Do you want to share a "first look" with your dad or any other person who plays a huge role in your life? Will you and your groom be exchanging gifts while getting ready? If so, who would you like to deliver them? Are there certain women in your life who would appreciate seeing you get into your gown? Some brides want very few people around for this moment while others relish having a full bride-tribe! It's totally up to you! Make your wedding uniquely yours by doing what YOU want to do, not what tradition tells you is right.
Getting Ready Tips
Every little detail
RINGS, SHOES, JEWELS ...
What to bring
If your wedding has a theme or certain vibe, feel free to bring some props or decor that matches for us to use in the detail shots. Ultimately, the most important things to bring for us to photograph are the things that are meaningful to you. This could be anything, but here’s a few ideas:
dress | custom dress hanger | full invitation suite | veil or hair piece | shoes | garter | bridal bouquet and boutonnieres | jewelry | rings | perfume | family heirlooms
Day of Reminders
GATHER THE GOODS
If possible, collect all of your details before we arrive so that we can begin quickly and have more time for "getting ready" shots!
KEEP ALL THREE RINGS
The most common detail missing when we arrive are the rings! Please try to keep these all together so we are able to photograph them all.
BRING THE BOUQUET
Don’t forget the bouquet! We love using this in the detail shots as well as the brides portraits before the ceremony when time permits.
The Dress Zip
We suggest your mom and bridesmaids be ready and dressed before you so they look nice in the photos as well.
As you get ready to put your dress on, refrain from putting on any jewelry. We love shooting all of those final details once you’re in your gown!
We’ll leave the room until you have your dress up, then call us back in and we’ll move you in the best spot to do the photos of the dress zip up. This will likely be in front of the window for optimal lighting!
After your dress is on, if time permits we will likely take a few portraits of you before heading to the first look or ceremony. If not, we will do this during the newly wed portrait time.
Since 90% of our couples opt for a First Look, we have options for the bridal veil! I recommend that the bride only wear her veil when she comes down the aisle and I recommend this for three reasons.
1. This is something new for your groom to see when you’re walking down the aisle!
2. A lot of times, during a First Look, the groom is so excited to see his bride that he accidentally pulls the veil out when he throws his arms around her.
3. Saving the veil for the ceremony ensures that we get some “Just Married” portrait shots with the couple because EVERY bride needs to have a “Veil Blowing in the Wind” shot of their own! This isn’t a rule that we ask all brides to follow, simply a suggestion that we make.
Splurge on the Bridal Bouquet
There are so many expenses when it comes to wedding planning. Many brides have to prioritize what they want to invest in. We want to give a little tip that can save money and make a huge impact on the way your images turn out. If you’re having trouble making a decision about your florals, we recommend making your bridal bouquet a big priority! When photographing a wedding, if the bride has a gorgeous bouquet, we can make the entire day look as if there were beautiful florals everywhere! We can use it to spruce up bridal details, reception details and even bride and groom portraits! The bridal bouquet is a focal point in much of your photography, and we highly recommend getting your DREAM bouquet and investing less on the bridesmaids bouquets since they will not be photographed nearly as much.