The Wedding Timeline | The First Look and Romantic Portraits


Last week we covered the Getting Ready portion of this wedding timeline series, if you missed it you can read it HERE! I've posted the timeline that we're using again below for reference through the series :) Let's get started!

  • Getting Ready (Details & Bridal Prep): 12:30pm - 1:45pm

  • First Look and Romantic Portraits: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

  • Bridal Party: 2:50pm - 3:20pm

  • Cocktail Hour & Reception Details: 3:30pm - 3:50pm

  • Ceremony: 4:00pm - 4:45pm

  • Family Formals: 5:00pm - 5:30pm

  • Extra Romantic Portraits: 5:40pm - 6:15pm

  • Reception: 6:30pm - 10pm


2:00pm - 2:15pm

If you've never heard of a First Look before, the simple answer is that it's when the groom see's the bride before the ceremony and they have a few moments to themselves to let it sink in that they're about to get married. It's been seen as non-traditional but it really is becoming a new tradition! The number one reason I recommend having a first look is because it allows for the couple to have intimate time with each other. Think about it, when a bride comes down the aisle and her husband-to-be see's her, he doesn't get to hug her... he can't kiss her... most times he can't even speak to her other than their vows until the end of the ceremony. By that time, the initial reaction of how he felt when he first saw the her is gone. 


Romantic portraits immediately follow the first look and I usually take about 20-30 minutes for these portraits. At this point there's no way to NOT be excited for the ceremony! The bride and groom's emotions are running high with joy (and mine too!) and it's the perfect time to catch that spirit in a photo! Some of the best photos of the day are captured during this time and the bride and groom always love them!


Wedding photography is a big investment and who doesn't want the most out of their investments? Well, when you have a first look, one of the perks is that you get more portraits! No other portraits need to be rushed and you can actually enjoy bridal party and family photos. Your album will be filled with so many more photos and you'll be able to enjoy your wedding day to the fullest!


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