How to Plan your day
All wedding packages include me working with you one-on-one to help plan out the timeline for your wedding day. With countless weddings under my belt, I can help guide you to best utilize the hours you choose to have covered while focusing on what you value most. There are so many options whether you like to stick to the traditional flow or have your own, that it can be a bit overwhelming. First looks, grand exits, family portraits, bridal party portraits, bouquet and garter tosses, how much time to expect portraits to take, we can work together to fit in what you want and find alternatives.
Example, if you're finding it hard to fit a late night sparkler exit in your photography coverage or just aren't keen on the idea, one of my favorite recommendations is for my couples to consider a grand exit at the ceremony. That moment just after you've been announced as husband and wife and you're on that first kiss high and you're walking back down the aisle past your family and friends. Your guests are all in position and cheering already, the lighting is better for photos than the darkness that comes with sparklers, no one is sweaty with runny makeup and fallen hair from dancing (including you!), no guests are leaving early, or causing a potential fire hazard from a few too many drinks 4 hours into your reception. Of course, this can make for fun evening, but there's not one correct way to have a wedding.
Here's a sample timeline of a 4 hour package with a first look. Of course we can work together to customize your day, but this will at least give you a reference point!
Bride + Groom Portraits
Family and friends are so important to everyone, especially on your wedding day. I absolutely want to make sure we set aside time for those portraits and you're as surrounded by those special people as much as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes in the heat of the chaos and excitement, my couples put themselves on the back burner on their wedding day. The two most important people at your wedding will be you and your future spouse.
Therefore, my highest priority is setting aside ample time for bride and groom portraits, whether before or after the ceremony. This is where I ask that no family or friends are present -- no mom or maid of honor, just us fro 20-45 minutes based on your timeline. I find that I shoot better and my couples are most comfortable in front of the camera when they aren't being watched like zoo animals or being yelled directions by various wedding guests. It can be extremely difficult capturing those intimate photos of you together when you feel awkward, having 5 different people tell you how you should pose, excited guests coming up to talk to you and snap selfies in the middle of portraits, or running out of time because family photos took twice as long. So, I try to make my couples make themselves a priority for a small fraction of the day, no one present but photographers/videographers, and a spotify playlist we make specifically for you. Music helps me get in the zone, it cuts out any awkward silences, loosens you up (even may dance and laugh a little), and can provoke those intimate shots with a slow song that means something to the to of you. I have all my couples send me a list of songs that I use to make a playlist and bring along with a portable speaker for portraits.