I am super excited about my crazy busy wedding season kicking off and I thought it perfect timing to share some of my wedding wisdom with my bride and grooms to be. I am going to run through various parts of the wedding day over a number of blog posts and share my experiences and words of advice to help your day run as smooth and seamless as possible. I will start at the beginning – the Getting Ready!
This is one of my favourite parts of the day, the air is filled with excitement and the butterflies are fluttering as you spend your last few hours with your nearest and dearest family and friends before you say ‘I do’! When I arrive I like to start with capturing all the details like your dress, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, shoes, headpieces, jewellery, invitations, perfume, your something borrowed, old and blue. Its best to have all these items laid out, with all labels and tags removed beforehand.
After I photograph all the details, the hair and make up preparations will be well underway and everyone will be camera ready. I will snap away merrily capturing moments as they unfold.
The most exciting part is the bride getting into her dress, I advise that the bridesmaids get into their dress ahead of the bride, so they can help the bride into her dress and be photo ready too. The best place to get ready, from a photographers perspective is a spacious room that has lots of NATURAL LIGHT and don’t forget to have a quick tidy up beforehand, the less clutter in the background of your photos the better.
The greatest advice I can offer to this part of the wedding day is to ALWAYS ALWAYS schedule more time than you will need. Sometimes simple things can take an extra 20 minutes and suddenly your whole morning is thrown off. Sometimes getting into the wedding dress can take twice as long as anticipated due to a button malfunction or happy tears can lead to make up need retouched before you leave. Always allow wiggle room so you can be ready and sipping champagne with your girls rather than stressing because your hair isn’t finished.
But most importantly, RELAX. This is your day. Enjoy it!!
p.s. If all else fail reach for the Rescue Remedy, Ive seen many a bride use it!