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How Much Time Do I Need to Purchase For My Wedding Day For Wedding Photos?

Your wedding day is a beautiful story!  Your photographer's job is to capture that story, so you can always look back on the most incredible moments and details.  You photos are the only thing left to tell that story, so how much time do you need to purchase anyway?  Below will give you an idea of what you need to capture this amazing time.


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Quick Getting Ready Photos- 20 minutes

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Simple getting ready photos and details will take roughly 20 minutes.  These photos take place after the bride and groom are dressed and ready to go.

Celebration Getting Ready Photos- 15 minutes more

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If you want those toasting photos before wedding clothes are on, this will take additional time.  These end up being some of our client's favorite photos!

First Look Photos- 30 Minutes

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A first look gives you an intimate moment to enjoy each other before the bustle of the wedding day begins.  This is also an opportunity to get some additional formal images on the big day.  As a note, if a formal session is purchased, this is included in that time should the couple desire.

Wedding Ceremony- 30 Minutes

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Most ceremonies last 30 minutes or less.  By the time you loved ones congratulate you and we get photos started, it is almost always 30 minutes.

Ceremony and Reception Details- 30 Minutes

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Planning each detail of a big day takes a lot of time!  You want to make sure those details are captured in the best way possible.  This time may be broken up at different points, but this time is essential for us to tell a complete story.

Bridal Party Photos- 15 Minutes

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You consider carefully who to have at your side on a wedding day.  Your wedding crew is one of our favorite things to photograph and always ends up being really fun!

Family Photos- 15 Minutes

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Your family is so important on this day, so this time is a must to celebrate the people that mean the most!

Just Married Portraits- 20-40 Minutes (Plus Travel)

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There is nothing like the new glow of a married couple!  We absolutely love these moments!  If we are staying on site, these photos can be done in 20-30 minutes.  If you have a formal session scheduled, 20 minutes is typically what we shoot for.  If these are your only formal images in your wedding clothes, aim for closer to 40 minutes.  These are the photos you will hang on your wall when all this is over, so making sure we have enough time is vital!  Should you want to go somewhere nearby for these shots, add the travel time necessary.  We are happy to help you figure out exactly what that will be.

Reception- 120 Minutes

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A typical reception lasts about 2 hours.  There is some flexibility on this, but these are all the fun moments of your day!  You won't want to miss that cake smash, or Uncle Ed attempting break dancing for the first time.  These moments are all about you and your loved ones! 

 

 

When considering all of this, keep in mind that you may need to travel to another location for any number of these things.  Add that in accordingly.  Should you have any questions, we are happy to help you design your custom wedding day timeline!

 

Photography by Ashley & Justin Harmon

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Planning and Design- @tambramoultrieweddings
Florals- @jocelynsfloral
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Catering- @maglebys_catering
Bartender- @ash.shaps
DJ- @electricaudio4u
Live Music- Art Cowles
Welcome Dinner- @stgeorge_tacotruck

 

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