Caitlin Verette Photography

Ultimate wedding guide

The wedding photography guidebook

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I vow to always show up with my A game for you 100% of the time. But let’s be honest, we all could use a little help. With a little teamwork, we can take your wedding photos to a whole new level.

I've created this guidebook to help share the information that I think makes a world of a difference, but remember the most important rule..... there are no rules. Shake it up and make the day yours. If a certain tradition doesn't resonate with you, scrap it. Why is it always ceremony first, reception after? White dress, high heels, steak or fish? Is this what’s important?

Just make it YOU. Break the rules if you want to. I’ll be right there to capture it all!

Getting ready

I'm sure by now everyone knows this one. Lighting, lighting, lighting.

If you can, have your makeup artist set you up in front of a window. There's nothing more flattering than soft, natural light coming in through a window.

Think about what's around you where you're getting ready and remove ALL of the clutter to create a non distracting background so it will be easier to focus on you and your party!

The ceremony

Finally. The part of the day that everything is revolved around! 

I'll dive into more detailed timelines below but if you're getting married outdoors, try to avoid a mid-day ceremony where the sun is beaming down from directly above. Sweat, harsh shadows and squinting - let’s just say it’s not always the most flattering.

Golden hour is your best friend, it's those last few hours before the sun sets. Everything glows and the light hits your face just right - it’s like the earths best airbrush you’ll ever find!



Based on my experience, It's best to keep your ceremony and portraits as close to golden hour as possible (without ending up in the dark) but remember... there are no rules. Want to flip things on their head and get married under the stars? Let's chat about how we can make that happen! 

So, let’s chat - what is a first look?
It's an intimate moment set up for you and your soon to be spouse to see each other before the ceremony.

In the summer I strongly suggest staying with a traditional timeline and doing photos after the ceremony due to the extended daylight, but when the days are shorter, it's much more ideal to do photos before hand!  

summer weddings
sunset around 8:30-9:00pm

2:30 - photography starts / getting ready photos
4:00 - ceremony
4:30 - family photos
5:00 - cocktail hour / bridal party photos
6:00 - grand entrance to reception
6:30 - dinner / speeches
7:30 - bride & groom photos

spring & fall weddings
sunset around 6:30-7:00pm

2:00 - photography starts / getting ready photos
3:30 - first look
4:00 - bridal party photos
4:30 - bride & groom photos
5:30 - family photos
6:00 - ceremony
6:30 - cocktail hour / reception follows

winter weddings
sunset around 4:30-5:00pm

12:30 - photography starts / getting ready photos
2:00 - first look
2:30 - bridal party photos
3:00 - bride & groom photos
4:00 - family photos
4:30 - candlelit ceremony
5:00 - cocktail hour / reception follows

The Reception


My goal is to use flash as little as possible. In my opinion, flash takes away from the ambience of a room. They key to this is using only the light that is naturally available to us.

This is where you can help me! Make Italian String Lights (sometimes called Bistro Lights) your best friend. Candles too. 

Light your room up with a warm, natural glow - the more the better!

You will thank me when you see your finished photos!

Make it your own

At the end of the day, it's about you, your fiancé and your guests. It's about celebrating your love and commitment to each other.
and I can't wait to capture it all.