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How to set the perfect timeline for your wedding day

If I have any chance of creating the quality and consistency of my imagery presented in my portfolio then I need more time.

You definitely wouldn't plan such an important day with so much attention to detail without allowing quality photography time. After all, the day after your wedding - apart from your memories - your wedding album is all you'll have.

I am sure you will never again pay so much time, energy and money on your appearance than your wedding day. I want to capture you at your best.

Here are some guidelines how much time is necessary for having a stress-free wedding day which allows to capture the gorgeous portraits you’re hiring me for:

Bride's getting ready - 2 hours

Details: 30 - 45 min

Please prepare the wedding dress on the wooden hanger, shoes, jewelry, stationary, wedding bouquet, wedding bands and the engagement ring.

I need a clean area near the window for most of the photographs in order to use the best light possible.

I create a flat lay of wedding details first, then I will add more detail images when the bride is totally dressed so the details become more meaningful.

Getting dressed: 30 min

The mother of the bride and bridesmaids must be dressed and ready by this moment if they help the bride to put the dress on.

At this time portraits with the mother of the bride and bridesmaids can be taken.

Bridal Beauty Portraits: 60 min

Portraits with the mother of the bride and siblings.

Bride and bridesmaids.

Groups and solo portraits.

Portraits of the bride only inside and outside.

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First look with the father of the bride - 15 min

Portraits with the parents of the bride and siblings.

Groom's getting ready - 1,5 hours

Details: 15 min

Please prepare the jacket on the wooden hanger, boutonnières, cuff links, tie, watch. Make sure the room is clean!

Getting dressed: 15 min

The parents of the groom and groomsmen must be dressed and ready by this moment.

The groom can be wearing the shirt and pants.

Groom's Portraits: 60 min

Portraits with the parents and siblings.

Groom and groomsmen.

Groups and solo portraits.

Portraits of the groom only.


Couple's portraits: unlimited time, minimum 1 hour for one location.

First look.

Couple’s portraits.

We can go to different locations, so plan your time accordingly.

Bridal Party portraits: 30 min

Family portraits: 30 min or more

3 min per 1 group!

End of the night shot: 15 min

It usually happens after the cake cutting.

Always allow some buffer time in case of unexpected traffic or other delays.

Remember that giving your photographer enough time will guarantee to get stunning portraits you desire!

You'll appreciate this timeline on your wedding day and later when you choose portraits for your wedding album! After all, creating a masterpiece takes time. No one remembers what the schedule was on a wedding day. Everyone remembers how beautiful the photographs are!

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