Wedding Day: Capturing Moments That Last a Lifetime

Wedding photography is an art, a chance to seize the essence of one of life's most beautiful milestones. In this guide, I'll walk you through my approach to wedding photography, ensuring that each moment is captured with elegance and emotion.

Table of Contents

  1. Groom Getting Ready
  2. Bride Getting Ready
  3. Ceremony
  4. Reception(Cocktail hour if applicable)
  5. Grand Entrance
  6. First Dance
  7. Dinner
  8. Dancing
  9. Cake Cutting
  10. Grand Exit



The groom's preparation is more than just a suit and tie. It's the anticipation, the nervous excitement, and those final moments before stepping into a new chapter. I focus on capturing these intimate details.

What to focus on:

  • A direct eye contact with the camera while getting ready
  • Prepping their uniform, suit, tie, shoes, rings
  • Photographing the groomsmen and best man
  • Group portraits by request from groom

Time: Approximately 1 Hour

Groom fixing Marine's collar

Marine wiping ceremonial blade

Marine polishing emblem on the collar

Groom and Groomsmen Portraits

Quick group shot

Marines battle at their wedding day

Staggered group shot


The bride's preparations are filled with joy, emotions, and beauty. From the makeup to the putting on the dress, I aim to encapsulate these precious moments in a series of stunning photos.

What to focus on:

  • A direct eye contact with the bride
  • Bride with bridesmaid getting ready
  • Make Up Artist(if on shot list)
  • Mom/grandma/someone close buttoning her dress
  • Flat lay(if on shot list)
  • Bridal Dress + Accessories(if on shot list)
  • Group Shot with Bride and Bridesmaid(if on shot list)

Time: Approximately 2 and 1/2 Hours

Detailed Shots:

  • Shots of Cutlery
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wedding Ceremony
  • Food + Wedding Cake
  • Guests talking or making direct eye contact with the camera
  • Bar Service
  • Wedding Table and Gifts

Time: Approximately 30-45 Minutes

Getting ready of bride

getting ready with the bride

group shot with bride and bridesmaid

a photo with mom buttoning up her wedding dress

Wedding Details

portrait of bride

photo of bride and wedding dress

photos of the venue

photo of the maola wedding venue

photo of the bouquet

photo of bouquet

photo of bride and her lace


The ceremony is the heart of the wedding. I take great care to document the vows, the rings, the tears of joy, and the loving glances that define this incredible moment.

What I focus on:

  • Groom anticipating
  • Bride walking down with or without someone significant
  • Photograph of parents and guests
  • Procession
  • The First Kiss
  • Vows
  • Guests making eye contact with the bride and groom
  • Putting on the ring
  • A wide angle shot of the ceremony
  • other items that are customized for the list

Bride walked down and given away by dad

grand parent

groom intently listening to minister

Their First Kiss

There was a spotlight on the bride's head

Ceremonial Marine Pass through

Bride walking down

Family portraits with the newlyweds

Family Portraits

Midway at the wedding, my couples decided to do their family portraits where the ceremony was held. This is a good idea if there are anyone who may have limited mobility.

What I focus on:

  • Quick bride and groom at the podium
  • Complete Grand parents set with the newlyweds and their family
  • My second photographer will be photographing cocktail hour while I focus on family portraits
  • Family shotlist that the newlyweds requested


The reception is where the celebration truly begins. I'll be there to capture the laughter, the toasts, the dancing, and everything that makes the reception a joyful gathering.

What to focus on:

  • Since the day was too bright to photograph my clients, we opted for a much later photo session with the bride and groom
  • Focused more on candids
  • People who make a direct eye contact with the camera


A grand entrance deserves a grand capture. I'll ensure that this unforgettable moment is frozen in time, capturing the excitement and applause of the loved ones.


The first dance is a symbol of unity and love. With careful attention to lighting and angles, I'll craft photographs that immortalize this romantic dance.


Food is an essential part of the celebration. I'll capture the culinary artistry and the guests enjoying the feast, adding a flavorful touch to the wedding album.

Couples Session

Once my clients had their dinner, we went back outside to photograph their couples session.

What to focus on:

  • use my inspiration board to draw ideas and feel for our session
  • I'll use my creative expertise to guide my clients and make sure they have a beautiful gallery that they can print and hang


A sweet tradition that deserves a sweet capture. The cake cutting is a playful and delightful moment, and I'll make sure to capture it with precision and creativity.


The grand exit is the finale, filled with joy and farewells. I'll be there to catch the last smiles, the waves goodbye, and the departure into a new beginning.

However, Haley and Joseph didn't opt for a grand exit.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How do you approach candid shots during the wedding?

A: I believe in capturing authentic emotions. I'll be discreetly positioned to catch candid moments without intrusion, preserving the natural flow of your wedding.

Q: What equipment do you use for wedding photography?

A: I use professional-grade cameras, lenses, and lighting to ensure the highest quality images. My equipment is chosen to fit the specific needs and style of your wedding.

Q: Can we request specific shots or poses?

A: Absolutely! I'm here to cater to your preferences and ideas. We'll discuss any specific requests ahead of time to ensure they're seamlessly integrated into the day's photography.

Q: How long after the wedding will we receive the photos?

A: I understand the excitement to see your photos. You can expect a preview within a week, with the complete album delivered within 6 to 8 weeks.


Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, filled with love, joy, and unique moments. My approach to wedding photography is tailored to capture these moments with elegance and emotion. From the timeline to the grand exit, I'll be there to preserve memories that you'll treasure forever. Feel free to contact me to discuss your dream wedding photography.