Welcome

A NOTE ABOUT THIS GUIDE

We’re so excited to be working with you and we can’t wait to get to know you better over the next several months! We know photography is one of the larger investments you’re making for your wedding day and we’re so honored you chose to work with us!

Even if you’re working with a wedding planner or you’re planning a simple wedding, there are likely still a lot of moving pieces left leading up to your big day. 

Having photographed hundreds of weddings over the past 10+ years, we certainly know a few things about them. So we thought it would be beneficial if we put together a guide that walks you through everything from timelines to engagement sessions and inclement weather.


Thank you again for choosing to work with us and please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can offer any additional guidance throughout the wedding planning process!

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ENGAGEMENT SESSION

We’re big fans of engagement sessions for a few reasons. Not only do they allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera, they also give you the opportunity to showcase your personalities in a more casual setting that is significant to the two of you. We’ve created an entire page dedicated to outfit tips, location ideas, timing considerations and more!

Vendors

who will make your day even better


Over the years, we’ve learned the important role quality vendors play in creating a stress-free wedding day. We’ve worked with many of the  vendors below and we can’t recommend them enough! This is not a paid list – we chose these vendors for both the quality of their work as well as their professionalism on the actual wedding day.

BRIDAL or couple PORTRAITS

GORGEOUS PHOTOS or  A PRACTICE RUN FOR THE BIG DAY 

There’s a big difference between looking at yourself in the mirror at a hair and makeup trial and actually seeing how that hair holds up in the elements and how that makeup photographs. When it comes to being confident in your choices on your wedding day, photos are invaluable!

If you’re considering adding a Bridal Session to your collection, we recommend a full trial run of hair, nails, makeup and your bouquet. We typically spend 1-2 hours photographing bridal sessions.

When it comes to choosing a location for your bridal portrait session, we recommend either using locations that are well manicured, clean, and have great variety in indoor and outdoor locations, or photographing these in studio. 

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Another option for this extra portrait session is to use it as a couple’s session, ready and dressed in your wedding attire without the constraints of a timeline and a party to get to! 

This may seem like an extra thing to do after your wedding but in the long run, it will actually make for amazing photos (we can go to a different location, so it doesn’t have to be your wedding venue) and you will be able to enjoy yourself a lot more on your wedding day, since there will be less photography to take care of during this “short” day (we know it’s actually a long day, but it goes by in the blink of an eye!).

This is by no means mandatory, just options to help your wedding day flow as best as it can! 

FIRST LOOK

IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHETHER A FIRST LOOK
IS RIGHT FOR YOU, STOP HERE

That moment the couple see each other for the first time on their wedding day is magical. And this is true whether they choose to wait until they walk down the aisle or choose to do a “first look’ prior to the ceremony.

First look—a private moment couples choose to spend together prior to the wedding ceremony—have become more popular over the last few years. Most of our couples choose to do a first look.

Here are 3 reasons to consider a ‘first look’:

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A FIRST LOOK CUTS THROUGH THE CHAOS OF THE DAY

Once the ceremony begins, the day takes off quickly. A ‘first look’ is an opportunity to enjoy some quiet time alone, enjoy each other’s company, and reflect on all this day means before your day takes off.

Wedding days can be a whirlwind and they tend to fly by. There’s much to do, and a lot of people to see and to catch up with. We always encourage our couples to take a few minutes every so often during their wedding to stop and soak in everything that’s happening. 

 

MORE TIME FOR PHOTOS, DON’T SACRIFICE COCKTAIL HOUR 

When there is no first look, the majority of the pictures have to be taken after the ceremony. Family pictures are usually done as soon as the ceremony ends because it’s the easiest time to round everyone up. Next up is full wedding party, and then the couple’s portraits. This generally runs into cocktail hour.

A first look opens up time prior to the ceremony for full wedding party pictures and, sometimes, for a few bride and groom portraits (although we love to do couple’s portraits at sunset too). This allows the couple to get the most out of cocktail hour, which makes the rest of the evening feel less rushed.

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AVOID POSSIBLE BAD WEATHER AND/OR HAVE TIME TO FRESHEN-UP AFTER THE FIRST LOOK  

If you’re expecting poor weather on your wedding day, it might be best to plan on a first look because it gives you more options for pictures. If it’s pouring rain after the ceremony, you’ll be thankful you had pictures done in advance.

Last but not least, is for all you cryers out there. If you know the tears are going to fly the first time you see your other half the day of your wedding, a first look will give you time to freshen up before the ceremony.

First look or not, the first time you see each other on your wedding day will be special.

 

BUILDING THE PERFECT TIMELINE FOR YOUR

WEDDING DAY

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Whether you choose to do a first look or the traditional “no see before the ceremony” we will work with you on making sure you have the best timeline and plan for images.

If you’re choosing to go traditional, you’ll need two different sets of photo times: images taken before the ceremony and images taken after the ceremony.

You’ll need to plan for about 90-minutes of pre-ceremony photos (getting ready and separate portraits). You’ll also need 30 minutes of wedding party portraits (this can vary depending on your wedding party size), 15 minutes of family portraits (this can vary depending on how big and cooperative your families are) and at least 30 -45 minutes of couple’s portraits if you’re not doing any portraits together until after the ceremony.

If you’re doing a first look, photos can be done all at one time, taking an average total of 1.5 to 2 hours pre-ceremony (although we can also get some more portraits of just the two of you at sunset!)

If you choose a traditional aisle reveal, keep your ceremony time in mind when planning your wedding.

If you’re planning a sunset ceremony or an evening ceremony, it’s best to do all photos before the wedding, as daylight is crucial to getting amazing portraits for your families, wedding party and your couples portraits. Making sure we have enough time while the sun is up is a great way to make the traditional ceremony work.

RAIN TIPS

If the forecast is calling for rain, fear not because rainy days can still be beautiful! If you don’t believe us, just take a look at Madeline & Sam’s wedding day. It rained most of the day and it was still beautiful!

If rain is in the forecast, we recommend ordering a few umbrellas. If we can, we’ll shoot in the rain with your umbrellas. Or we might just have to photograph later in the day or even schedule a post-wedding day couple’s only portrait session, what’s important is that you remember that this is still a day to enjoy each other and celebrate with your friends and family.

Bottomline is, we’ll make it work! 

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If you’re not working with a planner, it might also be a good idea to check in with your entire vendor team to make sure they’re aware of the weather. Hair and makeup may need to be tweaked to withstand humidity and if your wedding is outdoors, DJs and bands may need to take extra precaution to protect their gear. A quality rental team can also minimize the amount of mud at outdoor events.

Rainy day weddings may require a little more flexibility and creativity, but there isn’t any reason why they can’t be as beautiful and as joyful as sunny weddings!

WEDDING DAY

details

We love capturing all the little details you’ve carefully chosen to be a part of your wedding day! Once we arrive at your wedding, we need about 30 minutes to capture and style details. We recommend choosing a getting ready location filled with natural light and, if possible, please keep the space free from trash and clutter.

It would be great if you could put all of your rings, jewelry, shoes, veil, purse, perfume, invitations and other keepsakes together in one spot for us. Please unwrap your dress but don’t worry about styling it – we’ll hang it in a beautiful spot! 

DETAILS CHECKLIST 

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THE RINGS

When we can, we always try to take a photo of your rings while you’re getting ready. If possible, try to have your engagement ring cleaned or clean it yourself.

To clean at home, soak your ring in warm water with dishwashing soap for 20 to 40 minutes. Then gently brush the stone with a soft toothbrush, rinse and repeat if needed.

FAMILY FORMALS

For family portraits, we’ll place you in the center of our designated area and add/remove family members, so we get photos of you and your parents, you and your siblings, etc. Then we’ll repeat the process with your spouse’s family and end with one big family group photo (both sides of the family) if you’d like. The whole thing will go quicker and smoother if you let family members know how the formals process will work ahead of time.

Keep in mind that while these photos are called “formals”, they can be as formal or casual as you want them to be. These will be printed and in your wedding albums, so you get to choose.

When we send out our pre-wedding questionnaire, we’ll ask you for a list of specific groupings, special family dynamics and situations (such as deaths, divorces or handicapped family members), but if you want to start brainstorming photos in the meantime, you’ll find our typical list below. 

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FAMILY FORMALS CHECKLIST (per side of family)

Please note that this list is just a sample and you’ll be able to give us a more comprehensive list in the questionnaire you received. We’re also happy to take any requested family portraits on the wedding day as long as time allows!

CONSIDER UNPLUGGING

If you’ve been to a wedding recently, you may have seen a sign from the happy couple asking for their guests to remain “unplugged” during the ceremony. 

You made a big investment in photography and we’re sure one of the last things you want on your wedding day is for our photos of your ceremony to be filled with obtrusive iPhones, iPads and relatives standing in the aisle with their own cameras. In order to help us do the best possible job capturing your wedding, we recommend asking guests to refrain from using their phones to take photos and videos during the ceremony. The added big benefit for them and for you is that they will be present, instead of trying to get “the best” content of your ceremony. Plus, photos look so much better without phones in them!

It’s also a good idea if it’s in your budget to fill the sides of the aisle with flowers/lanterns or ribbons, blocking guests from stepping in the aisle for procession and recession. 

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ADDITIONAL TIPS

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DON'T FORGET THE SNACKS

If you’re getting married in the summer months, a “not-so-heavy” snack or lunch time before portraits is always a good idea for you and your wedding party to avoid feeling hungry.

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PREP FOR THE HEAT

If it’s going to be hot, a cooler of cold waters and frozen washcloths can help keep a wedding party cool – especially if your men are wearing lots of layers.

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EXTRA FLORALS

Make sure and have your bouquet delivered in time to make an appearance for the detail shots and for your first look. Often they are delivered in water and need to be dried off before use. Having towels handy can help.

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FIRST LOOK FOR PARENTS

If you’re planning on having a first look with your wedding party or a parent, they should be fully dressed in their wedding attire. 

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FLUFF TIME

If your reception is at a separate venue, add some “fluff time” so that we can make it over to the venue to capture it while it’s still “untouched” by guests.

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HIDE AWAY

We always recommend the couple go into hiding 30 minutes before the ceremony at the absolute latest. Some guests might arrive early.

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MAKE A LIST

Family portraits go smoother when both sides of the family have a chance to have their input on what portraits they’d like before the wedding. If you supply us with a list ahead of time, we can go over it and make sure we shoot things in an order that is efficient and won’t leave anyone out.

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PHOTO ANYONE?

Anytime you’d like a photo with someone during cocktail hour or reception, grab our attention. We’ll be around. 

 

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WE'RE HERE TO HELP

We can help you plan your timeline. If you’d like our input, don’t hesitate to email.

Handcrafted Albums

THE PERFECT WAY TO REMEMBER YOUR WEDDING DAY

We’re big believers that images aren’t meant to solely exist in a digital space. One day, most likely, Instagram will be gone, your phone will be replaced and images that you can physically hold in your hand or see in your walls will be the best way to remember those precious moments we captured.

Think about this fact: twenty years ago, if we had delivered you digital images, they would have been on a floppy disk. With the fast updates to technology, you would have no way to access those images today. Even the online galleries we deliver will eventually fade away.

One of the best ways to make your wedding memories last is by ordering an album. These high quality professionally designed albums come in a variety of linen colors. These aren’t the same albums your parents’ wedding photos came in. They’re modern, lay perfectly flat and look incredible on a coffee table.

linen swatches for wedding albums
linen albums for weddings

Wedding albums are available a la carte and we have different options for all budgets. Here, sample pricing for the FINE ART ALBUM, our heirloom coffee table album. 

PRICING

20 page 10×10 album

Linen: $1,050 for Linen
Additional 2-page Spread: $53

DUPLICATE PARENT ALBUMS

(8×8, 20 pages)

Linen: $645 each for Linen
Additional 2-page Spread: $45 each

After we deliver your gallery, we’ll work with you to order prints and design an album that will become an heirloom for your family.

Albums must be prepaid before design begins and typically take between 4 to 6 weeks to complete (including revisions).

With the exception of printing errors, all albums are non-returnable. Albums may be ordered anytime before or after the wedding day. The holiday deadline for beginning an order is November 1st.

THANK YOU!

We can’t wait to start planning with you and getting to know you better! If it’s included in your collection and you haven’t scheduled your pre-wedding session yet, let’s get that in the books. Or if you have any questions or would just like to chat, we’re here for you. We hope this guide helps make the process of planning your wedding details much easier and less stressful. We can’t wait to see you soon. 

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