First Look Timeline


12:30 P.M.

Photographers arrives at Bride’s getting ready location.

Note: Ideally by the time we arrive, hair and makeup is already wrapping up. If something is going to delay the beginning of the day, it’s often HAMU.

2:00 P.M.

The first look & bride/groom portraits take place. 

Note: The First Look can take place at the getting ready location, ceremony, or reception location. It’s up to you! Although I’m happy to make recommendations.

 During this time, we will also do portraits of the bride and groom individually.

3:00 P.M.

Bridal party portraits.

Note: This includes all breakdowns, including bride w/ bridesmaids together and separate, groom w/ groomsmen together and separate, full bridal party, and any other requested photos.

Pre-ceremony portraits wrap up 30 min prior to ceremony time.


4:00 P.M.

The ceremony takes place.

4:30 P.M.

Family portraits.

Note: I do family portraits right after the ceremony because everyone you need will be easy to grab. If you can give your family notice that we’ll be taking pictures immediately after the ceremony, that will also ensure that no one wanders off. I’ll help you create a list of family portraits before the big day.

4:30 P.M. 

Cocktail Hour

Note: The great thing about doing a First Look is that it gives you more time at cocktail hour. We’ll grab some overview pictures of your guests and then set up for the reception.

5:30 P.M.

Introductions & First Dance

6:00 P.M.

Welcome toasts & salads followed by speeches and entrees 
(or whatever order you choose to do your reception events in.  During the reception, I go into documentary mode and capture what’s happening). 

6:30 P.M.

Sunset Portraits

I’ll make sure to keep an eye on the sky and grab you two for a few minutes when it looks the best!

7:00 P.M.

Dancing begins

7:30 P.M.

Cake cutting followed by any other traditions.

8:30 P.M.

Photographers Depart