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Courtney Bowlden Photography Blog

Photographing classy, timeless, and fun couples around the world. Sharing the details, inspiration, and education with you here. 

First Look

12 P.M.

Krista arrives at Bride’s getting ready location and Davey arrives at Groom’s getting ready location.

Note: Ideally by the time we arrive, hair and makeup is already wrapping up. If something is going to delay the beginning of the day, it’s often HAMU.

1:15 P.M.

Groom + groomsmen depart for ceremony site.

1:30 P.M.

Bride and bridesmaids depart for ceremony location. 

1:45 P.M.

The first look takes place. 

Note: The First Look can take place at the getting ready location, ceremony, or reception location. It’s up to you! Although we’re happy to make recommendations.

2:00 P.M.

Bride & Groom + bridal party portraits.

3:00 P.M.

The ceremony takes place.

3:30 P.M.

Family portraits.

Note: We do family portraits right after the ceremony because everyone you need will be easy to grab. If you can give your family notice that we’ll be taking pictures immediately after the ceremony, that will also ensure that no one wanders off. We’ll help you create a list of family portraits before the big day.

4:00 P.M.

Additional Bridal Party and Bride & Groom Portraits

Note: Depending on what was taken before the ceremony, we might grab 1 or 2 more full bridal party shots.

4:30 P.M. 

Cocktail Hour

Note: The great thing about doing a First Look is that it gives you more time at cocktail hour. We’ll grab some pictures of your guests while you enjoy the hour.

5:00 P.M.

Introductions & First Dance

5:30 P.M.

Welcome toasts & salads followed by speeches and entrees. 

6:00 P.M.

Sunset Portraits

We’ll make sure to grab you two about 45 minutes before the sunsets. This is usually the best light of the day!

6:30 P.M.

Dancing begins

7:15 P.M.

Cake cutting followed by bouquet toss.

8:00 P.M.

Photographers Depart

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