How much time do you need for wedding photos?

If you’re planning your wedding day yourselves, it’s probably the first time you’ve done anything like this! :)

To help you figure out the timeline or schedule of the day, here’s a quick look at how long different types of wedding photos usually take.

You can mix-and-match all these blocks of time based on your needs. For example, not every wedding couple does a first look. Or if you just have 2 witnesses instead of a big wedding party with 8 bridesmaids and groomsmen, you can assume it’ll take less time.

I hope this guideline is helpful in planning how much time you’ll need to schedule on your wedding day for formal photos.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to me anytime at info@esthergibbons.com.

How much time for wedding photos?

Album de mariage Domaine Tomali-Maniatyn – Elisabeth et Guillaume

Un petit aperçu d’un album de mariage créé pour Elisabeth and Guillaume!

Leur mariage chaleureux s’est passé dans la campagne de Sutton, à la magnifique auberge du Domaine Tomali-Maniatyn.

Pour leur album de photos de mariage, ils ont choisi un livre relié en cuir de style vintage dans un brun pâle appelé “Saddle”. Leurs noms et la date du mariage sont estampés sur le devant de la couverture dans un style subtil (gaufrage sans encre).

Pour le design des pages, j’ai utilisé un style simple et moderne pour mettre en valeur les images et l’histoire de leur jour de mariage.

Je leur souhaite beaucoup de plaisir à regarder leur album avec la famille et les amis qui viennent les rendre visite!

Photos de fiançailles au Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montréal

Karine et Alexandre ont choisi de faire leur séance de photos pré-mariage au parc Jean-Drapeau, à Montréal. C’était bien pensé, car ces amoureux vont se marier cet hiver dans le Pavillon de la Jamaïque dans le même parc!

Ils pourront ainsi faire un bond en avant dans le temps (de l’été à l’hiver) en regardant leurs photos de fiançailles, puis bientôt leurs photos de mariage. Comme une machine à voyager dans le temps… :)

Photographier ce couple était un énorme plaisir! Ils étaient sympathiques et rieurs et un tout petit peu timides. Leur amour et leur complicité ressort dans les portraits naturelles qu’on a prises.

J’ai trop hâte de photographier leur mariage, mais en attendant, voici quelques souvenirs d’été!

Mollie and Johanu’s Montreal wedding at L’Ambroisie – Espace Canal

After 6 years of dating long distance, with lots of travel across Canada and the U.S., Mollie and Johanu finally decided to tie the knot and celebrate their wedding in one of their favourite cities: Montreal.

They were looking for a photographer to capture the spontaneous moments and all the fun emotions of their wedding.

Here’s a few of my highlights from their wedding day:

Their wedding venue
Espace Canal is a great alternative wedding venue in Montreal’s St-Henri neighbourhood. Located in an old industrial brick building filled with a labyrinth of corridors and stairwells, Espace Canal has an outdoor terrace facing the Lachine Canal. The indoor reception area has exposed pipes and ducts for a bit of a warehouse look, but otherwise, the space is pretty much a blank slate that each couple can adapt to their wedding.

Their first look
Mollie and Johanu saw each other before their ceremony for a first look beside the Lachine Canal.

Their crazy bunch of friends
Mollie and Johanu had a huge wedding party with 8 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen. Everyone travelled from far and wide to attend the wedding! Their friends played such a big role in their day, from actually officiating the wedding ceremony, to doing readings to playing music for the first dance. From toasts to tears and from laughter to crazy dance moves…they brought the awesome!

A heartfelt memorial
Before walking down the aisle, Mollie released some balloons in honour of her dad, who had passed away. The guests watched them float away into the sky. It was such a poignant moment and was made even more emotional when Johanu went to meet her and they walked down the aisle together.

If you’re looking for natural and spontaneous photography for your Montreal wedding, please send me a message to see if I’m available. I’d love to hear more about your wedding plans.

Second photographer: John Koo
Hair: Martha Arena
Floral arrangements: Atelier Carmel
Cupcake tower: Veronica’s Sweetcakes
Menus and wedding décor: Handmade by Mollie! Check out her Etsy shop: New England MerMade

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

bridesmaids getting ready at the Marriott Old Montreal

bride getting ready at the Marriott - Old Montreal

bridesmaids in the elevator
Bridesmaids and balloons in the elevator at the Marriott Springhill Suites, Old Montreal

An emotional hug pre-wedding

bride and bridesmaids in limo

bride and bridesmaids in limo

bride and bridesmaids in limo

montreal wedding photos, photo by John Koo

wedding photos in montreal, photo by John Koo

Groomsmen hanging out pre-wedding, photo by John Koo

First look wedding photos along Lachine Canal, photo by John Koo
Espace Canal, L’Ambroisie, Montreal

First look wedding photos along Lachine Canal

First look wedding photos along Lachine Canal

First look wedding photos along Lachine Canal

Montreal wedding photos along Lachine Canal
Along the Lachine Canal

Montreal wedding photos along Lachine Canal

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie
Wedding photography at L’Espace Canal, Chateau Saint-Ambroise

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie
Bride and groom exploring Chateau Saint-Ambroise for their wedding portraits

Groom sees bride enter the ceremony

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

putting on the wedding ring

first kiss as husband and wife

Signing wedding registry
Friends officiated the wedding ceremony and acted as witnesses

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

first dance
First dance at the Espace Canal hall at L’Ambroisie wedding venue

bride and groom dancing first dance

friends playing music for first dance

safety pin in wedding dress

world globe guest book
World globe “guestbook” for an international note

leave a message in a bottle for the bride and groom

homemade wedding decor
A vintage library card catalog held the escort cards
homemade wedding decor
Each table was labeled with one of the couple’s favourite books

Cupcake tower instead of wedding cake

Home is wherever I'm with you map wedding decor
Handmade wedding décor with a travel theme

grandma enjoying sweet table

mother of groom speech
Speech by the groom’s mother

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie

Montreal wedding photos at Espace Canal, Ambroisie