WHERE SHOULD OUR BRIDAL PARTY GET READY?
The bridesmaids, mother of the bride, sisters, and flower girl usually get hair and make-up and dressed in the bridal suite with the bride. We recommend getting a bridal suite or joint rooms to get ready in. This will allow for ample space for all the ladies to share. In this room we take candid pictures of the bride with her bridesmaids, flower girl, and the mother of the bride and groom getting ready. Hair and make up photos are also taken at this time. It is important to keep the getting ready area clutter free. Designating an area or a room for all the personal items is a great way to keep organized. The reason being when we come in and take candids the area should look as nice as possible. This also helps us to save time so we are not shuffling items around, allowing us to focus on capturing moments that are real and uninterrupted. A great photo op is of all the ladies helping the bride put her dress on. This might take five minutes or fifteen. Just depends on how intricate her bridal gown is. Before the bride gets dressed the bridesmaids should already be dressed and ready for portraits so when they help the bride getting ready the pictures are beautiful and everyone looks stunning.We like to approach this part of the day with a our documentary style of photography, capturing all the natural moments of laughter, tears of joy, hugging, and champagne toasts with the bridesmaids. This is a great opportunity to take detail photos of the brides gown, shoes, wedding rings, wedding invitation, bridal bouquets, and other little details that are part of the getting ready portion of the day.We always suggest to our couples that you write each other a love note during this time. It can be accompanied by a gift to your future spouse. The reason we love when couples exchange love notes it creates beautiful moments when the note is written, these can be delivered to the bride and groom by the Maid of honor or Best Man. Some of the most unrepeatable sentimental moments are forever captured during this time.
WHERE DO THE MEN GET READY?
The groomsmen, fathers, and ring bearer get ready with the groom in his suite. After we have taken photos with the bride and bridesmaids we pop into the groom's room where they are getting ready and again take candid photos of the guys getting ready, laughing, joking around, helping each other put on the boutonniere or tying the grooms bow tie. We take the groom aside for a moment to photograph him reading the love note and opening his gift from his bride.It is important that the bridal party gets ready at the same location, whether it is at a hotel, ceremony site, or private home. This ensures that we can photograph both sides getting ready and capture all the moments before the ceremony. This allows us to easily bounce back and forth between the bride and the groom and I don't have to split up with my second photographer or be at two different locations at once.
WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK
I am not sure if I want a first look before the ceremony.A first look is simply where the bride sees the groom for the first time before the ceremony. Deciding whether it is right for you and your fiance is not so simple. It is a very personal decision that the two of you will have to make. For some couples a more traditional approach is taken and they do not want to see each other until the ceremony. This is fine and we will still capture this beautifully. If a first look before the ceremony is right for you we are here to help create an intimate unrepeatable moment. We love photographing a first look with the bride and groom. For more about a first look click here. We love this intimate, emotional candid moment that the two get to experience. You will love the photos and the way we set you up for the first look. If you like the more traditional first look during the ceremony we will have this captured as well.
What is a first look with the father of the bride?
A lovely newer trend is having a first look with your father. This is where we bring your father in to see you for the first time in your wedding gown shortly after you have finished getting ready. This is such a special moment and it really draws out true emotions even with the father who likes to keep cool. We highly recommend this to all our brides the images are simply moving.