I'm super excited to start this new, three-part series for my TR Brides to read! In this series, we're going to break down different portions of the wedding day timeline and discuss how you can get the most out of each portion! Your wedding day is quite busy, and it will go by so quickly! At the end of the day, all you have left from your wedding day are the photographs and the wedding film. With this being the case, you should place a high priority on photography!
First let's talk about wedding details.
The details are the very first thing I will shoot on your wedding day. I will arrive sometime while the bride is still getting her hair and makeup done. So here are some ways to prepare before I arrive!
1. Have everything gathered in advance. I always recommend my brides make a "bride bag" of all their wedding day details. That way, everything will be in the same spot, and we're not having to interrupt hair and makeup time to search for your shoes, jewelry, etc. The details I recommend including are the dress, shoes, jewelry, bride's engagement and wedding ring, groom's wedding ring, bouquets, perfume, as well as any accessories the groom may have also. These small details add so much to the story of your wedding day!
2. Provide us with a few extras! One idea I recommend to my brides is to have your florist provide you with some loose florals for the detail shots. You could also include silk ribbon in your wedding colors or some textured fabric. Another great idea is to incorporate a Mrs. Box. These velvet ring boxes can be customized to match your wedding colors plus you can have your initial monogrammed on it! These are a fun present for yourself and they look fabulous in those gorgeous wedding ring pictures!
Now let's move on to pictures of you getting ready.
1. Be flexible. As photographers, we are trained to see the best lighting. So just trust us. We may request moving to a different portion of the venue for the getting ready pictures such as putting on the dress because we see an issue with the room you're getting ready in. Just trust us and know that our goal is provide you with the most beautiful images possible!
2. Stop and consider the lighting in the room you choose to get ready in. Does the room have lots of natural light? Does the room have windows that allow light to pour in? This is a good thing!
3. Have your mom and bridesmaids get dressed first. I have seen many weddings where the bride is ready to put on her dress, but there is a bridesmaid or two who are still putting on makeup or only have curls in half of their hair. Therefore, it can cause a lag in the timeline because you'll have them in the getting ready photos with you. With this being the case, it's best you let them get ready first.
4. Savor this moment. The getting ready portion of the day is so much fun! So try to slow down and enjoy this part of your wedding day! I know it was a favorite part of my wedding day!
I hope these tips are practical! Next week, we will be discussing first looks and the ceremony!