Winnipeg wedding planning guide
About our Photography
As Wedding Photographers, it is a pleasure, an honour but above all else, our responsibility to document your story. We capture a time and place, a feeling to relive and enjoy for many years. A snippet in time for your future generations to experience what it was like on your wedding day. Who you were, what you looked like, what you felt and how those around you loved you.
We aim, to have you see your real self, when you look at the photos. That you feel comfortable during our time together, that you trust us - so we can capture who you really are as individuals and as a couple. It’s easy to copy what everyone else is doing, but so much more valuable to do your own thing.
Our style is not traditional and it’s not over the top super modern with crazy editing. It’s real, consistent and makes you feel something.
We capture details from your day, amazing bride and groom portraits, fun bridal party photos, beautiful real moments between family and friends. Your final gallery of photos will be very well balanced, giving you the story of your day.
Wedding Planning Tips
This Guide was designed to help you plan your wedding, no matter what stage of the process you are at. Whether you are still looking for a Ceremony Venue, or just need a Wedding Photographer / Videographer. Scroll down, to see everything we could gather to assist you in planning your own Winnipeg wedding.
Wedding Day Timeline
The very last thing you want to do on your wedding day is worry about the details. It is always best to plan our a few things and let the professionals you hired take care of the rest.
For Wedding Photography, we love to start about an hour before you would get into your dress. By this time your hair and make up is pretty much done, everyone feels comfortable with having their picture taken and the excitement of the day builds up quickly from there.
Some people like to do a First Look after that, leading into Bridal Party Photos, Ceremony, Family photos and then a few more Bridal Portraits before Reception starts.
Here is one example of a typical 8 Hour Timeline for a Wedding Photography Day
2pm Getting Ready Photos
3pm First Look (bride & groom only)
3:30pm Bridal Party Photos
4:30pm Back at Ceremony to Freshen up & Set up
5:30pm Family Photos
6pm (During Cocktail) Bride & Groom Formal Portraits
7pm Reception (Popular to have First Dance at Entrance)
Speeches during Dinner
8:30pm (ish) Golden Light Photos with Bride & Groom
9-10pm Formal & Open Dance Photos
The timeline Above will give you on average around 600-800 finished photos.
Winnipeg Wedding Planners
We LOVE working with Wedding Planners - at the very least for Day of Coordination. Having someone with experience help plan and coordinate your day is priceless! It allows you VALUABLE time to be in the moment, to enjoy time with each other as well as your family and friends.
There is a sense of ease, when we know there is a Wedding Coordinator taking care of the timeline and details, as this allows us to have you enjoy your photo time with us, because you can be stress free, relaxed and comfortable knowing the timeline has been ironed out.
We have worked with and highly recommend the following wonderful people :
Amazing Wedding Venues
We have the Top 30 Winnipeg and area Wedding Ceremony and Reception venues listed on our Venues Page - HERE.
Wedding Photo Locations
Not all weddings are alike, thank goodness, and we also do not have a cookie cutter recipe for documenting them. We love to photograph anywhere and everywhere.
Depending on your timeline we might do a First Look, or do most photos between ceremony and reception. Sometimes we go to one or two different locations and often times we do not need to leave the venue.
A few of our favourite locations for wedding and engagement photos are
Wedding Dress / Gown Designers & Salons
We recently did a Blog Post highlighting a few of our favourite dress designers and boutiques to order from and visit.
See that list HERE
Winnipeg Wedding Officiants
We are very lucky to have amazing Wedding Officiants / Marriage Commissioners here in Manitoba. They are kind, open minded and care about you and your beliefs deeply. Most al of them work custom ceremonies for you, and can even attend your rehearsal as part of their package.
We love working with the following folks, not only because the ceremonies are beautiful, but also because they always make sure us as photographers can get the best photos for you at the ceremony - like stepping out of the way for the First Kiss so it’s just the bride and groom in the photo.
Click to view their websites
Winnipeg Wedding Videographers / Cinematographers
One thing is for sure - the relationship between your photographer and videographer is very important. Having these professionals working together as a team (even if not from the same company) to give you the best coverage of your wedding, is not something to overlook.
We love working with the following folks and ALWAYS know we will be able to give you amazing photos and them video - because as professionals and team players - we know how to assist each other to get the best shot possible without getting in each other’s way.
I am always in awe with the stunning creations we see at the weddings. From huge bouquets to more intimate and gentle arrangements. We love and trust the following flower artists - have a look at their amazing work on their sites.
Wedding Make Up Artists
I think Winnipeg is spoiled with an abundance of super creative and professional Make Up Artist. It is impossible to list them all, but here are a few to get your search going.
Wedding Caterers & Food Trucks
I don’t think people fully realize the amazing talent and options we have when it comes to food quality, variety and flavours. Yes, we are in Winnipeg, but we can compete with the best of them in other top wedding destinations.
See for yourselves:
Wedding Photography FAQ
Can we see a full wedding gallery?
You bet! Let me know what style your wedding will be or what venue and I can send something to give you an idea of how I document such a wedding.
Can we meet up?
It is important to get to know each other for sure! I can come over to your place to show you more work, go over some collections and talk about the details of your day. It seems to be very popular these days to do a Skype or FaceTime. I’m good with that as well : )
Do you offer wedding photo packages?
My most popular packages are between 8-10 hours, I also offer many a la carte options: prints, albums, guestbooks and more. I build custom collections for my couples based on their budgets. Our coverage starts at 3200 and always includes a complimentary Engagement or Pre Wedding Photo Session.
Do you take formal family portraits?
At every wedding, and most often right after the ceremony.
How do we book you?
We use a secure booking site that includes an online contract and payment system. To secure your date, we require a $1500 first wedding instalment.
I am lucky enough to work with my beautiful wife. She is amazing, will make you laugh out loud and know what I need before I even ask for it. We make a great team!
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