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I believe your wedding should be as stress free as possible. I love to come alongside you to help you plan for the perfect day. We’ll work together throughout the entire planning process in order for me to capture your day perfectly. I’ll be as involved in your wedding planning as you and your wedding planner would like—after photographing hundreds of weddings, I have quite a bit of experience in mapping out timelines so we have the best light and locations. My years of experience as a St. Louis wedding photographer have put me in the graces of the best vendors around. I happily share that experience with you, because you deserve the best.  With every detail set into place beforehand, you can spend the day of your wedding enjoying each other, laughing with loved ones, and dancing the night away, knowing I have everything covered. 

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PLANNERS
STYLE ALTER'D
STYLE CLOTURE EVENTS
MR. & MRS WEDDING EVENTS
LACY BRANCH
BEFORE I DO












 



CAKE

WEDDING WONDERLAND
THE CAKERY
KAKED BY KATIE
SARAHS CAKE SHOP




HAIR AND MAKEUP

HOLLY HANAK
LA BELLE MARIE
FLAWLESS
BEAUTY BY WHITNEY
STLOOKS



BANDS

GRIFFIN & THE GARGOYLES
DOWNTIME BAND
DIRTY MUGGS




VIDEOGRAPHERS

BIRDEYE MEDIA
SWEET TEA MEDIA


DJS

ROCKSTAR DJS

JIMMY HUSSEY

GETTING READY

THE FOUR SEASONS
THE MARIOTT GRAND
HILTON AT THE ARCH
THE WESTIN
THE MAGNOLIA HOTEL


FLORIST
SPECIAL EVENT FLORIST 
LES BOUQUETS
BELLI FIORI
THE CRIMSON PETAL
BOTANICALS DESIGN STUDIO
ROSE & MINT FLORALS

EVENT RENTALS

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS
THE ARIES COMPNAY
PK PAPER ART

MINT SPACE DESIGN

OFFICIANTS

RUTH ELEN HASSER
CAROLYN BURKE

TRANSPORTATION

FUN TYME LIMOUSINE
SAINT LOUIS TROLLEY
CHAMPAGNE LIMOUSINE



FAVORITE VENUES
SILVER OAKS CHATEAU
THE MARRIOTT GRAND
THE MAGNOLIA HOTEL
ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM
MISSOURI ATHLETIC CLUB
STUDIO INN ST. ALBANS

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Timeline Planning

With the diversity of the cultural aspects of many weddings, it can be challenging to pinpoint an exact wedding photography timeline template-every wedding is different. However, there are ideal time frames you should consider when planning wedding your day. Some of these times may seem lengthy but keep in mind that your wedding day will go by extremely fast and most weddings run slightly behind schedule.

These helpful timeline planning tips and sample timelines generally allow for ample time for all your beautiful photos during the duration of the wedding day. With the exception of the evening wedding without a first look sample timeline. Additional travel time and locations, very large bridal parties, additional family groupings, early sunset time, and other modifications to these sample timelines may impact your wedding gallery, both in limiting the number of overall images, as well as limiting our time for creative portraits. I would be thrilled to help you develop your ideal timeline that allows for beautiful pictures & maximum enjoyment of the day

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night shots

•Minimum Time Needed 45-60 minutes 
• Best Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon
• Ideal Location – bridal suite or hotel suite with large windows

• MY ADVICE – having at least 45 minutes for details ensures that we have plenty of time to get that perfect photo of the dress, rings, shoes, bouquets, and the other details of the day. While I am shooting details, my associate photographer will be capturing candids in the bridal suite. 

• Be sure to keep all your details together including both rings, veil, full in
invitation suite, shoes, jewelry, and flowers that coordinate or your bouquet.

• Minimum Time Needed – 45-60 minutes
• Best Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon
• Ideal Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite
 
• MY ADVICE – Having 45 minutes to an hour of preparation is perfect for my photography style. During this time, My associate and I are getting close ups of the makeup and hair being applied as well as the candid moments and the bridesmaids and groomsmen get ready for the day. Keep in mind that these are some of the most emotional and fun times of the day, so you don’t want to cut it short. If you and your groom are both getting ready in the same location, my associate shooter will head over to the guy's room to get a few getting ready shots as well. Otherwise, we will stage a few getting ready shots at your ceremony location.

• Minimum Time Needed – 20-30 minutes
• Best Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon
• Ideal Location – Bridal Suite, Hotel Suite, Venue Lobby, or Venue garden. A place with large windows and beautiful light is essential.

• MY ADVICE – the best time for portraits of the bride and groom (separately) is after prep/getting ready. Besides makeup and hair being completely flawless and fresh, the day hasn’t gotten hectic, yet so we can take our time and get those perfect portraits that will become family treasures. Also, keep in mind that the window lighting in our suggested hotel suites creates a unique look that can’t be duplicated in any environment throughout the rest of the day.

• A first look is a special moment when the bride and groom can see each other for the first time before the ceremony. Not every couple chooses to do the first look.
 
• If you decide to do a first look. We usually like to position the groom looking away awaiting his bride. Alternately We like to have the bride and groom write and read letters to one and other as they experience all the love and emotions they have for each other before the big reveal. If you choose to do a first look, we will do a few romantic portraits of just the two of you directly after.

• Ideal Time Allotment – 30-60 minutes
• Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon
• Ideal Location – Venue Garden, Empty Venue Hallway (shaded areas with natural light)

• MY ADVICE – The first look should be around 30 to 45 minutes. During this time, the bride and groom enjoy seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day. The actual first look is commonly only 5-10 minutes, the rest of the time is spent on romantic portraits of the bride and groom.
 
Ideally, we are saving the bulk of the couples session for later (see the “couples session” section below). However, if there is no other time in the day, it is best to allocate another 45 minutes to an hour here so that we make sure we have enough photos of you two together.


• Ideal Time Allotment – 60-90 minutes 90 minutes or more is necessary for a large bridal party.
• Ideal Time of the Day – Afternoon or Early Evening
• Ideal Location -Venue garden, Local garden, local park, etc.

•MY ADVICE – Wedding Party Photos should be around 60-90. During this time, we get a variety of shots in a variety of poses. We use our timeless approach to creating classic photos focused on great expressions and lighting. Then we move into a set of fun and creative shots. Finally, we know how much your wedding party means to you, so we are sure to get pictures with you and each one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen individually.


•Ideal Time Allotment – 30-45 minutes. NOTE: most Catholic churches will allow you about 30 minutes after your ceremony to take formal portraits.
• Ideal Time of the Day – After the ceremony or after the first look
• Ideal Location -venue lobby, venue garden, ceremony alter


• MY ADVICE – immediate family photos should take another 30-45 minute. It’s important to have additional images with your parents, grandparents, and siblings beyond the necessary formal (mentioned in the section below).
 
I highly suggest allotting an additional 15 minutes at an outdoor location for images with both sets of parents.

 Plan on 3 minutes per small groups and 8 minutes for large groups. For example, if you have 10 groups, schedule in a 30-minute time slot.
Weddings are about family, and we want to make sure we’re capturing beautiful images with those your hold most dear.

• Ideal Time Allotment – 30-45 minutes
• Ideal Time of the Day – Early Evening before guest enter reception venue
• Advice – Please allow 30 minutes for the lead shooter, Dana, to take pictures of the reception room, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area.

, This time is the only opportunity we have to capture the beauty of the reception room before guest arrival. During this time the second photographer will be taking candids at cocktail hour.

• Ideal Time Allotment – 15-20 minutes
• Ideal Time of the Day – Sunset/Dusk to Night Time
• Ideal Location – areas with interesting lights, fountains, and beautiful cityscapes
• MY ADVICE – During the reception, please plan on sneaking out for a couple of end of night shots. We only need 15-20 minutes. We want you to enjoy your reception; however, this time is necessary if you appreciate the night photography that we love to create and deliver in your album. The ideal time for this is during the open floor dancing after you’ve danced a few songs and would like a break.

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Traditional afternoon wedding sample timeline

 afternoon wedding with first look sample timeline

traditional evening wedding sample timeline

 evening wedding with First look sample timeline

Sample Timelines

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