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From the islands of the Maldives, to the Serengeti bush, to the rolling hills of the Irish countryside, KT Merry has traversed the globe shooting exclusive destination weddings and fashion editorials.

It’s our goal to be an asset to you and trusted member of your wedding planning team, so we’ve compiled some of the insights we’ve gathered through the years to help you make the best choices for your day. 

But it also doesn’t just happen.  Thoughtful preparation, planning, timelines, location scouting,  and styling all come together to create it.  But, we still need a bit more from you to really make magic happen— the vulnerability to show your true love, the intention to be in the moment and fully present,  and the trust to let us be our most creative selves.

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life—
and you’re sure to have a few questions as you plan.


When the golden light perfectly illuminates the edge of a face. 
When the breeze lifts a veil and the light catches it. 

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to have all of the ingredients come together and I’m there, ready and waiting to capture that moment—that’s where the magic can happen.



We’ve learned over the years that every celebration is different and comes with its own set of unique needs. Because of this, we quote every wedding, elopement, and portrait session on an individual basis. That said, our full service wedding collections begin at an investment of $42,000. Contact us and we can send you a more specific outline of your investment once we know more about your needs.

Once you’ve selected your date and we’ve determined your collection, we will prepare and send a photography contract for your review. We ask that you return your signed contract within about a week to ensure your date remains available. Once we receive your contract and the 50 percent photography retainer, your wedding date is officially booked! The final balance is due four weeks prior to your wedding date.

Travel is not included in the pricing for our collections. As each wedding is unique, we love to learn about your destination and celebration before we discuss travel plans. We then customize a quote based on the location and number of shooting days. The travel quote is added to your selected collection, and we handle all of our own travel arrangements unless otherwise specified.

The short answer—kind of. My husband, Chad, is my business partner and fellow adventurer, and we shoot all weddings as a team. Throughout the day, Chad serves as a foil to my skills, and is so much more than a second shooter. His background in architecture provides a unique perspective and eye for detail as he transitions from shooting portraits and the groom’s “getting ready” to pivotal moments like the ceremony, reception decor, first dance, cake cutting, etc. Depending on the scale of the event, we bring on additional shooters or assistants as needed. 

Both. Attending photography school before the digital era gave me a solid education and love for the beauty of film. Being confident in both mediums means we bring digital and film cameras to all shoots and select the best option for each event based on a variety of factors. We use film about 95 percent of the time—switching to digital for late evening and low light moments. All film and digital images are processed and cohesively presented together.

We always plan to arrive on location at least the morning prior to the wedding or the first event we’re shooting, and often several days prior for international events. This time frame allows for any travel delays, and gives us time to get acclimated to the area, including scouting the wedding and shooting locations. During scouting, we often begin taking location and “scene” shots, which help narrate the complete story of your wedding. Once we arrive we also like to collect important details like a welcome bag, favor or other items we will be photographing in addition to the paper suite.

Having an emergency come up immediately before a wedding is a circumstance we have yet to encounter (knock on wood)—and an unpleasant thought for everyone involved. Leading up to a wedding, we plan our lives carefully to ensure our health is in top form and that we have ample travel time. Should unforeseen circumstances prevent us from attending your wedding, we will do our best to arrange a replacement photographer of equivalent caliber and style—we have a strong network to aid in such an unlikely circumstance. Alternatively, we would return your full investment and allow you to make your own arrangements if you so choose. 

We will first photograph you with your immediate family members (parents and siblings) and grandparents (if applicable) during the allotted formal family time. If you have groupings outside of immediate family, we suggest you provide these details at least two weeks prior to your wedding so we can schedule our time accordingly. Additionally, please inform us of any special groupings due to family circumstances (i.e divorce, stepparents, etc) so that we can appropriately welcome and recognize all of the meaningful relationships in your life.

Typically, we curate 80-100 final images per hour of coverage.

The final images we send as proofs and post in the online gallery—typically 80-100 per hour of coverage—are a curated selection based on content and composition. We include only the highest quality images from each setup angle. Omitted images may include blinking, unflattering expressions, or blur. All final images receive color corrections and exposure adjustments before we present them in the online gallery and/or as 4.5x6” printed proofs according to your selected collection.

We love working with film because it is kind to our subjects’ skin and therefore we have little need for retouching. As mentioned above, the final set of images are corrected for color and adjusted for exposure.   
Individual images that you order as prints from the online gallery or those you’ve selected to appear in an album layout will receive a final image inspection for individual color and exposure adjustments. These images also receive basic retouching, which includes blemish removal, small under-eye touch-up, distracting hair removal and/or slight cropping. Our preference is for all images to look natural and unretouched. Any adjustments we make are minimal, leaving your photographs looking clean, beautiful and representative of your celebration.

We also offer outsourced professional retouching for more extensive requests. These may include wardrobe, hair and makeup adjustments, head swapping, background alterations or any elements beyond basic retouching at a rate of $150/hour. For this, we will provide a quote for your approval before commissioning any additional work.

Our work is focused on creating exquisite art using the finest methods and quality products. With a passion for the details, we carefully curate and present each and every project we photograph. Shooting film is not the fastest method, but we recognize it as the most beautiful. Turnaround times for engagement and portrait sessions average 6 to 8 weeks. Turnaround times for wedding images is 10 to 12 weeks.

If an album is included in your collection, you will receive a first draft approximately 8 weeks after receiving your images. We custom design and lay out your album drafts to best narrate your wedding’s beautiful story. When you receive the first draft, you have the opportunity to make revisions. These may include swapping images, omitting spreads or adding spreads. Once you have approved your draft layout, we edit the images for the last time and send you a final PDF to approve before proceeding to production. You can learn more about the albums and handcrafted products we offer here.

Staying on schedule is one of the most important factors of our work. We plan carefully with your wedding planner or coordinator to create a custom minute-by-minute photo timeline for each event. Adhering to our photo timeline ensures that we are able to capture every incredible moment and detail of your celebration in optimal lighting conditions.

While rain on your wedding day is considered lucky—it's certainly not what we hope for. That said, we've navigated the challenges weather can pose time and time again, and some of our proudest work is from rainy celebrations. We work together with your wedding planner to come up with a strong Plan B—and even a Plan C. Ultimately, in these circumstances, this is when our experience, expertise and resourcefulness pay off in dividends. Should inclimate weather threaten your wedding day to the point of needing to reschedule—each wedding and each situation is unique, and that's how we handle them. But know this, we’re your partner and friend through it all. 

You’ve got enough on your plate—our thorough and detail oriented approach ensures you’ll have more photos than you could ever need or want, but we do recommend bringing to our attention any special people, planned moments, or unique details you’d like to capture that we might not know to anticipate. On your wedding day, please have the rings, dress, shoes, jewelry and any other heirlooms you’d like in the photos in the bridal suite. We will spend the first hour of our coverage shooting your details and final hair/makeup.

We have a very hands-on approach to setting up a wedding day timeline—our goal is to ensure that you have the best natural light for every part of your celebration. We also prefer to help build the timeline together with your planner and designer to give you plenty of time to capture all of your desired portraits and photographs throughout the day with buffers to ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable experience. We balance art directing, styled detail shots and portraits, and capturing the moments that happen organically through photojournalistic coverage. The end result yields a beautiful balance of people, details and emotion.

We shoot with both film and digital Canon 35mm cameras, as well as Contax 645 medium format film cameras. We always bring camera, lens, and memory card backups, and all of our equipment is regularly serviced to ensure it’s in full working order.

Absolutely. We can happily tailor any collection to best suit your celebration. Please email us your wish list. We will follow up with a bespoke collection for your review.

We do not offer videography services, however we can delightfully recommend Aaron Novak and East West Films.

What is your pricing?

How do I confirm my wedding date?

Do you offer videography?

What is your approach in capturing the wedding story?

What equipment do you use?

What happens if KT gets sick or has some sort of emergency right before the wedding?

Who should be included in our family photos?

How many images will we get?

What are image turnaround times?

Do I select the images that will be used in my wedding album?

How do you ensure that you stay on schedule during the day?

Do these images include retouching,  color adjustment or other corrective services? Is there an additional fee for these services?

What if it rains? What if we have to reschedule/relocate due to weather or natural disaster?

Do the proofs and online gallery include all of the images you take or do you provide a limited number of images?

Should I make a "shot list" of my desired photos?

Is travel/accommodation included in your pricing?


Do you work with a second shooter?

Do you shoot film or digital?

When will you arrive to our wedding location?

Can I customize a collection?

Frequently Asked Questions










Weddings are once-in-a-lifetime events filled with elegant details, timelines, loved ones, and lots of emotions. A wedding planner can take your vision and enhance it beyond what you can imagine, allowing you to enjoy the stress-free wedding day of your dreams.

We work closely with our couples’ wedding planners to ensure we are afforded the opportunity to capture all the beautiful elements of your wedding day. Photographing your wedding is much more efficient and smooth when we work with a talented planner, as we are able to focus solely on creating captivating imagery while the wedding logistics are safely in their hands. A few of our favorite wedding planners/designers are:

We like to discuss photo timelines early in the planning process to maximize our opportunities for creating stunning images. Because we shoot with film, we prefer to photograph all the important details of the day (details, decor, and all portraits) in natural light. Together with your wedding planner, we build your timeline around the best natural light to ensure your day looks wonderful in the photos you’ll keep for a lifetime. Know the sunset time for your wedding day and ideally visit the location the year prior to see the light throughout the day. This will aid in selecting the optimal ceremony, cocktail, and reception times.

The first few hours of wedding photography take place as you get ready. Whether you choose a bridal suite, hotel room, or other location to prepare for the wedding, consider the backdrop for these images. This location is where we photograph the majority of your details and initial portraits. As such, we recommend selecting a spacious, open location with ample natural light and similar decor or feel to your wedding so the images flow with the rest of the day.

We highly recommend taking the bulk of your portraits prior to the ceremony. Not only will this allow us more time to create beautiful portraits of you and those who matter to you most, but it will allow you to enjoy more of the post-ceremony festivities. Couples often become impatient and frustrated when they are forced to spend their entire cocktail hour taking portraits, as they would rather enjoy the party with friends and family. We get it! This is why we advise leaving only the absolutely necessary group portraits for immediately after the ceremony. 

To ensure we are the perfect fit for one another, it’s very important for us to get to know as much as possible about you and your wedding day prior to booking. We love to learn about both of you, your personality, your family, and your background so we get a solid sense of your love story and who you are. After the experience of your engagement session, you will know what to expect on your wedding day. It’s now time to relax and enjoy – be yourselves and leave the rest to us.

Photographing destination weddings means our clients live all over the world. Most often we do not have an opportunity to meet in person during the booking process. An engagement session is the perfect chance for us to get to know one another, for you to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and for you to experience being photographed together. We find that an engagement session helps our clients feel more at ease on the big day. Furthermore, engagement sessions are a lot of fun and an excellent opportunity to create amazing and adventurous images without the restrictions that a wedding day can bring.

Keeping to a wedding timeline is a key factor for maintaining a relaxing and photographically productive day. Things like delayed hair and makeup can drastically change the day’s schedule and impact your time for portraits prior to the ceremony. (We highly recommend a hair and makeup trial prior to the wedding.) Adding buffer time (up to an hour) around the important elements of your wedding preparation allows for delays. The best case scenario is that you finish on time and have a moment for a glass of champagne before the ceremony. Tip: When alerting the family and bridal party of their times to be ready for portraits, give a time 15 minutes prior to the start of portraits to ensure timeliness.

Please prepare all of your wedding details in advance for photographing while you’re getting ready. These details include the full paper/invitation suite in perfect condition with your preferred calligraphy/addressing/stamps, welcome bag, favor, all paper products, dress, shoes, all wedding rings, and any other details from your day that you would like photographed. We love to style still life shots, especially with meaningful elements that you provide. Consider family heirlooms, jewelry, ribbon, fabric and other items that can enhance your images. Please have your wedding and bridal details in the bridal suite where you’re getting ready so we can capture them when we arrive. 

Cell phones and iPads create a significant obstacle for us at your ceremony. We have found that at least one of your guests will try to capture your nuptials with a phone, tablet, or their own camera. These devices end up in your wedding photos and create unsightly distractions while blocking the faces and emotions of you and your guests. The best photojournalistic images of your wedding come about when your guests put away their devices and watch the ceremony with their eyes and hearts.

Tip: Consider asking your officiant to make an announcement just before the start of the processional to request that guests put away their cameras and devices and be present during the ceremony.

Work with a skilled wedding planner

Know the sunset time

Choose a beautiful location to get ready

Consider a first look

Enjoy & Trust us

Don't skip an engagement session

Create a realistic wedding day timeline

Details matter

If you’re using a unique linen for your wedding reception tables, please consider adding an additional small one to the rental order for photographing your wedding invitation and/or details. This helps tie together your images through color and texture, making them more cohesive and powerful.

Consider a cell phone-free ceremony

Wedding Day


We’d love to hear more about your upcoming adventure. Let's create something beautiful together. 


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