- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
We’re having an afternoon wedding at a botanic garden, and I’d just assumed that we would be able to continue taking pictures after the (afternoon) reception was over to avoid having to miss the cocktail hour. I just spoke with our coordinator, though, and she told us that we wouldn’t be able to do that, since the evening wedding party would be arriving around then to take their own pictures. D’oh!
We also thought we’d be able to use their golf cart to get us from place to place inside the garden, but that also looks like it’s no dice. So we’ll be hoofing it from one photo op to the next.
Because our ceremony is super early and off-site, I don’t think taking first-look pictures is a great option. Our contract includes up to nine hours of coverage, so we might be able to take more pictures after the reception – just not in the garden!
So… photographers and veteran brides, does this look like a realistic timeline? Or is it just not enough time to take a decent amount of pictures? My fiance is dead set on being able to attend at least some of the cocktail hour. That man loves his appetizers!
9 am – We arrive at church. Photographer arrives at church and does whatever set-up he needs to do.
9:30 am – Ceremony begins
10:30 am – Ceremony ends! Wedding party runs like bats out of hell, hops on the trolley and drives approx. 1 mile to reception site.
10:45 am – Picture time!
11:30 – Reception starts, bridal party goes to cocktail hour, bride & groom take some more pictures.
12 noon – Bride & groom go to reception to enjoy last 30 minutes of cocktail hour. Later on, during dancing, bride & groom & photographer sneak out for another 15 minutes of pictures…
4:30 pm – reception ends, bride & groom & photographer go off to take some more pictures outside of the garden.
5:30 pm – The end!
In terms of formal pictures, we’ve got a bridal party of 3 adult attendants each, 2 junior bridesmaids, a ringbearer and a flower girl, and 3 of our parents. (My parents and his mom.) We might be able to knock some of them out before the ceremony – i.e., me with my bridal party, me with my parents, him with his groomsmen – but those would be at the church rather than at the gardens. As far as the gardens go, it’ll probably be a three to five minute walk from the entrance to the first place for pictures, and then three to five minutes between the different sites.
(Oh, and our photographer’s also going to be taking two rolls of medium format pictures with a Hasselblad. I think those tend to take longer for him to compose, since he doesn’t want to waste film and so on. Oh man. It’s gonna be a while!)