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Among all the options you have for wedding photography, I am truly honored you are interested in learning more about what I offer! I believe wedding photography is the most important investment you will make in the process of planning your wedding. Flowers eventually wilt, cake gets eaten & your dress will get stored away, but photos allow us to keep the magic of everything alive long after your wedding day.

This guide will take you through what you can expect throughout this process from the time you fill out an inquiry form to when you receive your image gallery & begin the album design process.

Becoming a Svetlana Sauer Bride

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The Wedding Experience

After submitting your inquiry form, you can expect a response within 1-2 business days. After confirming availability for your wedding date, we will schedule a time for an initial phone consultation.

This is a chance for you to ask any questions you would like and it gives me the opportunity to get to know you better and hear all about the vision you have for your beautiful day!

Initial Consultation


After your consultation, I will send you a proposal to review. When you are ready to officially reserve your wedding date, you will need to fill out and sign a client agreement & complete the 25% retainer payment.

Once these two items have been completed, you will receive a confirmation email along with a planning guide to get you started! This is a guide designed to help you navigate everything from choosing wedding vendors, to structuring your timeline, to deciding what to what for your engagement session.

Reserving Your Wedding Date


I typically work with couples for 12-18 months before their wedding day. During this time, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have and offer advice when needed.

This is also when we will design & schedule your engagement session. Your planning guide will walk you through every stop of this process from choosing the right outfits to deciding on which season and location is right for you!



When we are 6-8 weeks away from the big day, I will send out a questionnaire to go over your family shot list and verify wedding day details. Once that is completed, we will schedule a time to do a walk-through at your wedding venue where we will discuss your timeline and photo opportunities. This is also where we will go over the album design process and look at swatches for cover materials.

Venue Walk-Through


The big day is finally here and I am truly just as excited as you are to see everything come together! I typically arrive early to set-up so I can begin shooting as soon as our coverage time starts.

I tend to start out working with the bride, while my assistant photographer heads over to meet the groom & groomsmen. Throughout the day you will see both of us rotating around the property to make sure all the special moments are captured! 

Wedding Day


I know how anxious couples are to see photos from their wedding day, so you can expect to see a sneak peek gallery delivered within just a few days! Full wedding galleries are typically ready within 8-10 weeks of the event. Once it is ready to view, you will receive an email with a gallery link.

This is where you will be able to download and share images, as well as order prints directly through your gallery. Family and friends have an option to purchase a digital gift card for you to use in the print shop.



Once you have received your online wedding gallery, we begin the album design process to bring your photos to life! You will select your favorite images that my team will incorporate into an album design and send to you for approval. Once you have approved the final design, you will have the opportunity to make customizations to the cover, size, etc. before being sent out for production.

The album design process typically takes about 2-3 months from image selection to delivery, depending on the number of drafts we work through during the design phase.

Album Design


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A guide to help you plan your dream engagement session! Here you will find information on locations, what to wear, and everything you can expect going into your engagement session!

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The Planning Guide

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- Alesa, client

"I have a firm belief that while many people can take good pictures, not everyone is good to work with. However, Svetlana is the complete package, and makes the whole experience fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. "

- Ellie, Ellie haisch events

"I am a Chelan wedding planner and I love working with Svetlana! She is extremely professional. She works well with other vendors and helps to make sure the wedding stays on the timeline. She is very professional and quick to respond to timeline questions and emails. Not to mention what a talented photographer she is, I absolutely LOVE her style."

- Kelcie, client

"Sveta has a gift of making you feel so dreamy and comfortable while shooting. She took the most beautiful photos of my husband and I! They were everything I could have hoped for and more! She's the sweetest, and truly cares about her clients. I will never hesitate to recommend her and her talent!!"

- Ciara, client

"We LOVED working with Svetlana. She made us both feel so comfortable and we honestly had so much fun taking our pictures. Svetlana does an awesome job of creating an environment where you can be yourselves and that comes through in the pictures. I think the quality of her pictures speak for themselves"

- KatelyN, Client

"I was living in a different state while wedding planning and she made the planning EFFORTLESS for my husband and I. Weddings are stressful as is, but when the photographer really holds the day together for you and makes it unbelievable you know you've made the right choice!"

Frequently Asked questions:

In over 7 years, I have never missed a wedding, but if an emergency were to come up, my assistant photographers are trained to capture your wedding day without missing a beat!

What would happen in an emergency where you can't be there?

Yes! My flat rate travel fee is $1200 for any domestic wedding outside of WA. Get in touch for more information on booking and availability.

Do you travel for weddings outside of Washington?

Yes! While I encourage my couples to print through my partnered labs for the best results, you will receive a print release that will allow you to print through any third-party (Costco, etc.)

Will we receive the printing rights to our images?

Definitely! About 6-8 weeks before your wedding day, we will go over your final timeline and add more coverage on if necessary. 8 hours is pretty typical for most traditional weddings so I recommend starting there.

Are we able to add-on more coverage later on?

You bet! Just send me an email and I'll be happy to share a few sample galleries with you. Be sure to let me know if there is a specific venue or season you would like to see photographed. 

Can we see a sample of a full wedding gallery?

If you are planning a Lake Chelan wedding, I mostly likely have shot there before (but not always). Regardless, I always try to schedule a time to walk-through the venue with my couples prior to the wedding day.

Have you photographed a wedding at my venue before?

I typically deliver between 50-100 images per hour of coverage, depending on the dynamics of the day. My goal is always to capture your wedding day seamlessly from start to finish.

How many images will we receive in our gallery?

Yes! Payment plans are available in up to 4 installments. The first payment is required at booking to reserve your wedding date.

Do you offer payment plans?

If your event is postponed, you will have the option to apply your deposit to a new date free of charge. If you need to downside to a micro wedding, package adjustments are also available.

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