Once a contract is signed with Amy Brown Photography we get right to work scheduling out the time leading up to your day! The first thing we will need to schedule is your engagement session, you can also expect an email questionnaire about three months prior to your wedding day. This will cover everything from scheduling to vendor information.
You will notice multiple couples included in this walk through, that is because each wedding is individual. Some weddings do not have cake testing, while others have first looks.
With all Amy Brown Photography packages you will receive a complimentary engagement session. This is a great time to get to know each other and really get comfortable. It always makes for a more relaxed wedding day when we have worked out the "new person" jitters before hand! I suggest you think of a special place that means something to the two of you or maybe even just a place that you feel is beautiful. If you can not think of a location then we can absolutely come up with a location together!
Once we get to the wedding day, upon my arrival I will say my hellos and grab all of the beautiful details from the bride. A few suggestions that I like to have are:
Bridal jewelry ( Necklace and Earrings )
Bride and Grooms Rings ( All THREE )
Wedding Invitation(Preferably New - an easy way to ensure you remember is to mail me one)
If you are having groom prep shots, then I will plan to grab any of these:
Tie/ Bow Tie
Along with any special written note, vows or memento from the day.
I will also get photos of ceremony and reception decor.
Extra Moment: A favorite moment of mine is the first look with not only your groom, but your dad.
Once we have completed the details of the day and you are dressed and ready, I will then move out to the ceremony site and prep for the start! Initially in the ceremony I like to stand at the front of the aisle to allow me the ability to capture each of the bridal party members as they come down the aisle followed by you and your father. Once the hand off is completed I will move about the area in the most discrete way possible, allowing me to get the beautiful ceremony from all angles. This is where it is a good idea to remember to keep contact with the camera, and keep that beautiful smile our face, and possibly remind your girls too!
From the ceremony we flow right into portrait time! This is where your top ten comes in super handy! We will usually start right away with family photos and that allows us to release the family back to the cocktail hour and out of the sun. I like to have a lot of organization when it comes to family photos and I will have your list on me, it is helpful to pick one bridal party member that knows everyone to yell out the people needed for each shot. We can set up a next up standing area so that everyone is ready to move right into frame.
Your family formals are individual to you, and that is why it is so great to plan your top ten ahead of time. This allows me to call out each combination and give a heads up to those who are next int he line up.
Top ten is then followed by bridal party shots and then couples portrait time!
I know I sounds like a broken record, but having a solid top ten also allows for a great game plan for time allowed, opening up time so that I can then do a roll call and get individual shots with all of your bridal party members.
Now on to the party!
Now this is how your time schedule plays with how much of your reception you would like covered. I suggest scheduling with your DJ the first dance , parents dances, toasts towards the beginning of your allotment of time followed by cake cutting right after dinner. Typically the people that will be dancing the first 30 minutes of your reception will be the same general people who will be dancing at the end, so about 30 minutes of dancing coverage is adequate. If a grand exit is something you wish to do I would suggest thinking about doing a ceremony exit or a faux exit, these are both something we can talk about.