example timeline

Every couple will have their own unique timeline because every wedding is different, but this will give you an idea of how much time I need for certain parts of the day! These times may vary depending on circumstance. For example, if you have a large bridal party (more than 5 people on each side), you may need more time for bridal party portraits, or if you don't have a lot of siblings, then you may not need as much time for family portraits (etc.). This will just give you an overall idea of what my average timeline looks like for 8 hours of wedding-day coverage.  

8-hour timeline

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*Please don't be dressed in dress, earrings, garter, etc. Groom should also not be dressed in shoes, tie, belt, cufflinks, watch, etc. (Refer to details checklist I sent.) Please have all details ready for when I arrive. 

12:00

Photography Coverage Begins

12:00 - 1:00

Details & Getting Ready Photos

(Everyone else completely dressed before this (including mom + bridesmaids). These photos look best near a window, with room free of bags and other clutter.). 

1:00 - 1:30

Bride gets in dress & puts on jewelry

1:45 - 2:45

First Look & Bride and Groom Portraits

2:45 - 3:30

Bridal Party Portraits

Bridal party all together
Group bridesmaids photos
Individual bridesmaids photos
Group groomsman photos
Individual groomsman photos

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Groom puts on details at this time
Photos of just groom

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1:30 - 1:45

Groom getting ready

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3:30 - 4:00

Family Portraits

Bride's family photos
Groom's family photos

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4:00

Bride hidden

Everyone tucked away for ceremony to avoid guests arriving. Karly & second photographer photograph ceremony details and then prep for ceremony (change batteries/lenses, etc.).

5:00

Wedding Ceremony

5:30

Ceremony ends

We take a few "just married" photos of bride and groom, and then bride gets bustled and ready to enter the reception.

6:00

Enter Reception

Welcome / prayer / dinner / cake / toasts / garter + bouquet / etc. 
Timing of these events don't matter much and will vary. Karly & second shooter eat when bride and groom eat or while occupied mingling with guests.

6:40

Sunset

Bride and groom outside for sunset photos if applicable

7:45

Controlled Exit

8:00

Photography coverage ends