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Violet Carter photography 



VIOlet carter photography


Everything you need to know about your wedding day from the point of view of your photographer

Ready to get started?


After you book with me, our first step together will be setting up your engagement session. I include this complimentary to any wedding package you purchase. This will give us the chance to meet before the wedding day and capture even more moments together!

Depending on what you're planning to use these images for (Wedding invites, party favors, etc.), I would suggest we take these images at least 6-8 weeks before the big day. The sooner the better!

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Locations: I would suggest between 2-5 locations
  • Consultation: We will make sure to have a call a few days before the session to make sure all details are ironed out
  • Dress code? Check out some outfit suggestions below

Outfit guide

What about multiple outfits? Yes! Do it. If you want to have some casual outfits AND some classy outfits, we can get the best of both worlds.


when in doubt

When in doubt, dress to the nines. You can't go wrong with classy. Who doesn't like an excuse to dress up? And the pictures always turn out the best.

Outfits that make you feel like yourself is key. You know yourselves the best, so pick items that you feel confident in. 

Dressing in similar colors to your wedding day colors can be a great way to incorporate more of your wedding vibe into your invites. 



Good Morning!

Good Morning! You will likely start off your wedding day with hair and make-up which will be about 2-3 hours.

I will be showing up about 30 minutes - 1 hour before you're done with everything to make sure I can get some details of you and your bridal party getting ready. This is a great time for any PJ pics!

While you're getting ready, we will have a second shooter with your groom getting his classic getting ready shots. 

This is also a great time to do a first look with dad or with bridesmaids.


If you want these type of flat-lay images I would recommend you prepare these items in a box prior to the morning to make sure you don't have to think about it!

Bride Items:
  • Wedding Shoes
  • Perfume
  • Ring
  • Veil 
  • Vow Book
  • Jewelry (earrings, necklace)

Grooms Items:
  • Shoes
  • Cologne
  • Cuff links
  • Tie
  • Watch 
  • Vow Book

Other Items:
  • Wedding Invites or any other postage
  • Florals (ask florist for some extra floral stems for styling)
  • Ring boxes (I will also have some)
  • Anything else that you want to be captured

First Look

Now, not all couples do first looks, which is totally valid! Walking down the aisle seeing each other for the first time is what so many people dream of. From a photographers' POV, here is why I recommend a first look:

Pros of a First Look:
  • More intimate moment with your partner
  • You get to have more time with your partner if you do a first look
  • There will be more time to do your bridal party portraits and  couple portraits so that you don't have to take more time later
  • You will be able to attend your cocktail hour! Most couples who don't do a first look end up having to miss this part of their wedding because they are either catching up with each other or doing photos
  • The only photos you have to take after the ceremony is your family photos (which I try to get through as fast as possible)
  • This is the perfect time to do private vows if that's more your speed


You've done it! Now it's time for you to just soak it in while I document the rest of your day. We will likely be taking a few posed family photos after the ceremony, but other than that, I will be a fly on the wall. 

Tips for the ceremony:
  • Kiss TWICE for your first kiss. This gives us more time to get different shots of this powerful moment
  • Ask the officiant to move out of the way for your first kiss
  • While you're walking back down the aisle together, interact with your friends and family (fist bumps, smiles, high fives)
  • Once you're half way down the aisle, stop and give one last kiss (maybe even a dip and kiss) 

Just Soak it in




Dance the
Night Away

Between cocktail hour, dinner, speeches, and dancing, there will be a lot going on after the ceremony! Here's what we will be doing.

Hubby + Wife
  • Chat with family & friends
  • Try all of your cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
  • Enjoy your dinner 
  • Cut your cake!
  • Take photos with loved ones
  • Dance the night away

Me + My Team
  • Document it all!
  • Assist with cake cutting 
  • Get candids
  • Take detail shots of reception and dinner space
  • Help you with anything you need
  • Let you enjoy your big day!

When to expect your photos...

Depending on the season, you can expect to receive your full wedding album in 4-12 weeks. I do send previews within 48 hours of your wedding day so that you can share the big news with friends and family or on your social media. 

The End

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. 


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photos by Violet Carter