the process


Step one - let’s be friends

Step one

let’s be friends

We don’t believe that wedding photography is one-size-fits-all! We know that Patti Darby Brides are unique and we work VERY hard to find them! We serve a very specific type of bride who recognizes that if she wants joyful, genuine portraits of herself & her new groom, then she needs more than just pretty pictures. She needs an incredible EXPERIENCE! The first step towards working with us is determining if we are the perfect fit for you! After getting to know you online, we’ll determine if we’re a match made in heaven and then we’ll move on to the booking process! ..

Step two - save the date

Step two

save the date

Yay!! You were made to be a PD Couple! Now let’s make sure your date is safe and secure so that we can make this dream a reality!!! I’ll send you a custom online booking proposal where you can review your package and pay your deposit to make everything officially official! Now that you’re an official PD Bride & Groom, it’s time to get started!! ….

Step Three - engagements

Step Three


Let the fun begin! After you book, we’ll schedule your engagement session. And don’t worry… I’ll teach you EVERYTHING! I thrive at helping my couples get comfortable and feel like themselves. After the first 20 minutes of your session, you will be pros. GUARANTEED. I’ve NEVER had a couple not feel at ease! Even if you think you’re not photogenic or if your fiancé “hates having pictures taken”, you will be killing it after 20 minutes have gone by! That’s all the time we need to get rid of nerves and start capturing the joy of this new season of your life together! After your engagement session you’ll be featured on the PD Blog and will also be sent your online gallery of images to download and share however you wish.

Step Four - timeline talk

Step Four

timeline talk

Once we’re 8 weeks out from your big day, I’ll start making sure that I’m completely prepared and ready for your wedding! I love creating custom timelines for my couples to ensure that you don’t miss out on your dream wedding photos! You know all of those dreamy portraits, fun friend shots, and detail images that look like they are straight out of a magazine??? I work with my PD Couples to plan their day so that they can actually have images like that of their OWN! I know how to create the perfect timeline for a photography-friendly wedding day!

Step five - your wedding day

Step five

your wedding day

It’s here! It’s time to celebrate, relax and let me get to work! I believe in telling the full story of my couples’ wedding days and so I don’t like to shoot less than 8 hours. This day is going to be a blur to you and so I make it a priority to capture the traditional shots that every bride needs while also capturing the moments in between in a creative & unique way. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is our portrait time with the newlyweds and getting to meet our couple’s families and best friends!! After the wedding day, you’ll be featured on the PD Blog the following TUESDAY! I like to share my weddings while everyone is still on cloud nine from the big day instead of keeping my couples waiting!

If you’ve made it this far, there’s a good chance you’re a PD Bride! Click the Write Me button at the top to check if your wedding date is available or you can email me directly at

photography by Patti Darby// design by the buffalo collective