Tell me some things about you! Your love story, how did you two meet... Anything! This would help me out to get to know you better :)
What style would you say is your wedding? (Rustic, vintage, modern, casual, traditional...). Is there any theme which it’s based on? (a movie, different age, Christmas, Hollywood, special date, etc).
Is this a religious ceremony? (Catholic - Hindu - Jewish - Muslim - Protestant - Other – No) Are there any special “traditions” I should be aware?
Which are the main colors of the wedding? Dress/suit/flowers/bouquets...
How many guests will be at your wedding?
List with names of grandparents, parents and siblings.
List with names of groomsmen (including best man), bridesmaides (including maid of honour), flower girls and ring bearers (if applicable).
Is there anyone I need to focus in special besides parents, brothers and sisters and bridal party? I’ll be guessing who are the closer family members for how are they sitting but if there’s anyone you want me to focus please send me a picture and role!
Is there anything else I need to know? For example: family members not talking to each other, divorces if an important family member is sadly not there, etc…
I would like you to have a family portrait list (including names). That list is not for me, it’s for you! You don’t wanna be thinking about who is going to be in the formal family pictures in that very moment. You will pass the list to me and to 1 or 2 friends or family members who will help gathering the people on that list. I need these “helpers” to be aware of their assignment in advance. The faster we collect the people, the better! Then we will have more time to take other pictures or to enjoy the cocktail hour. (This is usually the question that takes more time to answer. You can fill it here or if you are not ready, you can email it to me).
The First Look has become popular in the last few years. It is a moment staged and set up by the wedding photographer for the couple to see each other before the ceremony. Having this moment has many benefits. It’s a moment just for you two away from guests, details, and things that might distract your attention. The best part of a couple seeing each other before the ceremony is that it lends to a much smoother layout for family pictures, cocktail hour, and beautiful sunset pictures after the ceremony. I'm always in for the first look, but it is your decision after all. I simply explain your options because I know you'll make an educated decision. Often brides think there are rules to weddings (Cannot see each other beforehand, must throw garter, cannot be seen as a couple until the Grand Entrance), but I believe there should only be one rule: Do what makes you happy. Do you want to have a First Look? If so, do you want a concrete location for it?
Do you have a favorite place where you want to do the photo session for you two? Don’t hesitate to tell me your ideas. Let’s turn on creativity mode! :)
Getting ready address & photography start time. Are you getting ready in same or different locations?
Photography usually starts 2h-1h30 before you are done. Once I get there, I'll start taking detail shots (shoes, ring, dress, etc) and then final steps of the makeup.
First look start time (if applicable)
Ideally the first look should be done at least 1h before the ceremony (if same location, if not contemplate transportation time). It would take around 15 min and the photo session around other 15-20 minutes.
Ceremony time & address
Length of ceremony?
Cocktail hour start time
Reception time & address
What time will lunch/dinner be served?
What time will dancing start?
Which song are you dancing?
Which special dances will you have?
- Bridal party - First dance - Mother/son - Father/daughter - Generations - others
Are you cutting the cake? If so at what time is it planned?
Who is giving speeches and when will those take place?
Are you having a garter/ bouquet toss?
If you have a preliminary timeline of the day, I’d love to take a look at it as soon as possible. More than anything, I want to make sure the day is planned with plenty of time for photos...and plenty of time for everyone to enjoy the moment. If you don’t have a timeline and would like assistance putting one together, let me know and we can work on getting your date organized with ease!
You can add here any other info that you you want me to know and that I did not cover before
Are there any special family customs or items that will be featured during the day?
Vendors (please name the following if applicable: Wedding coordinator, Event Design, Floral Design, Rings, Wedding Dress, Suit/tuxedo, Shoes, Bridesmaids dresses, Catering, Cake, Makeup Artist, Cinematography, (whatever else that cross your mind: DJ, band, stationary, car rental, etc…)
Any other special details you’d like documented, please let me know prior to the wedding so you can rest assured everything will be photographed just the way you’d like :)
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