VILD photography


This guide is designed to guide you through some of our best tips and tricks for how to best plan your day. It is also designed to give you an insight in what a wedding day can/will look like and how we will photograph it. Remember that every wedding is unique and that your day may look completely different than this. That’s okey!! We simply want to share this insight with you so that you can feel more prepared and better understand what to expect before, during and after your wedding day.



While we’re confident you’ll never forget these special moments, we’re also confident that there’s nothing better than capturing them so that you can enjoy that feeling again and again. A constant reminder of who you are and where you are going, photographs have the power to capture the subtle details, ones that will fade with time if you’re not careful.



Photos are meant to be shared and seen. The beauty of the digital world we live in is that we have instant access to everything - and practically everyone. Why shouldn’t your photographs be the same? They won’t do anyone any good being hidden on a dusty harddrive in the back of a closet.  Instead, they should be displayed, seen and shared with everyone you love.



The real beauty of photos is that they endure the test of time - if you treat them with care. When you create a moment with someone you love and you allow it to be captured, that exact moment - the feeling, the mood, the look - everything is preserved for future generations of friends and family to enjoy. By preserving your life in spectacular photos, you create one of the greatest gifts you could ever give those you love.



Engagement Session

Super awesome, fun, and important, an engagement session is not only a way for us all to meet, hang out and get to know each other, but it’s also a great way for you to practice being in front of the camera before your big day. We will teach you all our super easy insider-secret tricks for looking and feeling awesome on in front of the camera, while also using this as an opportunity to highlight your true personality together in a relaxed and stunning environment. This prep work ensures that you’ll be pros on your wedding day - having your photo taken (again and again) will feel like a breeze.

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Scheduling your session
Engagement sessions are normally scheduled for weekday evenings (around 1-2 hours before sunset) anytime before your wedding. Most couples like to schedule it with enough time so that the images can be used for the Save the Dates, Invitations or Wedding Website (roughly 9-3 months before your wedding day). If you have a location that is special to you, we would LOVE to photograph you there. Or, if you need help finding a spot, we’ll be happy to show you some of our favorites!

Make a Day Out of It
Make your engagement session part of a day-long date. This not only gives you plenty of time for photos without feeling rushed, but starting your day in this mindset helps you feel connected and romantic as you head into the session. Start your day with a boozy brunch or coffee at your favorite spot. Do a fun activity. Spoil each other with massages. Listen to your favorite songs in the car on the way over to the location and remind each other how much you love each other - all day long.

How to get those awesome candid shots
We love movement in our images! You can run, laugh, kiss, hug, twirl and do whatever you feel like. Our cameras are really fast and we love those quick and sweet “in-between” moments. We will prompt you to so some different things together and, even if they feel silly, we always manage to get a couple good reactions out of them - so trust us!

An engagement session is about you and your love, so if you want to make it special, you can listen to your favorite song and dance as the sun sets, prepare little love notes, toast with champagne, have a picnic dinner, hike a mountain, swim in the lake or come up with a little surprise gift (we don’t even have to know what it is) for each other and then reveal them during our session. All (or any) of these little unique moments that reflect who you are as a couple help us get some really incredible images.

What to Wear
Dress like yourself. Wear something that makes you feel awesome, beautiful and comfortable. We have guides for what colors are best and how to avoid bright and distracting patterns or logos, but, ultimately, if you wear what you love that’s going to be the best choice. Don’t stress too much over it - it’s your connection we’re after, not your clothes! And, if you feel like you just can’t make up your mind, you can always bring options! However, do ALWAYS bring good shoes you can walk over rocks, through dirt and some distance in. Bad shoes may hinder us.

Quick Tips on What to Wear:

Neutral Colors | Layers | Coordinate (don’t match) | No Heels | Dress for the season and weather 



Plan your wedding day

You wedding day will go by fast. It’s hard to believe, but the day you’ve spent so much time planning for, dreaming about and investing in will absolutely be one of the quickest days in your life. And this is one of the main reasons to invest in good photography! We will capture the entire day so that you can relive it over and over! To make sure you get the most out of your big day (and that you can actually enjoy it), you’ll want to plan your day carefully, so that nothing gets rushed or forgotten. If you break it down into stages, it feels more manageable. We suggest:


Dream and Brainstorm (12-9 months before your wedding day)
First and foremost, you should come up with an overall vision for your day— including the general location you are thinking about and the time of year (and day) you’d like to get married. The best way to dream and brainstorm is to sit down with your partner and imagine your perfect day from start to finish. Try doing it on your favorite date night, or cuddled up at home with your favorite beverage. Think about the big-picture first - What do you want? Your wedding day should be all about YOU! Make it personal! And don’t be afraid to dream about what you really want!

Your major to-dos:

  • Create a guest list

  • Book your photographer (DONE - YAAY!!)

  • Schedule your Engagement Session

  • Create a vision/mood board

  • Dream!

Research and Logistics (10-7 months before your wedding day)
Once you’ve come up with the overall vision for your day, the second stage is all about diving deep into research and figuring out what’s actually feasible. Your goal with this research is to make your wedding day vision a reality in the best way possible. Set your budget, find vendors, figure out who is paying for what and when. What do you prioritize? This is one of the most stressful stages of the planning. An experienced wedding planner or coordinator can help immensely with this and can help you avoid stress and conflicts. We are also happy to help in any way we can!  Alos, if this all feels too overwhelming and not like you - you could always elope (we have a chapter at the end about that) and escape all the stress. We’ll still photograph it - we promise.

Your major to-dos:

  • Set your budget

  • Contact vendors

  • Consider a wedding planner


Commit and Book (8-4 months before your wedding day)
Now is the time to take action. While it’s good to do your research and weigh the pros and cons, at one point or another you need to make a commitment and start booking! Set some things in stone by booking your venue and important vendors, such as a caterer, the officiant, accommodation, transportation, florists and DJs or live music. Find your dream dress and order your invitations (or build your ECO-friendly Wedding Website) so that they can be sent out in time!

Your major to-dos:

  • Book your venue

  • Commit to your vendors

  • Buy your dress

  • Order and send invitations

Finalize and Have Fun (At least 3 months before your wedding day)
Finalizing the details of your wedding can feel endless, which is why it’s good to not leave everything until the last minute. The sooner you tackle all of the smaller details, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy the final months and the days leading up to your wedding. During this time, contact and book any remaining vendors, have a trial run for your hair and makeup, plan all pre-wedding activities (from bridal/bachelor parties), and take care of your guests by creating favors and setting up a timeline for the day to make sure everything goes smoothly. The more work you put in here, the more relaxed and at ease you’ll be on your wedding day.

Your major to-dos:

  • Finalize all vendors

  • Trial run for hair and makeup

  • Plan pre-wedding activities

  • Make guest favors

  • Create wedding day timeline

The vendors you choose for your wedding day have a big impact on how everything goes. Choosing your vendors wisely is important! While some couples try to limit how many vendors they use for their big day, the additional cost can sometimes mean the difference between a stressful day (and chaotic months leading up to the wedding) and a wedding day you can really enjoy. If you know a vendor will help you stay calm and less stressed, then making the investment is worth it in our opinion.

Not only do great vendors help make all of your wedding dreams come true, but they can shape you and your guests’ entire experience.

If you are looking for professional vendor recommendations, feel free to ask us! Being in the industry, we’ve met A LOT of amazing and talented people who can help. We’ve even partnered with some of these vendors so that you can get a better deal. For example, we have a great friend in the stationary business and a spectacular contact for men’s wear!

Do I Need a Wedding Planner?
While a wedding planner isn’t always necessary for a stress-free, beautiful wedding - they definitely help! Wedding planners take care of all of the details (including the details you wouldn’t have even thought of!) and, because they are the point of contact for all vendors, they help to keep you focused on what really matters - enjoying your wedding! Wedding planners come in all shapes and sizes and are often happy to work with your budget and style.

Before ruling out a wedding planner altogether, we recommend at least looking into it! As photographers, we know that having a wedding planner organize the day makes our job easier too!


Your Timeline


Your timeline is going to be one of the most important parts of your wedding day. In fact, it’s so important that we’ll say it again: your timeline is going to be one of the most important parts of your day!! Having a well-planned timeline (however loose or strict you make it) allows you enough time to enjoy your day without feeling stressed or pressured.

You want to make sure you have time to eat breakfast (don’t skip this!) and sip on your coffee or mimosas while spending quality time with the wedding party and family. Give yourself more time than you think! It’s not uncommon for someone to get caught in traffic or for hair to take longer than you thought - or for something (anything!) unexpected to happen. The more time you have, the less you’ll have to worry. We’ve seen brides and grooms that are stressed out (for so many different reasons) and it’s NOT pretty. We want you to have a calm, perfect morning so that you have time to soak it all in and enjoy your day.


Time to Photograph

Bride/Groom Preparation: 30-90 min
First Look: 30 min
Group Portraits: 30-60 min
Bride & Groom Portraits: 30 min
Sunset Portraits: 15 min


Keep in mind


Make sure you check sunset times for your wedding day as it will affect the timeline examples given above.

Portrait Hour:

Portraits should ideally be scheduled outdoors at optimum lighting time(s) whenever possible. Harsh and direct sunlight is not the most flattering light. Anytime after 2pm (as long as there is some shaded areas/trees to work with on the property) is the best time to plan your portrait hour. The most beautiful light occurs just 60-90 minutes before sunset. The blue hour (right after sunset) is also gorgeous!


Hair & Makeup:

Hair and makeup artists will often give you an estimated completion time. Add 20-30 minutes to this time as a buffer, just in case you want something changed or re-done or if the schedule is running behind. Hair & makeup should ideally be complete 30 minutes after the time we arrive at the bridal prep location.

Travel Time Between Locations:

Always add another 10-15 minute buffer to any kind of travel between locations in the event of traffic, accidents, or delays.

Wedding Day - The Details


When we first arrive, we will walk through the property to check everything out. We often decide on locations to photograph a first look, portraits and so on before we even come and say hi to you. Once we’ve said hi and gotten a lay of the land, we want to start photographing your dress and details. It’s incredibly helpful (we can’t stress this enough) if you have all these details in ONE place. We often show up to weddings where the rings are in different locations and the flowers are not there yet, which means we can’t get all of the details we want to capture.

Once we are done photographing everything, we promise you’ll get everything back! We are sometimes responsible to bring the rings over to the groom and his best man since we’ll be heading over there anyway. PRO TIP: It’s also super helpful if you can designate someone close to you to be in charge of all these little items so you don’t have to worry about a thing!


Items to keep with the Groom(s)







Items to keep with the Bride(s)

Bride’s dress

Bridesmaids dresses

Pretty hangers for dresses

Rings (all of them)

Bride + Bridesmaids shoes

Bride + Bridesmaids jewelry

Bride’s headpiece / veil


Stationery (invides & save the dates)


If you’re getting ready at a hotel, lodge or resort, consider booking two nights so you can relax more and so you don’t have to move all your belongings back and forth. When you try to decide what room to get ready in, look for a large or spacious suite with lots of windows. Getting ready photos are always better if the background is clean and simple. Large windows are ALWAYS a plus. We love that natural light! Even if you are not in a hotel, the same idea applies. Big spaces (to fit you, your favorite people, some family members, hair and makeup stylists, dresses and us) with neutral colors with big windows are ideal! Some bridal suites at venues are TINY and really dark so you might want to check it out in person before you plan on getting ready there with all your favorite people.

The trick to getting great shots is to keep the space tidy (ask everyone to help by keeping bags on one side of the room). No one likes having to clean it all up later anyway! And, not having your space tidy can actually be hazardous - we’ve seen people almost go down because they are tripping over bags they have to jump over! A clean and tidy environment is also way less stressful!

Getting Ready & Prep

After we’ve photographed all the details, you will hopefully be done with your hair and makeup. Remember to ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS schedule more time than you think for this part of the day. It is way better to start early in the day and make sure everyone is ready then to stress for any reason. We won’t start to photograph you and your bridesmaids until you are almost ready with your hair and makeup - unless otherwise requested. Most people prefer to have photos of them when they look “more ready” than not. If you and your girls all have cute robes or pajamas, we’ll make sure to photograph you all in those before you all get dressed in your dresses.

Changing into Your Dress

Next, we’ll have your girls all change to their dresses. Make sure your mom and everyone else is fully dressed and ready, especially if they are going to help you get in your dress. Once everyone is dressed, we’ll have you put your dress on. We’ll give you some privacy and won’t start to photograph until you are decent. Then we’ll have your mom or Maid of Honor help you lace, button or zip your dress up before we’ll have your bridesmaids help your do final adjustments. Make sure to use the restroom before you put your dress on!



After this, we might decide to remain in the same spot or we’ll go somewhere else for some portraits with your immediate family (Mom, Dad, and siblings), some of just you, and of course some with your bridesmaids. By taking these portraits before the ceremony, you will have more time after the ceremony to enjoy your reception and your guests.

By the time we are done with these images (or before this - depending on how your day goes), we will also make sure to photograph the groom, his family and his groomsmen. If you are getting ready close to each other, this will make it a lot easier as we won’t have to spend time driving between two different locations. If you are getting ready at different locations, we sometimes prefer to photograph the groom before we come to photograph the bride so that we can stay with you until the ceremony.

Parent/Siblings/Friends First Look

If you want, now is the time to do a first look with your parents, siblings or wedding party. It’s such a sweet and tender moment when they get to see you all dressed up for your wedding day. We’ll pick a place with good lighting and have them stand, facing away from you. Once you are ready you can ask them to turn around and we’ll capture it all. The reactions are always priceless.


What is a First Look?


First looks are the best!

This intimate and special little session slows everything down to create a cozy moment and gives you the chance to bask in each other’s affection before the frenzy of the wedding day. Most importantly, this moment will allow you to get out the jitters and nerves so you feel and look relaxed and comfortable for the rest of the day. Ironically, a first look is one of the very few moments where you’ll actually get to enjoy each other’s company! The rest of your day is filled with family and friends who can’t help but share their love and excitement with you! This is also the perfect moment to get your formal couple’s session finished before moving onto group photos.

The first look is best done in a quiet place, away from everyone else. You will most likely walk up to him, from behind, tap him on the shoulder and he will turn around and see you all dressed up for the first time. You can hug, kiss, twirl a few times - and you can (and probably will) cry together. It’s a fantastic way for both of you to connect and remember why you are about to marry each other. There is something so beautiful about that. (Definitely, some of the most beautiful emotions will come from this time together.)


If you’re still not convinced:

  • The best thing about getting formal photos done at the beginning of the day: You look incredible! Of course, you’ll both look amazing all day, but a first look is done before the ceremony and reception when your hair is in place, you haven’t cried off that bottom mascara, and neither of you has gotten the chance to dirty your attire.

  • You’ll actually get intimate time on your wedding day with your man. Most brides don’t realize that when you walk down the aisle you totally SHOCK him with your gorgeousness. So much so that he can’t even tell you how amazing you look. He can’t touch you, kiss you or even speak with you until the ceremony is over and the reaction thirty minutes later after the ceremony is just not the same.

  • Scheduling time for photos before the ceremony with a first look and after your ceremony, ideally during sunset, allows for more beautiful photo opportunities.  In addition, a first look will save time later when the transition from ceremony to reception takes place. With most (or all) of your photos done, you can do something seemingly unheard of: Actually enjoy the cocktail hour with the rest of the guests!



Wedding Day - Ceremony

After everyone is dressed and ready and once all the portraits are done (if we are doing a first look), it’s now time for you to actually get married! As we move over from the getting ready location, we will get some photos of your ceremony location as your guests arrive and take their seats. Rob will most likely stay with you until the very last minute you walk down the aisle while M will capture more of your guests at the ceremony site.


First Kiss

You might want to ask your officiant to step back (or to the side) during the first kiss so that only the two of you are in the frame. And don’t be afraid to smooch! Kisses that last longer will allow us to get more images!

As you walk down the aisle during the recessional, feel free to dance, raise your hands or maybe stop half way down and kiss! That always makes for some great photos because everyone will be clapping their hands, throwing petals/confetti or blowing bubbles! We’ll follow you out to capture your first few moments alone as a married couple.

Walking Down the Aisle

If you have done a first look before this, most nerves will have calmed down. If this is the first time you see each other, you are going to be so nervous and excited all at the same time. When you and your bridesmaids are coming down the aisle, stand up straight, keep your shoulders back, chin forward and down and look straight ahead at your soon-to-be husband.

Don’t forget to SMILE! (It’s okay to have happy tears!) Hold your bouquet (if you have one) down towards your belly button and tilt them slightly forward so that we can see both your stunning dress AND flowers at the same time. These little hints are going to make you look your absolute best as you calmly make your way forward.

As you start to walk, lock eyes with your partner and let everything else just melt away. This is a very special moment and you shouldn’t rush through it. Don’t forget to hand your bouquet to someone and be sure to get it back before you walk back down with the love of your life!


Have an Unplugged Ceremony


An unplugged wedding is when you ask your family, friends, and guests to turn off their phones, ipads, cameras and other digital distractions during the ceremony. The purpose is to allow us the chance to capture the wedding as efficiently and perfectly as possible without missing key shots because your (well-intended) guests got in the way. It sounds a little weird, so maybe this will help: When you’re walking back up the aisle after your first kiss, what do you want to see?  Would you like to see the faces of your closest friends and families witnessing the most important day of your lives? Or would you like to see the back of the phones?

Want to announce that you’re having an unplugged ceremony? Here’s a great way to do it:

“We want you to be able to really enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us. We've hired an amazing wedding photography team, Rob and M, who will be capturing the wedding — and we're inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and just enjoy our day with us. We're respectfully asking that everyone leave all cameras and cell phones off during the ceremony and/or all day. Of course, we will be happy to share our wedding photos with you afterward!”

Appoint a member of your wedding party to help encourage other guests to put down their devices at the wedding. It doesn't have to be high-drama: All they have to do is sidle up to their fellow guests and say quietly, "The bride and groom have asked me to respectfully suggest that guests put down their electronics and just enjoy the day. Can I ask you to put your camera/phone away?"


Wedding Day - Portraits


Family Portraits

Family photos can sometimes seem to be the most tricky part of the day. They are definitely one of the most time consuming (unless everyone is on the same page).

We always try to find a location that is outside, close to the ceremony site, and that is shaded (or in soft natural light). The closer to the ceremony site the easier it is to wrangle people before they all go towards the cocktail hour and reception. The more time we spend on family photos, the less time we will have for your Bride and Groom photos ,which is what most couples will want for the next 70 years.


We politely ask you to limit your family photos time to your immediate family, grandparents and other extremely important people and save the rest of your group photos for the reception. The reception is great for those group photos of your co-workers, old friends, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Make sure to tell everyone that is expected for family photos to stay immediately following the ceremony. Having to wait for family members is the number one reason it’s going to take longer to complete all family photos. To avoid having to deal with people who get frustrated while waiting, we HIGHLY recommend appointing someone who knows your family members to help ensure that everyone is there. We might not realize that you are missing your sister or your nephew.


Wedding Day - Reception & Exit

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The reception is your opportunity to celebrate! We do our best to step back and let the night unfold naturally. We will be there for every shot and big moment. We’re known for blending in and being discreet but don’t be surprised if you find us in the middle of the dancefloor capturing everyone in motion (we also just love to dance).

Some of the biggest moments we look for during this time are the dances, the grand entrance, the toasts, any games, and dessert!

Also, when you start eating, we will eat too. This makes sure that we are ready to go as soon as you are! If we wait to eat with all of the guests, then we’ll get behind and could miss out on some really great shots!



After your wedding day

After your big day, you get to (hopefully) relax and enjoy your honeymoon! We, on the other hand, will be busy working on your images. We process all of the images we take from your wedding day as quickly as possible so that you and your guests don’t have to wait long to see them. We promise to have them to you within 35 days, but many times we are able to get them to you sooner.


Photos are meant to be shared

Have you ever heard the saying that “a gift isn’t truly a gift until it is given away”?

We think the same theory applies to photographs. They are meant to be SHARED. Every day that passes adds significance and value to a photograph. Your wedding photography should be enjoyed and shared by you, your friends, family and even future generations.

All our packages include a collection of fully-processed, high-resolution images from the engagement session (if you’ve had one) and wedding day from both Rob and M. We want you to have your images, enjoy them and share them. They don’t do either one of us any good if they are hidden away on a hard drive. They are meant to be seen and shared.

Pic-Time - Your Online Gallery

Pic-Time is our absolute favourite photo sharing solution and it was created for professional photographers that operate with the “Shoot & Share” philosophy. When your images have been fully processed and are ready to be delivered, they will be uploaded to your personalized Pic-Time gallery. You will receive an email with a link to your personal gallery where you can view, download, share and order your heirloom prints and products. You can do all of this from any device that has an internet connection.

To share your images, you can either invite them to view your gallery, share your URL or directly share your images through your gallery on social media. If you want to password protect your gallery you absolutely can. Their live chat is open for you at any time and they are really good at responding quickly to any issues and questions regarding anything that has to do with your gallery.


Print Your Images

Seeing your wedding photos is a wonderful feeling, but the emotional response you have when touching them as an album or print is by far amplified. Imagine looking through your wedding album together with your family during the holidays, and again on your anniversaries, and maybe even later with your children. The tangible value of deciding to print your wedding photos, whether as albums for your coffee table, art for your home, or gifts for your family, is unparalleled. Your wedding day deserves better than a Facebook album or USB drive that lives in your junk drawer. Photos are meant to be viewed, so make sure you’re giving those memories a chance to be relieved – now and forever!

Pic-Time makes it super easy to create beautiful (long-lasting, quality) heirloom products from albums and prints to calendars and greeting cards all on your own using your favorite photos straight from the galleries! If you need any help designing any products - just let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help.


Everything feeling like a little too much? Elope!


That’s what Rob and I are planning on doing in August, 2020! A traditional wedding never quite felt like the perfect match for us. We’ve always loved being on mountain tops and wanted to be on the top of a mountain for our own wedding day. We’re currently planning a sunrise ceremony for just us and our best friends with a bigger reception for all our friends and family members to follow that same afternoon/evening.

Eloping is no longer a bad thing. It is actually absolutely beautiful! We photograph several elopements every year and absolutely LOVE the peaceful and intimate setting. There are several reasons why you might want to consider eloping before you get too deep into your wedding planning.

First of all, it’s great for the environment. Weddings are notorious for leaving trash and unnecessary waste behind that may hurt the planet. An average wedding actually produces 400 lbs of garbage and 63 tons of CO2. With an estimated 2.5 million weddings per year, that is about 1 billion lbs of trash and as many emissions as approximately 4 people would produce in a year, in just one single day.  By choosing to have a (much) smaller ceremony and simpler reception, you cut back on all sorts of expenses!  #Elopefortheplanet

Elopements can also help you avoid family drama. Weddings and elopements should be about you and your love towards each other - nothing else. It’s meant to be a celebration and if family members or someone is going to add stress to your day, you might want to consider the simple fact of NOT inviting them.

And, finally, eloping is all in all WAY LESS expensive. If you don’t have to feed, host and entertain 100+ people, you can take that money and put it towards something that matters to you - like an incredible vacation/honeymoon or your first home together.

Whatever you choose, we are happy to document it turning your moments into memories for a lifetime. Let us know if you want more help or information about eloping.



Leave No Trace (LNT)


We care a great deal about our planet and we believe you should too. Therefore we follow the 7 Leave No Trace Principles as much as we possibly can. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard. They also apply to almost every recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts. (

You can also Google “Eco-Friendly Weddings” and get a HUGE amount of inspiration of what you can do to reduce the environmental impacts.

And, remember, we are always happy to help you find and pick up that champagne cork, find a eco-friendly confetti option (like local leaves or native wild flower petals)—and help you look into fire codes and fire bans before you plan to light sparklers or have a ban-fire.

The seven Principles are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare.

  • Find and use durable surfaces.

  • Dispose of waste properly.

  • Leave what you find.

  • Minimize campfire impacts (be extremely careful with fire and sparklers).

  • Respect wildlife.

  • Be considerate of other visitors.

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Happy Wedding Day!