Bali - The New Beach Destination Spot for Your Wedding

One of the things on my heart lately has been to find the next exotic beach location for an intimate wedding, and in my research I've found Bali to be an excellent option. It's a relatively unlooked at location because of the distance. But if you're willing to pop on that airplane for a long ride, it can be an amazingly unique option for a small elopement or wedding. And the best part: you're already in a perfect place for a honeymoon! 

You can choose to get married at some large exotic resort that bring out all of the luxury options you could ever want. Or find an intimate jungle setting, or relax on a private beach somewhere. Whatever you choose, you're guaranteed to have an exotic adventure.

Wedding Timeline Guide

I ask every Bride to work on a Wedding Timeline. Whether or not she has a coordinator or wedding planner, having a timeline that someone can follow is essential for the day going smoothly. And it becomes easier for everyone if we all work together to outline the day. The wedding planner and I can easily give advice on how much time photography sessions will take. This is my way of making sure you get the photos and moments that you want captured.

So where to begin? I'll start with the typical/ideal times needed to capture the main details of a wedding and then we can talk about logistics.

Details (rings, dress, shoes, etc) ~ 30-45 minutes
Getting Ready (candid photos & putting on the dress/suit) ~ 30-45 minutes
Bridal Portraits ~ 30 minutes
Groom Portraits ~ 30 minutes
First Look ~ 30-45 minutes
Wedding Party ~ 60 minutes
Ceremony Details (before guests arrive) ~ 30 minutes
Ceremony ~ 30-90 minutes depending on your affiliation
Family Formals ~ plan for about 3 minutes per group photo
Couples Session ~ 60 minutes
Cocktail Hour ~ 30 minutes
Reception Details (before guests arrive) ~ 30-60 minutes
Reception ~ Depends on the activities and events taking place!

Logistically there are a couple of things to notice. If there is no first look, I typically recommend a longer couple's session after the ceremony. If I am working with a second shooter for the big day, there are things we can both cover simultaneously that make the system go smoothly.

Hopefully, this helps give you some ideas about ideal timelines in a wedding day. Let me know in the comments below what is the most important part of the day for you!
 

Wedding Day Details

The start of a wedding day can be hectic. Most Brides experience anxiety and stress with regards to timeline, details, and keeping everyone on track. This is a main reason why I recommend using a wedding coordinator, but that's another story. I wanted create a reminder for Bride's on the details that they should bring with them at the start of the day for me to photograph while they are getting ready. It might be helpful to designate someone to hold these details for me and have them deliver the goods after I've finished with the photos.

Items to remember for wedding day

For the Bride:

Bridal Gown with wooden hanger
All the rings - Engagement, her band, and his band
A full invitation suite of the wedding invites
Wedding flowers/bouquet
Jewelry you will be wearing
Veil

For the Groom:

Tie
Shoes
Cuff Links
Watch
Boutonniere

Keep in mind to remind me of any special details that are specific to you. For example, if you have Grandma's handkerchief wrapped around your bouquet of flowers, let me know so I can be sure it get's photographed. What's the most important detail on wedding day for you? Be sure to mention it in the comments below.
 

Limoneira Ranch Wedding | Andrew & Lindsey

Driving out to the sleepy town of Santa Paula, CA, I pulled up to Limoneira Ranch. Nestled in the valley between some outstanding mountains, this lemon grove boasts a bace ball court. It was on the court that Andrew and Lindsey decided to make their vows of love and get married. It was a bright, hot and sunny day as the ladies prepared themselves in the small house on the grounds.

How adorable are these rings, seated stately upon their custom ring box.

How adorable are these rings, seated stately upon their custom ring box.

This grandma was the epitome of awesome. She carried around two disposable cameras, and when someone tried to take a photo of her with it, they couldn't figure out how to crank the thing! My favorite quote from her: "Honey, your short because you grew up with thorns. The most beautiful flowers grow with thorns and weeds that stunt the growth. But when you pull the weeds away there's the most beautiful creature ever."

This grandma was the epitome of awesome. She carried around two disposable cameras, and when someone tried to take a photo of her with it, they couldn't figure out how to crank the thing! My favorite quote from her: "Honey, your short because you grew up with thorns. The most beautiful flowers grow with thorns and weeds that stunt the growth. But when you pull the weeds away there's the most beautiful creature ever."

How stunning is this bride?!

How stunning is this bride?!

Hello handsome groom!

Hello handsome groom!

Look at these awesome groomsmen.

Look at these awesome groomsmen.

He waits for his bride patiently. 

He waits for his bride patiently. 

The setting for the ceremony was at the end of the court, right before a small field. The field had all of the reception area. But look at those mountains!

The setting for the ceremony was at the end of the court, right before a small field. The field had all of the reception area. But look at those mountains!

A great DIY: painted mason jars vases!

A great DIY: painted mason jars vases!

How cute is this cake surrounded by cupcakes?!

How cute is this cake surrounded by cupcakes?!

And then there was this cutie! 

And then there was this cutie! 

And to finish my night, I met a mutant ninja turtle! I don't think he was teenage yet. 

And to finish my night, I met a mutant ninja turtle! I don't think he was teenage yet. 

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