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Getting Ready (Part 2) | Words of Wedding-Day Wisdom!

TIP #3: Hair & Makeup! If you’re planning on having a friend do your hair and/or makeup who is not a professional, think very hard about this! Your friend may have very pretty hair or makeup, but chances are your friend is probably very pretty on her own and knows how to do her own hair and makeup very well. But this is your wedding day, and we’ve seen many a pretty friend do a lousy job on a bride’s hair and makeup. Hire your friends hair stylist, and go to the experts at your friend’s makeup counter! Now, if you do hire a professional and you don’t absolutely love your hair or makeup, do not politely lie and tell them you love it and try to fix it yourself later. Tell the pros how you really feel and let them fix it- you’re paying them to make you feel beautiful, so get your money’s worth. Chances are it will take way too long for you to undo what you don’t like and try to redo hair or makeup later when you’re stressed and unhappy!

TIP #4: Dressing Up & Bustling Down! Wedding dresses are no ordinary article of clothing; it deserves its own slot on your wedding day itinerary. If your dress has a corset-back, allow about 20 minutes to get your dress laced up properly. Also allow around 20 minutes if your dress has a long series of buttons that need to be individually looped. If your dress zips up, allow 10 minutes. Even the simplest dress can take that long to secure. And please… PLEASE! Have a bridal consultant from the retailer where you purchased your dress show more than one of your bridesmaids how to bustle your dress. Bustles can be incredibly complicated- we’ve seen a gown with more than 60 tiny little laces to tie to bustle a gown; it took a half-hour to bustle that bride’s dress and she was more than a little late to her reception. One bridesmaid cannot be made responsible for remembering such a complicated procedure, and educated teamwork can only make this process go much faster.


Once again, these are issues that we’ve seen very consistently over the last couple of years. These are things that, honestly, no bride could be expected to plan for unless they were a professional in the wedding industry, which the majority of brides are not. If you’re a bride currently planning your wedding, take these tips into consideration during the planning-process!

Derrick & Shanti | Maternity Session at Glencairn Garden!

Today was our first ever maternity shoot! When Shanti first asked us to take her maternity portraits several months ago, we scheduled a coffee date with her and Derrick. We had such a good time with them! We had been so used to shooting weddings and engagement/bridal portraits of clients who we would meet with for consultations first, we had become accustomed to getting to know our clients really well before they ever stepped foot in front of the camera, haha! Derrick and Shanti were great subjects to shoot- they were very natural in front of the camera. We came away with a bunch for really great shots, but here’s a few for s preview! 

Michael + Elizabeth | Founder’s Hall Wedding in Charlotte, NC!

We have SO been looking forward to this wedding! When we initially booked with Mike and Elizabeth, their wedding planner, Carrie Ann Drinnen of Serendipity Weddings & Events was the one who had found us and referred us. Over the many months that followed, we got to know Carrie Ann very well, and got to hear a lot about what she, Michael and Elizabeth had planned for their June uptown wedding. Michael and Elizabeth had an urban, “big city” vision for their wedding, and everything about this wedding delivered! Their ceremony and reception were held at Founder’s Hall in uptown Charlotte, a glass-ceiling, marble, upscale shopping area with a Central Park feel. The trees and fountain inside the space give the venue an outdoor feel, and together with the lush and elegant décor and accessories designed by Carrie Ann, the whole event was truly breath-taking. Everything just… worked! And we got to work with a lot of our favorite vendors! Ribald Farms created some truly beautiful floristry, inspired by Elizabeth’s taste in flowers. Isabel’s Corner did the videography, and Split Second Sound kept the party going strong all night! It was so much fun to shoot. My favorite part of the day was after the ceremony, after the family session, and after the bridal party shots were taken…. Michael and Elizabeth were so at ease with each other, so over the moon to finally be with each other after having been apart all day, and willing to spend a good long time taking newlywed photos! I had a whole hour with them, and came away with a ton of really beautiful shots. The whole event in its’ entirety was so stunning, it was nearly impossible to choose which photos to post for the preview… we ended up picking them very randomly until we felt like we had a good set that really told the story of the whole day. Enjoy! And congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Hugger!