Simple advice & tips for your wedding day
The morning prep..
1. Distance between you. The closer you are getting ready to each other and the ceremony the better. This makes more time for photos and less time spent driving.
2. Get your rings cleaned for extra sparkliness!
3. Drink lots of water and make sure you eat something before getting dressed. After you are dressed, you will probably feel too nervous and excited to eat.
4. Make sure your hair and makeup is near completion by the time I arrive.
5. Tell your Mum and Bridesmaids to be dressed and ready before you put on your bridal gown to ensure they are looking great while helping you into your dress.
6. Designate your Maid of Honor to keep the schedule on time so that you don’t have to stress about it.
7. Choose a spacious room with natural light coming from a big open window and declutter it, remove furniture etc. This space will be used to get your detail shots of your gown and accessories and for taking the formal portraits.
8. Put all your accessories in a box to have ready for easy access, this saves time on the day trying to gather them all.
Items to put in this box for the bride: shoes, rings, ring box / pillow, perfume, garter, jewellery, your something old / new / borrowed / blue, hand written vows, invitation suite, bouquet.
Items to put in this box for the groom: shoes, rings, ring box / pillow, cologne, watch, cuff-links, handwritten vows, boutonniere, tie / bow tie.
9. Hang your dress / suit on a nice white or wooden hanger for display.
1. Every ceremony is different, so be sure to let me know if you will be doing anything unique – such as a sand ritual, lighting candles, and so on.
2. Don’t rush it… A nice slow walk gives me plenty of time to take photos of you both as you see each other for the first time. If you think you are walking slow, walk even slower!
3. When exchanging rings, put them on slowly so that the top of the ring is visually available for me to photograph. Enjoy this beautiful moment!
4. Respectfully ask your guests to not stand in the aisle to take photographs. Consider having an ‘unplugged’ ceremony so that your guests can be fully present. Ask your Celebrant / Priest to make a short announcement at the beginning.
5. When kissing each other, hold it for a few seconds, it doesn’t have to be a quick, short peck. Making it last a little longer will help me get a few great shots of it. Consider doing a second kiss later on for your guests to take a photo.
6. It is often best to do family photos right after the ceremony. Make a list of groups you want photographs with and ask a coordinator or your Maid of Honour to gather the appropriate family members for each shot. Allow 30 minutes for this.
7. Don’t let the weather get you down. Just grab gumboots, a white or transparent umbrella and enjoy this special day!