We will then head over to the girls getting ready and ideally hair and makeup is in the final stages. We like to capture a few ‘makeup’ shots to help tell the story of your day.
One quick note, when planning things with your hair and makeup team we suggest you ask them to be finished no later than an hour and a half before we have to leave for the ceremony. This will allow us time to capture the story of your prep as well as photos of you with your bridal party and any family members that might be present.
We also highly recommend hiring a professional HMUA team who are familiar with weddings and who use quality products. We can’t stress this enough, hiring professionals will always yield a better result. Your face will thank you.
We also love to capture all of the pretty details, for example, your wedding dress hanging, shoes, perfume, rings, love note from your groom (basically anything that is important to you). If you would like those things captured, we ask that you have everything together, set to one side, and ready to be photographed prior to our arrival. This streamlines our flow and allows us to get straight to work.
When we arrive, the girls will often be in matching PJs or robes, and that gives us a chance to capture those candid moments - maybe popping some champagne, etc. This is also a good time to give any planned gifts to your bridesmaids/parents. We ask that you try not to give those out before we arrive - some of the nicest, most genuine reactions and moments can happen during this time.
Once the bridesmaids are dressed, it will be time for the bride to get into her gown. This is a good time to get your mum/sister or that special someone involved. (Making time for your loved ones will always yield the most precious memories). We capture the final stages of getting dressed then shoes, earrings, veil, and everything in-between. Depending on your preference - now would be the time to do a reveal to the girls/mum/dad and then we may still have some time for a couple of portraits with the bridesmaids, any family members that are with you, and hopefully some stunning bridal portraits.
Our aim is to leave for the ceremony 20 - 30 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony - that way we are set up, and ready to go for your arrival. It may also give us a chance to capture your ceremony details and your guests arriving.