THE BRIDAL PARTY

Lets chat about your bridal party! I know from experience that all brides want their closest friends to have an AMAZING time during their big day and we will make sure that happens! Bridal party portraits should be a ton of FUN!

If you and your groom are sharing a first look, your bridal party will join us right after we capture images of the two of you sharing your moment together. If bridal party portraits are happening after the ceremony, we’ll try to get the group photos done as soon as possible so your bridal party can be free to mingle at cocktail hour if they wish! If there are flower girls and ring bearers involved, we find it easiest to include them in a bridal party group shot right after the ceremony or during bridal portraits taken after the first look.

Be sure your groomsmen arrive with boutonnieres and your bridesmaids arrive with bouquets!

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When it comes time to select bridal party attire, my biggest piece of advice would be to shop around. Bridal boutiques will always have options but we have seen bridesmaids wear amazing dresses from everyday stores such as Anthropologie, Aritzia, JCrew, and Nordstrom. Also, if you come across a sale, it can actually be more economical for the guys to buy suits rather than spend the money to rent one just for one day!

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It always looks more comfortable and natural when bridesmaids wear a dress that is complimentary to their individual shape. You can still have a cohesive look through colour selection. For the guys, one of the biggest oversights we see if when the shoe/belt colour is left to the individual to decide. It’s best that you choose whether the guys will all wear brown/black or other accents.

WEDDING DETAIL PHOTOS

The whole wedding day begins with the DETAILS! This is one of my favourite parts of the wedding day because it allows me to prepare and get my creative side warmed up for the rest of the day! I photograph a bride’s details in a way that matches and extenuates the style of the entire wedding day. So, in some ways, the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding. We know that you’ve carefully selected every detail to match your personality, so we’d like to spend ample time stylizing and shooting everything from the dress to the jewelry to grandma’s handkerchief! We've put together a few tips to ensure that your details are photographed the way you envision them.

Gather The Goods

If possible, collect all of your details before I arrive so that I can begin quickly and have more time for some “getting ready” shots of you and your girls! We've included a handy list at the bottom of this post with suggestions for what to gather. 

Extra Elements

Sometimes, depending on the theme and “look” of the wedding day, there may be some extra elements that you could include when you gather your details. For example, if you’re having a rustic themed wedding that includes some wooden elements, maybe save a small piece of wood for me to use when I’m shooting your rings and jewelry. A great idea is to have your florist bring a few extra loose stems that we can incorporate into the photos, and extra ribbon is always an excellent element to add in. These little extra details can REALLY help create beautiful, consistent images.

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Keep The Rings

The most common detail missing when I arrive are the rings! Moms, officiants and planners will often tell you to hand over your wedding band to the best man before the day begins. However, it’s actually better to hand it over during the bridal party portraits or before the ceremony so that I can shoot some great ring shots in the morning! If you forget, no worries, I can always shoot the ring shot later if there is extra time! 

Bring The Bouquet

Don’t forget the bouquet! Have the bouquets and boutonnieres delivered to the bride’s location before the first look so that you can have your bouquet in your portraits.

Hang The Dress

If your gown is on a plastic hanger, make a note to bring a nice wooden, silk or prettier hanger. This simple detail will make a big difference in how your dress photographs.   

What to Gather - For the Groom:

SUIT/TUX
CUFFLINKS
TIE/BOWTIE
BOUTONNIERES
COLOGNE
SHOES
GIFTS
WATCH/JEWELRY
SENTIMENTAL/SPECIAL ITEMS

What To Gather - For the Bride

DRESS
VEIL/HAIR PIECES
RINGS (ALL THREE)
SHOES
JEWELRY
PERFUME
INVITATIONS (2 FULL SUITES)
BOUQUET AND BOUTONNIERES
GIFTS
GARTER
HANDBAG
YOUR SOMETHING NEW, OLD, BORROWED & BLUE

 

choosing the right location to get ready

The "getting ready" portion of your wedding day is such a fun and exciting part of the day! There are a few things you'll want to consider when selecting where to get ready in order for this part of the day to be captured beautifully! 

1. WINDOW LIGHT: I always prefer natural light for the most flattering and romantic images, so the more windows, the better! At the very least, by having just ONE large, but simple window in the bridal prep area, I am able to create beautiful portraits with soft light.

2. CLUTTER - In order to create beautiful portraits, the area near the window should be free of clutter.

3. HAIR AND MAKEUP SETUP - We love getting some makeup and/or hair styling images while you are getting ready, but please be aware that both hair/makeup and photography require natural window light! If you only have one large window, it will be occupied with hair/makeup tools/kits/bags etc and I won’t be able to use that area for your portraits or detail photos, which means that these important images will suffer. A solution would be to either plan for hair/makeup to be very close to complete as I arrive, or have them set-up in a secondary room/area with window light.

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4. SPACE - Please ensure that you pick a space that is appropriate for the number of women and hair/make-up artists that will be present. Ladies tend to carry a lot of stuff (bags, dresses, etc.) when prepping for your big day and a small space can quickly become overwhelmed with stuff and therefore look messy and cluttered in your photos. Try and reserve a space in the prettiest spot near a window as your designated dressing space.

5. OPEN DRESSING AREA - You will need a bit of extra space for you and whoever it is you’ve chosen to help you into your gown. You don’t want to be cramming yourself into a tiny bedroom without enough room for everyone to move. A big bed in the middle of the room with not much space to the sides or bottom will leave no room for you to dress, for anyone to help you or for us to stand far enough away to get some great shots.

6. The same tips will also help your handsome groom find his prep location! Make sure wherever he chooses to get ready, there is loads of window light, lots of space and no clutter. Keeping it simple is always the best way to go.

Choosing the right location for getting ready will start you off on the right foot for a seamless morning of preparation, and help us to create beautiful portraits like this!