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How to create a wedding timeline

How to create a wedding timeline by Mabyn Ludke Photography
Creating your wedding timeline can be extremely stressful. Especially if you have to do it all on your own. Here are a few tips on how to create a wedding timeline that kicks butt!

A Traditional Wedding Timeline:

A traditional wedding timeline looks like this:
  • Getting ready time
  • Ceremony
  • Cocktail hour/ Formal photos
  • Reception
 
There are a lot of little spots in there to add subcategories, but we’ll get to that in a minute. The first thing you’ll want to look at is how your priorities fit into the basic timeline. I’ll use Daniel & my wedding as an example (photos not from our wedding day). When we got married our over arching priorities were guest experience, photography, & honeymoon. The honeymoon doesn’t apply here so we’ll remove that and focus on the others. Photography & guest experience both played a big roll in how we scheduled our day. I’m pretty biased when it comes to photography, so we centered our schedule around the best times for photographs!
We hired our photographer for these strengths: moments, artistry, & use of light (especially golden hour). She excels at all three and we wanted to capitalize on those strengths.
 
On the flip side of that, I also wanted to get married at sunset. There was something so romantic about saying “I do” as the sun set behind the mountains! Here in lies the problem with a traditional timeline. Had we kept the timeline above, we would have missed out on our photographer’s keen golden hour skills. We found that a traditional wedding timeline just didn’t work for us.
 Charlotte Photography Mabyn Ludke shows you how to create a wedding timeline
 

A Non Traditional Wedding Timeline:

Our non traditional timeline looked something like this:
  • Getting Ready
  • First Look
  • Cocktail Hour/ Formal Photos
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
 
There are a few unique things here, we chose to see each other before the wedding at the First Look. We also chose to have all of our formal portraits done ahead of the ceremony. This required our guests to arrive at the venue 2 hours prior to the ceremony! We didn’t want to compromise our guest experience, so we opted to position our cocktail hour before the ceremony as well. This insured our guests were well fed and had a good time while Daniel & I were off with our fabulous photographer!

 

A dramatic photo on the topic of how to create a wedding timeline by Mabyn Ludke Photography

Micro-Events:

Once you get the big events sorted, you’ll want to look at the micro events. These events are things like your unity candle, first dance, cake cutting, etc… Scheduling these events is mostly preference.
With a majority of these events take place during the reception there are 2 schools of thought. Get them all done at once OR spread them out through the night.
 
Again, think about your priorities and how they align. With guest experience in mind, we chose to have all of our events together.
We didn’t start our “party” until after the main events (i.e. formal dances & cake) were done. This allowed our guests to leave early if they didn’t want to drive down the mountain roads in the dark.
 
However, in some situations everyone is close by or staying at the venue so it would make sense to pace out your events for a long evening of fun!

Buffer Time:

There are a few places you’ll want to add in a little bit of “buffer time” in case things run late. Three big places to add in extra time is for hair & makeup, if you’re traveling for photographs, or you expect long winded toasts.

 

A hilarious wedding exit at this Charlotte, NC barn wedding captured by Mabyn Ludke Photography
Now that wasn’t so bad was it? You’ve got the tools, now go have fun & create a kick butt wedding timeline!
 
XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Middle Fork Barn, Meadowview VA

I love that every story we get to tell is so unique! One weekend we’ll be at an upscale hotel shooting an elegant back tie affair. Then next we’ll be in a backyard for an intimate casual event.
For this wedding we traveled up to the Middle Fork Barn in Meadowview VA for a country wedding!
Middle Fork is an incredible wedding venue. It’s nestled in the Appalachian mountains with acres and acres of rolling hills to see.
It was my lucky day because thunderstorms were passing by and gave us some seriously epic clouds! We all know how much I love clouds and mountains and here they are in one gorgeous wedding day!

Keeping it authentic!

Hillary & Will are so authentic and down to earth as is their families. Will loves to keep everyone laughing with his jokes and Hillary’s warmth is incredibly inviting. They make a perfect pair! We were immediately welcomed into the fold as family which we just love! It was a DIY affair and all hands were on deck. Family and friends scurried around all afternoon setting everything up. I loved all the rustic details that Hillary & her family had made themselves. It added a beautiful personal touch to the entire day.
 
When Hillary & Will were ready we got them together for their first look and I was trying hard not to cry! All the anticipation that had been building up burst from both Hillary & Will in tears of joy! What an emotional and beautiful moment.
 
From then on family & friends started to flood in through the gates to get ready for their ceremony. While they said their vows, cows even moseyed over to watch their union! It was literally picture perfect with the clouds, mountains, and joyful moments. I couldn’t stop snapping away! As Hillary & Will exited their ceremony, they gave one last epic kiss before running away to the barn! A signal to start the party!
 
The rest of the evening was filled with home made BBQ, soda pop, and LOTS of laughter. It was truly a joy to witness! Thank you Hillary & Will for allowing us to capture your beautiful country wedding day! We loved every moment!
 
XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Many of you know that I moved down to North Carolina to help with a ministry. What some of you may not know, is that I currently live at the home where that ministry takes place. I’m a vagabond artist who moved in with an incredibly gracious and caring family who also founded Cre8. I was not the first, nor will I be the last to move in at Cre8. Along the same time Emily (aka Sparkle) moved in too. The past two years has seen Emily through a lot of things, but the most joyful was when she met Matt.

Matt’s calm and relaxed demeanor is the perfect compliment to Sparkle’s vibrant and outgoing nature. They balance each other out well and urge each other to grow and love. It’s been a privilege to watch their relationship unfold under our roof. Matt proposed quicker than we all expected and they were off to wedding plan. They didn’t want a long engagement and planned to wed late fall. As their plans continued to grow more complicated, Emily & Matt got more and more frustrated. They finally decided that a large wedding wasn’t what they really wanted. So they condensed! I returned home from one of my trips to discover that they wanted to get married that very weekend! Happily I was available and since the venue was my home, it was pretty easy to get to. 😉

The weather was absolutely perfect that late August afternoon and the most important people to Emily & Matt surrounded them in love (literally, check out the photo of the prayer circle)! It was intimate, sweet, and everything Emily & Matt wanted. A perfect way to start their life together! They’re still planning on a bigger Alice in Wonderland themed reception this coming Saturday to honor the family & friends! So stay tuned for Emily & Matt part two coming in the next few months! Woohoo! But for now, enjoy part one of this beautiful couple’s journey!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

A cute short wedding dress blowing in the wind at a backyard elopement in Kernersville, NC. Mabyn Ludke Photography

Emily couldn’t choose between shoes so she wore one and….

Bright & vibrant shoes are the perfect pop to this Kernersville elopement! Photo by Mabyn Ludke

 

We did the ring shot on the other! Perfect compromise!

Kernersville, NC Wedding & Portrait Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Mother of the bride looks on as her daughter gets ready for her wedding day in North Carolina. Mabyn Ludke PhotographyFlower girls having fun while the bride gets ready in Kernersville, NC. Mabyn Ludke PhotographyA proud bride's reflection as she gets ready for her Kernersville wedding. Photo by Mabyn LudkeThis heart shaped back is a unique detail to a bride's wedding dress. Kernersville, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke

I live vicariously though other people’s tattoo’s & Emily’s is no exception. How perfect for her wedding day!

The bride's appropriate tattoo for her wedding day in Kernersville. Mabyn Ludke PhotographyA simply beautiful bride getting ready in Kernersville, NC on her wedding day. Mabyn Ludke PhotographyA simply beautiful bride getting ready in Kernersville, NC on her wedding day. Mabyn Ludke PhotographyThe flower girl trying on the bride's shoes before the ceremony. Kernersville, NC wedding photographer Mabyn Ludke Father & son get ready for a wedding in Kernersville, NC Mabyn Ludke Photography
The groom getting ready for his Kernersvile wedding day. Photo by Mabyn Ludke

 

The best man approves this wedding!

Two thumbs up from the best man at this Kernersville wedding. Mabyn Ludke PhotographyMother of the bride giving her daughter away at her North Carolina wedding. Photo by Mabyn LudkeThe bride and groom pray at their Kernersville wedding ceremony. Mabyn Ludke PhotographyA groom wipes away tears of joy at his Kernersville wedding ceremony. Mabyn Ludke Photography

The flower girl got a bit distracted during the ceremony….

A distracted flower girl plays during the wedding ceremony. Photo by Mabyn Ludke

Here’s that prayer circle I was telling you about. Isn’t it beautiful!?

Family surrounds the couple in a prayer circle during this Kernersville, NC wedding ceremony. Mabyn Ludke Photography

That first sweet moment as husband and wife.

Kernersville, NC Wedding & Portrait Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

These kids get me every time!

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Kernersville, NC Wedding & Portrait Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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– Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding:
Matt and I were working on elaborate plans for a larger wedding, and roadblocks kept popping up with people wanting to turn our day into something that was radically different than what we would have planned for ourselves. We finally looked at each other and said; “who are we really planning this wedding for?” The answer made our decision to have a small, intimate ceremony very clear. Obviously we picked purple because it’s my favorite color, and Matt bought me the cute heart cutout dress because we didn’t want anything too formal. As soon as we decided to do the small wedding, we knew that Cre8 would be the place to have it. Both our residence and place of worship, Cre8 boasts the beauty that God created. Our day was very relaxed – no schedule to keep up with, no formalities, simple perfection. While walking down the stairs to go meet my groom, with my mother following behind me, I did almost trip down the stairs… Mom and I had a good laugh over that, and the idea of me busting my teeth out just before I was meant to say my vows. My husband’s daughter and our housemates’ children were the perfect attendants. They kept smiles on all of our faces and helped us produce some of the most fun pictures in our gallery! We were very blessed to be surrounded by such a wonderful, small group of the closest family and friends.

– What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
Emily – When my mom read “I Carry Your Heart” for Matt and I, and of course being officially married to my amazing husband!
Matt – Waiting forever for her to get ready. Seeing Emily walking down the “isle” driveway to me. Exchanging vows and making it official!

– Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Emily – Almost falling down the stairs

– If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?
Not one thing.

– Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Stay true to yourselves! Your wedding is YOUR day – don’t let it be dictated by anyone else. Those who truly love you will show up even if you didn’t plan things the way they wanted you to. Have FUN and be YOU!

– What was your biggest fear before hiring Mabyn? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?
Honestly, I had no fears going into making Mabyn our photographer. I had seen her work and I know that this is something she is passionate about. The one thing that we were willing to “splurge” on was a fantastic photographer, and we did just that, because the memories fade but we will have these gorgeous pictures FO-EVA! Mabyn’s work just affirmed what I already knew – that choosing her as our photographer was our best investment.

– What, specifically, was your favorite part of working with Mabyn Ludke Photography and why?
Mabyn made everything feel natural. During the ceremony she was stealthy! We barely noticed her, but she got some amazing shots! She made the family photos quick and painless for everyone. During the photos after the ceremony, she just encouraged us to keep being ourselves. Mabyn was never fussy about hand placement or the angle of our heads; our photos are just us being us and enjoying the moment. When we ran out of ideas for poses, Mabyn had great suggestions. It wasn’t a bunch of holding perfectly still and keeping a big fake smile plastered on your face for so long that it hurts; it was fun, natural, newlywed bliss.

– If you were to recommend Mabyn Ludke Photography to your best friend, what would you say?
These are photos that you will look back on and smile – and you only have one chance to hire the perfect photographer to capture this moment! You won’t find anyone better than Mabyn to help you preserve your memories of this day. She’s great to work with, funny, charming – a true diamond in a sea of photographers. You will not regret hiring her – I am certain of it!

 

Hair: bride and MOB Pam Shuart Steed // Makeup Artist: bride // Dress Designer & Store Location: Charlotte Rousse online // Jewelry: family heirlooms and Alex+Ani peacock feather bracelet  // Shoes: Marc Fisher // Grooms Attire: H&M //Ceremony Venue: Cre8 // Florist: Publix flowers, floral design by MOB Pam Shuart Steed // DJ: Spotify
Caterer: MOG Libby Nixon and GOG Barbara Nixon // Cake: Harris Teeter // Lighting: provided by our glorious God // Invitations & Stationary: designed my Bride & Groom – printed at The UPS Store High Point

A Kernersville Elopement – Emily & Matt

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I am SO excited to share with you all this particular Love Story! Not just because it was an epically beautiful wedding or that my clients are MEGA AWESOME! Mostly I’m uber excited due to the fact that this was my FIRST EVER destination wedding! Courtney and Craig loved my work enough to fly me down to Anna Maria Island in sunny FL to capture their special day! Legit, my jaw hit the floor! I couldn’t believe it, how could I say no?! So off I flew to blue waters and 80 degree weather in February…oh my life is so hard sometimes! 😉

The whole process exceeded any expectation I might have had! I can’t say I wasn’t nervous toting my gear through airports, luckily no one thought I was suspicious and I made it down just fine. Courtney greeted me at the airport and we were off running! We did errands, made plans, and soaked in the weather! I was able to meet both families ahead of time and take part in their rehearsal process! It was SO MUCH FUN! Plus hanging out for 3 days in a mini paradise didn’t hurt either 😉 The actual day of the wedding was perfect! Not too hot, crystal clear skies, a GORGEOUS couple, and a pretty epic sunset to boot! My favorite part was the fact that I shot the whole wedding bare foot! Ahhhhhh exfoliation! 😉 A big thanks to my Bestie Donna for treking out to help shoot the wedding! She did a fantastic job! This whole experience has left me giddy and feeling like another family member! I truly love Courtney and Craig and I am so blessed to be their friend who happens to be their photographer!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Check out Courtney & Craig’s personal story after the pictures! 🙂

Hair/Makeup Artist: Renee Hair and Makeup Studio – Tampa Florida//Dress Designer & Store Location: Allure – Bought from SpyBabys//Jewelry: Swarovski//Veil or Hair accessories: Spy Babys//Shoes: Converse (designed by yours truly)//Bridesmaids Dresses: Victoria Secrets (multi-way dress)//Grooms Attire: Mr.Shop//Ceremony Venue: The Sandbar – Anna Maria Island, Florida//Reception Venue: Same//Florist: Flowers By Fudgie//DJ: Breezin DJ’s//Caterer: The Sandbar//Cake: Dom and Matts Cakery//Wedding Coordinator: Pattie Mckee//Invitations & Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas


Music:
Special Ceremony Music:
Introductions: Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti
Father/Daughter: My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
Mother/Son: 20 Years Late – Aaron Lines
First Dance: What Can I Do But Love You – Joy Williams
 Bride & Groom:How did you meet?
I had lived in a few different states down the east coast for a few years and decided to come home and spend some time with my family before deciding where else I wanted to move too…. A friend of mine insisted on dragging me out to a birthday party for a girl I didn’t know – on a night that I had no intention of leaving my house. After trying to fight the inevitable – a car showed up at my house and insisted I came along. Reluctantly I did. Miserable me sat in the backseat with “some guy” who tried his best to amuse me and make small conversation but I was still sporting the pout. After attending this birthday party for all of 15 minutes me and “this guy” decided instead to go outside and chit chat. Thus creating the start of a flicker of interest. After rounding up a few other people we all decided to go grab a few drinks… After 4 hours of non stop laughing and great conversation I was completely smitten with “this guy” – since then he has been my very best friend and my better half for the last 5 years.
How did your fiance propose?
To make a short story long….As most couples, Craig and I had lengthy discussions regarding the possibility of marriage far before the engagement happened. Went ring shopping on more than one occasion but always ended up leaving without finding ‘the perfect one’. Giving up on Syracuse we headed to NYC to check out their many jewelry shops in hope for better luck. After only one shop we both fell in love with a beautiful ring that I, from that moment on, thought I could no longer live without. Craig of course purchased the ring and off we went. Silly me assumed he was going to propose in NYC and anticipated it for the remainder of our stay. – He did not. Our car trip home I came up with 101 ways he was going to do it once we arrived back that evening. – He did not. Well of course – what was I thinking… he had to ask my father still so it made perfect sense why he hadn’t. Shortly there after, Craig took my father to lunch and asked for his permission. (Which my father gladly gave his blessing too.) Naturally – He was going to do it that evening thinks the lady. – He did not. The next day we were going to the drive-in which so happened to have been our first date 2 years previous. Of course Of course this would be the PERFECT time. – Yet again… he did not. As you can imagine this continued on for a few weeks until I gave up trying to figure it out. Driving home from work Friday, September 3rd, 2010 – I chatted with Craig the entire way. Hanging up only a minute before walking in the door… To my surprise…Among numerous beautiful bouquets of flowers, rose petals, soft music, all lights off and candles spelling out Marry Me strewn behind him – Was Craig on one knee. It was perfect, unexpected, and beautiful – Much like our relationship.
P.S. I said Yes
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
Oh boy… well first we found the “perfect venue” at the Turning Stone Casino. Paid the money set the date and literally were getting ready to send out the Save The Dates when we said to ourselves no, wait lets forget this and go to Hawaii. It will be beautiful and we can fly our family over and make a week long vacation out of it. So we moved the date from September 4th to February 2012 – Made tons of phone calls to venues and bakeries and florist in Hawaii, told our families about it, and we were stoked! Well we forgot about the whole 14 hour time difference and the 24 hour plane ride and the CRAZY expensiveness’ of each plane ticket…. so yet again we needed to change the location. My parents own a house in Florida and always had dinner and this cute little beach side restaurant. I went to visit them in Florida to check out some of the venues in the area and fell in Loooove with the beachside cabana they always talked to much about. I took photos and videos and came home to show craig and he was equally excited. We picked the leap day for our wedding date and did all the footwork from NY to create our wonderful wedding day. I tried to hand make as many things as I could to give it more meaning… (forgetting of course that everything I made I had to Bring down there) haha so low and behold we were forced to drive down and we had a heck of a time packing everything in my car (I guess I got a little carried away) But everything ended perfectly and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
What details at your wedding had special significance?
My bouquet. I had it made out of brooches. Some just because they were pretty but a lot of them had special meanings to me – jewlery from my grandmother… a ring from my father… or special meanings that represented a loved one lost. I love that I can keep it forever and not to mention that it looks Beautiful as a decoration in my house.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
My first favorite moment (in order of occurrence) was seeing my father. I have always been a Daddy’s girl and having him give me away to Craig meant so much to me. Knowing how supportive he has always been of our relationship and how much he adores craig has truly been a blessing. I have never really seen my dad cry – so that moment was really special to me. My second favorite moment – for both me and craig was the moment we got to see each other. I had been a wreck most of the day and seeing him standing there just an all relieving moment. It was like I could breath for the first time all day. It made the all the stress and work and hours and hours of planning totally worth it!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
I wish we would have danced more. We only danced twice (much to the efforts of my two left feet) but more so because of all the non-stopness surrounding us. I wish we had a few more “moments” with each other that night… but all and all it was fantastic.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Instead of tossing my bouquet we did a couple dance. The couple who was married the longest ends up being the last one standing as the DJ calls you off by the number of years together. The couple that ended up being the last one standing **who were married 62 years mind you** got to give some “words of advice” – hers was heart felt and sincere about working through the bad and enjoying the good… his was “learn to say the words YES DEAR or shake your head and pretend to be listening” it was cute and unexpected and made everyone laugh out loud.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
It’s a toss up between my bouquet and my wedding dress. I bought my dress and thought I liked it – but once it came in 4 months later I was devastated. I didn’t like anything about it. My Maid of Honor (and now sister-in-law) saved the day by adding custom beadwork and rhinestones and a bunch of tool under my dress to have it become to dress I always wanted and I fell madly in love with it.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We had a mini honeymoon on a cruise to the bahamas but plan to go to Hawaii towards the end of the year.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Enjoy EVERY MOMENT! It goes by so fast and right when you start to relax and enjoy yourself its over. We thankfully had another reception at home which gave us a do-over on the moments we missed but most people don’t get that opportunity.

Courtney & Craig’s Love Story