⦁ Remove all tags from your clothing, along with stickers from shoes and tags from jewelry
⦁ Bring a non-plastic hanger for your dress photos
⦁ Have bridesmaids put all their belongings in a condensed area of the room you are getting ready in. This helps avoid unwanted items in the background of your photos and allows my team and I to capture more genuine photojournalistic preparation moments without needing to rearrange these belongings.
⦁ Arrange details and décor so when my team and I arrive they can be captured quickly and efficiently
⦁ Bring a clean invitation complete with envelope and other stationary to photograph
⦁ Bring a clutch to carry lipstick/gloss to touch-up in between portraits
⦁ Do not wear a bra that will leave marks on your skin while getting ready
⦁ Avoid tan lines. Wear strapless if you are heading to the beach or tanning salon before your wedding
⦁ Pack a “Wedding Emergency Kit”
Recommendations: Stain removal pen, small scissors, mini sewing kit, hairspray, safety pins, bobby pins, q-tips, band aids, deodorant, makeup remover, aspirin
⦁ Inform family members that they will be in group portraits and have them remain nearby following the ceremony
⦁ Tell your officiant to make an announcement when your ceremony is over to invite guests to cocktail hour as we will be photographing your family portraits (provided we didn’t capture these earlier in the day following your First Look).
⦁ I recommend adding 15-30 minutes as a buffer to whatever time your hair and make-up artists estimate finishing.
⦁ Don’t get dehydrated or hangry because you forgot to eat or drink enough water throughout the day. Pack energy bars and bottled waters.
⦁ When walking down the aisle, have you and your bridesmaids carry the bouquets around their belly buttons. Don’t block your face or the details of your dress by raising your flowers too high above your chest.
⦁ Practice walking in your shoes and have flip flops ready for the dance floor