YOUR WEDDING MORNING photos
I recently popped a question box on my Instagram for blog posts you’d like to see and one suggestion was the key photos to get on your wedding morning! I loved this idea so wanted to create a post showcasing exactly that. Morning preparations is one of my favourite times on the wedding day. It gives me a chance to get to know your besties before we head to the ceremony for the rest of the day, plus it’s a time full of nerves and excitement. The atmosphere isn’t something you’ll find anywhere else! Every morning prep is different, but here’s a summary of some of the typical moments captured on a wedding morning. I’ve included some tips throughout if you’d like the same shots on your day!
SETting THE SCENE
One of the first shots I’ll take on a wedding day is those that set the scene. These will typically start your gallery off, with a photo of the place you’ve chosen to tie the knot. Your venue is somewhere you’re going to remember for the rest of your life together, it will always be your ‘special place’ and so I always aim to include it in your gallery. If you’re getting ready at home, I may scout out little details on the wall, your sideboards, your fridge that I feel tell your story. Below is a photo of a map on a wall in Suzanne and Graham’s house where Suzanne got ready for her day (you can get check out their wedding blog post by clicking here!). It documented countries they’d visited together and obviously meant a lot to them. It’s all about the little details.
Speaking of details, on your wedding morning, leave a pile of all the items you’d like in photographs ready for me when I arrive. I’ll arrange them together around your venue, from bouquets to shoes to dresses. Kyle will typically grab the ring box of the groomsmen to make sure that’s captured, whilst I’ll focus on the florals. If you have a copy of your wedding stationery, feel free to bring this on the day too! I’ll photograph these with your other details and include them in your gallery. You may have spent a fair bit of time on your stationery, so why not document it before it’s headed for the recycling bin!
If you’ve been sent a special something on your wedding morning, whether a heartfelt card or a full-blown gift, I’ll always capture you opening it! If I’m starting later into morning preparations within your wedding day timeline, try and save any gifts for when I’m there so I can document it for you. Your partner won’t be there for your reaction, so it’s something lovely for them to look back on when you receive your full gallery! Tears welcome!
MAKEUP + HAIR
Whether you’ve booked a full team to get your team dressed up and ready to go, or you’re doing it yourself, makeup and hair is a big chunk of the morning preparations so I’ll document it. This is something that I aim to be discreet about and of course unposed, including you and all of your party! No explanation needed…
THE DRESSING GOWN SHOT
You’ve purchased the dressing gowns, you’ve got them personalised, you’ve spent the morning in them… isn’t it obvious we need 100 snaps in them too?! If you want a dressing gown shot, we’ll head outside if there’s space at your venue for the lovely natural lighting, or find a nice spot in your room. Prosecco in hand and lots of laughter, we’re good to go! If you want some boomergangs, I’m also an expert. I’m happy to take any phone snaps you need for the gram, hahaha.
THOSE NATURAL MOMENTS
It’s not just about the ‘typical shots’, but also documenting the moments that are unique to every couple. Whether it’s your kid looking super cute in his mini bow tie, or endless hysterical laughter that you’ll remember for the years to come. Throughout your whole wedding day, Kyle and I will be always looking for these moments as they unfold. We’re there to document the day from start to finish!
When the moment arrives to put the dress on, it’s definitely one of the more nerve-wracking times. It finally feels real that you are LITERALLY getting married today. I remember that feeling so well, it suddenly felt like real life whilst the rest of the morning was just a blur. It’s worth choosing one or two people to help you in the dress, but I’m also on hand should you need it! I’ve cut many-a-tags in my time as a wedding photographer, I’m basically an expert!
Once you’re in your wedding outfit, you may choose to do a reveal! My top tip for this is to plan for one in advance. If you know you want those adorable reactions as your closest family/friends see you for the first time, make sure you don’t have them all putting you into your outfit! I’m all about the unposed moments, so if you really want a reveal – it has to be the first time they see you! Choose a separate room to get into your dress and once you’re ready, I’ll leave you in the room. I’ll get your loved ones all lined up before you’re allowed to come through. I’ve been at weddings where it’s the fake, posed version, but it’s truly miles better to have those genuine reactions that make you feel like a million dollars! A) because it will help you conquer those nerves and be well and truly ready to get married and B) because you DO look a million dollars!
PORTRAITS, GROUPS, ready to go!
The final moments before the ceremony are a time for those final group shots with the girls or guys! We’ll also grab some portraits of you, if you’d like them! Think about timings when you are planning your getting ready schedule and how this can impact your photography. Before you even arrive at your ceremony, you can get your bridal party or groomsmen groups sorted. Once you are all ready, a few shots outside mean one less photo later on in the day, so you can enjoy your time with your guests that little bit longer. I LOVE doing a little bridal party session pre-ceremony as there is so much laughter and excitement. Having a giggle with your friends/family helps you relax a little and makes it feel that little bit more real.
Morning prep is an awesome part of the day to get some memories captured. Although the majority of grooms opt-out, of course, having Kyle there for the day means the men can have their morning captured too! It doesn’t have to be posed shots with the guys, just capturing the small moments as they happen. If not, Kyle will be at the venue capturing your decor, guests arriving and the venue, before you each arrive!
If you ever need help with your wedding day timeline to make sure you get the full morning prep coverage, just ask and we’re happy to help! If you’re yet to book a wedding photographer for your day, Kyle and I would of course love to tick that off your wedding planning list. I’d love to find out about you, chat about your plans, and see how we can help. Get in touch!