Bride with flowers before wedding

Bridal Preparations!

Sometimes couples wonder if they need the morning preparation shots. You know, the hair, the makeup, all of that stuff.

I have to say, I love the morning shots! I love them for a few reasons. It’s the one part of the day when time can feel like it’s going slowly. Hair and makeup takes at least a few hours, and this gives everyone time to ease into the day. A glass of champagne to ease the nerves, time for a bit of craic with family and friends before setting off, and time to get used to the stranger in the house with the camera! 

I like to spend around two hours with the bride and her friends in the morning.  This gives me time to get to know everyone, to sit down and have a cuppa and a chat, and to become a part of the day, not just be the guy with the camera who arrives all guns blazing. When I’m a part of the day, and everyone is doing their own thing, I can capture the moments without having to set them up, and if I do ask someone to stop for a sec, then their photograph is much more relaxed and natural. And this helps to tell the story of your day, right from the beginning. 

bride getting makeup as bridesmaids look on
bridemsaids laughing with champagne
bridesmaids laughing morning of wedding
buttoning wedding dress
bouquet
father hugs bride in morning
grooms helping with cufflinks
bride getting hair done
brideshoes with old phone
bride being carried across lawn
bridesmaids taking selfie
bride dressed
bride with flowers
engagement ring
veil being put on bride
bridesmaids preparing dresses at window
groom dressing formal
groom preparing speech in morning
groomsmen putting on dickie bows
mother of bride hugging daughter on wedding morning
mother helping bride dress
rockabilly bride and makeup artist
hands buttoning wedding dress black and white