I am so excited for your amazing day coming soon! I have put together the following tips to follow to ensure a smooth, easy, and FUN day!
Consider renting an Airbnb or a hotel room for getting photos in the morning to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable experience on your special day. It also offers the added benefit of providing a picturesque and visually appealing setting for photography.
Make sure there is natural light in the room where the bride will be getting ready (window light). This makes a WORLD of difference in your images! Promise!
Keep the area near the window free of trash, bags, snacks, etc. This will be where the bride will be putting on her dress! We don’t need any Aquafina bottles in our bridal portraits:).
Set out the details. Such as dress, rings, ring box, wedding invitations, save-the-date card, florals, shoes, jewelry, perfume, tie, vows, cufflinks, watch, something borrowed/something blue, etc.
If it's possible, please ask your florist to include a few loose flowers and greenery with your delivery. These loose flowers and greenery will be incorporated in Flat Lay photos.
Have a little "Survival Kit": include things like water, Tylenol, walking shoes, make-up for touch-ups, deodorant, and anything else that may come in handy.
Walk slower than you ever imagined down the aisle and try to make eye contact with the photographer at least once.
Carry your bouquet facing out, with thumbs in line with your belly button.
For the perfect first kiss photo, ask your ceremony officiant to step aside before he/she announces your first kiss.
Practice, Practice, PRACTICE on your first kiss. Figure out which way your heads will lean. Work on hand placement. The more practice you get in before the wedding, the easier and more natural it’ll be during the wedding.
Make your first kiss last at least 3-4 seconds. It is long enough to get quality photos and to be intimate but is not too long that will make your guests slightly uncomfortable.
Kiss at the end of the aisle! It is so beautiful having your guest in the background cheering for you as you kiss your boo! Making sure that all members of the wedding party don't start walking down the aisle until you are done with the photo.
Prepare a family portrait shot list. List all the portrait combinations you want with those people. Assign someone to gather family members and arrange everyone for the photos. This will help expedite the process.
Sneak away for golden hour photos. If there is a 15-20-minute window during sunset, let's sneak away and take advantage of that beautiful light!
If you really don’t have time or can’t convince your partner to do a private lesson, try some moves together at home. Get comfortable with swaying together (on the spot and moving around), a few simple turns, and a few dips. Remember even with lessons, the more practice, the more natural and at ease you’ll be!
A better alternative to converse during your first dance is to whisper those sweet thoughts into your spouse's ear. An easy way to add to the romantic moment of your first dance.
Get the party started! Get your guests on the dance floor for some epic dance photos!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. See you soon!