Updated: Nov 20, 2018
When it comes to your wedding day it really begins with the details! This is one of our favorite parts of the day as it allows us to get creative and put on our editorial hats. We photograph the brides and grooms details in a way that matches and showcases the style you've so painstakingly planned for months and months. The details will set the stage for the look of the whole wedding, and having the time to stylize and shoot everything from the dress, to the jewelry, to grandma's pearls as your something borrowed. We ask our brides to gather any details they have before we arrive. That way we can walk in, say hello, and immediately get to work. Our goal is to be efficient as possible while giving every aspect of your wedding the care and attention it deserves. Please ensure your mom that we will take EXCELLENT care of the dress! Promise!
Before your photographer arrives make sure to gather all your details. Sometimes, depending on the theme and look of the wedding day, there may be some extra elements that you can include when you gather your details. For example, if you're having a country themed wedding you could include a piece of burlap, lace or small piece of wood. If you're having a romantic themed wedding, ask your florist to include some loose floral. This really makes for beautiful and consistent album spreads!
The most common detail missing when we arrive are the rings! Moms, officiants, planners, and your Maid of Honor will all remind you to hand over your wedding band to the best man before the day begins. However, it's actually better to hand it over after we've had a chance to photograph it. If you forget, no worries, we can always shoot the rings at the reception if there's extra time. Although once that ring is on for the day we recommend keeping it on.
What to bring:
Rings (all 3 of them!)
Bouquet & Boutonniere
We can't emphasize enough to give yourself plenty of time to get ready. When your hairstylists arrives have him/her start on the bridesmaids first. That way you can get your makeup done before your hair, and the photographer can get shots of the final part of your getting ready.
As you get ready to put your dress on please refrain from putting on any jewelry on. We love shooting all of those final steps once you're in your gown! Speaking of the gown, if your dress is on a plastic hanger you might want to make a note to bring a wooden hanger along for picture sake. Some dresses hung up just doesn't do them justice (think two pieces or dresses with sleeves) but for the ones that look beautiful on and off the bride we try to get a hanging the dress shot, and it always looks better with a wooden hanger than a plastic one.
Don't forget the bouquet! Have your florist deliver the bouquets and boutonnieres to the bride before the first look so that you can have them for the first look! The bridal bouquet is also a great backdrop for some ring shots too. We tend to get creative with using elements of the wedding together to create beautiful and unique photographs for our clients.
Don't worry if it's hot. We'll keep the bouquets in water when not photographing them so they're still fresh for the ceremony. And many venues offer fridge space specifically so the flowers won't wilt.
The best way to guarantee great images is by being prepared for each shoot, communicate with the people involved, and giving your photographer the time we need to create the images that you'll cherish for years to come. Great photographs take a good amount of time.
If you would like off-sight photos prior to the ceremony with the bridal party, or even for a first look, please plan on additional time for that. It takes a little organizing and planning to move an entire bridal party from one location to another, and we always take traffic into account.
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