Sometimes people wonder how important the photos are of everyone getting ready for a wedding. To me, they are one of the most important parts of the day for two reasons. First, compared to the ceremony and reception, almost no one will be snapping photos while you are getting ready. Second, they are one of the times of the day that is most easily forgotten because it occurs so early, and before so much other excitement.
For those reasons, I love being there to photograph all the wonderful getting ready moments. It is amazing how much actually goes on before the wedding. Sometimes people think it is just hair and makeup, and maybe getting some clothing on, but in reality it is so much more than that. There is a nervous excitement in the air that translates amazingly well into still photos. There are also the unexpected moments, like a mother seeing her daughter in her wedding dress, or a father making sure his son’s tie is perfect.
Below are some of my favorite images of people getting ready for their weddings.