By Stefanie Ray

Weddings at The Historic Summit Inn


Ideal time allotment:  One hour minutes while bride is getting ready

Ideal time of day:  Morning

Ideal location:  where the bride is getting ready

Advice:  During this time, the photographer will photograph all the details of the wedding:  the rings, flowers, dress, shoes, and other important details.

Having an hour of preparation is ideal for our style.  We will get close ups of the bride getting ready with her mother and bride’s maids.  Also we will photograph the groom and his groom’s men and family together.

Bride and Bride’s Maids

Individual Portraits.

Ideal time allotment:  30-45 minutes

Ideal time of day:  morning or afternoon

Ideal location:  bridal suite, venue lobby, or garden

Advice:  Right after preparations have been made, and everyone is dressed, we take time to get beautiful portraits of the bride alone before the wedding.  Her make up is fresh, the flowers are unfaded.  Window lighting is optimal for soft light.  This light may not be duplicated any other time of the day.

Individual Wedding Portraits of the Bride
Individual Wedding Portrait of the Groom

First Look.

Ideal time allotment:  45-60 minutes

Ideal time of day:  Morning or early afternoon

Ideal location:  Venue garden, empty venue hallway, shady location

Advice:  The first look will make the rest of your wedding go smoothly and allow for many more photographs later that can be taken. 

First Touch Portrait
First Touch Portrait

Wedding Party Photos.

Ideal time allotment:   45 minutes

Ideal time of day:  Morning or afternoon

Ideal location:  Venue lobby, garden, park or off-site location 

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Immediate Family.

Ideal time allotment:  30 minutes

Ideal time of day:  morning or afternoon

Ideal location:  venue lobby, park, garden, off-site location, church

Advice:  Plan on 3 minutes per group image.  It is important to have additional pictures of immediate family.  Delegate someone close to you and the groom to make sure family members don’t leave when the pictures are being taken.

Groom and His Mother
Bride and Her Mother
Bride and Her Mother


Ideal time allotment:  45-60 minutes

Ideal time of day:  morning or afternoon

Ideal location:  ceremony site

Advice:  Plan on 3 minutes per group on average.  Be organized and have a delegate to help with your family groupings and make sure no one leaves for the reception.  

Formals After the Ceremony

Couples Session.

Ideal time allotment: 1 hour

Ideal time of day:  after the ceremony

Ideal location:  Venue garden, hotel lobby, off-site location

Advice:  This is when you get those photographs you have loved that helped you to hire your photographer in the first place.  These are the scenic portraits, and the beautiful expressions that Tim Ray Photography is known for capturing. Give priority to this time and allow your photographer to use his artistic license to find the best locations for your portrait and best poses.  He is seeing what the camera sees and wants your portraits to look stunning.  Trust the professional you have hired.  He is a photographer.  He understands what makes portrait look stunning.

Couple’s Session Off-site
Wedding Couple Photography

Couple’s Session Sneak Out.

Ideal time allotment:  20-30 minutes

Ideal time of day:  dusk

Ideal location:  areas with interesting lights, fountains, city scapes, in the rain with an umbrella, with fireworks or sparklers

Sparkler Send-off
Beautiful Wedding day sunset portrait

Advice:  During the reception, plan to sneak out for a couple of night shots.  There may be a gorgeous sunset, or interesting night scapes.  If you’ve danced a few songs, take a break.  Your guests will understand!

Please call us today at 304-363-8395 or click here to contact us through our website. We would love to speak with you about your wedding plans, or show you through our studio so you can meet with us. Click here to read more about Tim Ray Photography!


Stefanie Ray is a professional photographer, owner and operator along with her husband, Tim Ray, of Tim Ray Photography. She is highly involved in all the color enhancement of the wedding photography. Tim Ray Photography is a family owned and operated business and has been in the wedding photography business for more than 30 years.

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