Seattle Wedding Photography | Wedding planner timeline

It's your BIG day. Weeks or months ago you met with venues, caterers, florists, DJs, planners, decorators, stationary designers, your mother, your mother in law, your sisters, cousins, and best friends to make this the most special day of your life (so far!) Now that you've settled the planning and hired your wedding vendors, have you made sure that between all of the crazy events that you've made the most of your wedding timeline so that you can preserve these memories for years to come?

Here's where my experience as a wedding photographer comes in handy. Your wedding photographer is the person who you will spend the most time with on your wedding day (yep, it's true). Whether you've booked a half day just for the formal and family pictures, or you have a full blown team following you from dawn until midnight, you want to make the most of your wedding photography timeline.

Here are a couple of things that I've found helps you capture everything you want to remember about your wedding day:

1. If you have a couple of hundred dollars in the budget ask your photographer about having a second shooter (if you haven't already booked it in your package). Having the second photographer there means that you have twice as many shots of the important events (ie, ceremony, first kiss, speeches), a second angle on the wedding day, and someone who can take candids of your guests while your main photographer is working with you and your bridal party etc. This is seriously my number one tip for capturing your whole day!

2. Ask family to come early to the ceremony to take as many family pictures as you can before the day gets rolling - that way you can spend quality time mingling and chatting with all of your guests after the ceremony and not chasing down extended family members.

3. If you have a tight timeline between the ceremony and the reception, consider doing a 'first look' with your groom before the ceremony and then taking a few romantic pictures with him and some fun ones of the whole bridal party together so that you can reduce panicking about trying to fit everything in after the ceremony.

4. Don't worry too much about your guests during cocktail hour - if they have food, booze, and other people to talk to (or even just one of those three), they won't mind not being 'entertained' for a couple of hours while you get your photos taken. If you're worried about leaving them to fend for themselves, consider providing an optional structured activity (some venues offer tours or tastings) like lawn games, board games, live music, or any sort of themed station.

5. Communicate with your photographer once you've finalized your details - photographers have been to lots of weddings, but since every wedding is different, don't make them try to guess what is unique about it and miss out on something that was important to you. Photographers even need to know about the 'secret surprises' so that they can catch them on film (ahem, I mean pixels), especially if these are reception events, the photographer might need a heads up to move or use different lighting equipment.

6. The best part of the whole process is your day - so once you've got yourself all planned out, enjoy! After all, it's your day. Focus on what is important to you and make it happen (just make sure your photographer is in on it, of course)!

Styled Vintage Wedding Photography Inspiration Sammamish WA

Set in beautiful Evans Creek Preserve in Samammish, my lovely 'bride' and I had a wonderful afternoon recreating an elegant vintage inspired bridal look that is sure to be a hit with winter and spring Seattle brides. Simple and elegant pieces with ivory and lace throughout completed the open back high collar dress. The embroidery on the true vintage shoes and clasp handbag really pop against the lush green of the woods and the dark rocky paths. Model: Lana Renai

Entwined Portraits loves to tell your story through images - from bump to baby or graduation to wedding, offering full service portrait and wedding photography in the Greater Seattle Area including Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Woodinville WA. 

Bull River Guest Ranch wedding in the Rocky Mountains by Entwined Portraits Seattle Wedding Photographer

Bull River Guest Ranch wedding in the Rocky Mountains by Entwined Portraits Seattle Wedding Photographer

Rocky mountain destination wedding by Entwined portraits Seattle wedding photographers

Seattle Wedding Photographer | East Indian Sikh Wedding Photography

K & K held a wonderful cultural fusion wedding this past July. On the ceremony day we headed to the Gurdwara for service and the marriage ceremony, then to a local park for some bride and groom portraits. This was not my first Sikh wedding, but I do love getting to know each family's specific customs and traditions - no two Indian Weddings are the same!

Seattle Destination Wedding Photography in Jasper Alberta Canada

L & S met with me last August to talk about their beautiful destination wedding in Jasper, Alberta in Canada. Right in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Jasper is a beautiful location for a destination wedding venue. Mountain weddings are some of my favorite weddings to photograph! There is so much beauty in mountain and forest views, not to mention this couple is lovely and so in love with each other. It was a perfect wedding day, topped off by some rain for good luck - we got outside for some sunset wedding portraits and were pleasantly surprised by the light drizzle. Enjoy!

Entwiined Portraits Seattle Wedding Photographer - serving Seattle and Eastside Wedding Venues and offering affordable customized wedding photography packages wihin Washington

Seattle Wedding Photography | Redmond Marymoor Park Wedding Photos

N & C are a wonderful couple I had the pleasure of meeting with to shoot their Wedding photos in Marymoor park in Redmond. Originally, they planned not to have an official wedding and were planning to elope, but after a lengthy chat about their upcoming wedding day, we came up with a simple photography plan to do their wedding portraits in the park, take a few family shots, and capture their beautiful wedding ceremony, held at their home church in Redmond. There was so much love evident that day - I can hardly wait to share their story in photos!


Entwined Portraits is a Redmond WA Wedding Photographer booking weddings in Seattle Venues and wedding venues in King County, including Redmond venues, Woodinville venues, Kirkland venues, Sammamish Venues, Issaquah Venues, and Bellevue wedding venues. We love to travel and will book destination weddings nationwide.  Entwined Portraits also offers Seattle and Redmond Family Photos, Newborn photography, Senior pictures, and Maternity Photos.