Planning Your Wedding Day Photography TimelineWedding Resources for Brides
Each and every couple we photograph is unique. As a seasoned wedding photographer, the experience of the wedding day is the most important priority for Ardensea. It’s our job to make sure we prioritize getting the perfect shots without being a distraction to the wedding.
One of the ways we accomplish that is by working out the wedding photo timeline with our couples in advance to the wedding day.
Now, keep in mind – this is just a suggested flow and all is subject to change on the day of.
– BRIDES –
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1. Getting Ready Portraits & Detail Shots
Ideal time frame: 30 minutes
Typically during this time, we stage some photos of the wedding dress, shoes, wedding bands, flowers, stationery, basically EVERYTHING we can get my hands on! I ask that the rings be left with someone accessible and responsible so we can take them for about 15 minutes to photograph with the rest of the items. Then we return the rings to typically the best man (or whoever you designate).
Here is a list of items you will want to have put aside:
- Dress & Veil (don’t forget to replace the wire/plastic hanger with a nice, wooden or cloth one!)
- Bridal jewelry (whatever you are wearing that day)
- The perfume you are wearing
- A set of your wedding invitations/save the dates/stationery
- Any extra flowers that may be laying around… the more the merrier!
Bridal Portraits & Groom Getting Ready Portraits
Ideal time frame: 15-20 minutes
If time permits, we always try to get at least a few bridal photos of the bride in her dress. We will try to utilize natural light through a window light or in an open area. It’s also a great time to stage a champagne toast with the bridesmaids!
If your wedding package doesn’t include a second associate photographer, I also like to try to get some photos of the groom doing things like putting on the tie, cuff-links, and maybe trying to get his jacket on a hanger.
We will also try to take pictures of the cake and reception decor, once it arrives. Sometimes this happens at the beginning of the day, but more common than not, this gets squeezed in after the ceremony while everyone enjoys cocktail hour.
2. The First Look
Ideal time frame: 30-45 minutes
Not every couple wants to break tradition to do first a first look session, but it’s such a great way to fit amazing photos and get authentic, emotional photos without the pressure of being on display in front of friends and family. A quick couples session can be squeezed in as well as a few fun group shots of the bridal party without family & friends present.
3. Ceremony Setup Photos
Ideal time frame: 10-15 minutes
About the last 10-15 minutes before the ceremony, we try to take miscellaneous photos of guests waiting for the arrival of the wedding party, since the focus is mostly on the couple for the rest of the day.
4. Family Formals & Bridal Party
Ideal time frame: 30-40 minutes
This is the one part of the day that can feel stressful because of time restrictions and guests who want to move on to the reception. If you are having a cocktail hour, this is perfect because it gives us some time to knock out the pictures as quickly and efficient as possible!
Here’s an EXAMPLE of our go-to shot list:
- Full bridal party (in a line) girls on 1 side, guys on other side + CLOSE family members
- Bride and Groom and both sides of the close family (moms, dads, grandmas, etc)
- Bride with Groom and Bride’s parents
- Bride with Bride’s Parents
- Groom with Bride and Groom’s parents
- Groom with Groom’s Parents
**** close family dismissed****
- The full bridal party (in a line) with guys on 1 side, girls on the other side
- Silly face portrait full bridal party (maybe something like bride and groom kiss while bridal party cheers, best selfie faces, etc
- Bride and bridesmaids
- Bride and maid of honor
- Groom and groomsman
- Groom and best man
- If Time Permits – we will try to knock out individual portraits of each bridesmaid and groomsman
4. Fitting in a Couples Session (preferably at sunset)
Ideal time frame: 30-45 minutes
- Bride and Groom looking at the camera
- Bride and Groom looking at each other
- The veil over bride and groom while kiss (if you have a veil)
- Close up of hands with rings
- Arms around each other
- Bride and Groom kissing (get ready to be smooching a lot all day :P)
- Bride alone
- Bride’s details – bouquet shot, close up of the bride’s makeup and veil,
- Groom alone
Thanks for reading along! I hope you find these bridal resources helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, etc!