When chatting with your photographer about your wedding day photo list, don’t skip over the getting ready photos! You will want to remember those little moments of you and your bridesmaids getting ready and the groom getting ready. Here I am sharing my top 15 getting ready wedding photos you should have. This is for the soon-to-be bride or for new photographers looking for a simple list of photo ideas for this time before the ceremony.
My family and I got ready in our house and the groomsmen got ready in their airbnb. Our photographer sent her second shooter to capture the men getting ready while she shot our getting ready photos. It was perfection!
Getting your makeup done or doing your makeup yourself. I love these shots because it reminded me of the few moments of calm during an extremely busy day.
Admiring your dress. We got ready in my dining room/kitchen so we hung my dress up right on my shelves. It wasn’t anything glamorous but it was real and I want to look back and remember these tiny moments from that day.
Pop the champagne! We only had a few minutes to pop some bubbly out on the porch before having to throw on our dresses and head to the ceremony site. We were behind schedule, as always, but we always make time for some bubbly!
Your bridesmaid’s reactions when you come out with your dress on for the first time.
Your mother helping you zip up your dress. This is a classic one that I just adore. I feel like this is an honoring moment that mothers look forward to!
The bride putting on her accessories. I did not have any jewelry or fancy shoes (we got married in the woods so I wore bridal sandals from David’s Bridal) but my flower crown was the only accessory I needed. I was OBSESSED with how it turned out! I love photos of brides putting on her earrings or shoes. Those are photos you are going to want to look back on 50 years from now.
The flower girl getting ready. My best friend was fixing her daughters hair and my amazing photographer captured this moment. So precious!
Capture your ring bearer before he gets a chance to get his outfit dirty! The ring bearer was my own crazy kiddo so it was extra special for me to help him get ready and get some shots of us together before the ceremony. These photos are the only time he even has his bow-tie on and before he spills an entire bottle of huckleberry pop down his shirt!
A photo of your mother pre-ceremony. I gave a little gift to my Mom right before we had to leave for the ceremony site. It was a hand embroided handkerchief with a letter to my Mom. I am really happy we got some photos of her opening it!
A photo of your father before the wedding begins. A week or so before the big day, I wrote a letter to my Dad thanking him for everything he has done for me. I wanted him to have a special momento from the wedding just for me. He walked me down the aisle and married us, so I did my best to express my gratitude for all his help on making our day amazing.
The groom writing out his vows. I love these just SO much!
The Groom putting on his tie or bow-tie. I was cracking up looking through these shots of my sweet groom watching youtube to figure out how to put his bow-tie on!
The groomsmen pre-ceremony. I love these casual and natural captures of Nate and his groomsen sitting on the front porch. They were drinking beer and spending some calm time together before heading to our house for the madness to begin!
The best man and groom. Nate’s best man was his only brother Adrian, or “Uncle Taco” as our son Liam calls him. We are glad there are some shots of just them two.
Detail shots. Close-ups of both the bride and groom’s accessories is a must! The bride’s veil, the groom’s shoes, vow books, the rings, the bridesmaids bouquets etc. All the little details before the party begins!
All photos captured by J.Vigil Photography
Makeup by: Chelcie Ray Beauty
Hair by: Robyn from Total Indulgence Salon in Whitefish