother of the bride and father of the bride available for those special pictures Mom helping you get into your wedding dress and Dad seeing his little girl for the first time in her wedding dress.
Bridal Prep and Portraits
We want to capture these precious moments as you will be as beautiful on your wedding day as any other day in your entire life. We will set aside sixty to ninety minutes for these pictures to ensure we capture every important detail.
Consider having a separate room for your bridesmaids to get ready as this may help keep things a little more organized. We will be sure to go to their room as well for pictures.
Many brides today love to experience the groom seeing her for the first time in a beautiful preplanned location while others prefer the traditional way where the groom sees her the first time walking down the aisle. Both ways are beautiful
One advantage of the first look is it gives the photographer more time for the creative pictures of the bride and groom. After the ceremony often times it allows very little time for bride and groom portraits.
Wedding Party and Family Portraits
This is generally done immediately after the ceremony. These portraits should take no more than thirty minutes. It is recommended to have a shot list put together prior to the wedding as well as letting the bridal party and family members to stay around for the pictures. We don't want to spend a lot of time looking for Uncle Harry.
Creative Bride and Groom Portraits
Sunset is ideal for these portraits as the soft light create a beautiful ambiance for bride and groom pictures. An hour is ideal, but not always practical. We also recommend a post wedding day session for bride and groom creative portraits. This allows you and your groom to be relaxed and choose locations and times that are not necessarily available the day of your wedding. This is always a very popular session for our brides. You may also want to get some "trash the dress" portraits. Don't worry the dresses cleans up really well at the cleaners.
We will capture pictures of your beautiful venue prior to your guests arriving as well as during your reception. Must have pictures are you and the groom being announced for the very first time, first dances and cutting the cake. Also you will probably want pictures of the flower and garter toss. We will stay at the reception as long as you want for the party pictures.