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Your Wedding Timeline | What to Expect

Updated: Dec 1, 2019



Wedding Timeline

What To Expect From Your Wedding Photographer


As a future bride and groom, you might be wondering what you can expect from your photographer on your wedding day. On the blog this week we share with you an example of what a traditional wedding timeline would look like. One thing to keep in mind is that not all weddings are alike or the same in tradition, culture or religion. Therefore, we highly recommend when selecting your photographer to share what is most important in having them capture throughout your special day.


When choosing us as your photographers we will set up our first meeting either in person or for our destination couples, set up a Skype/Facetime meeting to introduce ourselves and find out a little more about you and your fiancé. As your date approaches we set up a 2nd in person meeting or phone/Skype/Facetime session to go over any last minute questions or information before your big day.

The Details

As you prepare for your day and begin getting ready with your bridal party, we will begin taking photos of your dress, rings, shoes, flowers, and any other important details. When taking these photos, the details are the most important to capture because it begins the story process when sharing images with loved ones. It builds an anticipation to what's to come and so much more. When we capture these images, we generally will utilize the bridal suite if available or may utilize other areas around the venue or hotel where the couple is getting ready at. In addition, we ensure to capture images from the grooms perspective of his getting ready process and share beautiful details that include his dress shoes, rings, watches, cuff links, fancy socks and any other important details of him.

Timing: 45 to 60 minutes


Final Touches

As your hair and makeup artist are about to finish, we will begin taking photos of the final touches and of you and your bridesmaids bonding and getting ready moments. If you have chosen an additional photographer with us, your second shooter will be with the groom and groomsmen to capture their getting ready and bonding moments as well.

Timing: 60 minutes


Individual Bride & Groom Portraits

Immediately following final touches and getting ready photos with your bridesmaids and groomsmen, we jump into individual bride and groom portraits. During this time we will take candid as well as portrait images of you and your party separately.

Timing: 30 minutes or 60 minutes depending on number of photographers.


First Look

Are you thinking of having a first look or unsure of what it may even be? A first look is an intimate moment where you and your fiancé have decided you'd like to share without anyone else present. During this time you'll see each other for the first time before walking down the aisle. This time alone allows to get nerves and emotions out of the way and keeps those moments intimate and special for just the both of you. First looks have become more increasingly popular, allowing the opportunity to capture more of a raw emotion without the pressure of hundreds of guests watching your every expression as she walks down the aisle. First looks are zero pressure moments but definitely still bring on the feelings of anxiousness and nerves.

Timing: 45-60 minutes


Wedding Party Photos

Whether you want classic editorial photos, fun goofy ones, or a combination of both; we make sure that everyone looks great together. Wedding party photos can be take immediately after the first look or can be taken immediately following your ceremony as your guests proceed over to their cocktail hour.

Timing: 45-60 minutes


Immediate Family

Family is everything! Setting special time aside to gather both families together for photo opportunities is essential when photographing weddings. Whether you have a small or large family, planning for ample time to ensure no one is left out of the session is important.

Timing: 30-45 minutes


Ceremony & Reception Details

You've spent months, possibly years planning your special day, so capturing every detail down to tablescapes, settings and decor is important. When having a second shooter we can ensure these details are captured as your primary photographer focuses on getting ready moments and bridal/groomsmen bonding moments.

Timing: 30 minutes


Formal Guest Photos

Planning on having a receiving line or greeting your guests table by table? If you decide on doing so don't mind us as we capture those moments. It's important to capture those photos and include your guests in your wedding to later share those special moments with them.

Timing: 45-60 minutes depending on guest list size


Bride & Groom Session

Let's take some time to escape away from everyone and allow you both to just enjoy your wedding. This session allows us to capture the both of you during the sunsetting, in front of amazing landscapes, or have a few fun downtown photos. This is typically done during cocktail hour. For more naturally lit photos, plan on having your ceremony finishing about an hour before sunset to ensure we can capture this type of photography.

Timing: 1 Hour


Reception First Look

Have you ever thought about a reception first look? Let us capture the moment where you and your bride/groom walk into your reception for the very first time before your guests enter to capture your reaction/expressions of the beautiful detail and decor you've both planned for so long. Capturing photos during this time of just the two of you alone in the reception area also makes for great images in an empty room free of distraction or crowds to allow us to capture every detail from floor to ceiling.

Timing: 10-15 minutes


Nighttime Sneak Out

So you just finished the special dances and your guests are enjoying themselves with your amazing DJ and entertainment you've arranged, why not sneak out to capture a few more special moments with each other. This is a great time to be creative and of course sneak away to take a moment to breath. Let us take you away to capture some special evening shots you won't forget.

Timing: 20-30 minutes


​We hope we were able to give you a little more incite on what to expect on your wedding day from your photographers. If you have any questions at all regarding your upcoming wedding or haven't booked us yet and have questions, feel free to email us at hello@davidandmichellephotos.com. We'd love to hear from you and would be honored to be party of your special day.


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