Welcome beautiful bride-to-be! So glad you are here joining us for some wedding tips! Today I am sharing about one of my favorite parts of wedding day–wedding morning! Wedding mornings are one of the most exciting parts of photographing a wedding day. I love the giggles, the “don’t cry, you’ll make me cry” squeals and the happiness that surrounds the room. Wedding mornings also get me into the groove on wedding day! One question I get asked a lot is how we always get such great getting ready photos. First, we have beautiful brides with gorgeous friends–so that helps. BUT second, our brides follow our advice for beautiful getting ready photos. So we thought we should let the secret our and give you our 4 tips for stunning getting ready images:
If you have received one of our bridal magazines, you know windows are my bff on wedding day! Great wedding morning images start with great light, and great light starts with windows. It is so important that the room you get ready in has lots of natural light and a window or two. When I walk into the room, sometimes the first reaction is to turn on all the lights–which causes me to go around and turn them all off. Because while we need light, not all light is created equal. The takeaway? Natural light, windows, and no yucky lights.
This one is a big help for keeping things running on time! Let whoever is getting you in your dress know to be FULLY ready about 30 minutes before you get into your dress. Just like you wouldn’t want to be photographed with no makeup and before your hair is done, we’re sure your mom/bridesmaids, etc don’t either! Letting your friends and family know what time to be ready at (and if you add a little buffer, we promise we won’t tell anyone), will help the morning go smoothly and help your photos have a more polished look.
One thing I regret about my wedding morning is that there was really no time to just enjoy it with my girls. So be sure to add a buffer to your timeline that will allow you to sit and relax with your friends. The girls by your side are most likely the girls that mean the world to you, so be sure to plan some time here and there to take in the moment with them. I always recommend giving the photographer 45 minutes to shoot all of the pretty details and 45 minutes to photograph the main ‘getting ready’ portion. While this may seem like a long time we promise not only will it go by super fast but if anything falls behind you will be thankful for an extra 10/15 minutes!
If you try to fit 5 girls, a few makeup artists, a beautiful white dress, and some family members into a tiny hotel room things can get cramped fast! So if possible, try to give yourself ample room to get ready. Many venues offer a bridal suite or cottage and this is typically a great option. If your venue doesn’t offer this, consider an Airbnb! They tend to cost the same as a hotel but often offer a lot more room and electrical outlets ;). One of my favorite photos to get is bridesmaids helping to ‘fluff’ out the dress and put on the veil. It is such a fun shot but does require a bit of space, so if you have the option a beautiful space with natural light is the way to go!
Theresa Bridget is a wedding and anniversary photographer serving Colorado, Southern California, and beyond. We provide a luxurious full service experience while creating joyful and timeless images that celebrate the joy of marriage.