8-Hour Wedding Timeline with Two Photographers in Three Locations with a Couple's First Look

Wedding Planning

Ceremony: 4:30 pm

Photography Coverage: 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Wedding Party: Yes

Bride's Getting Ready Location: Hotel

Groom's Getting Ready Location: Same Hotel, Different Room

First Look Location: Park nearby Ceremony Site

Ceremony & Reception at 2nd Site

(Not sure when to have your Ceremony? We recommend having your Ceremony no later than 2 to 3 hours before sunset, so there will be plenty of natural light for outdoor portraits.)

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Rachel & Mark capture Bridal* details and final Bridal hair / make-up.

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Mark captures Groom details, the Groom putting on his details with the Best Man's help, the Groom having fun with the Groomsmen (drinks, etc), Groom portraits, portraits with the Groom & Groomsmen, portrait with Groom & Ring Bearer(s), a first look with the Groom & Mom, Groom putting on Mom's corsage, and portraits with Groom & Dad and Groom & both Parents (& siblings if present).

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Rachel captures Bride having fun with the Bridesmaids in robes or PJs, drinking champagne, the Bride getting dressed and putting on her details with Mom & the Maid of Honor's help & other Bridesmaids once they're dressed, Bride putting on Mom's corsage, and a portrait with Bride and Mom, Bridesmaids fanning out the Bride's dress & veil for solo Bridal portraits, portraits with the Bride & Bridesmaids, portrait with the Bride & Flower Girl(s), first look with Bride & Dad, and portraits with Bride & Dad and Bride & both Parents.

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Rachel, Mark, Couple & Wedding Party travel to First Look / Portraits location, Mark puts Groom in position for Bride to walk up behind, Rachel & Mark capture Couple's first look & portraits then Wedding Party portraits.

4:00 - 4:30 pm: All travel to Ceremony site; Rachel & Mark capture Ceremony details & guests as they arrive.

4:30 - 5:00 pm: Rachel & Mark capture the Ceremony.

5:00 - 5:30 pm: Rachel captures Couple's photos while Mark captures Reception detail shots, details & guests during Social Hour.

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Rachel captures formal Family portraits with the Couple using the Couple's family portraits list.

6:00 - 6:45 pm: Rachel & Mark capture Couple & Wedding Party Reception entrances, a blessing of the meal / prayer, and the Couple's first dance if it occurs here, then Rachel & Mark eat dinner while the Couple eats dinner (30-minute photography break).

6:45 - 7:15 pm: Rachel & Mark capture Couple's sunset photos (placement of this depends on the time of sunset), or, Rachel captures portraits of the Couple with each table of guests while Rachel & Mark capture candid photos as the Couple visits with guests.

7:15 - 7:45 pm: Rachel & Mark capture toast speeches, cake-cutting & special dances.

7:45 - 9:00 pm: Rachel & Mark capture open dancing, bouquet / garter toss, & more dancing.

*We use the terms "Bride" and "Groom" for convenience, but we are LGTBQ+ friendly!

We recommend having a consultation with us prior to booking so we can discuss your specific needs as a Couple.

Want to see another timeline sample? Contact us and we'll create a sample timeline just for you. Just let us know:

  • Your Wedding date
  • Number of hours of photography coverage
  • One or two photographers
  • Ceremony time and length
  • Locations for Bride Getting Ready, Groom Getting Ready, Ceremony, Portraits & Reception
  • Couple's first look or no Couple's first look?
  • Who will be with the Bride and Groom during the getting ready time (both parents? siblings? friends? wedding party?)
  • Size of wedding party: # of Groomsmen, # of Bridesmaids, # of Flower girl(s) & Ring bearer(s)
  • Approximate number of Guests
  • Will you join cocktail / social hour or have portraits taken for the full hour?
  • About how many family portraits do you estimate you will want to take?
  • What will your Reception events include?
  • Will we get to do a "sneak-away" sunset session?
  • What time is sunset?
  • Will you want to go around and visit with guests during dinner and have portraits taken with each table, or just candid photos as you visit?

Happy wedding planning!