Thank you again for choosing to work with me and please don't hesitate to let me know if I can offer any additional guidance throughout the wedding planning process!

I'm doing a happy dance over here because I'm so excited to be working with you and I can’t wait to get to know you better over the next several months! I know photography is one of the larger investments you're making for your wedding day and I'm so honored you chose to work with me!

Even if you're working with a wedding planner or you're planning a simple wedding, there are likely still a lot of moving pieces left leading up to your big day. 

Having photographed more than one hundred weddings, I am very very aware of the best tips and information I can offer my clients to have a stress free wedding while giving them heirlooms full of creativity and beauty.

I put together a guide that walks you through everything from timelines to engagement sessions and inclement weather.


Let the fiesta begin!

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I'm a big fans of engagement sessions for a few reasons. Not only do they allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera, they also give you the opportunity to showcase your personalities in a more casual setting that is significant to the two of you. I've created an entire page dedicated to outfit tips, location ideas, timing considerations and more!

Engagement Session













Over the years, I've learned the important role quality vendors play in creating a stress-free wedding day. I've worked with many of the vendors below and I can't recommend them enough! This is not a paid list - I chose these vendors for both the quality of their work as well as their professionalism on the actual wedding day.



Dress & Tux
Heels and Shoes
Bouquet & boutonniere 
Hair pieces and jewelry

Session Checklist 

Wedding venues are usually a wonderful place to start - especially historic homes and resorts that have well manicured areas. I want to keep your dress as clean as possible and still get a lot of amazing images inside and outside.

When it comes to selecting a date for your Pre wedding portrait session, another great thing to keep in mind is the weather. In order to avoid being too hot during the summer months or too cold during the winter months, I highly recommend Spring and Fall. However, I'll shoot anytime and anywhere there's great light!

Many venues charge a fee for portrait sessions. Although inconvenient, the fee is often worth it in order to have use of their getting ready room and other venue locations which may be far on the day of your wedding. I typically have to work with the venues on times, but I love to shoot bridal portraits in the afternoon as late as I can to get that softer afternoon light. However, if your venue has strict hours, I'm happy to work with their allotted times.

Make sure to bring your jewelry, your veil and your shoes to your Pre wedding portrait session! 

There's a big difference between looking in the mirror at a hair and makeup trial and actually seeing how that hair holds up in the elements and how that makeup photographs. When it comes to being confident in your choices on your wedding day, photos are invaluable!

If you're considering a Pre Wedding Portrait Session, I recommend a full trial run of hair, nails, makeup and your bouquet. I typically spend 1-2 hours shooting at bridal sessions and it's nice to have something to hold to make your hands feel more carefree! 

When it comes to choosing a location for your pre wedding portrait session, I recommend using locations that are well manicured, clean, and have great variety in indoor and outdoor locations. The cleaner the background the more your portraits will be a work of art

Gorgeous Photos + practice run for the big day 

 Pre Wedding Portraits

That moment the Bride and Groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day is magical! And this is true whether the couple chooses to wait until the bride walks down the aisle or chooses to do a “first look’ prior to the ceremony.

First looks—a private moment couples choose to spend together prior to the wedding ceremony—have become more popular over the last few years. About half of our couples this year have chosen to do a first look.

While I consider myself someone who value tradition, there are definitely a few good reasons to consider a first look. Here are 3 reasons to consider a ‘first look’:


First Looks

If you’re expecting poor weather on your wedding day, it might be best to plan on a first look because it gives you more options for pictures. If it’s pouring rain after the ceremony, you’ll be thankful you had pictures done in advance.

And reason 3b is for all you cryers out there. If you know the tears are going to fly the first time you see your other half the day of your wedding, a first look will give you time to freshen up before the ceremony.

First look or not, the first time you see each other on your wedding day will be special.


When there is no first look, the majority of the pictures have to be taken after the ceremony. Family pictures are generally done as soon as the ceremony ends because it’s the easiest time to round everyone up. Next up is full bridal party, and then bride and groom portraits. This generally runs into cocktail hour.

A first look opens up time prior to the ceremony for full bridal party pictures and, sometimes, for a few bride and groom portraits (although I'm  obsessed with bride and groom portraits at sunset). This allows the couple to more variety in their portraits and if they desire they can enjoy cocktail hour with guests, which makes the rest of the evening feel less rushed.

It makes more time for pictures without sacrificing cocktail hour  


Avoid possible bad weather and/or have time to freshen-up after the first look  

Once the ceremony begins, the day takes off quickly. A ‘first look’ is an opportunity to enjoy some quiet time alone, enjoy each other’s company, and reflect on all this day means before your day takes off.

Wedding days can be a whirlwind and they tend to fly by. There’s much to do, and a lot of people to see and to catch up with. I always encourage my couples to take a few minutes ever so often during their wedding to stop and soak in everything that’s happening.

A first look Gives a more relaxing approach to the start of your wedding day 


If you're doing a first look, photos can be done all at one time, taking an average total of 1.5 to 2 hours pre-ceremony (although I also LOVE grabbing just the two of you for a few additional bride and groom photos at sunset!)

If you choose a traditional aisle reveal, all I ask is that you keep your ceremony time in mind when planning your wedding.

If you're planning a sunset ceremony or an evening ceremony, it's best to do all photos before the wedding, as daylight is crucial to getting amazing portraits for your families, bridal party and your couples portraits. Making sure I have enough time while the sun is up is a great way to make the traditional ceremony work.

Whether you choose to do a first look or the traditional "no see before the ceremony" I will work with you on making sure you have the best timeline and plan for images.

If you're choosing to go traditional, you'll need two different sets of photo times: images taken before the ceremony and images taken after the ceremony.

You'll need to plan for about one hour of pre-ceremony bridal photos (bridesmaids and bride's family) and about one hour of pre-ceremony groom photos (groomsmen and groom's family) at separate times. You'll also need 15 minutes of combined bridal party portraits, 15 minutes of combined family portraits and at least 30 -45 minutes of couple's portraits after the ceremony if you're not doing any portraits together until after the ceremony.

Tips for a seamless wedding day timeline.

Wedding Day Timeline 

building the perfect

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

I arrives at Bride’s getting ready location and Second Photographer arrives at Groom’s getting ready location.

12 p.m.


Groom + groomsmen depart for ceremony site.

1:15 p.m.


Bride and bridesmaids depart for ceremony location. 

1:30 p.m.


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

The first look takes place. 

1:45 p.m.


Bride & Groom + bridal party portraits.

2:00 p.m.


The ceremony takes place.

3:00 p.m.


Family portraits

Note: We 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. We’ll help you create a list of family portraits before the big day. 

3:30 p.m.


Additional Bridal Party and Bride & Groom Portraits

Note: Depending on what was taken before the ceremony, we might grab 1 or 2 more full bridal party shots.

4:00 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 pictures of your guests while you enjoy the hour.

4:30 p.M. 


Introductions & First Dance

5:00 P.M.

5:00 PM 

Welcome toasts & salads followed by speeches and entrees. 

5:30 P.M.


Sunset Portraits

We’ll make sure to grab you two about 45 minutes before the sunsets. This is usually the best light of the day!

6:00 P.M.


6:30 P.M.

Dancing begins


Cake cutting followed by bouquet toss.

7:15 P.M.


Photographers Depart

8:00 P.M.


I arrives at Bride’s getting ready location and Second Photographer arrives at Groom’s getting ready location.

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

1 p.m.


Groom + groomsmen depart for ceremony site & take pre-ceremony group photos. 

2:00 p.m.


Bride and bridesmaids depart for ceremony location and take pre-ceremony group photos. 

2:15 p.m.


The ceremony takes place.

3:00 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Family portraits.

2wNote: We 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. We’ll help you create a list of family portraits before the big day. 


4:00 P.M.

Bridal Party and Bride & Groom Portraits

Note: Depending on what was taken before the ceremony, this normally takes about an hour total. 


Introductions & First Dance

5:30 P.M.


Welcome toasts & salads followed by speeches and entrees. 

6:00 P.M.


Sunset Portraits

7:30 P.M.

We’ll make sure to grab you two about 45 minutes before the sunsets. This is usually the best light of the day!


Dancing begins

8:00 P.M.


Cake cutting followed by bouquet toss.

8:30 P.M.


Photographer’s Depart

9:00 P.M.


If you're not working with a planner, it might also be a good idea to check in with your entire vendor team to make sure they're aware of the weather. Hair and makeup may need to be tweaked to withstand humidity and if your wedding is outdoors, DJs and bands may need to take extra precaution to protect their gear. A quality rental team can also minimize the amount of mud at outdoor events.

I always put a plan in place to ensure a beautiful day and beautiful images.

Rainy day weddings may require a little more flexibility and creativity, but there isn't any reason why they can't be as beautiful and as joyful as sunny weddings!

If the forecast is calling for rain, fear not because rainy days can still be beautiful! If you don't believe us, just take a look at Walter & Teresa's wedding day. It rained towards the end of their ceremony and it was still beautiful!

If rain is in the forecast, I recommend ordering a few clear umbrellas on Amazon. It also might be good to re-evaluate portrait locations to make sure I can still shoot in natural light - even if it means heading offsite. 

If you don't own a pair of cute Wellies, now may be a great time to order a pair - even if you're just wearing them in between shooting locations. 

Rain Tips

I love capturing all the little details you've carefully chosen to be a part of your wedding day! Once I arrive at your wedding, I need about 40 + minutes to capture and style details. I recommend choosing a getting ready location filled with natural light and, if possible, please keep the space free from trash and clutter.

It would be wonderful if you could put all of your rings, jewelry, shoes, veil purse, perfume, invitations and other keepsakes together in one spot for us. Please unwrap your dress  & bring a gorgeous hanger but don't worry about styling it - I'll hang it in a beautiful spot! 

Please ask your florist for extra flowers as it will bring to life your flat lays.  Please be sure to ask her to arrive with the florals at the time I arrive to avoid flat lay delays. 

Wedding Day   details

Dress Hanger (a pretty one!)
Rings (both engagement and wedding bands)
Hair pieces
Invitation Suite (2 full sets with envelopes + stamps)
Any other paper stationary you may have like program cards.
Vow Book
Any other sentimental keepsakes you would like to include
I once had a bride bring her grandmother's hanky. This is completely optional - but if you have something sentimental you'd like styled with your details, I love including family heirlooms in our detail shots.
I'd love to have a few cuts of the florals you'll be using throughout your wedding day. If your florist will supply me a small bucket of extra pieces I can incorporate those in your detail shots.

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His shoes
Socks (if they're special)
Cuff Links
Tie or Bow Tie
Pocket Square
Vows Book
Anything else he'll have that is special or sentimental.


I always take a photo of your rings while you're getting ready. If possible, try to have your engagement ring cleaned or clean it yourself.

To clean at home, soak your ring in warm water with dishwashing soap for 20 to 40 minutes. Then gently brush the stone with a soft toothbrush, rinse and repeat if needed.

The Rings

Please note that this list is just a starting point and that I'm happy to take any requested family portraits as long as time allows! My priority is you.  Any parent's request should go through you 

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Bride + Groom + Bride's Extended Family 
Bride + Groom + Bride's Parents +  Siblings +  Grandparents
Bride + Groom + Bride's Parents + Bride's Siblings 
Bride + Groom + Bride's Parents
Bride + Groom + Bride's Siblings
Bride + Mom 
Bride + Dad 
Bride + Groom + Groom's Extended Family 
Bride + Groom + Groom's Parents + Siblings +  Grandparents
Bride + Groom + Groom's Parents + Groom's Siblings 
Bride + Groom + Groom's Parents
Bride + Groom + Groom's Siblings
Groom + Mom 
Groom + Dad 

Family Formals Checklist

For family portraits, i’ll place you in the center of a large group photo with all of your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, parents etc. And then i’ll remove the extended family so it’s just grandparents, parents and siblings.

I’ll keep removing family members and switch a few closer family members in and out so I get photos of you and your parents, you and your siblings, some with the groom and your family, etc. Then i’ll repeat the process with your spouse's family. The whole thing will go quicker and smoother if you let family know how the portrait process will work ahead of time.

When I send out our pre-wedding questionnaire, i'll ask you for a list of specific groupings, special situations (such as divorces or handicapped family members & more), but if you want to start brainstorming photos in the meantime, you'll find my typical list below. 

your entire family, dressed up and together 

Family Formals

If you've been to a wedding recently, you may have seen a sign from the happy couple asking for their guests to remain "unplugged" during the ceremony. 

And while it might seem like a strange requests to ask guests to put down their phones, there's a pretty good reason for it! You made a big investment in photography and I'm sure one of the last things you want on your wedding day is for our photos of your ceremony to be filled with obtrusive iPhones, iPads and relatives standing in the aisle with their own cameras. In order to help us do the best possible job capturing your wedding, I recommend asking guests to unplug during the ceremony. 

Another great option is to announce a 30 second photo moment where guest can photograph you once you've arrived with your boo. This gets rid of any iPhone camera urgencies through out the ceremony and important moments in the ceremony.

Consider Unplugging

If your reception is at a separate venue, add some "fluff time" so that I can head over to the venue to capture it while it's still "untouched" by guests.

Fluff Time


If you're planning on having a first look with your bridal party or a parent, they often feel more comfortable being fully dressed in their wedding attire. 

First looks for parents


Make sure and have your bouquet delivered in time to make an appearance for the detail shots and for your first look. Often they are delivered in water and need to be dried off before use. Having towels handy can help.

Extra Florals


If it's going to be hot, a cooler of cold waters and frozen washcloths can help keep a wedding party cool - especially if your men are wearing lots of layers.

Prep for the heat


If you're getting married in the summer months, a "not-so-heavy" snack or lunch time before portraits is always a good idea for you and your bridal party to avoid hungry bellies and passing out!

Don't forget the snacks




I'd love to help you plan your timeline. If you'd like my input, don't hesitate to email me to schedule a Zoom call

I'm here to help


During the cocktail hour and the reception, i'll follow you around. Anytime you'd like a photo with someone, grab our attention. I love being your personal paparazzi!

Photo anyone?


Family portraits go smoother when both sides of the family have a chance to have their input on what portraits they'd like before the wedding. If you supply me with a list ahead of time, I can go over it and make sure I shoot things in an order that is efficient and won't leave anyone out.

Make a list


I always recommend the bride go into hiding 30 minutes before the ceremony at the absolute latest. Guests typically arrive early to weddings.

Hide the bride


I can't wait to start planning with you and getting to know you! If you haven't scheduled your engagement session yet, let's get that in the books. Feel free to email us any time at [enter your email address here].

If you have any questions or would just like to chat, I'm here for you. I hope this guide helps make the process of planning your wedding details much easier and less stressful. I can't wait to see you soon! Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my guide! Let the Good Times Roll!

Thank you!