After I book a new couple I mail the bride our Welcome Packet, which includes tips for getting the best wedding images. While most of this responsibility falls on the photographer you hire, there are a few things you can do that will impact the quality of your photos. So, I thought it may be helpful to start a new blog series called, “Client Tips.”

 
Without question, the number one topic I’m asked about is the wedding day timeline.

Client Tip:
Plan out the timing of your wedding day thoughtfully. 
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The choices you make about the timing of your wedding day will greatly impact the amount of stress you feel… the time spent connecting with each other… and the quality of your photographs, specifically as it relates to good lighting.

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Here is an ideal wedding day timeline (based on doing a First Look with a sunset time of 6:00 pm):

2:30 – bride & groom’s first look & portraits

3:30 – wedding party portraits
4:00 – family portraits
4:30 – completely finished with portraits – wedding party freshens up while guests arrive
5:00 – ceremony (perfect light for an outdoor ceremony is one hour before sunset)
5:30 – cocktail hour (if you do your portraits before the ceremony you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests or take a few more sunset portraits – up to you!)
6:30 – grand entrance / first dance / blessing
6:45 – dinner
7:00 – toasts / special dances / open dancing
8:00 – cake cutting / more open dancing
 
*All of my packages include at least 8 hours of coverage on the wedding day. So for the above timeline, I would suggest that the bride and groom have me shooting from either:
1:30 – 9:30  or  2:00 – 10:00
 
If your reception will not be over until 11:00 pm (or later) & it’s important to you that we photograph the exit, then you have a couple of options: You can plan for a “fake leave” or add-on additional hours of photography coverage to best suit your needs. 

Another tip is to plan in extra time between the different events of your day (i.e. with hair, makeup & travel time).  There are always unexpected things that come up. Scheduling in more time than you think you’ll need will help everything run smoothly.

Feel free to leave a comment or share with friends, if this has been helpful.
Stay tuned for more client tips in the coming weeks!

Cheers!
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Kelsey & Max were married last weekend in Murfreesboro, TN at the Stones River Country Club. The weather was gorgeous & these two added additional photography time for outdoor photos on the golf course, before heading over to the ceremony at North Boulevard Church of Christ. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, Kelsey & Max became husband & wife.

You know, you would think after shooting so many weddings I would grow a little tired of them after a while. Well the complete opposite has happened…. I have fallen in love with this industry & our couples!  I know how amazing it is to come home everyday and share life with your best friend… and I get so excited for my brides to experience that same joy!  Doing LIFE together with Darrell is what I love the most about our marriage.

 

And, speaking of LIFE… Kelsey & Max met through Young Life, a ministry that is near & dear to my heart! Before moving to Nashville, Darrell & I were on Young Life staff in Knoxville. It brought us so much joy, to love on high schoolers & point them to Jesus.  Kelsey & Max are also Young Life leaders.  I’m excited to see how God will use their new marriage in the lives those around them. The example they set in their dating relationship has affected numerous people and that was obvious throughout the wedding day!  I love these two and I’ve loved getting to know them through this whole process. Their faith & love for God is so genuine.

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A huge THANK YOU to this amazing team of wedding vendors!!  
I am so grateful for each one.
 
Day Of Coordinator & Florals- Simply Yours Weddings, Emily Humphries
Catering & Bartending- Stones River Country Club
Wedding Invitations- Designs In Paper
Ceremony Music- Katie Spencer & Jacob Noe
Desserts- Dream Cakes
Officiant- Brian Owen
Bridal Gown- The White Room
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  • Pamela Hower - August 13, 2015 - 4:14 pm

    What awesome beautiful photographs! So nice to have these as I only took some pictures with my cell phone. You have a lot of talent and these photos shine with the love that runs so deep between Kelsey & Max, as well as how much their family and friends love and adore them! I am Max’s proud aunt and am just thrilled about every part of the wedding. It was meaningful, beautiful and this marraige is forever! Life is awesome!!

  • Lori Cox - August 13, 2015 - 5:38 pm

    Congratulations to you all!

  • Laura Jane Causey - August 14, 2015 - 2:03 am

    And me for the hair! :) Laura Causey of the French Twist Salon

There’s a game we play every summer, while at the beach.  I get to snap a “few” photos of our kids… then after they have begrudgingly lovingly gone along with my every request, they get the opportunity to play “photographer” with Mama & Daddy. They literally beg to take our photos, while laughing hysterically at us.

Whatever works, people.

To be honest, I don’t usually keep the photos they take of us.  They quickly get discarded.  They’re blurry, photo-bombed, I’m in sweatpants, no makeup, etc.

But this year…  This year, I took another look at US…

 

 

And another…

 

 

And another…

 

 

The lines on our face tell a beautiful (& imperfect) love story.

If I receive nothing else in my life, I’m the richest woman in the world to have this man by my side.  I will continue to choose him again… & again

He is my greatest gift.

Happy Anniversary, D.

 

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  • Andrea Wax Gallagher - August 19, 2015 - 2:19 am

    I adore you two! Happy anniversary month!


I couldn’t be more excited to blog Natalie & Patrick’s wedding from last weekend!  They had a sweet and classic ceremony at Woodmont Christian Church & then danced the night away at The Rosewall, in Downtown Nashville.

Natalie looked absolutely stunning in her Monique Lhuillier wedding gown paired with a cathedral length veil… While Patrick looked dapper in his fitted tux and brand new watch.

However, their wedding was made most special by their amazing wedding party, closest family and friends.  And, I absolutely loved this group of bridesmaids… They were so bubbly & fun!

H Three Events did a fabulous job turning The Rosewall into a sexy, urban-chic venue… Perfect for Natalie & Patrick’s style!

And guests were entertained by the talented band, Burning Las Vegas.




Congratulations Natalie & Patrick!

Thank you for having us photograph your wedding, it was such a treat!  Hope you’re soaking up the sun in Mexico!

Wishing you both a lifetime filled with much love, laughter, & adventure.

Xo.

I am crazy about this outstanding team of wedding vendors!!  
We are so grateful & can’t wait to work with them again in the future.
 
Reception & Catering- The Rosewall
Cocktail Hour- Citizen
Designer & Coordinator- H Three Events, Hugh Howser & Kate Steele
Florals- Branches
Bridal Makeup- Meg BoesTarryn Feldman
Bridal Gown- The Bride Room 
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I had such a fun evening with Ashley & Wes at Arrington Vineyards last weekend.
This cute couple is hilarious… we laughed so much!

Looking forward to their wedding this fall!
 

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  • Lisa Wyatt Boston - June 22, 2015 - 6:31 pm

    Beautiful Ashley!!

  • Dawn Russell Barnett - June 22, 2015 - 8:29 pm

    These are wonderful
    Congratulations Sweet Girl!

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