Wedding Planning | Seasonal Portrait & Timing Tips

Education + Planning

January 2, 2024

What is the best season for a wedding?

More often than not, my couples are planning a wedding for the very first time, and it can seem incredibly overwhelming! There are a lot of unknowns:

How do you get what you ultimately desire? What are the best practices for the timeline of the day? How do you get the most out of your photography investment? What are common mistakes to avoid? There is so much to consider and I’m here to help you make the best decisions for your day!

Overall, the most impactful decisions have to do with your wedding day timeline. I have seen poorly planned timelines wreck wedding days, and I have seen strategic timelines save wedding days when emergencies arise. If you want to focus your energy on really being intentional about one main thing in your planning process, direct that intention towards the timeline for the greatest impact! Let’s get started! Today we are going to talk about seasons.

Large bridal party in Washington, DC

Seasonal Portrait + Timing Tips

Bride and Groom embracing at Ivy Rose Barn Wedding Venue


Winter weddings are gorgeous! However, they do take some additional planning simply because of the sunset time. The hard part about a winter timeline is the fact that the sun sets around 4:00 pm. This means that all of your portraits have to be done before then! This isn’t a problem if you’re having a late afternoon wedding. However, if you’re planning on having a late evening wedding, you may have a bit of down time from 4:00 pm until the start of the ceremony. You will also need more coverage time as well.

Bride and Groom kissing under a spring blooming tree


Spring weddings are wonderful because they are the perfect temperature! However, I recommend having plenty of Claritin and Zyrtec on hand just in case allergies start to flare up during portrait time. Spring weddings normally mean the potential for some blooms! If we happen to find any type of blooming tree or plant, it will be worth it to give us a few minutes for portraits with it! You’ll LOVE the result!

Bridesmaids standing during a beautiful black and white wedding ceremony


Summer weddings are amazing! I love that there is so much daylight! In some months, the light will last until 8:30 pm! So, if you’re having a summer wedding, you’ll need to plan on having a few minutes to slip out of the reception for your glowy, sunset portraits. You will NOT regret this! This is the absolute best light of the day and you’re going to want to have portraits taken during this time period. Usually these portraits happen during dinner or open dancing so that no one even notices that you’re gone for a few minutes!

Couple standing in front of the The Barn at Willowbrook Wedding Venue in Leesburg, Virginia.


Fall weddings are my favorite! The temperature is amazing and I love the fall colors! Most of my fall brides worry about color, and I just want to encourage you that all I need is one tree with some color in order to make it look like fall! A little bit of color can go a long way!! Your portrait time (and fall colors) will vary depending on your wedding date. We’ll be sure to discuss this when we approve your final timeline!

Groom fixing his tie in front of reflectionl

Final Thoughts

Some final notes of encouragement for you beyond the timing and temperature of your wedding! Enjoy this season of planning but also remember that your MARRIAGE is more important than the wedding. The wedding will come and go in a matter of hours, but your marriage needs to stand the test of time. Continue to make time for one another even with all that needs to get done. As you continue to plan, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have along the way! Also, when you book your wedding with me, about 8 weeks before the wedding, you’ll receive an online questionnaire that will provide me with everything I need to know for your big day! I hope this post has been helpful as you continue to plan and prepare for your wedding day!

Here’s a summer wedding you might love, a spring, fall and winter one too!

Ready to check if your wedding date is available? Send me a message here.

Couple standing in a beautiful, ivy filled first look spot at Poplar Springs Manor in Warrenton, Virginia

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