Alrighty y’all.  We’re living in a world that’s been changed and flipped on it’s head due to COVID-19.  Though we may all be quarantined and sheltering in place, that doesn’t change the fact that YOUR WEDDING is coming up and your planning process still gets to be FUN!

​Organizing a wedding can quickly become overwhelming…  Who knew there were so many details involved?! But, the good news is, planning your big day doesn’t actually have to be so stressful if you divide the tasks on a month by month basis with a wedding-planning check list and timeline!

​To help get you started on devising the wedding of your dreams, we’ve created the ultimate check list to help guide you through the planning process that way you’re able to enjoy each step, stress less, have fun and more importantly revel in this special time together! So sit back, grab a glass of wine (or gin!) and take a deep breath as we break down for you everything you’ll need to plan the perfect wedding.

​Happy planning! 

12 Months:

❏  Choose a date

❏  Talk budget

❏  Decide wedding style

❏  Make a guest list

❏  Explore ceremony &

reception venue options

❏  Start assembling a dream team of

wedding pros

❏  Engagement photo session

11-10 Months:

❏ Hire vendors

❏ Reserve ceremony & reception

venues

❏ Purchase wedding dress, veil,

undergarments

❏ Choose bridal party attire &

accessories

❏ Book officiant

❏ Mail Save the Dates

-8 Months:

❏ Choose wedding party

❏ Create wedding website

❏ Begin browsing Save the Date designs

❏ Order sample Save the Date

❏ Order Save the Dates

❏ Begin researching wedding

dress and veil styles

❏ Create wedding style mood boards on Pinterest

❏ Find hotels at different price points for out-of-town guests

❏ Browse wedding invitation designs

❏ Refine guest list

❏ Create gift registry

❏ Begin planning honeymoon

7-6 Months:

❏ Reserve rentals

❏ Hire ceremony musicians

❏ Book transportation to and from venues

❏ Research wedding day hair and makeup styles

❏ Meet with officiant to discuss run down of ceremony

❏ Choose cake style & schedule tastings

5-4 Months:

❏ Order wedding cake

❏ Meet with florist

❏ Schedule dress fittings

❏ Book honeymoon flights & hotels

❏ Book room for wedding night

3 Months:

❏  Hair and makeup trial

❏  Book a photo booth rental

❏  Finalize readers and readings

❏  Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order

❏  Plan reception seating

2 Months:

❏  Mail wedding invitations

❏  Begin writing vows

❏  Review ceremony details with officiant

❏  Finalize seating arrangements

❏  Buy wedding-party gifts

❏  Apply for marriage license

❏  Purchase gifts for guests

❏  Lay out the content for wedding programs

1 Month:

❏  Final dress fitting

❏  Pick up marriage license

❏  Call vendors to confirm date, time & location

❏  Confirm honeymoon reservations

2 Weeks:

❏ Decide groomsmen attire

❏ Personalize & order wedding invitation

sample

❏ Purchase wedding bands

❏ Order wedding invitation suite

❏ Order thank you cards

❏ Prepare a playlist for DJ/band

❏ Finalize guest list

❏ Compile rehearsal dinner guest list

❏ Book rehearsal dinner venue

❏ Order rehearsal dinner invitations

❏ Purchase toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow

❏ Finalize reception menu with caterer

❏ Order menu cards

❏ Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents

❏ Create wedding day timelines and send to vendors, officiant and wedding party

❏ Decide on “something old, something new, something borrowed &

something blue”

❏ Book spa and beauty treatments for you and bridal party

❏ Pick up wedding rings

❏ Order wedding programs

❏ Write thank you notes as gifts are received

❏ Begin breaking in wedding shoes

❏ Make arrangements for the caring of pets & plants while on honeymoon

❏ Follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d

❏ Give final guest count to caterer

❏ Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians

1 Week:

❏ Get haircut & freshen up color

❏ Update registries

❏ Send directions to wedding day transportation driver

❏ Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals & tend to wedding dress

❏ Prepare wedding day emergency kit

❏ Give photographer & videographer your image & video requests

❏ Give readers their scripts

❏ Prepare final payments to vendors & cash tips for service personnel

❏ Lay out wedding clothes & gather all accessories

Day Before:

❏ Treat yourself to a mani/pedi & massage

❏ Attend wedding rehearsal

❏ Have fun at rehearsal dinner

❏ Thank everyone around you

❏ Get to bed at a decent hour

Wedding Day:

❏ Eat a good breakfast

❏ Stay off feet as much as possible

❏ Allow plenty of time to get ready

❏ Drink water

❏ Take dress & veil out of the bag & have steamed if needed

❏ Lay out all items you want to be captured by photographer

❏ Give officiant fee & wedding rings to best man

❏ Exchange notes with fiancé

❏ Relax, smile & soak up every moment of the big day

Beyond The Wedding:

❏ Give officiant fee & wedding rings to best man

❏ Exchange notes with fiancé

❏ Relax, smile & soak up every moment of the big day

❏ Ensure tuxes & all rentals have been returned

❏ Get wedding dress to cleaners

❏ Send out thank you cards no later than 3 weeks after wedding day

Hannah and Jonathan had originally planned to be married in Jonathan’s home in Switzerland – but when COVID changed the plans for their wedding day, they didn’t miss a beat, and planned the most beautiful micro wedding on a friend’s property. It couldn’t have been more perfect! They both looked amazing, and their guests were all friends who have been close to them on their journey of dating and through their engagement.

While this year has been very different mostly photographing smaller weddings and events, it has been so beautiful because we’ve been able to see the level of intimacy and close connection available at these smaller events. Although changing the plans for your wedding may feel like a loss, and does require letting go of previous expectations of what the day might look like, Hannah and Jonathan’s wedding is an AMAZING example of all the beauty you can create at a small event.

This in-home session with the Lancasters in Redding was such a treat! We’ve known Courtney from school and had been planning a shoot for a little while before our schedules finally lined up perfectly – and it couldn’t have been better! As you can see, they were SO MUCH FUN and their boys were pros in front of the camera (look at that showing out) – sessions like this are one of the reasons we love in home milestone sessions so much – it gets to be as easy as a fun morning in the living room and you get memories for a lifetime.

2020 has been quite a year! With COVID changing the landscape of the kind of parties we can have and the amount of people that can safely gather in a space for an event – many large 150 person weddings have rescheduled or pivoted to smaller, more intimate ceremonies and elopements. Wen and Thai’s wedding at the McCloud Guest house was SUCH a great example of a gorgeous, small, and intimate wedding that checked all the boxes for celebration while still keeping a safe number of guests to do their part in slowing the spread of the virus. And as you can see from the photos, the day was a huge success!

Sara and Jacob worked with us for their wedding a few years ago, and we’ve stayed close with them ever since – so when Sara was graduating from conservatory and asked if we would be down to do a studio session with her for her portfolio, our answer was a big resounding YES!

We had so much fun experimenting with light, drama, and making magic for Sara in this shoot – and we learned that we LOVE studio shoots – reach out today to start planning your studio session!

McCloud is a gem of Northern California. This small town tucked away in the shadow of Mount Shasta is a blast from the past – with a picturesque downtown area of small businesses centered around the gorgeous McCloud Mercantile.

Carli and Paul’s wedding was a beautiful hybrid between two locations – Friday’s RV Resort for their gorgeous ceremony with a perfect view of Mount Shasta, and McCloud Mercantile for their lively and fun reception that was so full of love.

One of our favorite parts of the reception was the DJ – the one and only Rudi Bega – who spun VINYL. Not a playlist, not a CD or tapes, but good old fashioned Vinyl. Don’t get us wrong – we have a lot of DJ’s we LOVE who don’t spin vinyl – but we (especially Crist) love the experience of listening to, playing, and dancing with vinyl. Rudi did an incredible job of mixing the tracks and brought a fun loving, laid back, and engaging vibe to the entertainment of the night. You can reach out to him here.

Both Friday’s RV Resort and the Mercantile provided excellent space for the events of the day. One of our favorite parts of the McCloud Mercantile is that since the building is also a hotel, guests and wedding party were able to stay right on site – so after all the reception fun, everyone was just steps away from their room for the evening.

All in all, it was a fantastic day, filled with beautiful people, tons of love, and so many great memories!

Our time with Crystal and Chris has been some of our favorite times to date in our wedding work. We connected with them first online, then for their engagement adventure session in San Diego, and finally in Sacramento for their Serrano Country Club Wedding. They were so gracious, fun to work with, and on the day of their wedding were total champs rolling with the punches while still having a great time.

The Serrano Country Club is such a great venue for a wedding – from spacious rooms for the wedding party to prepare, all the way to the layout and flexibility for the reception space.

The outdoor ceremony took place in the grass adjacent to the golf course – and the small grove of trees provided a beautiful wooded backdrop – along with a great area for some post ceremony shots and family photos. They have a gorgeous reception area – with fully adjustable shade panels on the interior windows so that even if your reception is in the afternoon – you can still have a full fledged dance party without the bright outdoor vibes.

Not to mention, Crystal and Chris along with their family and friends knew how to party! As you look through the photos from the day (and especially the reception!) you can get a great feel that it was surely a day to remember!

Gover Ranch is one of our absolute favorite wedding venues in the Redding, California area! Why? Because it seriously has SO MANY options for where you can host each part of your wedding. From the stunning bridal suite with tons of room, to all the different areas for your ceremony, reception, and couples portraits – this venue is among the most versatile for Northern California weddings.

Jasmine + Don’s wedding was no exception – their early fall wedding at Gover Ranch was on a stunning October day – which unexpectedly got VERY windy! They had hoped to have their reception outdoors in the garden area, but when the wind kept blowing decorations over – the owners came up with the perfect solution – host the reception in their equally stunning barn area.

The team got to work, and before we knew it, the stunning wedding reception was set up in the barn, and you wouldn’t have known it wasn’t planned that way all along.

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