If it's a Saturday in the spring or fall, I'm probably watching a couple get married. I've been to more than a few of these things and just like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, there is no wrong way to eat a wedding. The right way is your way. Don't let your parents, distance relative, friend, co-worker, or me convince you how it should be done.  On the other hand, you're going to be asked to make a lot of decisions and I want to make this easier for you. This is probably your first time wedding-ing, so I'm here to help.

Wedding Schedule

Your day is going to go by fast, and giving adequate time for everything means you can enjoy it to the fullest. I've put together the two most common schedules I see that help you have a stress-free day.

Your day will probably start earlier, but I usually arrive about an hour before you need to be dressed. It's nice to have about 30 minutes for family/bridal formals and 30 minutes for portraits, but don't forget travel time or wrangling up people for family formals. This is the only time I'll take charge, the rest of the day I document the story that is happening.

Schedule #1
Ideal for when everything is at one location.
1 pm - Getting Ready Photos Start
2:30 pm - First Look/Portraits
3:15 pm - Family Formals/Bridal Party
4 pm - Finish portraits before guests arrive
4:30 pm - Ceremony
5 pm - Cocktail Hour
6 pm - Reception
10 pm - The End

Schedule #2
Ideal for different ceremony/reception locations.
12 pm - Getting Ready Photos Start
1:30 pm - Leave for Church
2 pm - Church Ceremony
2:45 pm - Receiving Line
3:15 pm - Family Formals at Church
4 pm - Portraits at Venue
5 pm - Cocktail Hour
6 pm - Reception
10 pm - The End

If you don't want to see each other before the ceremony and are having the ceremony and reception at the same place, we can do all the portraits during cocktail hour.  You may not get as many portraits, but it's perfectly acceptable. These schedules just lead to more relaxing days.

Sunrise or Sunset

The best time for photos will always be the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset.  I realize planning around this may be impractical, but if it's possible to schedule your photos near one of these, you will be rewarded.  If we end up taking photos in the middle of the day, I will try to pull you aside for a quick sunset or night shot.  No more than 5 minutes.


You may decide to have a movie created on your wedding day.  Great! While I don't offer this service, here are a few videographers that I recommend if you are interested.  I have worked with each one of these at a wedding, they shoot in a similar style to me, and we get along well so we both can get the best photos and video from your wedding day.

Other Recommendations

I go to more weddings in a year than most people do in a lifetime. Here are some people that I've seen do a great job that you may want to consider.


Need more advice based on your particular situation? No problem! Contact me!