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Photo Friendly Timelines | Northeast Tennessee Wedding Photographers, East Tennessee Wedding Photographers, Kingsport, TN Wedding Photographers, Knoxville, TN Wedding Photographers

A custom timeline is something so so important to making your wedding day the best possible! Think about it – would you rather be relaxing on your wedding morning, getting your hair and makeup done with no worry about whether or not you’ll be done in time for your first look? Or would you rather feel rushed and flustered, resulting in the MUA and hair artist feeling rushed and flustered, too? A rushed bride is a sad bride in our books! We have put together two sample timelines that work for your day as a bride and our day as photographers!

There are essentially two options to approaching your wedding day timeline. You first need to decide if you want to incorporate a first look into your wedding day. Read about the advantages of having a first look here! We have our traditional timeline in which the bride and groom do not see each other before the ceremony, and then we have our first look timeline. Each timelines has its own advantages and disadvantages!

The Traditional Timeline Based on Full Day of Coverage              

9AM: Wake/shower, eat breakfast, relax with bridesmaids
10AM: Hair and makeup begins for bridesmaids
11:45AM: Eat lunch! This will most likely be the last time you eat before the reception which is HOURS away!
12PM: Bride’s hair and makeup begins
12:30PM: Photographers arrive
12:30PM: Florist delivers flowers
1PM: Groom & Groomsmen arrive on site
1:15PM: Neal heads over to begin photographing Groom preparations while Lakyn takes care of bridal preparations
1:45PM: Bride gets into her dress
1:45PM: Neal starts Groom and Groomsmen portraits
2:00PM: Lakyn starts Bride and Bridesmaid portraits
2:30PM: Groom departs for ceremony OR if staying onsite, tucks away into the suite for relaxing
3:00PM: Bride departs for ceremony OR if staying onsite, tucks away into the suite for relaxing
4:00PM: Ceremony starts
4:30PM: Ceremony ends
4:35PM: Family portraits
4:45PM: Cocktail hour begins
5:00PM: Wedding Party portraits
5:10PM: Bridesmaids and Groomsmen meet at reception entrance for introductions
5:10PM: Bride & Groom Portraits
5:45PM: Introductions begin
5:50PM: Bride & Groom cut the cake
5:55PM: Prayer/Welcome by Father of Bride
6:00PM: Dinner served
6:30PM: Toasts
7:00PM: Cake served
7:15PM: First dance
7:20PM: Father-daughter dance
7:25PM: Mother-son dance
7:30PM: Any special dances go here! Think about a fun bridesmaid’s dance or an anniversary dance!
7:35PM: Open dance floor!
7:45PM: Bride and Groom take a few final photos at night or sunset
9:00PM: Bouquet/garter toss
9:05PM: Open dance floor with group photo
9:30PM: Late night snack served
10:30PM: Last dance; bride & groom send off

There are pros to this timeline like the lighting won’t be as harsh later in the day! However, because you spend most of your day apart, there will be less photos of you and your groom unless you allow a little more time between the ceremony and reception! You miss your cocktail hour and won’t have time for a receiving line if that’s something you want to incorporate.

The First Look Timeline Based on Full Day Coverage

9AM: Wake/shower, eat breakfast, relax with bridesmaids
10AM: Hair and makeup begins for bridesmaids
11:45AM: Eat lunch! This will most likely be the last time you eat before the reception which is HOURS away!
12PM: Bride’s hair and makeup begins
12:30PM: Photographers arrive
12:30PM: Florist delivers flowers
1PM: Groom & Groomsmen arrive on site
1:15PM : Neal heads over to begin photographing Groom preparations while Lakyn takes care of bridal preparations
1:45PM: Bride gets into her dress
2:00PM: First Look!
2:15PM: Wedding Party Photos
2:30PM: Bridal Party departs for ceremony together, or if staying onsite, tucks away into the suite for relaxing
2:30PM: Family portraits
3:00PM: Bride, groom and family depart for ceremony, or if staying onsite, tuck away for relaxing
4:00PM: Ceremony starts
4:30PM: Ceremony ends and cocktail hour begins. Option receiving line or more Bride and Groom portraits!
5:30PM: Guests are ushered into the reception site and find their seats; bridal party lines up for introductions
5:45PM: Introductions begin
5:50PM: Bride & Groom cut the cake
5:55PM: Prayer/Welcome by Father of Bride
6:00PM: Dinner served
6:30PM: Toasts
7:00PM: Cake served
7:15PM: First dance
7:20PM: Father-daughter dance
7:25PM: Mother-son dance
7:30PM: Any special dances go here! Think about a fun bridesmaid’s dance or   an anniversary dance!
7:35PM: Open dance floor!
7:45PM: Bride and Groom take a few final photos at night or sunset
9:00PM: Bouquet/garter toss
9:05PM: Open dance floor with group photo
9:30PM: Late night snack served
10:30PM: Last dance; bride & groom send off

The pros here are obviously all the portraits are finished before the ceremony save for the sunset/night portraits. This allows you to have a receiving line if you wish and attend your cocktail hour! First looks are sometimes essential during the fall and winter months where we don’t have a lot of day time light to work with! The con here is sometimes your portraits are taken near the middle part of the day where the sun is its harshest. As long as we can find a shady spot under a tree, we’re good to go, otherwise be prepared for some squinting!

We’ve shot a lot of weddings and here are a few things we’ve learned over time:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before your wedding! This will help keep stress in check and help you look your best in photos. If possible, both you and your Groom should spend the night near the place where you’re having your photos taken.

  • Keep your bridal suite tidy! You don’t want to have clutter in the background of your photos.

  • Have all your wedding details ready and in one place for when we arrive. Here’s a list of what we ask for and typically shoot, however feel free to include anything you want if it is sentimental. Our rule is if you spent money on it, if it was passed down, or given as a gift, you’ll want a photo.

  • Please arrange to have lunch delivered or already at the suite and PLEASE take time to eat! Dinner is always several hours away and having yourself or a party member end up lightheaded or end up with a headache from not eating is HORRIBLE!

  • Avoid having a TON of people in the bridal suite! This reduces overall stress! Include your bridesmaids and your mom and close family and then tell everyone else you’ll see them after the ceremony!

  • Family formals are a whole blog post on their own, so here it is!

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Intimate Mountain Wedding at White Fence Farm in Trade, TN

If any of you guys know me personally, you’ll know I’m a little OCD. Not really in the fact that I am a tidy person, but more in the fact that I keep track of my time in a journal sometimes down to the minute and eat my M&M’s coordinated by color (brown first, blue last). Also, when there’s rain in the forecast on a week that I have a wedding, I’m obsessively checking about five different weather apps to the point where my phone dies. I watched the weather for this wedding for two weeks! It was the first of my 2018 season and by George, it was NOT going to rain. Except the five weather apps said there was about a 90% chance of rain. For two weeks. I was so SURE that the weather predictions would change in the period of two weeks, but they didn’t budge at all. I think by the time wedding day was here it was down to 70%, but still – in the mountains in East Tennessee, that pretty much means it’s gonna rain.

 

Thankfully, it never rained during the ceremony or reception. We did get a light shower right before the ceremony but all was well the rest of this magical night.

 

I had the privilege of meeting Kelsey and Ian sometime last year through a website known for putting together clients and wedding vendors. We clicked on the phone right away and I knew deep down their wedding would be an amazing one. Not only was it decorated beautifully, but it was decorated with a style that definitely fit them as a couple! Kelsey and Ian said their vows surrounded by beautiful mountains, but also so many of their friends and family. They continued the celebration with traditional cultural dances and dances to music like Mumford and Sons and Caravan Palace (a couple of my own heart and Spotify, if I say so myself). They finished the night off with a beautiful display of fireworks and a hot drinks bar! 

I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for letting me capture such a special day. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness in your marriage!

Adventure Engagement Session at Beauty Spot in Kingsport, Tennessee

These two are such sweethearts and such total troopers too! I knew I would get along with them during our initial phone call, however I knew it even more so when they were so patient with the road closure to Beauty Spot and the frigid cold weather and wind we got the day of their session!

I cannot wait for their wedding at White Fence Farm in Trade, TN! I'm so sure their personalities will shine through everything on their big day!

Wedding Decor Trends for 2018

If you’re like me, you mindlessly scroll Facebook until you see something interesting or drama inflicting, and earlier today I saw something that literally made me gasp. It was an article (not going to say by who but if you’ve seen it you know it) calling for all brides and couples to stop using burlap and mason jars in their wedding decor. 

I’m here to tell you to shove opinions like this out of your head and use whatever you want for your wedding decor! It doesn’t matter to anyone but you if you use burlap, mason jars, decorate the table with blades of grass from your grandma’s front yard, whatever! A lot of time brides think, “Well, I wonder if people will like this?”  

My dearest brides, stop worrying about what other people will like or think will look cool and worry more about what you want to see images of in your wedding gallery. If that means a burlap wrapped mason jar with sunflowers in it, then so be it! Your wedding should celebrate who you and your spouse are as a couple! I’ve shot many weddings and seen many, many styles and every time I see burlap and mason jars, I smile because I know that’s that couples personality coming through in their wedding. Just like I smile when I seen huge centerpieces with intricate flowers or no centerpieces but cameras and a bottles of beer. 

So, this is me, your wedding photographer, telling you that it’s 2018. Decorate your tables how YOU want to, and not how some magazine says something will be trending. 

 

Side note: I can take very good macro images of blades of grass. 😂 

Love, 

Lakyn

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Thomas Farm Events in Kingsport, TN, Church Hill, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Thomas Farm Events in Kingsport, TN, Church Hill, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Country Wedding at Willow Creek Acres in Limestone, TN

I don’t even have words for how beautiful this day was. I’m normally successful holding back happy tears at weddings, but this one was crazy hard to do that. Ryan and Alyssa deserve every ounce of love and every amazing thing that happens for them. Their love and happiness is evident just by looking at them, and it radiates to their friends and family around them. Congratulations on a gorgeous day and a lifetime of memories!


Vendors:

Dress: David's Bridal

Hair: Jenny Lea Academy

Cake: Amber Horton

Makeup: Julia Wilson

DJ: Taft Simmons

Gorgeous table centerpieces | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Gorgeous table centerpieces | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The brides bouquet was HANDMADE! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The brides bouquet was HANDMADE! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Delicious cake! | Kingsport, TN wedding photography 

Delicious cake! | Kingsport, TN wedding photography 

Walking down the aisle to some fun fall colors | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Walking down the aisle to some fun fall colors | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Close up of this gorgeous handmade bouquet | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Close up of this gorgeous handmade bouquet | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

A venue specialty - Osage oranges! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography 

A venue specialty - Osage oranges! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography 

Love the bridal suite | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Love the bridal suite | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

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A moment of good ole southern prayer | Kingsport, TN wedding photography  

A moment of good ole southern prayer | Kingsport, TN wedding photography  

What a gorgeous venue Willow Creek Acres is! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

What a gorgeous venue Willow Creek Acres is! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

An emotional groom | Kingsport, TN wedding Photography  

An emotional groom | Kingsport, TN wedding Photography  

The newlyweds! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The newlyweds! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The gorgeous bride | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The gorgeous bride | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The beautiful ceremony | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The beautiful ceremony | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

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It's Kelsey and Garrett's wedding week! I'm so excited!

 

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