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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 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 walk you through what to expect throughout this process of working together!

Initial Consultation


When you are ready to officially reserve your wedding date, you will select the coverage option that works best for you, fill out and sign a client agreement, then complete the 50% retainer payment.

Once that is complete, you will officially be down in my books and we will begin the planning process!

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. Throughout this process, I will help you choose a location, assist with styling outfits and your overall look, and offer any other guidance you may need to get the most out of your session!



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 final consultation  where we will discuss your timeline and photo opportunities. This is also where we will go over the album design process and what to expect post-wedding.

Final Details


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. 

Many couples even choose to begin their wedding weekend coverage with a welcome party or rehearsal dinner, so we may be spending several days together!

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 the first week! 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 and have them sent to you.



Once you have received your online wedding gallery, we will begin the album design process to bring your photos to life! My team will create a digital mockup using your favorite images and send it 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!"

Currently Booking 2023 & 2024 Wedding Dates

Based in Chelan, Washington

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