How to push pause, and soak in your wedding day!


Sunset at Pippin Hill Farm

Escape from the reception!

Let me explain …

The Summer Solstice is almost here, and that means we are about to experience the longest day of the year! For the months of June and July Sunset is between 8:30 – 8:40 pm, with the peak colors generally being within 15 minutes after sunset. Scheduling sunset pictures into your timeline can be a challenge as dinner, toasts, or dancing generally falls around the same time as sunset. Additionally, you probably plan on doing the family and bridal party pictures during cocktail hour or earlier.


Sunset pictures from Michelle & Louis’s Wedding at Farmington Country Club

Here is our recommendation for scheduling sunset pictures on your wedding day and allowing time to soak everything in …

1) First, still plan on doing the majority of your pictures earlier in the day. I like to complete bridal party and family pictures at least 30 minutes prior to sunset.

2) If sunset is during the reception, ask your planner to set aside 15 – 20 minutes for you to enjoy a moment together watching the sunset. This will generally be after dinner but before toasts or dancing. You will be with your friends and family throughout the entire day, so it is often nice just to set a little time aside to escape so you can soak everything in together.

3) Use half of this time for pictures, and half of this time for reflection. Talk about the ceremony, talk about the wedding, talk about what you are looking forward to in married life!! Your wedding day can be a blur, but this will help you take it all in and cherish the experience!

What if you don’t have a great sunset? … Try for a night picture (like the one below). Either way the idea is to soak everything in while your photographer gets a great picture of the moment.

Let us know what you think and whether you plan on trying it out for your wedding day! We would love to hear your comments.

All the best,

Aaron & Brittany of Aaron Watson Photography

P.S. If you like these pictures be sure to check out the full wedding posts on our blog Thursday and Friday for Christina & Wayne’s wedding (pictures at the top) and Monday and Tuesday for Crystal and Ryan’s Wedding (pictured below).


Night shot from Crystal & Ryan’s Wedding at the Early House in Louisa, VA

All pictures copyright Aaron Watson Photography. All rights reserved.

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