23Jun

Get Ready to Get Ready | Pre-Ceremony Tips

By, June 23, 2017

To ensure a nice flow throughout the wedding day, it is vital to start the day off right. The more we can accomplish before the ceremony, the more time we will have later to get creative with pictures of the two of you. By being prepared for us, and knowing what to expect, it helps us capture amazing photos for you!

When we first arrive, it is very important that the bride and everyone in the room be hair and makeup ready. We always suggest asking your bridal party and stylists to be finished 15-20 minutes earlier than necessary. The last thing you want to have to do is wait for a person in your bridal party! Only the bride should be putting on finishing make-up touches at this time. The groom and groomsmen should be nearly fully dressed. It will also be a good idea to put your bridal party to work to ensure the room is nice and tidy, as many photos will take place in the getting-ready area.

As you will see below, the “getting ready” portion of the wedding day is a time for many unforgettable photos. The ideal amount of photo time for this part of the day is 1.5-2 hours. If you are doing a first look, typically 2.5 hours is suggested. To maximize photo time, we designate one photographer for each spouse, which enables more coverage during this time period.

Here is a list of what to expect during the getting ready portion of your day, in chronological order:

1. Detail Photos – For the bride, this includes photos of the dress before it is put on, shoes, jewelry, florals, gifts and even invitation suites. Its a good idea to have these items ready when we arrive. For the groom this may include shoes, gifts, boutonnieres etc.

Shoe and floral detail wedding photo
Details photo of Wedding Invitiation Suite
Groom shoes and tie
Hanging wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses
Bride earrings macro shot
Hanging dress and Louboutin Shoes
Wedding dress and shoes at Rancho Valencia
Wedding invitation Suite
Detail photo of Valentino wedding shoes
Details shot of Bridal Style
Groom style at a destination wedding
Colorful red pink wedding shoes
Salvatore Ferragamo Wedding Groom Shoes

2. Candid Getting Ready Photos – For a bride, these include photos of finishing make-up touches, photos in special outfits before the dresses are on and of course putting on the dress. Putting on the dress photos occur about 20 minutes after we arrive, and typically take about 10 minutes, with the understanding that some dresses take longer than others to put on. While these shots are occurring, all of the bridesmaids and immediate family (ex. mother of the bride) should be fully dressed and ready to go.Rather than photographing a bride actually putting the dress, on we typically photograph the final lace up / zip up, along with bridesmaids/family helping with the finishing touches like shoes and jewelry. For a groom, we may photograph moments like friends/family helping with the suit, putting on shoes, and overall fun with the group.

Bride having her makeup touched up
Getting ready photo of bride and groom in their hotel rooms
Candid photo of bridesmaids wearing pjs
Groomsmen having a pillow fight
Bride getting ready pre ceremony
Fun Bridesmaids Getting Ready Photo
Fun groom adjusting hair
Bride getting ready and having fun
Candid Bride Make up Photo
Bridesmaids jumping on the bed
Bride getting ready with mother
Groom getting ready photo
Bride Getting Ready Photo
Silhouette of groom getting ready
Bride and groom finshing touches wedding photos
Bride and proud mother at wedding
Glamor photo of Bride
Getting ready photo at the Machester Grand Hyatt

3. Individual and Group Portraits Next, we will photograph some formal and stylized shots of the wedding couple in the room, and around the property. This is also the time for fun and formal  portraits with each individual bridesmaid /groomsman, along with full group shots. Including family members is optional at this point, as there is usually time (after the ceremony) specifically set aside for family photos.

Stunning bride in glamorous dress
Groomsmen style portrait
Bride with accessories lying down
Portraits of bridesmaids at a wedding
Dapper Groom
Bohemian bridesmaids having fun
Stylized portraits of bride and groom
Groomsmen with American Flag
Portraits of handsome groom and beautiful bride
Groomsmen having fun
Photos of brides pre ceremony
Groomsmen Style on A Playground
Stylized portraits of bride groom
Bride with Maid of Honor and dapper groom
Beautiful bride at a destination wedding
Creative Wedding Photography
Groomsmen being silly before the wedding ceremony
Beautiful Bride in San Marcos, California
Creative Groomsmen Photo
Bride smelling flower
Photos of Bride and Bridesmaids
Glamor photos of stunning brides

4. More Photos! Additional photo opportunities may take place throughout the getting ready portion, such as a gift exchange, a no-look meeting with each other, or even a first look with the Bride’s father. These can make for some unforgettable images. Then, before the ceremony, it’s a good idea to schedule in a 15 minute break. This allows you to decompress, and to get ready for the big moment.

Candid Photo of Bride writing vows
First look with father and bride reading note from groom
Bride and groom prayer
Bride reading card from Groom
Emotional Father and Bride
Boudoir album for Groom
Bride and groom exchange gifts before ceremony
Bride opening gift from Groom
Bride right before the ceremony

With all of this said, it’s important to remember that a wedding is a live event! Even when things don’t go exactly as planned, it is important to be adaptable. Embrace the excitement of the day, and we’ll be right there to capture amazing photos :)

Check out more unforgettable getting ready wedding images.

15Mar

Dressed to Impress | Groomsmen Getting Ready

By, March 15, 2016

We love witnessing the bromance between the groom and his buddies on the wedding day. While the bride is squared away with her ladies, our second shooters typically head over to the groom and his fellas. By having two photographers on the wedding day, our crew is able to divide and conquer, and capture the early moments of the day from both perspectives. The guys often create hilarious and unpredictable moments, leading to unforgettable images to enjoy for years to come.

When we first arrive, the groom and his buddies are usually getting dressed to impress. Once they are prepped and ready, there may be time to kick back, talk smack, or play a competitive game of pool with a beer (or two) to celebrate. We enjoy finding creative ways for the guys to let loose and show off their personalities.

For a stylish collection of dapper dudes preparing to tie the knot, check out some of our favorite pre-ceremony moments.

Groomsmen fix ties in front of mirror

With so many groomsmen and only one mirror (above), we had to get a little creative. After spotting this awesome multi-paned mirror in the lobby, we made sure there was enough prep room for all the guys at Vanessa and Justin’s wedding.

Modern groom before wedding ceremonyGroom buttoning up jacket Groom's watch and bowtie

We love when grooms pick fun, vibrant details to match their personalities. When we noticed Anton getting a bowtie assist from one of his buddies on his wedding day (see above), we couldn’t resist capturing a photo in hopes of learning a trick or two ourselves.

Groomsmen relax and cheers for a beerGroomsmen have fun during pre-ceremonyblack-and-white photo of groom putting on shoesGroom open gifts from Bride

Sometimes, couples exchange a special pre-ceremony gift, such as during Begum and Michael’s wedding (left) or Katie and John’s (right). We like to capture intimate moments like this, where we can grab the Groom’s reaction as he reveals what’s inside.

Groom shows off fancy watch Groomsmen sit in lobbyGroom laughing as he puts on tie

While Steven and his groomsmen shared a few rounds of jokes, we captured this genuine reaction from the groom, whose laughter couldn’t be contained. By staying alert and focused, we were able to jump on this fleeting moment before it passed.

Groom's colorful Socks and BowtieGroomsmen sit casually on steps

Between funky colored socks, dapper-looking bowties or fancy watches, the groom’s details can be just as colorful and entertaining as the bride’s.

Groomsmen help the groom with his outfitGroomsmen skateboarding down street

Daniel and his buddies are avid skateboarders, and after spying a stack of decks in the corner, we were determined to put them to good use. The group was more than willing to entertain us with some sweet tricks. By letting groomsmen show off their inner daredevils, we were able to document a fun and spontaneous moment.

Groomsmen wearing polka dot socksGroomsmen having fun playing pool before wedding ceremony

For more photos of couples getting ready for the big day, please click here.

03Mar

Groom Style | Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout a Sharp Dressed Man

By, March 03, 2016

It’s time to pay tribute to the grooms! As photographers, we appreciate when a groom wears something distinctive to match his personality, and rocks it with confidence. Throw a few sharp-dressed buddies into the mix and you are ready for standout groomsmen photos.

Although the black tuxedo is a classic favorite, and never goes out of fashion, there are many additional style options available to modern guys. We’ve seen grooms in impressive tux colors such as sleek navy, white, and even red, as you will see below. We’ve also photographed grooms taking suits to the next level by pairing them with bold ties and bowties. The contemporary groom isn’t afraid to accessorize either, using accents like cufflinks, kerchiefs, pins, shoes and watches to refine the final look.

We would like to showcase some of the suave looks we’ve seen over the past year. Here is a highlight of grooms suiting up for their wedding in ultimate style.

Groomsmen wearing blue smoking sigarsGroom Style and fashion at the Fairmont Grand Del MarDetail Groom Photo of watch cufflinks and bowtieGrooms wearing stylish tuxedosGroomsmen portrait at home wearing slick grey suitsGroom style detail photoStylized Portrait Groom with Blue SuitBride and Groom with style at the beach at sunsetCool style portrait of groomsStylish fitted black tuxedosPortrait of groom in grey suit and black tieGroomsmen being silly with cool styleGroom wearing fitted slim suitsstylized portrait of groom wearing a white suitBride and groom with style and vintage furnitureModern groom fashion at weddingCool portrait of fashionable groomFun getting ready groom photoClose-up of groom bracelet cuff links and watchGroomsmen with style putting on bowtiesGroom in Beverly Hills and Louboutin ShoesClose-up of groom wearing cuff links and and monogrammed dress shirtPortrait of Happy Groom holding bowtiecolorful groom fashion and personalized cuff linksFashionable Groomsmen portrait in front of hot rodDetail photograph of Rolex Watch and cuff linksGroom on a balcony at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar wearing a classic black tuxedoSalvatore Ferragamo Groom Shoes Detail Photographfun group of stylish groomsmenClose-up of a black tuxedo and bowtieHappy groom seeing Bride for the first time in a stylish navy tuxedoGroom in Black TuxedoDancing Groom Wearing Black Tuxedo Bride wearing cowboy boots and groom wearing brown dress shoesStylized Portrait of groom on rooftop holding a cigar Groom in Stylish black tuxedo looking out the window for his brideGrand entrance with groom wearing red tuxedo jacket at the US GrantBride and groom wearing Louboutin shoes sitting at the edge of dockGroom putting on cuff links
Fitted suits for weddings

To see more sharply dressed groom photos, please click here.