I cannot begin to explain the vibe at the Bride's place/hotel room in those few hours leading up to the Ceremony. Definitely up there as one of my favourite parts of the day, just for the sheer emotion, giggles, anticipation, etc! My very 1st thing I do when I arrive is see how you're going and where we're at - I have photographed HUNDREDS of Weddings and believe it or not, this part does not get old for me!! We set the tone for the rest of the coverage and pretty much the rest of the day. If you're comfortable and relaxed with me, then we're not going to have a problem, the photos are going to turn out the way you see them on my site and socials. My Top Tips are as follows;
- PLANNING! Following on from what I said earlier 'my very 1st thing I do when I arrive is see how you're going' is always helped by our Pre Wedding Planning. Now every Wedding is different, whether family or cultural things are happening, etc, we need to approach the planning individually. I will be in contact with you to discuss what needs to happen along with what you'd like to happen and we work out the schedule from there - and when you stick to this, everything usually runs smoothly from there.
- Details - I always capture your details when I get there, such as jewellery, bottle of perfume, Engagement ring, flowers, etc. Have these things in one spot and I'll set them up for the shoot.
- Robes - Lately, what I have found to be super popular is for you and the bridesmaids to be in robes when I get there, maybe with a bottle of champagne if permitted. These shots are always fun and a great way to start off the day.
- Hair + Make-up - I usually tell you to tell your artists to have you ready around 15 mins before I get there, just allowing for a bit of a buffer in case things are running a little late. A pic of the makeup artist applying some eyeliner looks cute too.
- As I mentioned with the Groom, having a bridal party is recommended and having girlfriends works out great. But if you're going solo, then have your sister/s or girlfriends there for some support and to be a part of the prep shots.
- Family - highly preferable to have the family there, I have been told these are some of the parent's favourite photos. I focus on immediates but some cultures like to have extra family there so on your request, I'll take a shot with them too.
- Leaving - make sure you have a plan for leaving, in regards to having your bags packed and an emergency bag if required.