The morning of your wedding day is the best! You’re surrounded by all of your best girlfriends, sipping on mimosas while getting your hair and makeup done while Beyoncé is most likely playing in the background. The excitement and anticipation is at an all time high as you prepare to walk down the aisle in a few short hours! It’s one of my favorite parts of a wedding day for sure.
As much fun as this part of the day is, the morning-of can sometimes be a little crazy. There are so many things running through your mind, and you are most likely not going to remember to gather things like your rings or invitations so that your photographer can get photos of them during the prep time. Getting these detail shots is often something that is overlooked as you prepare for your wedding, but they are SO important in telling the entire story of your day!
This is why I always encourage my brides to gather these items in one spot the week leading up to the wedding! Before your big day, I always send an email with a list of items to gather for your detail shots. I recommend collecting them all in a box or bag, so on the day-of I can show up and get right to work instead of searching for everything! If these are all in one central spot and ready to be photographed when I arrive, I can get through the detail stuff quicker so that I can focus on you getting ready and having fun. This will also help you to make sure you have everything you need in one location!
I love to start photographing the bride and bridesmaids getting ready for at least an hour and a half before the first look (or ceremony if you don’t opt for a first look!). This gives me plenty of time to thoroughly shoot all of the bridal details, while still having an hour or so to photograph you and your girls getting ready together. Things like putting on your dress often take so much longer than expected, so it’s so important to have enough time scheduled at the beginning of the day for this so you don’t start the day out rushed!
Here are the details to have ready the morning of your wedding day:
Not every bride is going to have ALL of these details, and that’s totally okay! This is just a list of the most common items I photograph on a wedding day. If you have any other personal or special items that you want photographed on your wedding day, go for it! I love it when my couples incorporate unique items to bring their personalities into their photographs.
I hope this post helps you prepare for a smooth and exciting wedding morning!!
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