You ready?

I know long forms can be intimidating, you're just going to have to trust me on this one. Having all this information is so worth it, both for me and you. We're going to cover a lot of stuff, and unfortunately there's no save button here, so warm up that cup of coffee, tuck into a comfy chair and lets get down to business.

Some of these questions might be repeats of things we've already covered in emails or over the phone. I'm not crazy, it's just nice to have everything in one consolidated place.


Getting to Know You
This first section is pretty easy. I just want to know a little bit more specifics about your day.
Wedding Date *
Wedding Date
Bride's Name *
Bride's Name
Bride's Phone *
Bride's Phone
Groom's Name *
Groom's Name
Groom's Phone *
Groom's Phone
Please list First and Last name as well as relation.
Please list First and Last name as well as relation.
If you have more people in your Bridal party or who will play a significant role in your wedding (i.e. flower girls), please list them here.
Alternate Contact Name *
Alternate Contact Name
Ideally a coordinator like a Master or Mistress of Ceremonies. If you don't have one, just the name of someone we can get in touch with should we need details or have questions is great.
Alternate Contact Phone *
Alternate Contact Phone
Ceremony Address *
Ceremony Address
(if different from ceremony)
Reception Address
Reception Address
Bride and Groom's Address
Bride and Groom's Address
(after the wedding)
Rehearsal Address
Rehearsal Address
(if applicable)
Rehearsal Start Time
Rehearsal Start Time
Wedding day details
We will usually start the preparation photos two-three hours prior to the ceremony (barring any extended travel that must happen between the prep and ceremony locations). This allows us time to shoot the preparations of both the bride and groom. Katy will arrive and start shooting the bride first, and Patrick will arrive to shoot the groom, which generally happens little later. Plan on the preparation photos to take about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes for the bride and less for the groom.
Getting ready (Bride)
When Katy arrives the bride should be receiving her hair and makeup, then getting into her dress, shoes, on, jewelry, etc.
When Should Katy Start Shooting? *
When Should Katy Start Shooting?
Address
Address
(if different from any above)
Getting Ready (Groom)
When Patrick arrives, later to the groom, he should be showered, but he will want to shoot the groom shaving, doing hair, getting dressed, etc.
When Should Patrick Start Shooting?
When Should Patrick Start Shooting?
Address
Address
(if different from any above)
Pre-Ceremony and First Look
After the prep is finished we will shoot, (if scheduled) the first glance, couple photos, and individual pictures of bride and the groom (separate) and the respective bridal parties. We try not to shoot formal family photographs before the ceremony, these are reserved for the time immediately after the ceremony. If you are planning on seeing each other before the ceremony, we will start two to three hours before the ceremony to allow time for prep, bridal party pictures, individual and couple pictures.
We understand that you may want to save your first time seeing one another for walking down the aisle, but we can't stress enough how great first look photos are. Also, we have yet to see anyone get less excited to see the one they love walking down the aisle just because of the first look. Choosing to see one another before the ceremony also offers the chance to talk to one another before the craziness of the day gets in full swing. Seriously, we can't recommend first looks enough. We just LOVE them.
(if applicable)
Time of First Look
Time of First Look
(if applicable)
Bridal Party Photos Start at:
Bridal Party Photos Start at:
The Ceremony!
The most important part of your day has come. Oddly, this is one of the shortest parts of this form...
Ceremony Starts:
Ceremony Starts:
Ceremony Ends:
Ceremony Ends:
Some venues have specific rules about taking photos. If you know of any please list them here. If there is a document provided by the venue, please pass that along too.
Will there be anything "customary" or "unique" happening during your ceremony that would be helpful for us to know beforehand? Some examples: "My grandmother will be backflipping down the aisle" "Our wedding party will be dressed like cats." etc.
Post Ceremony Pre-reception
Are you still with me? Good. Now might be a good time to pour yourself another of whatever you've been drinking to get through this. Let me re-iterate here how glad I am to be working with you and how important and helpful your answers are.
Cocktail Hour Starts:
Cocktail Hour Starts:
(if applicable)
Cocktail Reception Ends:
Cocktail Reception Ends:
Formal Photos
As you have seen in the many example of our work, we do not do many overly posed photographs on your wedding day. However, we do feel it is important to have some casually posed images with your close family and friends on this important occasion. We will usually take the formal photographs immediately following the ceremony. In order to make this process less time consuming and confusing for all parties involved we would appreciate your help in the selection of your formal groupings.
Include Step-Parents and Siblings. If applicable include name and relation of all other family members you expect to have formal photos with (aunts, seconds cousins, childhood neighbors etc.)
Include Step-Parents and Siblings. If applicable include name and relation of all other family members you expect to have formal photos with (aunts, seconds cousins, childhood neighbors etc.)
These are the folks, aside from parents and siblings, whom you will ABSOLUTELY DIE if you don't get a picture with them during this time (favorite uncle, grandmother, childhood neighbor, family dog etc.)
Divorce, death, etc.
A reminder:
Please note, it is very important that you consider time restraints when adding to this list of formal photographs. You can estimate an average of 3-4 minutes per grouping. It is absolutely vital that everyone who is in the formal Groupings be ready to begin the session at the stated time. In order to not waste time searching for missing individuals, please be sure to communicate this to all those you would like to participate. If you wish to add extended family into the formals, we recommend taking one large bride side / groom side shot as opposed to large numbers of smaller groupings. We will photograph the family first, then the bridal party, then dismiss everyone to the cocktail hour while we photograph the couple. If you did not see each other before the ceremony for pictures, please allow us the remainder of the cocktail hour for your pictures. If there are other groupings you wish to have taken, please list them below.
Reception
You're in the home stretch. Both of this form and on the day of your wedding. Here is where we talk about all your reception details. Almost as fun as the actual reception.
Reception Starts: *
Reception Starts:
Fun entrances, dance numbers, anything unique or interesting that would be helpful for us to have prior knowledge of beforehand.
Dinner Starts: *
Dinner Starts:
Dinner Ends: *
Dinner Ends:
Most dinners fall into one of two categories. If you've done something really out-of-the-box, please list that here.
A Reminder
We will need to eat on the wedding day. We would prefer to be served as close as possible (time wise) to your meals, that way we are eating when you are eating and we’ll be able to take photographs when you’re back up to mingle and dance. We usually will get in touch with the coordinator for our meals.
Coordinator Name
Coordinator Name
If different from your ALTERNATE CONTACT above.
again, only if different from above.
A note about speeches
Speeches often happen during dinner. We cover them with one or two photographer(s) and we want to make sure we are there for them. So these next couple questions help make sure we're prepared for that.
These can include prayers and thank you from your fathers (or others) as well as the Best Man, Maid of Honor speeches. List names and (if you've got it) order of those who will be speaking.
Other events
We're alllllllmost done. I swear. These last few are rapid fire times of special events that may happen during your reception.
First Dance:
First Dance:
Father / Daughter Dance
Father / Daughter Dance
Mother / Son Dance
Mother / Son Dance
Cake Cutting
Cake Cutting
Bouquet Toss
Bouquet Toss
Garter Toss
Garter Toss
Grand Exit
Grand Exit
Reception Ends *
Reception Ends
If, after all this, there is ANYTHING you want us to know, please do so here.