Let the day begin!


This portion of The Wedding Experience really sets the stage for the entire wedding day. The next few pages will share tips and tricks that will ensure a seamless morning of bridal preparation and beautiful portraits.


Getting Ready


It’s the morning of you wedding! Hopefully all of the little details are taken care of and your relaxing with your best friends while your hair is being done. If certain items haven’t been checked off of the-to-list, its time to hand them over to someone else. Delegation is a key part of a stress free wedding day. I know its hard to hand over the decorating duties and all of the last minute things that need to be done but it really is important to relax the morning of your wedding. The rest of the day is going to be fast paced and filled with emotions. Take advantage of this down time. There are a few things to consider about the “getting ready” portion of the day. Do you want to share a “first look” with your dad or any other man that plays a huge role in your life?


Will you and your groom be exchanging gifts during this time? If so, who would like to deliver them? Are there certain women in your life that would appreciate seeing you get into your gown? Some brides love having aunts and grandmas present! Its totally up to you! A few things to consider…as you get ready to put your dress on, refrain from putting any jewelry on. I love shooting all of those final steps when you’re in your gown. Speaking of the gown, if your gown is on a plastic hanger, try to make a note to bring a wooden hanger along for picture sake.  If you forget, no big deal! I’m a pro at finding wooden hangers at venues! Keep ready along for more “getting ready” tips to help you prepare! 

By having just one large window in the bridal prep area, I’m about to create beautiful portraits with soft light.  I prefer natural light so the more windows, the better.  

The whole day begins with the details! This is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day! I photograph a bride’s details in a way that matches and extenuates the style of the wedding day.

Here is a list of the most common details that I shoot. I ask brides to gather any details they have before I arrive so that I can walk in, say hello, and begin with the goodies.  


What to gather:


Veil/Hair Pieces

Rings (all three)





Your Something Borrow & Blue

Bouquet & Bouts 

Gather the Goods


If possible, collect all of your details before I arrive so that I can begin quickly and have more time for some “getting ready” shots of you and your girls!


Keep the rings


The most common detail missing when I arrive are the rings! Moms, officiates and planners tell you to hand over your bands to the best man before the day begins. However it’s actually better to hand it over during the bridal party portraits so that I can shoot some great ring shots in the AM. If you forget, no worries, I can always shoot the ring shot at the reception if there is extra time.


Bring the Bouquet


Don’t forget the Bouquet! Have the bouquets and bouts delivered to the before the first look so you can have your bouquets in the portraits. No worries, it its hot, well be sure to keep it in water as much as possible before the ceremony.