Why you matter
Your wedding is a unique reflection of who you are. That’s why the process of getting to know you before your wedding is important. The more I learn about you as a couple, your families, and the reasons you’re celebrating in the way that you are, the more we will have to work with when creating images that truly reflect your personalities. Shots that are unguarded, intimate, and emotional are what wedding photography should be all about—and they’re what we focusing on.
I would love to schedule a time to meet 2-4 weeks before your wedding day. That will give us a chance to go over details beforehand, and it will help me learn more about what you have planned for the day and how it will unfold. Until then, we have made this guide to help start the planning process and to answer any questions you may be wondering about.
The Wedding Timeline
Creating a timeline of your wedding day will help guide your planning and ensure a smooth flow of beautifully captured memories. Here are a few key “events” to consider, as well as a recommended time allotment for photographing each one.
GETTING READY : BRIDE
(1.5 to 2.0 hours)
I like to arrive at the bride’s house when she is in the middle of her makeup process to get a few photographs of the final touches. Other than that, I will document any other meaningful activities around the house, including the dress, gatecrashing preparation (if there is), and natural pictures of the parents etc.
A custom tradition for most Chinese families. I will guide your parents on how to proceed with the veiling. I also hope to catch a few candid moments with just the three of you as it's the last private moment for your family before everything begins.
(10 to 20 minutes)
This really depends if you want any gatecrashing activities for your wedding. I would recommend a maximum timeline of 20 minutes if you do.
The timing of this vary on the number of relatives you have. A good estimate would be 1 minute for each pair of recipient.
I will initiate on a formal family portrait picture before leaving the bride and groom's house. Sometimes this may extend to the relatives present at that time, but the process should not take more than 5 minutes.
WEDDING PARTY & COUPLE PORTRAITS
These portraits can be done around where you live, or a drive to somewhere where there is nature and quiet. The latter option is preferred, but it depends on your schedule as well. At least 30 minutes is preferred so as not to rush things through, and I can suggest locations from where you live.
(15 minutes to 1.5 hours)
Ceremony length varies. A short and sweet ceremony might last 15 minutes; but if you are having a church service it will be more like 1 to 1.5 hours.
THE Lunch/dinner (3 to 4 hours)
Wedding reception activities include walk-ins, cake-cutting, toasts, speeches, and table shots (if you wish). I would recommend complete coverage, but I understand if you feel pictures for the last hour is not needed.