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I’m Elle, a Chicagoland wedding and senior photographer serving head-over-heels in love couples and fun-loving seniors from my home in Bourbonnais, Illinois and throughout the Chicagoland area.

About Elle

Winter Wedding photos at Perry Farm Park

Planning a wedding can be crazy overwhelming, especially when you’ve never done it before 😉Today I’m sharing a sample version of an 8 hour wedding photography timeline! I always help my brides when planning their timelines, but how amazing would it be to have an idea of what the timeline will look like?!

The #1 tip I have for brides starting to plan their timelines is to always, always, always have “buffer” time. Absolutely do not plan everything to the minute. Events get behind schedule, you can’t get that dang dress buttoned fast enough, or the ceremony is taking way longer than expected-whatever it is, wedding days are always a bit off schedule, and leaving buffer time takes the timeline stress right out of your mind! 🙂

Timeline:

11:30am-Elle Arrives at Bride & girls (begins photographing all the pretty details: your rings, your invitation suite, your dress hanging, etc.)

12:15pm-Bride + Bridesmaid matching robe photos (always soooo cute!)

12:30pm-Bride into dress (it’s all getting real, girl)

12:40pm: Bride mini first look with her bridesmaids (the time when your bridesmaids are literally screaming and crying in excitement)

12:50pm-Bride first look with dad (& then we all start crying. the SWEETEST of moments)

1:15pm-Bride + Groom First Look (the most special, private moment of the whole day)

1:15pm-Bride + Groom Portraits (my FAVORITE)

1:45pm-Bridal Party Portraits (getting these portraits done before the ceremony is so great! Trying to wrangle the bridal party after the ceremony can be super tricky)

2:30pm-Elle photographs the ceremony details (Bride & Groom + wedding party relaxes for a bit before the ceremony)

3pm-Ceremony Begins!!!

4pm-Family Formals begin (immediately following ceremony)

4:30pm-Bride and Groom just married portraits! (you both have wedding rings now!!! The fresh glow of a newly married couple is the best-these are always a favorite of mine!)

5pm-Cocktail hour continues & Elle photographs empty reception details

5:25pm-Bridal Party Prepares for Grand Entrance

5:30pm-Grand Entrances into Reception

5:30pm-cake cutting

5:40pm-Dinner

5:50pm-Toasts and speeches

6:30pm-First Dances (bride and groom dance, mother-son dance, daddy-daughter dance)

7pm-Open Dance Floor

7:15pm-Bouquet + Garter toss

7:30pm-Photographer Coverage Ends

-Brooke + Alex

"Where do I even begin… First off, Elle is hands down one of the sweetest humans you will ever meet. As if her work doesn’t speak for itself, the minute I met her and started chatting I knew we made the right choice!
We’ve been married 3 weeks now and we had the most beautiful day, but the amount of compliments we’ve received on our photos blows everything else out of the water and we are STILL getting comments!! I can’t even put into words how blown away both myself and everyone else was with her work.

You will get a handful of previews right away and a blog post which to be honest I would have been happy with just those! BUT I was absolutely floored when I saw our full gallery! I look at them at LEAST once a day because I am just so obsessed with them. Elle is insanely talented and her creativity shines through in her photos.
You will feel like you are straight out of a bridal magazine, I promise!"

"You will feel like you're straight out of a bridal magazine"

-Noelle + Elijah

"Lord help me not ramble too too much about how AMAZING Elle & Ashton are! I cannot say enough good things about these two or express fully how much I not only recommend them but insist you choose them for your wedding. When I sat down and started looking up wedding photographers on Instagram (lol) I came across Elle's page and instantly fell in love with her style of photography. As I looked through the pictures I almost felt the love radiating from the pictures if that makes sense lol. I knew I had to reach out to her and get all the info on how to have her as our photographer. After we had booked her we took a LONG time to try and find a wedding videographer and we just could not find one that matched what we were looking for so when Elle announced that her husband was going to be joining her and adding videography as something they offer I immediately ran right to my email thread and told her I wanted to add it onto our package. BEST DECISION. I cannot tell you how many times I have cried watching our sneak peak film or looking through our photos on her blog. Seriously I cannot recommend this duo enough. Thank you Elle & Ashton AGAIN.. lol for capturing our day so perfectly. Everything turned out better than I could have ever imagined. If you're looking to book Elle........ DO IT & add Ashton as your videographer! You won't regret it!"

"Best decision"

-Krista + Travis

"I think most brides-to-be have heard a time or two the importance of investing in a good wedding photographer. And this couldn’t be more true! Once your big day comes and goes, all you have left are the memories. The decorations sit in storage, but your wedding pictures are hung on your walls for years to come. What better way to relive that day than with your wedding pictures?! Elle goes above and beyond to capture such special, unique moments. It’s so special to walk through our dining room and see the photos she’s taken hung up. I’m immediately taken back to the amazing memories we created. Her style is so elegant, her personality shines, and her photos speak for themselves. I would absolutely recommend Elle Taylor Photography for any special event to capture and preserve timeless memories of you and your loved ones! Thanks again for all you do, Elle!"

" Her style is so elegant, her personality shines, and her photos speak for themselves"

-Sara + Johnny


"Elle was nothing short of perfect! She is so sweet, patient, and has the biggest heart. She is truly the best at what she does and Johnny and I could not have picked a better photographer to capture our perfect day! Through every detail, Elle made sure everything we wanted and needed was taken care of. Elle even put her jacket around me in the freezing cold! We are the most grateful for the love put into the whole day! Elle made me feel like the most beautiful bride and kept me calm with her love and patience. Picking a photographer for your wedding is the hardest part knowing that it is what you have to remember the best day of your life, but Elle made it easy and we are so in love with our wedding pictures! We are forever grateful!"

"We are most grateful for the love put into the whole day."

-Sarah + Phil


"It was truly magical working with Elle as our photographer on our wedding day. She made us feel so calm and comfortable on a crazy and exciting day! She took every picture we wanted and even snuck in a few extras that we will cherish forever. We've already recommended her to all of our engaged friends, and will continue to recommend her to new couples! Choosing a photographer who meshes with your personalities and photography style is a must, and Elle without a doubt fulfilled both. Thank you, Elle for memories we will never, ever forget!"

"Choosing a photographer who meshes with your personalities and photography style is a must, and Elle without a doubt fulfilled both"

-Caiti + Josh



"Elle is FLEXIBLE, FAST, EXPERIENCED and an all around GREAT photographer! We felt SO at ease with her and she was an absolute DELIGHT to shoot with. We couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. The pictures turned out AMAZING and she got them back to us in less than 24 hours!!! Thank you SO much Elle! If you are looking through Elle’s reviews and are STILL NOT CONVINCED that she would be PERFECT for ANY occasion you are out of your mind!"

"If you're looking through Elle's reviews and are still not convinced that she would be perfect for any occasion, you are out of your mind!"