The Wedding Timeline : Making the Most of Your Day• Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

The Wedding Timeline. Such an important aspect in capturing beautiful images for your day!

For each couple that I work with throughout the year, this is a very important step that we go over at least 4-6 weeks before the wedding day itself. The Timeline not only allows for a wonderful flow to the day, but it also allows your photographer to make the best of each and every moment!  If you are looking to effectively plan out your wedding day with your wedding coordinator or fiance, here’s a look at a typical wedding timeline from the photographer’s perspective!

3-4 Hours Before the Ceremony

This time is used for those beautiful getting ready moments between you and your bridal party! From the details to hair and makeup, we will work with you to photograph all the important aspects to the start of your day! Pro Tip : Getting ready at a family members home or hotel normally allows for a comfortable start to the day plus some beautiful light/backdrops for photos!

2 Hours Before the Ceremony

In an ideal timeline, we always suggest a “First Look” to help the flow of the day be as stress free as possible! This is where the bride and groom will spend a special moment at the start of the day seeing each other and starting off the Formal Portraits! Immediately after the “First Look” we begin wedding party and family portraits. Pro Tip : Plan on a First Look if the start of your day has a little more time than the time allotted between ceremony and reception. Sometimes a First Look isn’t necessary, but it’s best to check with your Coordinator and/or Photographer for the best timeline for your day!

The Ceremony

We will normally try and arrive at the ceremony site anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour before everything begins! This is just to allow time for the entire bridal party to freshen up and for the photographers to capture the beautiful details within your ceremony site. Pro Tip : Consider an Unplugged Ceremony for your day! This simply means asking your family and friends to set their cameras/phones aside during the I Dos. This allows everyone to be present and instead of a sea of phones/cameras, you’ll only see smiling faces when you look out at your family and friends!

Directly After the Ceremony

This time is reserved for any additional Family Formal Portraits and of course a few Couple Portraits with the newly married couple! Then it’s time to head to the cocktail hour to enjoy some down time before the big reception begins. Pro Tip : Try and limit your Family Formals to 10-15 Groupings. In any given wedding timeline there is usually only a limited amount of time for these images and you always have the reception for fun photos with your family!

1 Hour After the Ceremony

Congratulations, you made it to the reception! At this time we focus on documenting the reception candidly as it unfolds, including the first dances, toasts, cake cutting, and of course dancing! But don’t worry; we are always available for any photo request you may have throughout the evening.  Just ask! We will also be sure to eat while the Bride and Groom are eating. Pro Tip : Consider cutting the cake when you first walk into the reception. This helps with the flow of your evening after dinner and gets everyone out on the dance floor sooner rather than later!

Well I hope that helps clear up a few questions as to how a wedding day flows! And always remember to consult with your wedding coordinator and/or photographer before your big day to discuss the timeline for both a stress free flow and the most beautiful photographs from your day!

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding and Fine Art Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Anna and Brandon : Missouri Military Academy Wedding Day • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

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The wedding itself was held at the Missouri Military Academy Church, an adorable little church in the middle of Mexico Missouri! The ceremony was short and sweet with an exciting bubble exit to top things off. Next up, we headed to the Reception at Steinman Banquet Hall where tulle and lights were beautifully draped over the entire space. Their evening was really kicked off with the traditional “shoe game” and then the dancing began!

Congratulations once again Anna and Brandon, your sweet wedding day was more than I could have hoped for and I truly wish you two all the happiness in the world as you start your new life together!

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A Special Thanks To :

Missouri Military Academy : Wedding Venue

Steinman Banquet Hall : Reception Venue

Wonneman’s Flowers and Gifts : Floral Design

Elizabeth Wallace : Second Photographer

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding and Fine Art Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Lauren and Donovan : Jefferson city Engagement Session • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

Lauren and Donovan’s Jefferson city engagement session was just the sweetest! With a light rain throughout the entire session, we managed to capture some absolutely beautiful images around Donovan’s family farm. The colors and light were just perfect. And the rain, well at least it cooled us off! Congratulations once again on your engagement Lauren and Donovan, I’m sure your day is going to be absolutely perfect next Summer!

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© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding and Fine Art Photography | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Elizabeth and James : Bohemian Backyard Wedding • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

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Elizabeth and James’ bohemian backyard wedding in Jefferson city was the absolute best! Elizabeth decided to throw a wedding full of bohemian and eclectic touched in her parent’s backyard with just a few family and friends to celebrate in their I Dos! From DIY pieces to the meal itself, the entire family helped create this lovely day!

The ceremony was set back in the woods on a beautiful rock shelf. There were many sweet words read by each and every bridesmaid and groomsmen wishing Elizabeth and James the warmest wishes in their new life together. From there the reception took off with an entire meal prepared by Elizabeth’s family! Their first dance together as husband and wife was just the sweetest with Elizabeth’s smiling just lighting up the entire backyard! Oh and did I mention Elizabeth also wanted Film coverage on her day? Well it was perfect. A few film images have been scattered below.

Congratulations Elizabeth and James, photographing your wedding was such a treat and I’m just so happy for the two of you and your new life together!

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© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding and Fine Art Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Taylor and Sam : A Backyard Engagement Session • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

Taylor and Sam decided to have their sweet engagement session in the backyard of Taylor’s family home! It was a beautiful sunny evening and these two were so excited for their session! First we started off with a little ice cream and laughs and then wondered around the backyard searching for a few beautiful rays of light and some sweet moments to create these lovely images below! I’m so excited to be photographing their day next Spring, we can only hope the evening is just as beautiful when they say I Do!

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding and Fine Art Photography | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide