Not only did I need diffused light, I also needed a LARGE area of indirect light for our bridal party pictures too! … and that included 18 people! Whew! And just ONE more thing to add to this list… it was October and the leaves (our shade) were falling off the trees and so every week before the wedding, I would drive past our portrait locations and do a “leaf check”. Talk about being OCD about pictures! Yea. And the LAST thing I had to consider was that we did our portraits at 3 different locations and that means we had travel time! (I do NOT advise this to most brides unless you have tons of time!)
So there was so much to consider when I sat down to hammer out our timeline. OH THE DREADED TIMELINE! Every bride hates it! It seriously determines the stress level of the wedding day. Most brides do NOT realize this when planning! So to all of you brides-to-be out there… consider yourself warned! The TIMELINE needs to be a Photographer’s Timeline! (Your photographer will love you for this!) Now I’m not saying that my timeline was perfect… it wasn’t. But by doing a first look and allotting ample time for travel and ALL of our portraits, it worked out quite well. We entered our reception only 20 minutes after all of our guests! So here is our timeline with TONS of unnecessary information that you all really don’t need to know but I was too lazy to take it out. This timeline was actually 4 pages long before I cut off some of the really elaborate details! (Anna, my fabulous wedding coordinator, can attest to that!) So if you’re in the process of planning your wedding day timeline and are smart enough to do a first look! (winkwink) …. Please feel free to add this image into your designbook or drag it onto your desktop and use it as a reference!
Some things to be aware of when you’re planning your timeline:
1. Travel time to and from the ceremony and reception locations
2. Be nice to your photographer and give them a good 30-40 minutes for the first look and portraits and then another 20 mins for bridal party portraits!
3. Allow your photographer time to capture the reception details UNTOUCHED
4. Plan to have all of your family in one place for family portraits and have an idea of who you want ahead of time! I normally encourage a bride to make a list….and of COURSE I forgot to do that… Sorry Jasmine!
5. Go over your final timeline with your coordinator…. preferably more than once! …(If you need a wedding planner… I know an awesome one)
6. If you have a TON of bridesmaids… have more than one or two hairstylists.
7. Don’t wait till the morning of the wedding to steam your dress! Ah!
8. Allow extra getting ready time… there will always be something that takes longer than expected!…. ie: fake eyelashes!
9. Save your photographer time by having ALL of your details in one place when he/she arrives!
I could go on and on and on about tips for the wedding day and things to avoid. I really felt like our wedding day when very smoothly…of course if it didn’t, no one would have told me! However, as we were walking inside from our “Car shots”… Jasmine and I looked at the massive amount of people that were in our backyard and we were extremely thankful that the reception details had already been shot…. Jas mentioned that I had a “Photographer’s Timeline” and I couldn’t help but smile and give myself a little pat on the back… not literally of course:). So I hope this post can be somewhat helpful to brides, wedding planners and even other photographers! Enjoy!