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Pockets of time: the 10-minute rule

When Chris and I got married, our wedding day flew by. We got to our hotel room that night and realized that it was the first time we were alone for the ENTIRE day. It was great seeing relatives and friends we hadn’t seen in a while, but dang, we were so busy talking to everyone else that we barely had time to speak to each other.

I wish someone had told us about the Ten Minute Rule.

The Ten Minute Rule, coined by the fab Justin & Mary, is one of the pockets of time we like to carve out for our couples. In a nutshell, once you walk down the aisle, we lead you away from the crowd, away from that never-ending receiving line, to let you bask in the glow of literally being JUST married…and we’re there to capture your raw emotions of the moment. We’re not in your faces either; this isn’t portrait time (though most of the time, we roll right into portraits). It’s simply a little pocket of time for just the two of you. You will never get those emotions back, and they definitely can’t be staged later on!

It doesn’t have to be 10 minutes, either. It can be 5, or it can be 15. Totally up to you.

Here are a couple from Pansy & Tim’s wedding, which resulted in two of my favorite images from their day:


And a few from Liz & Kevin’s wedding:


While it’s preferable that we are in a location with nice even light, sometimes it’s just not possible. Alex & Chris‘ ceremony ended well after sunset, and their first 10 minutes as husband & wife was in a pitch-black parking lot. Still, their post-ceremony photos are some of our favorites:


I’m hoping more couples are open to the Ten Minute Rule after seeing these images!

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