"Expect The Best" - Professional Wedding Photography Guide


Having a wedding can be so many things; crazy, stressful, nerve-racking, fun, exciting, magical, etc. When a couple decides to get engaged and start the process, it can be difficult to know where to start and what to expect! In this blog post, I want to clear all the worry and stress about choosing Gretchen Elaine Photography (GEP) as your wedding photographer.

At the very beginning, when you message me about your interest in booking with GEP for your wedding, I will want to find a good time to meet you and your significant other. This is essential so that I can get to know both of you as a couple, about your idea for the upcoming wedding, and more importantly, for you to get to know me! I usually meet with both of you either at your home or a public place such as a cafe or coffee shop.

At this meeting, we go over all the details of your wedding that you know so far, fill out a questionnaire about you both as a couple, and I will answer all your questions about what I can provide for your special day. I usually also suggest booking your engagement with me also. The process is similar to this experience and it is a great way for me to get to know both of you more before the wedding! (Some wedding collections have to engagement session included)

As the big day gets closer, I will keep in touch about the schedule, shot list (to make sure myself and possibly another photographer capture all the special memories you know you want), the wedding collections I offer, and the investment payments.


On the day of the wedding, we photograph everything from start to finish and everything in between! I make sure that all the photos from the shot list are captured as the day goes on. My mission is to create the least amount of stress for you because this is a day you should be excited to celebrate!

One of the biggest concerns for my brides has been running behind on the schedule. My motto for my brides that this is YOUR day and the party doesn’t start until you get there so you can never be late!


Every couple’s love and relationship is unique and special, your wedding photographs should reflect exactly that! My goal for your wedding is to create and capture all the special loving moments in a creative way.

About two weeks after the wedding, we have a reveal party. I have been told this is one of the best parts of my photography experience for all my clients. At the reveal party, I come to your house and bring drinks and snacks, along with the reveal slideshow of your wedding! It truly is a party being able to relive that day through images.

After the initial reveal, I go over the images you love the most to order heirloom quality products to show off in your home for family and friends to share for a lifetime. I take pride in offering unique heirloom products that will compliment any decor. This includes a variety of albums, books, wall art, canvas, etc. Depending on your wedding collection, you will also receive all the finished images on a drive to share with family and friends on social media.

When I receive your order after a few weeks, I will coordinate with you to hand deliver / install your art.

My wedding photography experience may be unlike any others you have encountered before. I am excited to give you an unforgettable experience!

Now I know this is a lot of information especially if you are newly engaged and looking into starting to plan your wedding. I would be more than happy to meet with you and go over any questions you have about what to expect! I hope this helps any brides looking for guidance and a stress-free photography experience.

Gretchen Elaine Photography, LLC

717.799.7077 ~ gehphotos@gmail.com

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