Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue..... and much more...
I love this old adage. I don’t remember when I first heard it said as a young girl, but I was always so enamored by it and curious as to the deeper meaning behind it. I knew in my heart that I truly couldn’t wait for the day that those legendary words would apply to my own life and wedding day!
I am sure that the gal reading this right now has also experienced the same!!
On your wedding day, one of the most exciting things that you will have photographed before the main events, are your beautiful bridal details. It’s such an important part of your story, and I absolutely love being granted the time to shoot your dress, shoes, jewelry, invitations, bouquets, etc.
While I’m shooting details, I’m also capturing some shots of the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready! If the groom is nearby, this is also the time that I will be able to photograph him and his groomsmen.
The only thing that I will ask of the Bride to do prior to my arrival, is to just assemble the items that will be photographed in one spot so I can access them easily, so she and her girls can continue preparations without interruption!! Aside from this, I will find the best window for natural light to shine through, and start firing away.
After the details have been photographed, it’s time for the bride to step into her dress!! This is such an exciting moment, and I usually ask the mother of the bride and all of the bridesmaids to be dressed by the time the bride is ready to get into her dress. This ensures that everyone will look completely ready for photos and nice in those images! After the bride is in her gown, she can put on her jewelry, veil, shoes, etc. This is an excellent time for mom or grandmom (or both!) to help clasp a bracelet or necklace. These moments are so precious, and they only happen ONCE. The best and most raw and genuine emotions are present, and I love being able to capture them all.
Speaking from personal experience...
I wish I had received more education from my wedding photographer in regards to these moments leading up to my wedding ceremony. I would have valued this time and prepared for it so more than I did! This is a huge reason why I am writing this blog post now, for all my brides to utilize on the morning of their weddings!
Although I was a tad unprepared, and never thought about a particular spot in my parents house that I would have ideally loved to get my dress on, etc., I can honestly say that I LOVE the images that my photographer did capture of my mom and sisters helping me zip up my dress, and help put my jewelry on. Following this, walking down the steps and having my dad seeing me in my dress for the first time and my bridesmaids, too, was such a tear-jerker!!. These images are PRICELESS to me, and I will never forget them and am so thankful that I get to look at them for the rest of my life! They do a beautiful job of telling the full story, at the beginning of my special day.
my personal bridal details:
-a family heirloom Rosary, which I instructed my florist to delicately tie around my bridal bouquet (something old)
-my dress, of course! (something new)
-a satin handkerchief that my mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother all carried with them on their wedding days (something borrowed)
– a garter with blue lace sewn in it, a gift from my mom (something blue)