WEDDING HELPFUL HINTS

Getting Ready & Details: It is so helpful to have all of the wedding details in your getting ready suite.


For the Bride

  • your wedding dress
  • shoes
  • ALL rings
  • jewelry
  • veil
  • personal florals
  • perfum
  • invitation suite
  • and any other heirlooms you may want included when we photograph your details


For the Groom

  • your tux
  • shoes
  • bow/tie
  • cuff links
  • watch
  • cologne
  • boutonniers
  • and any other heirlooms you may want included when we photograph your details


First Look or Not


In spite of what you have heard; there really is no right or wrong way to do it. We have successfully documented weddings with, or without a first look. However, my experience has shown me that if a couple elects to do a first look, we can usually fit in an extra 45 minutes just for bride & groom portraits. It is your big day and you will choose how you will remember the day!

How big is the bridal party and family formal list? 


For family formals I like to keep it under 15 minutes. That is usually doable if everybody cooperates and sticks around right after the ceremony. Please communicate with your family members before hand, so they know they need to stick around immediately after your ceremony. Your officiant can help announce this right after your ceremony. During your planning process, you will receive another email from me asking for family portrait groupings. This really helps to move the groupings along and cut the time down to a minimum.

Will you document the reception area? 


The venue and all the decors, flowers, place settings, are perhaps the most expensive items on your wedding budget. And I’m sure you have allocated a big chunk of budget on making the reception/ceremony area to be impeccable. My team will need approximately 15-20 minutes in order to shoot all the details. We are talking about center pieces, cake, favors, flowers, dessert table, overall area shot, etc.. We will need the area completely sectioned off from guests so we can get a ‘clean’ shot of the area. All of my clients appreciate this, because otherwise they would never know what the reception area looks like! Please work with the coordinator to have all the decorations done before start of cocktail hour.


  •  Have you added any last-minute details or touches that you want us to capture?  (Think: favors, décor, surprise gifts, guestbooks, any other special displays, activities, etc.)


  • Are there any logistical changes we should be aware of? (You’ve now hired a classic Rolls Royce with a driver to transport the couple from the wedding venue to the reception.)


When will the photographers eat dinner or take a break? 


The best time for us to eat dinner is when the bride & groom are eating. This is not because we like to eat before everybody else I promise! When you guys are done eating, and are getting up visiting tables, saying hi to guests, I want to make sure my whole team is available. So we typically eat while you are eating and we are done when you guys are finished as well. This will help to achieve a fuller coverage of your wedding reception. There will be two photographers at your wedding and you will always be able to find one of us, even if one of us is taking a quick restroom break. 



What happens if we need additional hours of coverage on the day of the wedding? 


If you need to have additional hours of coverage on your wedding day, do not worry, we have it covered! You can let your wedding coordinator know and they will communicate that to us. Please give us as much notice as possible! According to our contract, an additional hour will be billed at $XXX/HR. We would appreciate payment at the end of the night; we accept payments by personal check or credit cards. 


What does the second shooter cover? Who will be with the bride and who will be with the groom? 


Typically, I will be the primary photographer in charge of the bride getting ready, details, & romantic portraits. The second shooter typically is in charge of family formals, groom getting ready shots, and provide a 2nd angle for the coverage. 

We have special surprises planned, will you be able to capture that?


 We love special surprises at weddings! Please send us everything you are planning that is not the typical formality, and we will do our absolute best to capture it. That’s about it for now, if you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out directly! 

Helpful Hints on Family Photographs


Believe it or not, one of the most stressful events that will happen on your wedding day will be family photos. But we understand how important they are. After all, this might be one of the few times you will have the entire family in one place! However, if we aren’t careful, this is usually when we will lose the most time. The longer family photo takes, the less time you will have to enjoy cocktail hour or additional portraits. At your earliest convenience, please provide us with a ‘must have’ portrait list with all important family members. This is the minimum that we will capture on the day of the wedding. Keep in mind we can also get important family members during reception, so we don’t have to shoot everybody immediately following the ceremony. And please also let us know if there’s any deaths, divorces, or any other awkward family dynamics we should be aware of. It is always our hope that we will make the experience as pleasant as possible, the information you give us will help us do just that. 

Here’s a sample list that might help you get started; B&G (Bride & Groom) with everybody

-remember...when you provide me with this list...I need names so that I can call them out 


Bride’s family

B&G with bride’s immediately family

B&G with bride’s parents

B&G with bride’s siblings

B&G with uncles/aunts/cousins from bride’s side.


Groom’s family

B&G with groom’s immediately family

B&G with groom’s parents

B&G with groom’s siblings

B&G with uncles/aunts/cousins from groom’s side. 

The idea is to start with the biggest group first; usually with family from both sides. Then we will go to brides’ family while the groom’s family patiently wait on the side. Then after we are done with bride’s family, groom’s family will take their place. This whole process usually will take less than 15 minutes if everybody is present. That’s about it! Please let me know if you need help with compiling the list. If not, I look forward to receiving the list from you! 

MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL

...make sure all of these individuals know to stick around after the wedding ceremony, it is also helpful to have the officiant remind them as soon as the ceremony concludes

Time Line


I would like to share with you what a typical timeline looks like for both with first look and without first look. The hours are approximate, but it will give you a good idea of how much time each activity takes and the sequence of events 

With First Look


12:00PM – 12:30PM photography team arrives,scope out location.


12:30PM – 1:30PM getting ready/detail shots. Bride & groom getting ready photos.


1:45PM – 3:00PM First look & portraits


3:00PM – 3:30PM Ceremony area detail shots.


3:00PM – 3:30PM Bride & groom freshen up for ceremony


3:30PM - 4:00PM Reception area ready to be photographed.


5:00PM – 5:30PM Wedding Ceremony


5:30PM – 5:40PM Family Formals


5:30PM – 5:50PM shoot room details/open reception hall shots


5:40PM – 6:00PM bridal party portraits


6:00PM – 6:30PM additional bride & groom portraits.


5:30PM – 6:30PM coverage of cocktail hour.


6:40PM - bridal party grand entrance, and party time! 

Without First Look


12:00PM – 12:30PM photography team arrives,scope out location.


12:30PM – 1:30PM getting ready/detail shots. Bride & groom getting ready photos.


1:45PM – 3:00PM Separate groom & bride portraits. Separate bridal party portraits.


3:00PM – 3:30PM Ceremony area detail shots.


3:00PM – 3:30PM Bride & groom freshen up for ceremony


3:30PM - 4:00PM Reception area ready to be photographed.


5:00PM – 5:30PM Wedding Ceremony


5:30PM – 5:40PM Family Formals


5:30PM – 5:50PM shoot room details/open reception hall shots


5:40PM – 6:00PM bridal party portraits


6:00PM – 6:30PM additional bride & groom portraits.


5:30PM – 6:30PM coverage of cocktail hour.


6:40PM - bridal party grand entrance, and party time! 

I hope this gives you a better insight to what your wedding day might look like! As always, I’m just an email or phone call away. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks! 

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