Hello, future brides. Today we're sharing about one of the most exciting parts of the wedding day: getting ready. This is when it all starts to feel REAL… all the vendors start arriving, you’re finishing your hair and makeup, and then you finally put on your wedding dress! As exciting as it is, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind so that your photos end up as gorgeous as the moments. Here are our top 5 tips for getting beautiful getting ready photos:

Choose a space with LOTS of natural light

This means a lot of windows, and BIG windows. If you can choose a space that has a lot of beautiful light pouring in, your photos will look stunning. The first thing we do is open all the shades, turn off the lights, and photograph this part of the day with the natural light coming in.

Ask your bridesmaids to help keep the space clean

We will already be looking out for and clearing bags and water bottles, but remind your bridesmaids before the big day to try to keep the space as tidy as possible. Of course, it’s not a big deal if things get a little messy... but it’s always nice to have people aware that we need a clean space (especially by the windows). Plus we'll have some extra helping hands when it comes time to clean up.

Give yourself plenty of space

If possible, choose a location where you have plenty of room to spread out. Ideally, you’ll want space to have your mom & bridesmaids helping you into your dress for those pretty fluffing photos. The more room, the better. If you have options, always go for the bigger space (as long as there is also natural light available... Natural light always wins over space). 

Give yourself plenty of time

This will give you the time to relax and not rush, as well as give your photographer a chance to take some more creative photos of you getting ready. We typically recommend allowing 45 minutes for details (while getting the final touches of your hair and makeup), then about 45 minutes for putting on your dress (this gives you plenty of buffer time as well, in case you fall behind). Best case scenario? You have time to just have fun with your girls. 

Tell whoever is helping you get into your dress to be ready first

This is super important because they'll be in your photos, and they want to look their best. Send your bridesmaids, mom, and whoever else might be helping you get dressed the timeline so they’re completely aware of when to be ready. As a tip, give them some buffer time and tell them to be ready a little sooner than they really need to be. xx