If you prefer organizing your day in a classic way, i.e. without a first look and just meeting for the first time as newlyweds at your ceremony, go ahead and read this page! A quick disclaimer: what follows is just some recommendations based on our experience, not a manual! Trust your gut and do whatever you feel right: you can get ready together or separately, you can skip any part of this timeline or change it to make it your own. You can do any kind of less traditional things, such as walking down the aisle together as a couple, if that’s what you want! You don’t have to throw your bouquet, have a first dance, kiss at the aisle unless you want to. Make the day utterly and completely yours.ly yours.
Now, let’s talk about this timeline.
If you’re feeling a little bit lost when planning your wedding, don’t worry: it’s completely normal. You may feel like there’s so many things to plan, decide and think about, and it can get a bit overwhelming! This is why we want to lend you a hand by showing you an example of what a smooth, well timed wedding day can look like. Of course, every wedding is unique, but there definitely tends to be a pattern, and it’s very useful to know it in advance!
We strongly encourage you to have a timeline, so the day will run smoothly and you’ll be sure of having time for all of the important moments you want to fit into it. Of course there are several ways to build a wedding timeline, these are our suggestions based on our experience built up over the years at many, many weddings.
The Classic Wedding Timeline (w/o the first look)
We need to start saying that we’re big fans of first look (we can explain why here); but if you’re planning to skip it, it’s totally ok for us, of course! Remember, we can photograph your day in any order. Also, this timeline is focusing on photography: so, it can vary depending on how many hours of service you choose to have with us. This works mainly for a 10 hour service, starting at 1.30 PM and finishing at 11.30 PM: of course, if you prefer having us there with you for fewer hours, you can decide to have your coverage start later on int the day, or to stop it before dinner. Alternatively, you can always add more hours to your service, even on a short notice. You’re in charge!
Remember, this is just an example. If you want to, make your own timeline and share it with us!
Our job is to tell the story of your day, so we really love photographing the tiny, little things that make it special and truly "yours".
Here's a few details we can photograph: rings, dress, shoes, invitations, perfume, tie, bowtie, shoes, cufflinks, cologne, boutonniere, vest, socks, belt, pins, shoes. You can set aside all the things you care the most about, and we'll use some or all of them for a nice composition!
This is when you get used to the camera and to our presence! Surround yourself with good music, good people, and enjoy this moment of relax and laughter as much as you can!
If you're concerned about the background of your photos, try to declutter your room a tiny bit - if you thrive in chaos don't worry, we can manage it! If you want to do a "first look" with any family members when you're all ready, make sure that we're aware of it, so that we can be prepared for that moment.
Now is the time! The most meaningful moment. This is about you two and that's all, so just enjoy it without thinking of anything or anyone else. Try walking down the aisle slowly, so that you can truly enjoy the beauty of this fleeting moment, and kiss as long as you feel like. Look at your partner in their eyes. That's all!
Eat, drink and have fun with your guests! But realistically, if you do want to dedicate a bit of time to both your couple photos and some formals with family and friends, you will need to mind the clock a little bit. We will do all we can on our part to help you get all the photos that you want, while still having some time to enjoy the moment and the good food and drinks :)
We'll try to keep it as fast as we can, but we'll need your help: we'll ask for a detailed list of the groups you want photographed, with the names of all persons in each group; also, it would be awesome if a trusted friend of yours would act as the "cattle herder" helping us gathering people! We will take care to choose the best spot for taking the photos, and to make it as close as possible to where everybody is, so to make it all as efficient as possible.
We would love you to think of this moment as a funny and chill part of your day, where you can finally catch your breath and be alone (but still with us, unfortunately, sorry!). We don't need to go far away for these photos: we just need to find a quiet spot around your venue, so that you can relax and enjoy the moment with a bit of privacy and silence.
It's time to eat! If you're planning to have speeches during your dinner, please let us know, so we can be aware of how much time will take. We'll also take a break to eat at the same time of yours, so that we can rest a little bit without missing important moments.
First of all, this is not crucial: by now, we will have already taken many beautiful couple earlier in the day. So, if this won't happen due to the weather, venue location, or logistics (for example, a speech at the same time) you're not missing out on anything! If there's a good occasion, we'll let you know and try our best to capture it! Be aware, sunset doesn't last long and light changes quickly, so if you care about these pictures, you'll need to come with us when we'll tell you it's the moment.
You ate, you drank, you had some wonderful moments with your beloved... now it's time to get the party started! If you're doing a full fledged cake cutting, try choosing a nice, well lit spot for that, and again... no preset rules! Chop it, eat it, smash it on your face, do whatever you hearts tell you!
And now, it's time to party with your friends! Whether you're having a first dance or not, embrace the moment and go have fun with your guests. If you're planning to have us documenting this part of the day, we won't need too much time to take plenty of photos: things move fast on the dance floor! So, don't worry if your time with us is almost finished...it will be more than enough!
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