A photographer who believes in authentic beautiful love and that it should be captured with elegant artistry to showcase that beauty.
Welcome to my journal where I pour out everything from resources for my brides to be to sharing all of my sweet couples' love stories and special days!
As my couples wedding day slowly approaches one question that continually comes up is where they should they get ready? These photos are being just as important as other parts of the day. It is in these moments when the anticipation and excitement is usually high! Brides typically invest in getting ready outfits or robes for their closest friends and bridesmaids to wear. I want to make sure to capture these photos in the most successful and gorgeous way. With that, I have 3 of tips to help you choose the perfect getting ready space for your wedding day!
LIGHT—This is my most important tip! As a natural light photographer I very STRONGLY recommend choosing a room that has tons of windows. If you have chosen to get a hotel room ask ahead of time if there is any windows. I would even suggest further to ask for a room that has east facing windows. As we typically will be shooting in the late morning. This will give you all that perfect natural glow!
ROOM SIZE—Get a room that is spacious! The room will need to fit you, your mom, all your bridesmaids, your hair and makeup team, your photographers/videographers PLUS all the bags your bridesmaids will be bringing and your dresses. It helps if there is plenty of space for us to be able to move around and work. We do not want to be struggling to move about and working in cramped conditions. It is a bonus if you choose a hotel room with an adjoining room or an on suite.
DECOR—Make sure the room’s finishes are timeless and match the vibes of your wedding day. It might be a gorgeous hotel room but the walls give off a yellow hue, or all the furnishings are black or there is a big red brick accent wall. Look for light and simple architectural features. As this could be the perfect spot to take your bridal portraits or a dress shot. Does it have chairs or settee? You will to sit on something when you are putting on your shoes or reading that beautiful letter from your Groom. It is my favorite when Brides choose a room with minimal decor, movable furniture and light colored walls. Preferably white or light gray!
If you are Bride looking to keep everything in one location here is a list of a list of my favorite Sioux Falls venues with amazing built-in getting ready spaces. If you’re getting married at any of these places, skip the hotel and get ready at your venue:
If your venue doesn’t have a getting ready space here are some hotel rooms or studio rental options: