We had such a great day with Amy and Rory! We started off in downtown Encinitas. The “Encinitas” sign is such a killer backdrop for pictures. Then we headed to The Saloon for a game of pool and a couple more photos. We ended the shoot at Del Mar Dog Beach. Rory and Amy’s doggie joined in for some family fun. They even got in the cold Pacific Ocean, how fun! Start to finish this shoot and this amazing couple made my day. We can’t wait to be apart of Amy and Rory’s big day this summer.
A wedding is a whirlwind of events, gone in the blink of an eye. There’s nothing more important to a perfectly executed event than an organized timeline. If you are looking to effectively plan out your wedding day with your wedding coordinator or fiance, here’s a look at a typical wedding photo timeline from our point of view. We are here to help assist you in planning out your day so that you don’t miss a beat!
6 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
I’ve just finished packing my bags and I’m now going over the wedding information and having a meeting with my assistant to talk about the details of the day.
4 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
I leave the studio for the wedding site. The bride’s hair and makeup should be well underway to leave plenty of time for family and couple’s photos.
3 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
I arrive at the preparation site to capture the finishing touches of hair and makeup and to document the bride getting into her wedding dress and the groomsmen making their final preparations.
2 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
We arrange for a “first look” for the bride and groom where they see each other before the ceremony. Immediately after this we begin formal photographs with the entire wedding party and the bride and groom’s immediate families.
1.5 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY
The family and wedding party portraits should be well on their way. We work in a variety of locations and capture a wide range of poses. About 30 minutes before the ceremony we stop to allow you to freshen up, collect your things, and make it to the ceremony site on time.
30 MINUTES BEFORE THE CEREMONY
At this time, I head over to the ceremony site. Here I coordinate with my assistant and set up any equipment we need during the ceremony. We take a last look around and find where the light is coming from to best document the ceremony. At this time you should have a quick refreshment and take 15 minutes of quiet time with just the two of you; you’ll want to regroup before all the excitement begins!
Ceremony – You did it, you are married!!!
30 MINUTES AFTER THE CEREMONY
We arrive at the reception site and immediately begin photographing candid shots of arriving guests and continue into the cocktail hour. If there are any additional formal photographs desired we will take this time to finish them in plenty of time for the reception.
45 MINUTES AFTER THE CEREMONY
We enter the dining room before the guests arrive to photograph the cake and floral decor. We also take this time to set up room lights and spotlights if we find they are needed. Right before the guests arrive we touch base with the catering manager or wedding coordinator to see if there were any last minute changes to the reception schedule.
1 HOUR AFTER THE CEREMONY
At this time we strictly document the reception candidly as it unfolds, including the first dances, toasts, dancing, and cake cutting. But don’t worry, we are always available for any photo request you may have throughout the evening. Just ask!
4 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY
We may want to go outside for a nighttime portrait of the both of you to showcase the beauty of your location at night. We use incredibly artistic lighting techniques for these photos. Then we pack our equipment and prepare for our departure. But first, we will check with you to make sure there aren’t any further photos you would like or an overtime request.
Evergreen Post | Sample Wedding Timeline | ABM Photography
Hire a professional wedding coordinator! This is so absolutely critical to having the wedding you have always dreamed about!
- Your florist should deliver your bouquets to where you are getting ready, not the ceremony venue. Since you never know when the mood will strike for a great photo, you’ll want your bouquets there and ready to go.
- Know the many benefits of a 2nd photographer! Just to name a few: capturing reactions during the vows, photographing the guys getting ready at the same time as the girls, capturing artistic angles of all the special moments during the cocktail hour and making sure to cover all the incredible details of your reception site.
- If possible, arrange to have your formal photographs taken before the ceremony at the “1st Look.” Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up your time to spend with your guests. You will be able to spend more time at the cocktail hour catching up with loved ones without stress. It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.
- Have food delivered to your getting ready location. It may be hectic, but take the time to have a bite before the wedding since it will be a while before you have the opportunity to eat before the reception.
- Prepare an emergency bridal kit with clear nail polish, mints, a sewing kit, stain treater, Visine, safety pins, bobby pins, pain reliever and mini deodorant.
- Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least a month before your wedding. This will give you peace of mind to know exactly how you will look and give you the opportunity to change things in advance if necessary. Make sure to bring all jewelry to the trial to see how makeup shades work with the pieces.
- Also…PLEASE allow for a “1 hour buffer” finishing time for hair and makeup. This alleviates the number one reason wedding schedules end up running late. Also, make sure to hire professional hair and makeup artists. This will insure you have plenty of time for all the portraits you want to take before the wedding.
Evergreen Post | Stress Free Wedding Day | ABM Photography
Back in 2013 Jessica and a couple friends from Scottsdale decided to head to San Diego for the 4th of July . While walking around Pacific Beach Jess met Alex… and their story begins. They hit it off and began dating shortly after their chance meeting in PB. Alex and Jessica figured out how perfect they are for each other… loving each other was so easy for them both. While Jessica’s family was in town visiting from St. Louis, MO, everyone got together for a Friday night St. Louis Cardinals/Padres game. During the game, Alex asked Jessica to marry him. He pulled out the ring to propose while in the seats with family. Jessica said yes for many reasons, she loves that Alex is incredibly smart, witty, and endlessly curious. Alex often challenges the status quo, and can accomplish anything when he puts his mind to it. Alex asked Jessica because he loves her sense of humor, ambitious nature, and that she actually thinks Alex is funny. Alex and Jessica love going to brunch together, walking their doggie Kenzie, movie nights and hanging out with friends and family.
Venue: Paradise Shores
Coordinator: Sublime Weddings and Events
Videography: ABM Visuals
Catering: Park Blvd Catering