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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

12Nov

Preparation is Everything | Timeless ‘Getting Ready’ Photos

By, November 12, 2013

There seems to be a common misconception about getting ready photos and what they entail. We’ve seen comments across the web like, ‘I don’t want a bunch of photos of me brushing my teeth!’ Trust us, neither do we :) Instead of documenting your daily hygiene, our ‘getting ready’ photos capture the excitement, joy, and anticipation leading up to the wedding itself.

From sentimental to fun, check out our top 4 favorite types of ‘getting ready’ moments:

1. Proud Parent Moments

The sheer joy and happiness written across your parent’s face as they help you with the finishing touches are worth more than a thousand words.

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2. Special Messages

We love capturing priceless reactions to pre-wedding surprises, like unexpected gifts, cards, and handwritten notes.

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3. Best Friend Bonding

The preparation before the wedding is like gearing up for a hot night out with your best friends, only multiplied by 100. How often are you able to gather all of your favorite people together in one room? Take advantage of this time and spend the entire day together getting dressed, sharing memories and toasting to a lifetime of happiness!

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4. Final Look

You’ve spent the entire morning prepping, and you finally get to look in the mirror at the stunning finished product. This is the perfect time for a few glamour shots of your overall look, from hair to makeup to attire, before you walk down the aisle.

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18Apr

All Glammed Up by Brides Amore | Wedding at The Grand Tradition

By, April 18, 2013

Helping brides become picture perfect for their wedding day is something we pride ourselves on at Brides Amore. For example, Jatziri recently married the love of her life, Geovani, at the gorgeous Grand Tradition in Fallbrook, California. To doll her up on her big day, Jatziri contacted our team via Facebook. We we were happy to create a custom plan for Jatziri and her entire bridal party!

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I always love to make my brides look and feel perfectly beautiful on their special day.  This is why we always customize each look for every one of our brides. A few weeks prior to the wedding, we meet up with Jatziri for a trial run. After exploring options with her hair and makeup, we came up with a style for her – large loose curls paired with a subtle smokey eye.

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Before the wedding itself, we carried over Jatziri’s custom look to all of the girls in her bridal party. The girls had a great time getting made up together, and looked simply stunning!

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With her soft, glamorous curls, and subtle, smokey eyes, Jatziri looked incredible! We made sure to use waterproof mascara and eyeliner in anticipation of the flowing tears!

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Jatziri’s main concern was that her hair and makeup last throughout the day and into the night. With a little help from some oil-controlling primers, and long lasting Airbrush Makeup, she and her bridal party danced well into the evening, without worry!

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We wish Jatziri and Geovani the best of luck in their new life together!

Hair Stylist: Brides Amore
Makeup: Brides Amore
Photography: True Photography
Bakery: Elegance on Display
Venue: Grand Tradition
Photo Booth: Recorded Memories