Awe Captures is a
company based out of Northern California
We specialize in engagement, wedding, and portrait photography.


The Ideal Timeline!

We know that timeline planning can feel overwhelming! That is one of many reasons we highly suggest you hire a wedding planner or a day of coordinator. We know not every budget can accommodate this, however. If you are feeling stressed or just need some reference, we got you. We know you have probably never done this before. But, don’t worry! We have, and we have some tips for you.

We can’t talk about timelines without talking about the First Look. We highly suggest you do a First Look for lots of reasons… A First Look gives you both an intimate moment to see each other without the pressure of walking down the isle and without the eyes of a full audience. Another perk is that you get the majority of your posed photos with the Bride and Groom and Bridal party out of the way before the ceremony. Also, when you do a First Look, you get a lot more time with guests after the ceremony. Every wedding we have done with a First Look ran very smoothly. (We know some people like to stick to tradition and see each other for the first time as she walks down the isle, and we totally get it! Below we will include a Timeline without a First Look as well.)



So here is an ideal 8 Hour Timeline with a First Look. (Your time will vary depending on the length of the ceremony, travel time, how many locations you will need to go to, the time of year and when the sun sets, etc. Some people like to go from 2-10, it just depends on how long you have the venue for and when dinner is. But this will give you an idea of how much each part of the day typically takes.) :

1:00-2:00 Getting ready photos and detail photos. The Dress, the shoes, the rings, etc. Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready with Katie. Groom and Groomsmen getting ready photos with Andy.

2:00-2:30 Groom and Groomsmen Photos. Bridesmaids and MOB help Bride put on dress, shoes, and jewelry. (We can move the Groom/Groomsmen portraits to after the first look if the girls are all ready. In our experience, it’s best to get these photos done while the Bride/Bridesmaids are finishing up getting ready.)

2:30-3:00 First Look and posed photos of Bride and Groom. (We will get more photos at the sunset hour when the light is best.)

3:00-3:30 Bride and Bridesmaid’s Photos (This can take more or less time depending on the size of your Bridal Party)

3:30-3:45 Full Bridal Party Photos (If you have a large group, we suggest a bit more time here.)

3:45-4:30 Bride and Groom take a moment and relax. Get your last minute touch ups and hide from guests as they arrive. During this time, the Photographers will get detail photos of the ceremony and get our camera setting dialed in.

4:30-5:00 Ceremony

5:00-5:20 Family Photos

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Hour

5:20-5:45/6:00 Golden Hour Bride and Groom Photos (This will depend on how long family photos took and how far you have to walk or drive for posed photos. For example, some venues will take you on a golf card and drive you to ideal spots for your couple portraits.)

6:00-6:15 Announcement for guests to be seated and Bridal party prepare for introductions.

6:15-6:30 Bridal Party Introductions and First Dance

6:30-7:15 Dinner It is best if the Photographers eat at the same time as you so we can return quickly to capture any moments of you mingling before toasts.

7:15-7:30 Toasts. We highly suggest you eat before toasts! It helps to calm the nerves of the speakers and everyone is much more focused after they have eaten. If alcohol is served, it will also give your speakers a chance to soak up some of their delicious drinks with food.

7:30-7:45 Special dances with Parents or someone special

7:45 Open Dancing.

8:00 Cut the Cake

8:30 Bouquet and Garter Toss

9:00 Photographers pack up and call it a night.



Here is our timeline without a First Look:

(You will see the end of the night is a tad bit more crammed and there is a 30 minute gap between when cocktail hour is over and when you join the party at the Bridal Party Introductions. The timeline is a bit more tight, but it is definitely doable.)


1:00-2:00 Getting ready photos and detail photos. The Dress, the shoes, the rings, etc. Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready with Katie. Groom and Groomsmen getting ready photos with Andy.

2:00-2:30 Groom and Groomsmen Photos. Bridesmaids and MOB help Bride put on dress, shoes, and jewelry.

2:30-3:00 Bride and Bridesmaids Photos.

3:00-3:15 Photos of Bride with Immediate Family

3:15-3:30 Photos of Groom with Immediate Family

3:30-4:30 Last minute touch-ups while photographers get detail photos of the ceremony.

4:30-5:00 Ceremony

5:00-5:20 Family photos

5:20-5:40 Bridal Party Photos

5:40-6:30 Bride and Groom Portraits

6:00-6:00 Cocktail Hour for guests

6:30- Announcement for guests to be seated and Bridal party prepare for introductions.

6:30-6:45 Bridal Party Introductions and First Dance

6:45-7:30 Dinner It is best if the Photographers eat at the same time as you so we can return quickly to capture any moments of you mingling before toasts.

7:30-7:45 Toasts. We highly suggest you, your guests, and your vendors eat before toasts! It helps to calm the nerves of the speakers and everyone is much more focused after they have eaten. If alcohol is served, it will also give your speakers a chance to soak up some of their delicious drinks with food.

7:45-8:00 Special dances with Parents or someone special

8:00 Open Dancing.

8:15 Cut the Cake

8:30 Bouquet and Garter Toss

9:00 Photographers pack up and call it a night.



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    Tara & Javier’s Rustic Italian Villa Wedding

    Tara and Javier’s wedding in Murphys, California this year was a dream! Their day could not have been more perfect or more beautiful! The weather was on their side, the clouds gave us perfect coverage, the sunset was epic, and all the stars aligned for these wonderful people and we could not be more honored to have captured all of the magic from their day! To say these people are kind, genuine, and all around completely lovely is an understatement! It was a pleasure from beginning to end and we are in love with their images….see for yourself! Enjoy!!!

    Vendor Love:
    Venue: Venticello Murphys California
    Planner: Rosie Avelar Silva Save the Date Events www.savethedateeventdesigner.com RosieSilva63@gmail.com
    Hair and Makeup: The Hair + Makeup Company thehairandmakeupcompany.com
    Florist: Sweet Lilacs Sweet Lilacs Studio https://www.sweetlilacsstudio.com/welcome.html
    DJ: Sound Extreme Productions www.soundextreme.com
    Caterer & Cake: Lila & Sage Cake & Catering Co.
    Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride San Francisco
    Wedding Dress: THEIA Tara
    Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
    Groom’s Attire: INDOCHINO
    Calligrapher: Instagram @laurenlondondesigns


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      Tips and Tricks for Mini Sessions

      Mini Sessions are a great way to get some Holiday Family Portraits without breaking the Bank! Photographers are able to charge less than normal for a few reasons…..they are booking portrait sessions back to back, they don’t have to drive to multiple locations, and they are photographing shorter sessions and producing less images than a full session. If you have little ones that can’t sit still or last for a full family portrait session but you really want some photos for your Holiday Cards or to hang on your wall, this is the perfect solution for your family! We highly reccommend that you search local photographers for Mini Sessions and book way in advance since this is becoming a very popular and sought after session!

      We have done this for a few years and wanted to put together a list of Tips and Tricks for our clients or anyone interested in a Mini Session so here they are!

      1. Pick a Color Scheme!
      We suggest that you pick out a color scheme for your outfits so it’s not too matchy (like jeans and a red top) but more a color scheme like Green, Brown, and Mustard Yellow, for example. If you are going to hang pictures on your wall, think about the colors of your house so they have a cohesive color palette that best represents your family’s style! We love layers to change up an outfit too so feel free to bring extras like scarves and sweaters to make the outfits feel a bit different for a variety in your photos.



      2. Eat Before The Session!
      Make sure everyone eats before the shoot so no babies are hungry. Most Moms and Dads already think about this but we just like to remind everyone since we know that trying to get everyone dressed and out the door on time can be quite chaotic and rushed. A happy child is a happy parent is a happy session! Haha.


      3. Bring Props!
      We love incorporating any props you have that are meaningful to your family. It can be a little stuffed animal your kid loves or a cute sign, whatever it is, feel free to bring it!



      4. Arrive Early!
      Since mini sessions go by quickly, we highly recommend you show up 10 minutes early to do all the last minute things like fix a sweater or comb their hair, etc. We know things happen and so we allow a 5 minute late grace period but since mini sessions are booked back to back, after 5 minutes any extra time will go in to the allotted session time. But if you are early, you won’t have to stress and we can start right on time!


      5. Please Have Payment Ready
      We ask you to please bring cash but in some circumstances we will accept check, if need be.


      6. Let’s Have Fun!!
      We absolutely love working with people and capturing beautiful moments between families. We know that trying to get children to dress up in outfits and behave perfectly for a stranger is a tall order but let’s have fun with it. I worked with children for years as a nanny and a preschool teacher and love making them laugh and smile! Don’t hesitate to bribe them with a reward for being good during the session too, this works wonders!


      2017-10-22_0010.jpg7. What To Expect After The Session…
      After the session we will upload your pictures to a private online gallery where you can view, share, and download your High Resolution Edited Images. We know everyone wants to order family photos before the holidays so we try to be as prompt as possible and upload a few within a few days but please allow for 2-3 weeks for the full gallery to be available. Fall and Spring are our busy seasons since we are either full swing in Wedding Season or are wrapping up wedding season and are in the midst of a lot of Family/Senior/Engagement Sessions so please bear with us and know we are working on your images as soon as possible!! We so appreciate your patience during our busiest time of year!

      2017-10-22_0006.jpgWe always post on our social media when we have Mini Sessions so check us out on Facebook or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/awecapturesphotography/
      Or if you would like to reach out to us personally, you can always email us at AweCaptures@gmail.com or directly through this website under the Contact Us page!
      We can’t wait to create some beautiful images for your family and have a blast along the way!

      Cheers and Happy Holidays!
      -Katie and Andy at Awe Captures Photography


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        13 Things You Didn’t Know About Us

        13 Things You Didn’t Know About Us

        Andy and I firmly believe that every couple looking for a photographer shouldn’t just hire based on price and style (while those should still be factored in) but should also find a photographer that you “click” with! When photographer and client get along, the union can be quite simpatico! So here are a few things about us you might not have known to get to know us better….

        1. We Love the Outdoors!
        Whether it’s going out for a hike, loading up our mountain bikes and hitting the trails, going to the beach, finding a waterfall, or hiking to a river with our dogs, we can’t get enough of the outdoors! We try to be as environmentally friendly as we can be and we cherish all of our National Parks and donate as often as we can to their cause! If we aren’t inside editing or working, you will find us out exploring nature. We love trees, streams, rivers, mountains, beaches, fields, etc. That is why some of our favorite venues are surrounded by nature, there is an energy that comes from nature that absolutely rejuvenated us!



        2. We Love to Travel! (And Andy is Obsessed With Waterfalls)
        Andy literally cannot get enough of waterfalls; you can often find him researching new waterfalls and hiking trails to explore. When we aren’t working on the weekend, we often pack up the car and drive to find new spots to discover or new waterfalls to photograph! We love traveling and learning about other areas and their cultures and customs. We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel to Croatia with my family this past summer and it was amazing! Seeing areas where Game Of Thrones was filmed, learning about the culture, and learning about the history of the country was a very enlightening experience and we were just so grateful for the opportunity! We also were lucky enough to travel to Maui last year with Andy’s family and it was so relaxing and fun! The ocean, the surfing, the ziplining, the fancy dinner we had, all of it was amazing! We were sad we didn’t make the drive down the Road to Hana due to a large landslide blocking our way, but we were also very grateful that no one was hurt and we didn’t get stranded! If we could, we would travel to Lassen National Park, Oregon, Washington, Yosemite, New Zealand, and countless other places with nothing but each other and our cameras (and a few essentials of course!)


        3. Adventure Runs in Our Veins!
        Adventure drives us and is our passion! One of the best things about our job is we see each shoot, each wedding, each day as a new adventure! If we could, we would spend all of our free time away from work ziplining, hiking places like the Swiss Alps, backpacking, surfing, riding roller coasters, rock climbing…..you name it and we are probably game! Unless it’s jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, and then Andy wants nothing to do with it, but I am game….probably….you might have to push me!




        4. We Are Kinda Health Nuts!
        Andy and I are very conscious of what we put into our bodies! We have recently switched to a more plant based diet and we LOVE it! With both of us having family histories of Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and cancer we are very careful to take care of our bodies. We try to exercise, eat healthy, and stay as active as possible! In our industry, it is especially important that we are fit because we have to be on our feet for long periods of time carrying heavy equipment around all day. With that being said, we do love our “cheat” days and have a really hard time saying no to In N Out Grilled Cheeses, Pasta, Quesadillas, and Burritos! I could eat Pasta with olive oil and garlic every day of my life and Andy could eat Burritos every day of his! Okay, now I am officially hungry!


        5. We Love Animals!
        I have a confession….I have been called a cat lady. Okay, okay, if you don’t like cats, I get it! I really do! They are jerks! But when you get one that loves you and is only a jerk to everyone else, it is pure comic gold! We love all animals and rescue all of our pets. We currently have 2 cats and 2 dogs and we rescued all of them and love them like family! Between the two of us in our lives, we have owned cats, dogs, frogs, mice, lizards, snakes, geckos, fish, and turtles. We honestly would have a pig, a goat, chickens, a bunny, a horse, and lots of other animals if we could! I pretty much drop everything I am doing if an animal is nearby or even if a video of an animal comes on. I would save all the kittens in the world if I could; seriously, I beg Andy everytime we go to Petco to take a kitten home……thank goodness he is much more practical than I am.


        6. Snow Makes Us Happy!

         Every winter, Andy and I try to spend as much time as we can in the snow! There is something about the ground, the trees, the rooftops, and everything being covered in white, that is just pure magic. We instantly feel our stress melt away the moment we step in snow. I grew up in Palm Springs where seasons don’t really exist! It is hot or it is less hot, that is about it…. okay sometimes it gets a bit cold, but maybe a month out of the year. As you can imagine, when I moved up to Northern California and experienced the serenity of standing in a field covered in white powdery snow and just listening to the utter silence, watching the snowflakes fall, I fell in love! Andy described it perfectly when he said that it is magic and he feels as if a weight has been lifted off of him! He tries to talk me in to moving to an area where it snows, and while I would LOVE that, I also love being close to our families and I like warm sun on my skin for part of the year! But if you are planning a wedding in snow, count us IN!


        7. We LOVE Halloween and the Holidays!

         Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pine cones, decorated living rooms, fun creative costumes, red and yellow leaves, brisk cool air……we love everything about Fall through Winter! Some people say that dressing up is only for kids, we say Hell to the No it isn’t!! Andy and I have been Zombies and Robin Hood Hunter types together; I have been a deer, an egyptian queen, a skunk, and countless other fun costumes. My personal favorite costume that Andy dressed up as was Steve Irwin! He nailed his accent, his outgoing and excited manner of speaking, and his reckless abandon for dangerous creatures…..it was hilarious! It was one of the things that actually made me fall in love with him! (Cue the “awwwws” and or barf noises.)





        8. We Are Outgoing and Love to Laugh.
        Andy is constantly cracking jokes and making me laugh and I have been asked, on multiple occasions, if I ever stop smiling. We are often told that it is obvious that we love working with people and it is clear we enjoy our jobs! It is true! We seriously feel like we have the best job in the world! We get to capture love between a couple, a family, or the most special day of a person’s life, what could be better? We get to channel our creativity into our work and we get paid to do it, we feel so lucky! We have big personalities and pride ourselves on not only being professional and easy to work with but also making it fun! I think our outgoing natures stem from the fact that we both have big hearts and love to make people happy. Don’t be surprised if we crack some jokes or are in the corner laughing with one another!


        9. We Love Everything Other-Worldly!
        We love Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, Lord Of the Rings, or anything that takes your imagination to a whole new place! I absolutely love reading; transporting to a different place with a different perspective and find that immersing myself in a story is so cathartic. I love finding the symbolism in a story or the deeper message. I have read all of The Harry Potter Books, have listened to most of them on Audible, and am now listening to the Game Of Thrones books! P.S. Can you believe this last season of Game Of Thrones??? Don’t worry, no spoilers here!

        10. We Love Music.
        Well everyone likes music right? I mean, unless you are crazy! But we LOVE music. When we were growing up, Andy dreamed of playing the Guitar in a band and I dreamed of being a singer or a dancer. Andy taught himself to play the guitar and I have no doubts when I say that he is one of the best people I have heard play in person! You can see how he gets lost in his music and you can feel his passion for it when he plays! When he is stressed or needs a mental break, he plugs in his Hellraiser guitar and jams! When I was little, I used to dance around the house in a ballerina outfit and I would belt out songs in my room alone. I have major stage fright so I don’t often sing for other people but when I want to relax, I will put on some music I can sing to, and immerse myself in the song! Music flows through our veins, you will hear it playing while we edit, clean, drive, get ready, or when we have people over! A room without music is a sad thing!

        11. We Are In Love.
        Okay it sounds Cheesy as hell, but we get asked often if we are married and the answer is, not yet. However, we are together and we are madly in love (again cue the “awww”s and/or the barfing noises). We actually met on a dating website 4 years ago and have been together ever since. Andy contacted me and said he saw that we had a lot in common and had to reach out because we both listed Photography, Hiking, Nature, Adventure, and the Outdoors as things we couldn’t live without. I don’t know if you have ever been on these dating sites but you can instantly tell within the first message how the rest of the conversation is going to go (at least that was my brief experience) and I could instantly tell Andy was different than the other guys I had talked to! After our first conversation on the phone, I was smitten. The first thing that drew me to him was his sense of humor. His sense of humor isn’t just funny and a bit dirty at times, it’s also intelligent and he has a quick wit. I instantly loved that about him! I also noticed how kind he was to people like our waiter on our first date and how kind and chivalrous he is to strangers! They say chivalry has died but I can tell you it has not! He opens doors for people, wants to help anyone who needs it, wants to give food to people who are hungry, wants to rescue animals and it deeply upsets him to see people or animals hurt or suffering. I also noticed right away that he wasn’t lazy and he never settles and always pushes himself to do better! Okay I could go on for all the reasons I love him but I will leave it at he is my other half and I can’t imagine life without him! Andy said that he first noticed that I have a very kind aura about me and he noticed that I was always looking out for other people’s feelings and well being. He said that in our first conversations he noticed that I was well spoken and came across as very intelligent (haha I tricked him), and after meeting me he enjoyed that I was outgoing and fun! One day….hopefully pretty soon (ahem) we will be the ones looking for a wedding photographer. =)

        12. We Share a Birthday!
        We are kind of the same person in a lot of ways and us having the same Birthday is really just another example of this! It was so funny when we were first texting back and forth and I wrote, “Oh I noticed you are a Virgo, when is your Birthday?” He said, “In August.” I thought that was weird because there is a small window of Virgos born in August since I believe most of the Virgo sign is September (I don’t really follow Astrology too closely though). Then I asked, “Oh what day?” He said “August 29th” and I thought he must have stalked me somehow and I honestly thought he was joking. He assured me he wasn’t, and now we will forever have to share our Birthday. It is pretty hilarious actually, each year we say “Remember it’s MY Birthday, today is all about ME!” Our Birthday was actually two days ago and our new favorite thing is to tell people, “Well today is actually both of our birthdays so…..”, and they look at us like we must be joking but they say, “Happy Birthday?” with a tone that implies it is a question. It must be kismet!

        13. We Have The Best Families!
        I could really go on and on about this one, but I will try to be brief. Both of our families have instilled strong morals in us and we couldn’t be luckier. Our parents worked hard to give us wonderful opportunities and sacrificed a lot to ensure that we not only had all the essentials like shelter, food, water, warm beds at night, but they also ensured that we had all the tools in life to be successful! We can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for us! We both have lovely siblings that we are close to and nieces and nephews that are ridiculously adorable and just cool people! We would do anything for our families and they would do anything for us, can’t be any luckier than that can you? Family really is everything!



        We hope you enjoyed reading this and enjoyed getting to know us better! It always helps to put a person behind a name and this is us in a nutshell! We really love working with so many wonderful people and it really is true, we have the best clients in the business! Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this and for all the people that have believed in us or supported us throughout this journey…THANK YOU TIMES A MILLION!!! Cheers!

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