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        Getting Ready

        The Getting Ready portion of your day is one of the most hectic parts. There I said it. It’s hectic. It’s the time when everyone has to get hair and make-up done plus get dressed. There is always something someone is searching for that they can’t find. Just remember this, it will be OK. I’m going to give you my wedding day tips in this series I’m calling “the wedding day series“.

        Hair & Make-up

        Know this: Hair/make-up artists are notorious for making brides late. As the bride, tell your hair & make-up people that they need to be done a whole hour before they actually need to be done. For example: If their pictures start at 3:00, schedule your hair and make up to be done at 2:00. And if you do get done at 2:00, then you have that time to relax with your girls. I am not bashing hair and make-up people. I am just speaking from my experiences.

        * If hair/make-up is done off-site, only travel with one another and be sure to schedule that person’s hair and make-up appointments with yours. You will need to be ready for pictures a whole hour earlier than the rest of your bridesmaids, so traveling with all of them in one car is sure to make you late.

        Be Responsible for Your Dress

        Do not let someone else cart around your dress. For example, we love mom, but, on more than one occasion we were sitting around ready to go, without a dress. Thus wasting valuable photography time. I love having everything already at the site. So I can simply set up and go.

        Eat Something

        I shouldn’t have to tell you this but I am going to anyway. There are a lot of brides that don’t eat before the ceremony. Nerves get the best of them and the fact that they don’t have much time to slow down. You need to take five minutes to eat. No one wants to pass out on their big day.

        The Getting Ready Timeline

        Rings, Dress, Shoes, and Other Details

        •Ideal Time Allotment – 30 minutes

        •Time of the Day – Morning

        •Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite

        •Advice – Having at least 30 minutes for details ensures that we have plenty of time to get that perfect photo of the dress, rings, shoes, bouquets, and the other details of the day.

        There are times when a hotel room is too crowded or simply unappealing and we have to take the dress all the way down to the lobby or even outside. This can take some time, but as you can see from the results, it’s well worth the additional work.


        •Ideal Time Allotment – 45 minutes

        •Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon

        •Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite

        •Advice – Having 45 minutes to an hour of preparation is ideal for our style. During this time, we are getting close ups of the makeup and hair being applied as well as the candid moments and the bridesmaids and groomsmen get ready for the day. Keep in mind that these are some of the most emotional and fun times of the day so you definitely don’t want to cut it short.

        The lead shooter will be with the bride, while the second shooter will be with the groom. While it doesn’t take guys an hour to get dressed, there are still tons of great moments during this time between the groom and his family and friends.

        Individual Portraits

        •Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes

        •Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon

        •Location – Bridal Suite, Hotel Suite, Venue Lobby, or Venue Garden

        •Advice – Right after getting ready is the best time for individual portraits of the bride and groom (separately). Besides makeup and hair being completely fresh, the day hasn’t gotten hectic yet so we can take our time and really get those perfect portraits.

        Also keep in mind that the window lighting in most hotel rooms create a unique look that can’t be duplicated in any environment throughout the rest of the day.