Creating your timeline

How do you create a wedding day timeline? With my help of course. We will create the optimal schedule for your day so you can spend your wedding day enjoying the moment.

Step 1: Answer some questions

A couple of months prior to your wedding, you'll have most of your details planned and I want to hear all about it. I'll ask you a list of questions, which you can answer via email at your leisure.

Step 2: Review the timeline

Once I have your plans, I'll draft up a timeline for your day. We will review it together and ensure you have time for everything you want to do.

Step 3: Enjoy your wedding day

If something doesn't go according to plan and you're veering off schedule, I'll check in with you, giving you options to decide how you'd like to proceed.

Hair & Makeup

Feel great about how you look

Are you going to a salon or having someone come to you? How many other people need their hair and makeup done too? Depending on exactly what you're planning with a first look, you may want to be the second to last person o get your makeup done. That way, the makeup artists can still be finishing up the bridal party while we photograph you and your partner together. or maybe you want your bridal party involved in the first look, or choose to forgo a first look all together. these plans for your day will help determine the order and timing of your hair and makeup.

Wedding hair and makeup in Washington DC destination wedding Leah Ramuglia Photography

Getting ready

Don't forget to eat!

Jewelry. Shoes. Gown. Veil. Suit. Tie. Watch. Something borrowed. Something blue.

But most importantly, make sure you eat and stay hydrated. It'll likely be 6+ hours until you eat dinner.

Bride at Lake George NY destination wedding getting ready portrait Leah Ramuglia Photography


Tears of joy

Some couples exchange handwritten love notes, or sentimental gifts before they walk down the aisle. If you're planning to do this, give yourself enough time to fully embrace the moment. (And perhaps fix your makeup after.)

Bride cries reading a note from her husband on their wedding day Leah Ramuglia Photography

Bridal Portraits

You only wear it once

You've probably spent a lot of time planning exactly what you're going to wear, down to every detail in your shoes, jewelry, hair and makeup. Now that you look your very best, take a moment and appreciate it. Before the fast paced day slips away from you.

Bridal Portraits at Sapphire Estate Lake Pearl Sharon Boston suburbs South Shore Leah Ramuglia Photography

Bridal Party

standing by your side

If your bridal party is getting ready at the same location as you, we can take some portraits before the ceremony. Otherwise, we can do this during cocktail hour.

Groomsmen bridal party destination wedding Lake George NY Leah Ramuglia Photography

First Look

or first touch

Some couples choose to see each other before the wedding, to share an intimate moment before all of your friends and family arrive. If you choose to do a First Look, afterwards you can take your couples bridal portraits so you can spend more time with your guests during cocktail hour.

A groom bites his lip during wedding First Look at Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury, CT Leah Ramuglia


How long will it really take?

I'm sure you've googled exactly how long it takes to get to and from every location on your wedding day, but add in a few extra minutes for unexpected traffic or late arrivals.

If you're getting ready at the venue, how long will it take you to walk to the ceremony location? Will you need to wait for an elevator? Or make the journey in heels?

Bridal Party on the wedding trolley in Portsmouth NH with Leah Ramuglia Photography

You've arrived

And you're ready to walk down the aisle

You've arrived at the ceremony location and your guests are settling in. You may want 5-10 minutes before walking down the aisle to use the restroom, drink some water or adjust your

Groom and best man at Corpus Christi Parish wedding Portsmouth NH


Your vows

You might have a full religious ceremony or a short Justice of the Peace service. When you're calculating your ceremony time, account for any readings, or acts of unity that you'll preform together.

Bride and Groom exchange vows in their backyard wedding ceremony Newton MA Leah Ramuglia Photography

Formal portraits


In addition to all those great candid moments I'll capture, we will also take some formal portraits. You might be a natural in front of the camera already while you're swooning with love, or you may need my professional help for the most flattering positions. The more time we spend on portraits, the more favorites you'll have to choose from. Keep in mind these can be taken at your venue location, or in another place entirely.

Bride and Groom pose for formal wedding portraits at Publick House Historic Inn Sturbridge MA

Cocktail hour

photos of your guests

How much time will you have to mingle with your guests during cocktail hour? The more photos we take in advance, the more time you'll have to enjoy the party.

Wedding guests celebrate at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts Boston Leah Ramuglia Photography


let the party begin

Your guests will take their seats while you and usually your bridal party are lined up and introduced. Often with dances or props.

Groomsmen introduction props funny hats wedding reception Leah Ramuglia Photography Harris-Pelham Inn NH

first dance

as a married couple

After you're introduced to your crowd as newlyweds, you'll embark on your first dance as a married couple. Friends and family will gather around to watch and celebrate with you.

Bride and groom first dance wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA with Leah Ramuglia Photography

Parent dances

celebrate with mom & dad

Your parents will be full of emotion when they have a chance to dance with you. Laughter, joy, and pride, are just some of the feelings I've captured during these moments.

Father daughter dance at wedding in Lake Pearl Wrentham MA Boston suburb Leah Ramuglia Photography


a toast to the happy couple

The Best Man, the Maid of Honor, maybe even your parents. Everyone will have something to say about celebrating your love.


first course

Once your guests are seated, the first course will be served. I won't take photos of you with your mouths full, I'll be capturing the detail shots during this time.

Bride Groom Wedding Party reception outdoor tent Wellfleet Cape Cod

Cake Cutting

before dinner

In order for your venue to serve your cake for dessert, you'll cut the cake after the salad and before the entree.

Bride Groom cut wedding cake at Wentworth by the Sea Marriott hotel Portsmouth NH Leah Ramuglia Photography



I'm sure you've chosen a delicious meal for your guests. Make sure you take a break from greeting everyone and eat too!

Outdoor wedding tent at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club Rye NH Leah Ramuglia Photography tablescape

greeting your guests

receiving line or table visits

You'll want to individually thank everyone in attendance, but what's the best way to go about it? Some couples opt for a receiving line as they exit the church, while others prefer to visit each table during the reception. Either way, estimate a few minutes per person invited.

receiving line or table visits at your wedding reception Leah Ramuglia Photography


photos of your guests

They're dressed up and having a great time celebrating your love story.

Wedding conga line guest dancing destination wedding Americans in Aruba Leah Ramuglia Photography


romantic portraits

Step away from your reception for a moment to take it all in.

Sunset Lake Massapoag Sapphire Estate Sharon MA Wedding Leah Ramuglia Photography


evening photos

When the sun sets, the sky may become even more beautiful.

Dusk bride groom gazebo wedding portraits Harris Pelham Inn NH Leah Ramuglia Photography

Last dance

close out the evening

Sing, dance, and celebrate the end of a great day with your friends and family.

Last Dance wedding at Rosebrook Event Center Wareham MA Cape Cod Leah Ramuglia Photography

Send off

say goodbye

A grand exit, a sparkler exit, a big goodbye, or hopping into your limo or wedding trolley.

Sparkler Send-off wedding bride groom exit Mashpee Cape Cod beach Leah Ramuglia Photography

Customize your timelime