Get Ready to Get Ready | Pre-Ceremony Tips

By, June 23, 2017

To ensure a nice flow throughout the wedding day, it is vital to start the day off right. The more we can accomplish before the ceremony, the more time we will have later to get creative with pictures of the two of you. By being prepared for us, and knowing what to expect, it helps us capture amazing photos for you!

When we first arrive, it is very important that the bride and everyone in the room be hair and makeup ready. We always suggest asking your bridal party and stylists to be finished 15-20 minutes earlier than necessary. The last thing you want to have to do is wait for a person in your bridal party! Only the bride should be putting on finishing make-up touches at this time. The groom and groomsmen should be nearly fully dressed. It will also be a good idea to put your bridal party to work to ensure the room is nice and tidy, as many photos will take place in the getting-ready area.

As you will see below, the “getting ready” portion of the wedding day is a time for many unforgettable photos. The ideal amount of photo time for this part of the day is 1.5-2 hours. If you are doing a first look, typically 2.5 hours is suggested. To maximize photo time, we designate one photographer for each spouse, which enables more coverage during this time period.

Here is a list of what to expect during the getting ready portion of your day, in chronological order:

1. Detail Photos – For the bride, this includes photos of the dress before it is put on, shoes, jewelry, florals, gifts and even invitation suites. Its a good idea to have these items ready when we arrive. For the groom this may include shoes, gifts, boutonnieres etc.

Shoe and floral detail wedding photo
Details photo of Wedding Invitiation Suite
Groom shoes and tie
Hanging wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses
Bride earrings macro shot
Hanging dress and Louboutin Shoes
Wedding dress and shoes at Rancho Valencia
Wedding invitation Suite
Detail photo of Valentino wedding shoes
Details shot of Bridal Style
Groom style at a destination wedding
Colorful red pink wedding shoes
Salvatore Ferragamo Wedding Groom Shoes

2. Candid Getting Ready Photos – For a bride, these include photos of finishing make-up touches, photos in special outfits before the dresses are on and of course putting on the dress. Putting on the dress photos occur about 20 minutes after we arrive, and typically take about 10 minutes, with the understanding that some dresses take longer than others to put on. While these shots are occurring, all of the bridesmaids and immediate family (ex. mother of the bride) should be fully dressed and ready to go.Rather than photographing a bride actually putting the dress, on we typically photograph the final lace up / zip up, along with bridesmaids/family helping with the finishing touches like shoes and jewelry. For a groom, we may photograph moments like friends/family helping with the suit, putting on shoes, and overall fun with the group.

Bride having her makeup touched up
Getting ready photo of bride and groom in their hotel rooms
Candid photo of bridesmaids wearing pjs
Groomsmen having a pillow fight
Bride getting ready pre ceremony
Fun Bridesmaids Getting Ready Photo
Fun groom adjusting hair
Bride getting ready and having fun
Candid Bride Make up Photo
Bridesmaids jumping on the bed
Bride getting ready with mother
Groom getting ready photo
Bride Getting Ready Photo
Silhouette of groom getting ready
Bride and groom finshing touches wedding photos
Bride and proud mother at wedding
Glamor photo of Bride
Getting ready photo at the Machester Grand Hyatt

3. Individual and Group Portraits Next, we will photograph some formal and stylized shots of the wedding couple in the room, and around the property. This is also the time for fun and formal  portraits with each individual bridesmaid /groomsman, along with full group shots. Including family members is optional at this point, as there is usually time (after the ceremony) specifically set aside for family photos.

Stunning bride in glamorous dress
Groomsmen style portrait
Bride with accessories lying down
Portraits of bridesmaids at a wedding
Dapper Groom
Bohemian bridesmaids having fun
Stylized portraits of bride and groom
Groomsmen with American Flag
Portraits of handsome groom and beautiful bride
Groomsmen having fun
Photos of brides pre ceremony
Groomsmen Style on A Playground
Stylized portraits of bride groom
Bride with Maid of Honor and dapper groom
Beautiful bride at a destination wedding
Creative Wedding Photography
Groomsmen being silly before the wedding ceremony
Beautiful Bride in San Marcos, California
Creative Groomsmen Photo
Bride smelling flower
Photos of Bride and Bridesmaids
Glamor photos of stunning brides

4. More Photos! Additional photo opportunities may take place throughout the getting ready portion, such as a gift exchange, a no-look meeting with each other, or even a first look with the Bride’s father. These can make for some unforgettable images. Then, before the ceremony, it’s a good idea to schedule in a 15 minute break. This allows you to decompress, and to get ready for the big moment.

Candid Photo of Bride writing vows
First look with father and bride reading note from groom
Bride and groom prayer
Bride reading card from Groom
Emotional Father and Bride
Boudoir album for Groom
Bride and groom exchange gifts before ceremony
Bride opening gift from Groom
Bride right before the ceremony

With all of this said, it’s important to remember that a wedding is a live event! Even when things don’t go exactly as planned, it is important to be adaptable. Embrace the excitement of the day, and we’ll be right there to capture amazing photos :)

Check out more unforgettable getting ready wedding images.


These Shoes Rule!

By, June 06, 2017

When it comes to fashion, it’s the shoes that really finish off the look! The same is true for the wedding day ensemble. Your shoes present the opportunity to choose something unique and personal to your style. We have seen brides rock fancy heels, sneakers, flip flops, boots, and everything in between. We haven’t come across a bride in bowling shoes yet though :) Who is up for the challenge?

While wedding shoe shopping, we suggest picking a pair that is comfortable enough to wear all day, and makes your heart and mind say, “these shoes rule!” After you show up in your perfect kicks, we will make sure to capture them in a fun and creative way. Enjoy the examples below!

Glittery bridal shoes in a blue environment.
Custom diy bridal flats
For her wedding to Shawn, Danielle went with customized Toms, which were bursting with personality. Danielle's shoes were a triple threat, combining custom artwork, her charitable spirit, and the comfort to move with ease throughout her wedding day.
Poolside photo of bride's high heels.
For her tropical destination wedding in Punta Mita, Mexico, Natalie chose these gold, glittery heels.
Bride and groom's sneakers.
Shana and Antione each wore comfy sneakers after Shana shoe-swapped halfway through the wedding. Antione walked the extra mile by having his sneakers customized with their names.
White mesh bridal shoes on bookshelf.
Cowboy themed bridal party.
Accessories for a groom's wedding.
Sparkly and rhinestone embellished bridal heels/
All eyes are on the bride :) Especially when she's wearing a pair of winners that sparkle and shine!
Bride's gold, shiny Jimmy Choo heels.
Bridesmaids shoes in the sand

And just for fun, check out this little dose of “shoe-spiration” (it’s a YouTube classic):

Check out even more wedding shoe photos on our website!


Bridal Shoes – A Perfect Fit

By, May 05, 2014

For some, shoes are a necessity, and a basic method of travel. For others, footwear is a passion! For brides who fall into the second category, finding the definitive shoe is a critical part of the wedding planning process :) We’re always impressed when we see the a stunning set of heels or fresh kicks that pair perfectly with the wedding dress.

Many modern brides choose comfort first, and we can’t blame them. In recent years, sneakers have become a popular option because of the support they provide throughout the day. For other stylish brides, it’s clear that pain is beauty. Some prefer the best of both worlds, and switch shoes throughout the day.

Trying to find the perfect fit? We’ve gathered several pairs of recent shoe photos for inspiration!

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Not enough inspiration? Check out more shoe photos from recent weddings we’ve photographed.

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