One of the most common questions I get once couple's have booked their package is, "What time should I start my photos?".  That is a great question and the answer will vary depending on specifics of YOUR day.  However, despite different details, most weddings have a similar flow to the day and shouldn't fluctuate too much from these approximate timelines.  Take a look at the different timelines based off of your number of scheduled hours and adjust the schedule for your specific start time.  

Also, please remember - if after looking at these timelines, you feel you need additional coverage, you can add as much extra time as you like.  For weddings in Sioux City, you have the option to add just Shane for $150 per hour plus tax or both Shane and Becca for $200 per hour plus tax.  For weddings out of town, the rate defaults to the rate for both of us since Becca can not leave until Shane leaves.  Out of town rate for extra hours is $200 per hour plus tax. 

All weddings will assume a 45 minute ceremony with a start time of 4:00 PM and assume a first look session with the groom.

All of these schedules have areas throughout the day that can be longer or shorter as your specific day requires.  We have shot very quick wedding ceremonies (10-20 minutes), and very long ones as well (1-2 hours).  Some people have much more time scheduled in between the ceremony and reception allowing for more time on the party bus or limo and more time for romantic pictures.  Keep that in mind when viewing these timelines as these are just a general guideline to how many of our weddings go.  These are a good starting point when planning your day.  Please don't hesitate to ask us if you have any questions or want to know if we will have time to schedule any other activities you desire for your day.  Ultimately, this is YOUR day and we will adhere to any schedule you desire within the allotted timeframe.  We will document your day however the day unfolds, but if we have adequate time for romantic photos scheduled, it will help ensure that we are able to capture beautiful more artistic photos for your wall and album.  

6 hours of coverage

1:15-1:30 - Shane and Becca arrive, quickly set up for first shots - Bride should already be in dress

1:30-1:45 - Father/Bride first look

1:45-2:00 - Bride/Groom first look

2:00-3:30 - Formal photos

3:30-4:00 - Bride/Groom/Wedding party dismissed to back room so guests can be seated and wedding party is out of site

4:00-4:45 - Ceremony

4:45-5:00 - Dismiss guests/Hug/Thank

5:00-6:15 - Party bus/limo/romantic/fun shots with bride and groom and some with wedding party

6:15-6:30  - Arrive at reception/Make entrances with wedding party

6:30-7:30 - Dinner and toasts (Could possibly also include cake cutting/first dance if things move quickly, but it would be aggressive)

7:30 - Shane and Becca depart

 

8 hours of coverage

12:30-1:15 - Shane and Becca arrive, set up for upcoming shots, take dress photos and any other detail photos as time permits (shoes, jewelry, etc).

1:15-1:30 - Bride gets into dress - Mother of bride should also be dressed and able to assist bride with dress and jewelry (or have another person available to help if Mother is not available/first choice)

1:30-1:45 - Father/Bride first look

1:45-2:00 - Bride/Groom first look

2:00-3:30 - Formal photos

3:30-4:00 - Bride/Groom/Wedding party dismissed to back room so guests can be seated and wedding party is out of sight

4:00-4:45 - Ceremony

4:45-5:00 - Dismiss guests/Hug/Thank

5:00-6:15 - Party bus/limo/romantic/fun shots with bride and groom and some with wedding party

6:15-6:30  - Arrive at reception/Make entrances with wedding party

6:30-7:30 - Dinner and toasts 

7:35-7:45 - Cake cutting

7:45-8:30 - First dance, Father/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son Dance, wedding party dance, open dancing

8:30 PM - Shane and Becca depart

 

12 hours of coverage

9:45-10:00 - Shane and Becca arrive, set up and scout spots to shoot

10:00-1:15 - Photos of brides maids, groomsmen, bride and groom getting ready; detail shots, dress shots, shoes, jewelry, flowers, etc.

1:15-1:30 - Bride gets into dress - Mother of bride should also be dressed and able to assist bride with dress and jewelry (or have another person available to help if Mother is not available/first choice)

1:30-1:45 - Father/Bride first look

1:45-2:00 - Bride/Groom first look

2:00-3:30 - Formal photos

3:30-4:00 - Bride/Groom/Wedding party dismissed to back room so guests can be seated and wedding party is out of site

4:00-4:45 - Ceremony

4:45-5:00 - Dismiss guests/Hug/Thank

5:00-6:15 - Party bus/limo/romantic/fun shots with bride and groom and some with wedding party

6:15-6:30  - Arrive at reception/Make entrances with wedding party

6:30-7:30 - Dinner and toasts 

7:35-7:45 - Cake cutting

7:45-9:30 - First dance, Father/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son Dance, wedding party dance, open dancing

9:30-10:00 - Garter toss, bouquet toss, exit??? (or additional dancing)

10:00 PM - Shane and Becca depart