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Wedding day flow

Hey there!

Since you're most likely new to the planning a wedding game, and I am a seasoned pro, I figured I'd share my knowledge! This will give you an idea of what the flow of your wedding day might look like with me: how I approach shooting your day, how long things take, and what to expect.  

You probably noticed that my collections cover an hourly range instead of a set amount of time. That's because all wedding days have a degree of uncertainty to them. Things run behind. It happens. The caterer says dinner will be done at xx time, but it runs 20 minutes over. I don't want my couples to stress over time constraints on their photography coverage. I've found that most weddings are between the 6-7 hour mark or the 8-9 hour mark. 

Hope this helps, and as always, if you have ANY questions, feel free to ask away! 

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As I've mentioned before, my approach to a wedding day is candid and photojournalistic. I never stage or orchestrate anything. I'm there to document the day as it unfolds, and capture big and small moments throughout the day. 

I usually begin my day at the tail end of getting ready, when hair and makeup is almost done. You might not notice me at first, and that's what I want. This day is not about me.  I like to capture the vibe of the room and that palpable excitement in air.

I'll photograph everyone involved in the getting ready process. I believe weddings are about people, not things. I'm happy to photograph your details within the context of the day. 

My couples who have their ceremony and reception at the same venue, or those who do not have much time between the ceremony and reception, usually do a first look, and take all or most of their photos before the ceremony. If you're having a church wedding with a bigger gap of time between the ceremony and reception, then we will use that time to take all of your photos. 

Often, I will start with the wedding party photos. Depending on the size of your wedding party, we will need 20-30 minutes of shooting time. I love getting everyone interacting with each other, talking and laughing and blissfully ignoring me. I want to bring out the personalities of the group, and really capture the friendships- all the inside jokes and goofiness that they are. I've found the best way to do this is not through staged groupings, but by capturing you guys doing your usual friends thing. Sometimes that means drinks at a bar. Sometimes it means just hanging out and listening to music and talking. I will never make you do stupid shit. (AKA, "Ok, now everyone fake laugh and jump!")

For portraits of the two of you, it depends on how much time you want to spend together. Some couples only need a few minutes, and some couples need more time together. Either way, when it comes to that time, I send everyone else away. It's difficult for couples to relax and enjoy each other when they have an audience. This is your time alone together on your wedding day, and I want you to relish every second of it. I create a safe space for you to show yourselves to each other. 

If I’m really quiet, it’s because I love what’s happening. Keep doing it.  Keep your hands on each other.  Look at each other, look somewhere else, just not at me.  If you feel like you need more direction, just let me know!  Don't worry about doing things wrong or right. You're not there for me; I'm there for you. Just be you, be present in the moment, and I'll take of the rest. 

Your ceremony is the most important part of the day. I never want to be a distraction to anyone, as everyone's eyes should be on the two of you, and not on me. If your ceremony venue allows it (some churches have strict restrictions), I'll quietly move around to get things from a number of different perspectives. 

After the ceremony is usually when we will take the family formal portraits. This is the one part of the day when I really step up, take control, and keep things on track. I have a very organized and methodical approach to the family formal photos to make sure we get through them quickly, without missing anything, so your family can be on their way. 

If you have smaller immediate families (parents, grandparents, siblings), then this part will only take about 15-20 minutes. If you have large immediate families, with divorced parents and step-siblings, it can take 30 minutes. If you plan on including extended families (aunts, uncles, cousins), then it's going to take closer to 45 minutes.  (We can also do extended family pics during the reception, after dinner.)

The reception is when the real fun begins. I love when couples are able to partake in their own cocktail hour (one of the benefits of doing a first look is getting to enjoy your cocktail hour). The cocktail hour is your time to share a drink and conversation with your loved ones. It's far more important for you to spend that time with them than it is to be away from them taking photos. 

If your reception follows a traditional format, then you will probably need about 2-2.5 hours of coverage. That gives us enough time to get all of your reception events, like cake cutting, toasts, and formal dances, as well as everyone letting loose on the dance floor, and the reminiscing conversations that are sure to happen over by the bar. All of your guests are important, not just the ones on the dance floor.