I begin the day by arriving about an hour before we leave for the first look or ceremony. During that time, I photograph the details ie, the flowers, shoes, dress and jewelry to be worn during the day. After those are photographed, I grab candids of the bridesmaids, finishing touches of makeup, and the bride getting in her wedding dress. While this is going on, my associate photographer is with the guys, grabbing all the details as well as shenanigans that the guys are getting into.
First Look or ceremony
If there isn't enough time between ceremony and cocktail hour, the wedding is on-site, or you just want a more private moment with each other - this is the perfect option. With on site ceremonies, venues don't like to have the guests wait, so therefore, they go right into cocktail hour, which unfortunately cuts the much needed time for photos by 30%. Not to mention, most of the time you get more emotion as there's considerably less people around, allowing those moments to come out unabated.
If you have a large gap between ceremony and cocktail hour, and depending on time of the day and year, then this too is an option. Generally, Family photos are done right after the ceremony, and then we go to the portrait location or venue for bridal party and formal pictures.
During this time, we like to have the couple decompress and relax with friends and family. While you are greeting guests and having some appetizers, we are setting up our lighting for the reception and grabbing details of the room before everyone comes in to party.