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How to plan a photographer friendly wedding schedule:

Getting Ready (Usually from 11:00 till 14:00):

Start your day early to allow ample time for hair, makeup, and getting dressed without feeling rushed.

I usually start with the gents in getting ready to ensure that I spend most of my time with the bride (They can have a mock dress just for the photos and can go on with their day after they are done)

Coordinate with your bridesmaids and vendors to ensure everyone knows their roles and timings. (Have lists ready of shots you need to ensure that nothing is missed - I am very alert and stealthy on a wedding day and don't usually miss anything but it is easier if I am prepared for special moments)

Pre-Ceremony Activities (14:00 - 16:00):

If you're having a first look (with partner or bridesmaids), schedule it during this time for a private and emotional moment with your loved ones.

Allocate time for any pre-ceremony rituals, such as a prayer or a moment of reflection.

Ceremony (Late Afternoon):

Determine the start time of the ceremony and factor in travel time if needed.

Allow a buffer for any last-minute touch-ups or adjustments before walking down the aisle. I usually need about 15mins to get a few fully dressed photos:

Post-Ceremony Photoshoot (16:00 - 18:00):

Plan for a photoshoot session immediately after the ceremony to capture newlywed portraits and group photos with family and friends. (Have a relative or bridesmaid ready that knows most of the guests with a list of friends an family photos that you want to make sure that all photos are captured) this session usually last between 10 - 25 min depending on the size and amount of photos.

Communicate your desired photo locations and poses with your photographer beforehand to ensure a smooth and efficient session. If you do not have anything in mind I will suggest a spot that will be easiest to photograph.

Cocktail Hour (18:00 - 19:30):

Take this time to mingle with guests during the cocktail hour, enjoying refreshments and congratulations.

Consider having a designated area for candid photos with guests, creating fun and memorable moments.

During this time I usually do a couples shoot as it is golden hour and the best light for photos. I take around 20 - 30 mins for the couples shoot. I also usually include the bridesmaids and groomsman in this session for usually 2-3 different photos. If you want more photos with your wedding party then I would add another 15 - 25mins during this session

Reception (19:30 - 21:00):

Start the reception with a grand entrance, followed by dinner service and toasts.

Schedule time for special dances like the first dance with your partner and dances with parents.

Incorporate any planned activities or surprises, such as a photo booth or a special performance.

Key Moments:

Allocate specific times for key moments like cutting the cake, tossing the bouquet, and any other planned activities.

Stay present and enjoy each moment, trusting your planner and vendors to handle the schedule.

Sunset/Night Photos:

If possible, schedule a brief photoshoot for romantic outdoor portraits with soft, flattering light. I also love taking photos at night so please let me know if you are interested! These sessions usually don't last longer than 10mins each


Plan for a grand exit or send-off towards the end of the reception, such as a sparkler exit or a vintage car departure.

Please note that all times are suggested and I can work around almost anything so just ask if you are unsure!

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