A perfect wedding doesn't just happen magically. We recognize the importance of a well planned wedding timeline that can help a bride and groom achieve their dreams. From our photographers perspective—we put together a few pieces of advice for each part of your wedding day that would get you the most form your wedding photography.

Getting Ready


Some of the key moments of our coverage include documenting your getting ready. For Indian Weddings, we like to start 2-3 hours before your Baraat ceremony. This provides us the opportunity to photograph your final touches of makeup and getting dressed, as well as allow us enough time to photograph any of your details and individual portraits.

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If possible, ask your hair & makeup artist to set up near a window or in a place with great window light and not use any artificial lights such as lamps or overhead light. That way your photos will look natural and your makeup will look exactly the same when we go shooting outside.


To avoid being overcrowded, try to have only a limited amount of family and bridesmaids/groomsmen with you in your suite where you are getting ready.


Have all your details such as gown, shoes, jewelry, invitation out and ready to be photographed prior to us arriving, that way we don’t have to wait for it.

The First Look


Because Indian wedding timelines follow a tight schedule, setting aside time for a first look allows couples to do portraits and all the necessary family pictures beforehand. Natural light is one of the biggest assets a photographer could have, so we try to take advantage of sunlight as much as possible.

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We recommend scheduling at least 45 minutes to 1 hour of the day for your first look and bridal portraits with the bride and the groom together around the property.


If you’ve scheduled a first look for your day, we ask that your planner or a planner’s assistant help coordinate the moment so that we can be ready to shoot it when it happens.


Consider having a bridal assistant or family member to help with the dress and anything you may need during these photographs. This helps for a smoother time moving through the property with the bride and groom.


It is recommend you complete your immediate family and bridal party portraits before the Baraat ceremony. Please be sure to allow at least 30 minutes in your Indian wedding timeline, depending on the number of groupings.

Family & Bridal Party


Whether the family formals are scheduled before or after the ceremony, this will be the time when we gather immediate and important extended family for pictures. With a little pre-wedding prep work, family wedding photos can be done efficiently in 30 minutes or less.

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Approximately 30-45 days prior to your wedding, we recommend making a realistic list of family portraits you would like taken. 


Ideally, we encourage our couples to photograph their immediate family portraits before their Baraat. Extended family portraits are suggested to be done after the ceremony.


Try to limit your extended family portraits list to a maximum of 10 to 15 groups. Keep in mind that setting up a group can take up to 5 minutes per grouping.


Additional extended family groupings can be taken during the reception in a more candid style.


Make sure you have an assistant or a trusted family member to help with gathering family as we may not be familiar with all your families.

Indian Wedding Ceremony


Indian wedding ceremonies can be traditional and long or modern and short, knowing what to expect can help us capture each and every important moment during your ceremony.

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We understand guests desires to take their own pictures. However, consider having the officiant ask guests to simply be present and enjoy the moment with their eyes and heart. Posting a simple “cell-phone free ceremony” sign could also be very helpful.


If you are having an indoor wedding ceremony, consider having your professional lighting for your mandap so that you are not sitting under darkness. Try to avoid colored gels and lights as they distort skin tones that are nearly impossible to correct in post production. Even lighting in natural white or soft amber tonality photograph the best.

Bride & Groom Portraits


Before your reception begins, we like to spend the first 15 to 30 minutes photographing you in your reception looks before or during your Cocktail Hour. Shortly thereafter, we spend about 15 minutes photographing you with your immediate family in their reception outfits.

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Remember that your immediate family is also getting ready while you are. Have them be aware what time and location to meet for immediate family portraits. When alerting the family and bridal party of their times to be ready for portraits, give a time 15 minutes prior to the start of portraits to ensure timeliness.

Wedding Venue & Reception Decor


While your wedding ceremony is the legal reason you've invited your friends and family to celebrate, the wedding reception is your chance to party and let loose with loved ones. It's a festive moment and, as such, the wedding decoration ideas you include in your wedding reception will be photographed during the cocktail hour.

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Details matter, during the cocktail hour we will be taking photos of all the details and decor. This would be the perfect time for that epic room shot before the guests enter.

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It’s party time! During this time of the night, we are photographing all your performances, speeches and formalities and your friends and family as well as all the party fun.

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After the first dance, it’s ideal for the parent dances to immediately follow. This makes sure that the couple looks fresh and avoids sweaty, unflattering photographs when dancing during these moments.


For ideal shooting conditions we suggest that the lighting on the dance floor stays natural. White or amber during any formalities. The blue, green & purple color lights result in very unnatural skin tones. Ask your DJ or lighting company not to use any colored lights or any fancy disco lighting during the first dance, parents dances and speeches.


Don't forget to have fun!

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