Wedding Photography Timeline

Working with Duetimage

Every wedding is different, but here is what we consider an ideal timeline to maximize photographic possibilities on your wedding day.  This is meant as a loose guideline to help you visualize your day and your photography.

Getting Ready Details

Getting Ready – Details

How Long? 30 minutes
When? Morning
Where? Bridal Suite or  other Getting Ready Room

What We Shoot: The dress and all bridal attire; also the bride’s jewelry, flowers, and any other important items (such as letters from the groom, borrowed items,etc.).

Bride Prep

Bridal Preparation

How Long? 30 minutes
When? Morning
Where? Bridal Suite or other Getting Ready Room

What We Shoot: The bride and her makeup artist and/or hairdresser.  Also, if the Mom and any other members of the bridal party are present, we will catch them interacting with the bride.  This is the time when brides like top blow off some steam and have fun with their bridesmaids, and we encourage a lot of creativity.

Groom-Prep

Groom Preparation

How Long? 20 minutes
When? Morning
Where? Hotel room or other getting ready room.

What We Shoot:  The groom getting ready with his groomsmen, if present.  We will also shoot groom details such as any jewelry and wristwatches, boutonnieres, etc.   We will also take a portrait of the groom alone when he is finished preparing.

Bride Alone

Bride Alone

How Long? 20 minutes
When? Morning
Where? Bridal suite or other getting ready room.

What We Shoot:  Once the bride is finished getting ready, we will clear the room and take photos of the bride by herself.  We shoot for a reflective portrait of the bride looking forward to the day — and her life — ahead.

First Look

First Look & Couple Creatives

How Long? 1 hour
When? Morning until start ceremony.
Where?  Outside ceremony venue or out of the way / scenic location near venue.

What We Shoot: The First look is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time in all their wedding attire.  The bride and groom should be alone together without any members of the wedding party and have fun taking their first wedding portraits together.

Ceremony Details

Ceremony Details

How Long? 20 minutes
When? Morning or Afternoon
Where? Ceremony Venue

What We Shoot: The ceremony location preferably before guests arrive. All flowers, decorations, alters, huppahs, etc.

Ceremony

The Ceremony

How Long? 30 minutes or less
When? Morning or Afternoon
Where? Ceremony Venue

What We Shoot: Candid shots of the entire ceremony from multiple angles, with guest reactions.

Family Formals

Family Formals

How Long? 30 minutes
When? Late Morning or Afternoon
Where? Ceremony or Reception Venue

What We Shoot: Formals portraits of the bride and groom with their immediate family members, members of wedding party, and any other VIPS. The time for formals can be more or less depending on the number of people being photographed.

Some couples prefer to have formals photographed before the altar if the ceremony is religious, while other others may choose a scenic backdrop at the reception venue.

If the wedding is small and intimate, we may shoot a group photo of all the guests.

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

How Long? 1 hour
When? Afternoon
Where? Reception Venue

What We Shoot: Candid shots of guests, and the bride and groom mingling.

Reception Details

Reception Details

How Long? 20 minutes
When? Afternoon
Where? Reception Venue

What We Shoot: Before the guests are seated, we will take photographs of the reception hall or tent, table arrangements, decor, the wedding cake, favors, and any other special items.

Receptions

The Reception

How Long? 4 hours +
When? Afternoon to Evening
Where? Reception Venue

What We Shoot: Candid shots of Introductions, First Dance, Parent Dances, Toasts, Cutting the Cake, Bouquet and Garter Toss, open floor dancing, and any other wedding games or activities.

Depending on the bride and groom, we can also work the room taking shots of the couple interacting with groups at each individual table.

Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographer collage of sunset bride and groom portraits.

Reception Sneak Out 

How Long? 20 minutes
When? Anytime during the reception, preferably during sunset.
Where? Near reception venue, or along the way.

What  we shoot: Romantic and dramatic portraits of the bride and groom together during a short respite from their reception.

These shots can take place right outside the reception venue, preferably at sunset.  

In our experience, these are some of our clients most valuable images of the day. 

Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographer collage of end of day photography.

End of Day

How Long? 20 minutes or less
When? Late Afternoon or Night
Where? Outside reception area, especially desireable  by firepit, scenic lighted area, panoramic nighttime views.

What  we shoot:  One last iconic image of the bride and groom.

Although the party is winding down, there’s always timefor one last photo — a sparkler send off; a kiss under a moonlit sky; gazing at an illuminated city skyline.

It can be romantic, funny, iconic — the choice is up to you, but do it. In our experience, these photos end up being some of the most cherished of the day.

Especially when creating an album, you will want a big finish.

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