wedding day timeline

Stressing over your day of timeline?

You are definitely not alone. We get texts and messages from our couples ALL of the time with all sorts of questions.

Photos- Stephanie Mason Photography

Photos- Stephanie Mason Photography

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If you are one of our couples & have chosen a package with us, you will be added to our planning software where we can plan out the perfect timeline for your wedding, together!

We want the planning process to be an enjoyable time for you and your fiancé, so I’ve compiled some key points to think about when planning your timeline.

Photo- Stephanie Mason Photography

Photo- Stephanie Mason Photography

timeline tips

-Getting ready prep. Ensure you allow enough time for your photographer to snap some fun champagne shots, photos of the girls in their robes, and of course the bride getting in to her dress. These are all about having fun with your girls, so make sure you allow time to enjoy it! -20min for the bride & her besties in their robes, drinking champagne, opening gifts. -30min for the bride to open her card/gift from her soon to be hubby, get into her dress, put on jewelry & shoes, any touch ups for hair & make up -30min for groom & groomsmen prep photos

-Detail photos. Have your photographer arrive at the getting ready location & allocate 45-60min for detail shots of your invitation suite, shoes, rings, dress, etc.

-Always allow travel time. You never know if there will be traffic, car troubles, someone has to use the bathroom or grab more alcohol… Leaving time while travelling to/from venues/photo locations is important. Also, if your wedding is happening during a special event weekend or holiday, check for road closures, etc.

-Decor/venue shots. Having your photographer arrive on site prior to the ceremony allows him/her to slip in to the reception space before any guests have entered to snap some beautiful decor shots, tablescapes, and venue details.

-Ceremony time? Are you having a first look? This is important when you are deciding on your ceremony time and when you will be taking portraits, family photos, bridal party photos, etc. Allow 30min prior to your ceremony to relax, freshen up & take a deep breath. The boys can be seating guests at this time!

-Are you wanting to do a grand entrance? I always suggest to our couples to do their first dance immediately upon entering the reception!

-Speeches. Chat with your planner and/or venue to coordinate speeches during dinner service, many venues will not allow speeches will plates are being served or cleared.

-What time is sunset the night of your wedding? Always allow 45-60min prior to sunset for golden hour photos with your photographer. These will be your fav photos from your day, promise! SO worth it. If you are having a fall/winter wedding and are not having a first look, allow for an earlier ceremony time to ensure you have enough light for portraits/family photos after the ceremony.

timeline example WITH first look

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timeline example with NO first look

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reception time!

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fun tip: having a glass of wine while writing out your timeline always makes it more enjoyable.

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If you have any questions regarding your day of timeline, send us a message!

HAPPY PLANNING! xo

sidney & wayne

Happy First Anniversary Sid & Wayne! 

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One year ago today, on September 1, 2017, Sidney & Wayne exchanged their vows during a beautiful ceremony at Evermore in Almonte, ON.

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From the moment I sat down with Sid and she was telling me about her vision for the wedding, I knew it was going to be stunning. Evermore was the perfect venue for these two. The rustic charm of the barn paired with the elegance of the blush and rose gold tablescapes and white florals with the beautiful chandeliers made for a very romantic reception. 

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This wedding will forever be one of our favourites, not only because it was so beautiful and at one of our favourite venues in Ottawa, but because these two are honestly two of the sweetest people we've had the pleasure of working with, who have now become friends.  

We recently got to reunite at Sidney's bestfriend's wedding in July that I was planning. It's always so fun to catch up with past couples! 

 

How did I get so lucky to meet so many amazing people, all while doing what I love?!

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Happy Anniversary you two! xo

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Vendors:

Venue: Evermore.                                                                                                                   Photographer: Stephanie Tudin Photography                                                                                                Planner: Styled with Love Wedding Design
Florist: The Planted Arrow
DJ: Geoff Grace
Musician: Jackson Miles
Photographer: Stephanie Tudin Photography
Wedding cake: JS Creations Cake Emporium
Wedding gown: Alliance Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Alliance Bridal
Men’s wear: Suit up Tailors
Officiant: Trudy Garland
Make-up: Stephanie Tirrell
Hair: Lauren Bortoli
Invitations/Stationery: Optimal Print
Marquee "LOVE" sign: Gaslight Electric

it's all in the details...

Tips on choosing your getting ready location & what to pack for detail shots on your wedding day from Stephanie Mason Photography

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As a planner, the morning of a wedding day is always a busy time filled with so much excitement. Detail shots are my fav. If I have time the morning of, I love to head to the hotel where the girls are getting ready or I will often ask the bride to pack her details ahead of time to have on site with me to give to the photographer. Styling the details is one of my favorite parts of the day! Working with photographers that I already have a great workflow with makes this such a fun experience and we can often bang out these shots quickly and efficiently. Some photographers are definitely more into detail shots than others, so if this is important to you, make sure to be looking for that when booking your wedding photographer! The detail shots really do fill your wedding album with beauty. 

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I was recently chatting with Steph, from Stephanie Mason Photography, and asked her if she wanted to collaborate for this blog post because this is obviously her area of expertise. Below, she has given a few tips for what to pack for details and also for choosing your getting ready space! 

Steph and I often work weddings together, we are also the best of friends and practice styling and flat lays often (because we really do love it!). When we work weddings together, we often set aside time in the timeline so that before or after set up, I can pop in and style with her. It is so fun to get creative with the details, and with every wedding being so different, there's always something special to capture. We've seen everything from DIY ice cream cone bridal shoes, to gorgeous ring boxes, sentimental pieces, etc. 

 

"I always tell my brides to pack their details in a bag in advance, to ensure nothing is forgotten!"
 

Once on site the morning of, she grabs her flatlay board and finds a clear space by the window to shoot. Light/windows in the getting ready space is KEY for light and airy getting ready photos with your girls. 

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Not sure what to have set aside for your photographer for the morning of? 

Rings - we like to shoot the rings before the day gets started, so that they are in the appropriate place before the ceremony and then after the ceremony, the rings do not leave the couples’ fingers for the remainder of the day!

Paper Suite - invitation, save the dates, maps, envelopes, vow books, vintage stamps - the more the merrier to complete the paper suite flatlay shot.

Extra flowers - talk with your florist to have her drop off any extra blooms to the getting ready room with the bouquets so the planner or photographer can use them in the detail shots.

Jewelry - earrings, bracelets; anything that sparkles always photographs beautifully. 

Shoes - shoes are usually our favourite detail to shoot! gosh, there are SO many amazing bridal shoes available now... how would you choose?!

Heirloom Pieces - these pieces are often the most sentimental and very special to include in your wedding album.

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Tips for choosing your getting ready space

Pick a location that is spacious and full of natural light - windows in the getting ready space is a must, corner rooms are often best because the light is coming in from more than one direction, creating a soft light that makes everyone look amazing!

Less is more - it's your wedding morning, your girls and mama/closest family are with you drinking champagne, but remember to keep numbers down. "too many people in the room can clutter the shot."

Keep the room clean - have your bags packed away, hangers hidden in closets and trash thrown out before the photographers arrive. 

Have all of your details in one spot - hence Steph's tip above to have a bag of your details you want photographed - it saves the photographers time upon arrival. have a special hanger for your dress? have one of your bridesmaids hang up your wedding dress and check to see if anything needs to be steamed last minute. 

The boys - don't forget the guys, although they take significantly less time getting ready, it's nice if the photographer can grab a few group shots of them hanging out, having a drink. "we always ask that the groomsmen be fully dressed, and for the groom to be dressed in his pants and unbuttoned shirt upon arrival. therefore we can grab shots of the groom buttoning his shirt, tying his tie, putting on his cufflinks, etc." 

Enjoy the moment - IT'S YOUR WEDDING DAY! the candid shots are the ones you're going to love the most, so pop the champagne and enjoy your time with your loved ones. 

 

If you're a detail oriented bride, we'd love to hear what you have planned for your wedding morning! 

Let's chat! 

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getting to know "me"!

Hey guys!

Let me just start off by saying wow, I am SO excited to finally have a blog. I have been talking about writing a blog for the past year and now with my business, it is just the perfect combination. One thing I will try to promise, is to always keep it real as I can - life isn't rainbows and butterflies 24/7 and personally, I find it refreshing when people are just open about their struggles or bad days. I also love hearing about people's success and creating amazing friendships with other industry lovelies. It's awesome to belong to a community of boss babes and be able to support each other.

So as many of you know, I am the owner of Styled with Love. Launching my business this past summer has been the most exciting adventure for me! I'll talk more about why I decided to follow my passion and get started in the wedding industry in a separate post. For now, keep reading to get to know me a little bit better!

-I’m from a small town in Nova Scotia

-I took an undergrad in Human Kinetics and a graduate diploma in Sport Business (neither of which I am currently using)

-I have an X ring from STFX University … yes it’s kind of a cult

-I hate coffee, even though every morning I say “oh I need a coffee” – a café mocha counts right?!

-Ringolos & pretzels ruin Party Mix… (but it’s still my favorite party snack)

-Being newly single & starting in the wedding industry is a little ironic, but I love, love and truly believe that everything happens for a reason

-One of my dreams is to go on a missions/serving trip. I would also love to adopt a child someday.

-I used to strongly dislike country music but after working the Calgary Stampede for 3 years, I am now OBSESSED and country music festivals are my favorite.

Didn't wanna get too in depth for my first post but I'm always open to tips & suggestions on what you guys would love to read!!