Tips for the Bride-to-Be | Louisville Wedding Photographer

Bride and groom kissing in front of vineyard in black and white

Having shot over 200 weddings, I have seen everything! Without revealing all of my secrets, here are a few things that can help make your day go smooth…

-Consider having an unplugged ceremony. Asking guests to put their phones away and be ‘in the moment’ with you can be more fun for everyone.

-Look for a place to inject your personality into your wedding details. Some ideas? The colors of your bouquet, your wedding shoes, and your cake topper.

-Have food on hand where you both are getting ready. Brides and Grooms don’t realize just how long they will go in between meals on the Wedding Day. It can be a long day when you hungry and healthy snacks and water will go a long way to eliminate the ‘grumpies.’

-Consider have a reveal or First Look with your parents.

-Practice walking in your wedding shoes before the big day to make sure they are comfortable enough to stand in for portraits. To stretch out your shoes best, wear them first with a pair of socks. And don’t forget to scuff the bottoms to prevent falls on rugs! Also, pack a pair of flip-flops or other comfy shoes to wear in between parts of the day and photos. Remember that your dress has been hemmed to the perfect length because of your wedding shoes, so if you need comfy shoes to change into, make sure they are the same height as your wedding shoes.

-The ideal Getting Ready space with be spacious, bright and tidy-ish.

-Pack a ‘Wedding Day Emergency Kit.’ My favorite things to include are clear nail polish for snags on dresses, pain reliever for headaches, stain treater, sewing kit, Visine, breath mints, band-aids (including band-aids made for blisters), makeup for touchups (usually powder and lip color/gloss) with blotting paper, and bobby pins. You can count on me packing a kit of my own, but it is nice to have your own in case you need something specific.

-Consider a First Look. No really, you should. It changes the dynamic of the Wedding Day (in a good way) and allows for more intimate moments and photography.

-If we are shooting a First Look, don’t forget to have all relevant bouqs/bouts delivered either to where you are getting ready or where we are shooting the First Look. We will need them for photographs.

-Expect the unexpected. Some things will not go as planned and that’s ok. Your outlook and attitude make the day successful!