Father’s Day 2019

“Dads are the most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers and singer of songs”

Cheers to all the dads who show their love in every hug, smile, hand shake, and a million other little acts. Happy Father’s Day!

Sample Wedding Timeline (Without a First Look)

Hello bride-to-be! Today I want to share a complicated topic, but one that is soooo necessary: WEDDING DAY TIMELINE. I know you have questions, and I’m here to help!!

The number one suggestion I have when you begin planning your wedding day timeline is to check when the sun sets. You can simply type your wedding date into Google to find out when it is for your day. Trust me, you are going to want those pretty cotton-candy skies in your photos!!

 

 

While every wedding is unique, they all tend to follow a similar flow of events. I have outlined a sample timeline below for a summer wedding day where you see each other for the first time at your ceremony. (Having a first look – check out this post instead!) (Don’t know what a first look is? Start HERE)

 

We like to begin coverage approximately 2.5-3 hours before you walk down the aisle. This gives us time to capture your details and getting ready candids before tucking you away for your ceremony. Remember, if you don’t want to bump into guests, you should to arrive at least 30 minutes before ceremony time. Also, don’t forget to include any extra travel time needed to get between locations if necessary! We whole-heartedly suggest if you aren’t doing a first look to extend your cocktail hour by at least a half hour. It hurts our hearts to spend so much time on family formals that we have to rush through portraits with the two of you!

Whew, I know, it’s A LOT. But I promise it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. Check out this sample timeline for inspiration:

{Sample} Wedding Day on July 14th

Getting Ready 2:30pm

Ceremony 5:30-6pm

Portraits/ Formals 6-7:30pm

Cocktail Hour 6-7:30pm

Introductions 7:35pm

First Dance 7:40pm

Toasts 7:45pm

Dinner 8pm

Sunset 8:15pm

^^definitely sneak away for portraits here^^

Cake Cutting 8:40pm

Parent Dances 8:45pm

Dancing until 11pm

You got this, girl! When creating your own, I suggest starting with your ceremony time (as that is usually the first thing you schedule) and working forward/backward from there. Other helpful resources: Our Most Asked Timeline Questions – Answered!How to Plan a Photo-Friendly Timeline

And remember, you aren’t planning alone!! Talk to your wedding planner, your venue, your photographer, your band/dj… I’m sure everyone is more than happy to help out. We’re all on the same team with the goal of giving you the best wedding day ever. I’m always available to answer any questions you have at amanda.macdonald.photography@gmail.com

– Happy planning! –

 

 

Sample Wedding Timeline (With a First Look)

Hello bride-to-be! Today I want to share a complicated topic, but one that is soooo necessary: WEDDING DAY TIMELINE. I know you have questions, and I’m here to help!!

The number one suggestion I have when you begin planning your wedding day timeline is to check when the sun sets. You can simply type your wedding date into Google to find out when it is for your day. Trust me, you are going to want those pretty cotton-candy skies in your photos!!

 

 

While every wedding is unique, they all tend to follow a similar flow of events. I have outlined a sample timeline below for a summer wedding day with a first look. (Not having a first look – check out this post instead!) (Don’t know what a first look is? Start HERE)

For wedding days that have a first look, we like to begin coverage approximately 3.5-4 hours before your ceremony. This gives us time to capture your details, getting ready candids, the first look, and portraits before the ceremony. Some couples opt to also do family formals and/or the wedding party photos before the ceremony as well, which is totally doable with this timeline. Remember, if you don’t want to bump into guests, you should to arrive at least 30 minutes before ceremony time. Also, don’t forget to include any extra travel time needed to get between locations if necessary!

Whew, I know, it’s A LOT. But I promise it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds. Check out this sample timeline for inspiration:

{Sample} Wedding Day on July 14th

Getting Ready 1:30pm

First Look 3:30- 4pm

Portraits/Formals 4-5pm

Ceremony 5:30-6pm

Portraits/ Formals 6-6:30pm

Cocktail Hour 6-7pm (attend for 30 minutes)

Introductions 7:15pm

First Dance 7:20pm

Toasts 7:25pm

Dinner 7:45pm

Cake Cutting 8pm

Sunset 8:15pm

^^definitely sneak away for portraits here^^

Parent Dances 8:45pm

Dancing until 11pm

You’ve got this, girl! When creating your own, I suggest starting with your ceremony time (as that is usually the first thing you schedule) and working forward/backward from there. Other helpful resources: Our Most Asked Timeline Questions – Answered!How to Plan a Photo-Friendly Timeline

And remember, you aren’t planning alone!! Talk to your wedding planner, your venue, your photographer, your band/dj… I’m sure everyone is more than happy to help out. We’re all on the same team with the goal of giving you the best wedding day ever. I’m always available to answer any questions you have at amanda.macdonald.photography@gmail.com

– Happy planning! –

Nobska Beach Engagement : Patrick Loves Kelsey

We are still swooning over this gorgeous engagement session at Nobska Beach in Woods Hole, MA. Kelsey & Patrick are the absolute sweetest, and this sunset couldn’t have been any prettier. These two sweethearts took a chance on a blind date set up by Patrick’s mom, and now they are getting married in July!! It’s going to so perfect… can’t wait for wedding day!

We LOVE Our Photos… What’s Next?

Your online gallery arrived and you’ve looked through your images about a thousand times, joyfully reliving your wedding day. YAY! Now that some of the initial excitement has worn off, you’re wondering what happens next. We’re so glad you asked!

#1 SAVE YOUR IMAGES – This one is first for a reason!! Your gallery will be online for one year from your wedding day. Remember to download AND backup your images before then. Better yet, go do it now while you are thinking of it! (we’ll wait…)

#2 SHARE YOUR GALLERY – Your gallery will initially be available only to you and the amazing vendors that helped make your day awesome. But feel free to spread the news with your friends, family, and guests too! It is easy to share via email or to social media right from your gallery. You may also send us a list of email addresses if you would like to add anyone to the delivery list. Our gallery email includes the password to download images, so people are usually happy to see it!

#3 ORDER PRINTS – Remember, you can only order from your online gallery one year from your wedding day. We recommend setting an alarm in your calendar so you don’t forget or, get started right now while it’s fresh in your heads! Use the store attached to your gallery for all your purchases (it looks like a shopping cart). We offer many options for showing off your gorgeous photos: canvases, framed prints, albums, and more. Speaking of albums….

#4 DESIGN YOUR ALBUM – This is our favorite way to print your photos. Your album will be an heirloom that you’ll show friends, family, and future generations for years after your wedding day. We always design albums so that you can get an idea of how we feel the story should be told. We focus on drawing attention to the best images from the day, and pairing images that work well together. To begin creating yours, make a list of your favorite images and we will curate your custom album.

#5 LEAVE US A REVIEW – We would love to work with more people like you! If you know anyone who might work well with us, we’d be thrilled to see your name on the “referred by” box on our website. We’ve built our small business entirely by word-of-mouth and we appreciate every word you say! When you get a chance, we’d appreciate if you’d leave us a review on The Knot to let other couples know what it’s like to work with us.

{Bonus} KEEP IN TOUCH! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see all the beautiful weddings we continue to capture, and reach out with a comment or direct message every once in a while. We love when you tag us as you share your photos so we can see you enjoying them! We know that you have many choices in life; we are so grateful that you chose us to capture your wedding day. Thank you for welcoming us into your celebration as friends and for sharing your lives with us. xo,  Amanda & Jason