How to choose the BEST wedding photography coverage

How Much Wedding Photography Coverage Do I Need?

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“ALL-DAY” COVERAGE SOUNDS LIKE TOO MUCH

Let’s think about this together. Whether eloping or having a traditional wedding, you want to have an experience that is true to you and your partner. This is not “only” having a wedding, or “just” your special day.

YOUR WEDDING DAY IS EVERYTHING.

Similarly, your photography coverage should be there to capture everything. We want you to be able to re-live the tears that fell when you first saw each other, the laughter when you tripped in your ceremony, what the sun looked like rising that morning together, the dirt that got on your attire from your dog. Literally every little emotion and detail is worth documenting and cherishing forever.

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But What Will We Do ALL Day?

That’s a great question!

You will laugh and smile.

You will cry.

You will do a whole-lot of whatever you want to do!

Let’s put down the wedding day rule book and consider what your day could look like together. I want you to think about your bucket list items, and what the most perfect day together would consist of. From sun up to sun down, what activities and details would you include? Who would you include? What would the views look like all day? Lastly, what would make you both feel the happiest and most fulfilled.

You DESERVE to have the entire day DEDICATED to celebrating your true love story. 

Your love and love story matters, right? And don’t the most epic stories and adventures end up being more than just a few hours? So, before you restrict the number of hours your day will be, think about the adventure you would like to have.

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Why have a photographer all day for your wedding?

As your wedding photographer, I will be doing the following throughout your day!

  • Documenting and telling the entire story of your wedding day authentically, from start to finish.
  • Creating images that will become your only tangible memories after your day has ended.
  • Making sure your images are a reminder of how you FELT. Not just how the ceremony and traditional “one hour of portraits” looked.
  • I will be looking for all of those sentimental details that you spend SO long planning and deciding on.
  • Preserving moments that allow friends and family to relive the day with you if they could not be present on that day.
  • Give you the FREEDOM from a strict timeline resulting in a more STRESS-FREE experience the entire day.
  • Making sure to document moments that the couple may have never even knew were happening! All of those special hugs, laughs, and tears between loved ones.

Why Do I Care?

I AM INVESTED IN YOUR EXPERIENCE AND STORY EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

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Sample Wedding Day Timelines

How much coverage you choose truly depends on what parts of the day are most important to you. If you want the bulk of the day captured, most timelines will benefit from 8+ hours of photography coverage. If you simply want ceremony, formal portraits, and some reception coverage, then a 6 hour option may be best for you.

2pm – 2:30pm: Partner A Getting Ready

2:30pm – 3pm: Partner B Getting Ready

3pm – 4pm: Ceremony details + Guests arriving candid’s

4pm – 4:30 pm: Ceremony

4:30pm – 5pm: Family Formal Portraits
*Cocktail hour from 5pm to 6pm for your guests

5pm – 5:30pm: Wedding Party Formal Portraits

5:30pm to 6pm: Newly-wed Portraits

6pm to 7pm: Reception Grand Entrance + Dinner + Speeches

7pm to 8pm: First dances + Cake cutting + 1 or 2 party songs!

1pm – 1:30pm: Partner A Getting Ready

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Partner B Getting Ready (Partner’s with dresses typically take longer for getting ready images + details)

2:30pm – 3pm: First Look + Newly Wed Portraits

3pm – 3:30 pm: Wedding Party Portraits

3:30pm – 4pm: Ceremony Details + Guests Arriving Candids

4pm – 4:30pm: Ceremony

4:30pm to 5pm: Family Formal Portraits

5pm to 6pm: Enjoy cocktail hour with your guest while we get candid’s!!

6pm to 7pm: Reception Grand Entrance + Dinner + Speeches

7pm to 7:30pm: First dances + Cake cutting

7:30pm to 7:45pm: Sneak away for a few sunset photos
*Depending on time of year of course!

7:45pm to 9pm: Party time!

1pm – 1:30pm: Formal Flat lay + Details

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Partner A Getting Ready

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Partner B Getting Ready (Partner’s with dresses typically take longer for getting ready images + details)

3:30pm – 4pm: Ceremony Details + Guests Arriving Candid’s

4pm – 4:30pm: Ceremony

4:30pm to 5pm: Family Formal Portraits

5pm to 5:30pm: Wedding Party Formal Portraits

5:30pm to 6pm: Newly-Wed Portraits

6pm to 7pm: Reception Grand Entrance + Dinner + Speeches

7pm to 7:30pm: First dances + Cake cutting

7:30pm to 7:45pm: Sneak away for a few sunset photos
*Depending on time of year of course!

7:45pm to 9pm: Party time!

11am -11:30am: Partner A Formal Flat lay + Details

11:30am – 12:30pm: Partner A Getting Ready + Group Candid’s/Formals

12:30pm – 1pm: Possible Travel time between Partner A and Partner B

1pm – 1:30pm: Partner B Formal Flat Lay + Details

1:30pm – 3pm: Partner B Getting Ready + Group Candid’s/Formals (Partner’s with dresses typically take longer for getting ready images + details)

3pm – 4pm: Ceremony Details + Guests Arriving Candid’s

4pm – 4:30pm: Ceremony

4:30pm to 5pm: Family Formal Portraits

5pm to 5:30pm: Wedding Party Formal Portraits

5:30pm to 6pm: Newly-Wed Portraits

6pm to 7:30: Reception Grand Entrance + Dinner + Speeches
*This is always dependent on how many speeches, and how long your venue takes for dinner service

7:30pm to 8pm: Sneak away for a few sunset photos and drone photos
*Depending on time of year of course!

8pm to 8:30pm: First Dances + Cake Cutting

8:30pm to 10:30pm: Party time! Dancing, Candid’s, Misc. group combo’s.

10:30pm to 11pm: The Grand Exit! Sparklers, fireworks, group champagne pops, etc! Any creative night shots here

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Sample Elopement Day Timelines

Similarly to the wedding day options, how much coverage you choose truly depends on what parts of the day are most important to you. We do offer hourly coverage for elopements. Choosing to elope gives you the freedom in your timeline to enjoy more activities together. You can helicopter or hike to a favorite view, go canoeing or fishing, truly anything that aligns with your love story.
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2pm – 3pm: Details + Flat Lays +Ceremony Space + Location details

3pm – 4pm: Partners Getting Ready Candid’s

4pm – 4:30 Ceremony

4:30pm – 5pm: Champagne Pop! Enjoy a drink and small picnic together

5pm to 6pm: Newly-wed Portraits for Sunset!

1pm – 2pm: Details + Flat Lays +Ceremony Space + Location details

2pm – 3pm: Partners Getting Ready Candid’s

3pm – 3:30 Ceremony

3:30pm – 4pm: Champagne Pop! Enjoy a drink and small picnic together

4pm – 5pm: Newly-wed Portraits at location A

5pm – 6pm: Complete a sentimental activity together – Go canoeing, helicopter tour, hike to a beautiful spot, etc.

6pm – 7pm: Newly-wed Portraits at Location B for Sunset then off to dinner together!

12pm – 1pm: Details + Flat Lays +Ceremony Space + Location details

1pm – 2pm: Partners Getting Ready Candid’s

2pm – 2:30pm: Ceremony

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Champagne Pop! Enjoy a drink and a lunch picnic together

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Portraits at Location A – Forest

4:30pm – 6:pm: Portraits at Location B – Hike to a waterfall

6pm – 6:30pm: Travel back to Airbnb/Cottage

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Make a campfire and have fire-roasted pizza or other favorite camp food!

7:30pm – 8pm: Finish off the night with sunset photos and a sentimental activity – make smores, go canoeing, swimming, anything you desire!

I’m excited to chat all things TIMELINE!

Your timeline is your tool to have a smoothly running wedding or elopement. If you prefer a more spontaneous adventure, you can totally plan it that way too. It is YOUR day afterall.

Are you ready to work together?

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