I will usually start two-three hours prior to the start of the ceremony (pending on any extended travel time that takes place between the preparation and ceremony locations). This allows me to shot the preparation of both the bride and groom (if wanted). I will start shooting the bride prep before making my way over to the guys. Please let me know if this is something you do not want.
When I arrive to shoot the bride, she will be receiving her hair and make up, then getting into her dress, shoes, etc...
As for the groom, he should be showered when I arrive, but I would like to shoot the groom saving, doing hair, getting dressed.
Plan on the preparation photos to take about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes for the bride and less for the groom.
After the prep is finished, please let me know if you are planning on a first glance and seeing each other before the ceremony. If so, we will start two to three hours before the ceremony to allow for all these shoots.
I do not shoot formal family photographs before the ceremony. These are reserved for the time immediately after the ceremony.
If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please let me know.
Name of your bridesmaid and groomsman (It would be helpful if you can tell me who will be talking with who)
One of the things I try not to do is to not take too many overly posed photographs on your wedding day. I love the candid moments, but I also feel it is important to have some posed images with your close family members and friends.
With that in mind, I would suggest taking these more formal pictures following the ceremony. I will try my best to accommodate as many of these groupings. This will generally take 20-25 mins during the cocktail hour / prior to the reception. For your information... these are the groupings for the formal photos I suggest
-Bride and groom with bride's parents
-Bride and groom with bride's parents & siblings
-Bride and groom with groom's parent
-Bride and groom with groom's parents & siblings
-Bride and groom with all bridal party
-Bride and groom with each bridal party
Please note, it is important to consider time restraints when adding to the list above. Due to this, please make sure everyone who is part of the formal photos are ready to begin the session shortly after the ceremony comes to an end. Please make sure to communicate with all those who are participating. I will photograph the family photos, followed by the bridal party, then it'll just be the couple and myself. If there are other groupings you wish to have taken, please list below.