Every wedding is unique and different,
so talk with me about how your see yours working,
and together we’ll create a ‘running order’ for your special day.
To start your thinking,
below are some examples of what a wedding day MIGHT look like,
from a photographer’s point of view:
Diamond package (9hours), portraits after the 3pm ceremony:
General comments: To get the most out of your photographer,
make sure your hair and makeup are done,
people know your plans,
and ensure they’ll have you ready on time.
Make sure your bridesmaids are completely dressed and ready
by the time your photographer arrives
so that they can help with the bride’s finishing touches.
Try also, to be only a few minutes late to the ceremony.
Remember that if you’re 20 minutes late,
it puts a lot of pressure on your portrait photo-shoot
as time becomes squeezed to get you to your reception on time.
It will be a long day with not much down-time
so make sure you’re well rested, fed and hydrated.
Now go and have some fun!
- 12.45pm photographer to meet the girls at their home/hotel
- bride doing final touches to make up, and getting into gown
- dad’s reaction on seeing his princess
- all the girls together
- individual shot of each bridesmaid
- with mum and dad
- details (old, new, borrowed, blue etc)
- some bridal glamour shots
- 2pm photographer leaves to meet the guys at the ceremony venue
- 2.15pm meet guys; get set up for ceremony
- boys waiting
- all the boys together
- groom with his family
- individual of each groomsman
- ceremony details (licence, flowers, etc)
- guests arriving
- 3pm ceremony
- bride’s arrival
- groom’s reaction
- ceremony proceedings
- guests watching
- 3.30pm greet guests
- hugs and kisses all round!
- 3.45pm family photos
- I recommend around 12 groupings in this half-hour slot
- 4.15pm shots of bridal party around ceremony venue
- 4.45pm travel to main portrait location
- full bridal party having fun together!
- romantic shots of bride and groom
- glamour shots of bride
- 5.45pm travel to secondary location if desired
- more of the above
- 6.30pm arrive at reception
- couple’s arrival
- venue details
- candid shots of guests
- cake cut
- first dance
- sunset/night shots
- 9.45pm photographer leaves
Diamond package (9hrs), portraits BEFORE the 4.30pm ceremony:
General comments: Seeing one another for the first time
on your wedding day is a precious moment.
In fact, I’ve found it to be even more emotional
and poignant when it’s an almost private moment before the ceremony
(compared to walking down the isle in front of loads of people, which can be a bit nerve wracking!).
Having your portraits done before the wedding
is also usually much more relaxed and fun,
without the pressure of having to race to reception.
It means that after your ceremony,
you don’t have to abandon your guests for two hours
while you disappear for your photos and they stay to drink the bar dry!
- 12noon photographer meets the girls at their home/hotel
- 1pm boys arrive
- when ready, bride and groom meet; capture reaction
- 1.20pm head to main portrait location
- include relaxed picnic lunch
- 2.30pm head to second location
- 3.15pm return to hotel to freshen up and relax
- 3.45pm boys and photographer leave for ceremony venue
- 4pm greet guests arriving
- 4.30pm ceremony
- 5pm couple greeted by guests
- 5.15pm relaxed family photos (time for as many as you wish)
- wedding party shots around ceremony venue
- 6pm relax with guests and begin reception
- 9pm photographer leaves