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Hey ya'll I'm Jackie

I'm  a California Destination Wedding and Engagement Photographer dedicated to capture your story through my lens in a genuine and timeless way! I love capturing couples that value marriage and their relationship!



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Capturing Family Wedding Day Formals

Under 25 Minutes


I love capturing family wedding day formals for my couples.  It’s one of the very few times, you are able to get everyone together. Sometimes when brides think about about family formals, it can be stressful at times.  Trying to get everyone together, making sure family knows to stay after the ceremony, or are we missing anyone, can be overwhelming!

I get it!  I remember on our wedding day, we had family that drove all the way from Florida to spend our special day with us. It meant so much to us that they came, but they forgot to stay after the ceremony for family formals. That is one photo, I actually miss from our special day! One of my recent brides, I was able to capture a family portrait of her grandma and her on her wedding day. A few months later, her grandma passed away and she posted the portrait of her and her grandma from their wedding. Tears filled my eyes when I saw the image and thinking about her sweet grandma. I know that family formal of those two meant the world to my bride.  Family formals are special heirlooms to capture on your wedding day.

The good news, is there is a way to not miss those family formals on your wedding day! Family formals need to be thought out in a well, organized way. I know my couples don’t want to spend all day after their ceremony, taking family formals. They are ready to celebrate this new journey as husband and wife. As a wedding photographer, it is my goal to serve my couples in a way that creates a stress free wedding day.   I wanted to share a few tips in how to create a family formal list for you wedding day!

Have A Family Formal List

Once your have filled out your wedding questionnaire, your wedding photographer prints that out and brings it along with your wedding day timeline. During the family formals, my second photographer is calling out the names and making sure everyone is listening and ready to go. This makes the flow of family formals go smoothly and quick!

Have A Bridal Party Member Help

One last tip to creating family formals in under 25 minutes, is have a bridal party member help you in case one or many family members accidentally head to cocktail hour. This is something, I forgot to designate on our wedding day and I missed out on a family formal that I wanted. Having a bridal party member help and knows your family members, will help ensure you have those love ones in your wedding day photos!


I hope you find this guide helpful in creating your organized, family formal list so you can celebrate with everyone!

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Jackie is a Destination Wedding and Engagement Photographer - always willing to travel! I believe that every couple has a story to tell, and I would love to serve you to document tangible moments through a classic and sentimental way  I value strong relationships rooted in love and serving my couples that go beyond the wedding day!

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