When asked to pick their favourite part of their wedding day, our featured brides on the blog often pick the ceremony (as one would expect), closely followed by the morning of the wedding. For this is precious time that they spend getting ready for their big day with the most important ladies in their lives.
We personally adore looking at professional images taken at this stage in the day, when the prosecco, laughter and tears, are often in full flow. One lady who is in full agreement on this being a super-special stage of the day is Brides Up North Sponsor and Yorkshire-based photographer Jenny Maden.
We’ve therefore invited Jenny to take over the blog this morning, to tell us all about the fabulous images that can be captured during the bridal prep – from the reactions and relationships to the all-important details – so these elements of the wedding can be relived when the big day has been and gone.
With images by Jenny Maden Photography.
Why do you think the bridal prep is such an important part of the wedding day to capture?
jenny says: My main objective when photographing a wedding, is to ultimately ‘tell the story’ of the wedding day through pictures. For me, missing the bridal preparations would omit the first chapter in the story, as the bride gets ready for the ceremony with her closets family and friends. It captures the excitement of the imminent ceremony. It’s a really lovely time and a privilege to capture.
What is it you enjoy most about being present for this part of the day?
It’s great to spend some time with the bride and her crew, before the wedding day gets into full swing. There’s usually a lot of laughing, a lot of tea and prosecco drinking and some fab hair and makeup tips flying around.
Image-wise, what elements do you tend to photograph during this time?
A typical set of bridal prep images would include bridal ‘detail’ shots, such as the dress, shoes, jewellery. But I also document the morning unfolding, from hair and makeup, the giving and receiving of gifts, the bride getting into her dress and the reactions of her family and closest friends. But above all, what I really aim to capture is the ’vibe’ of the morning, so that the morning can be re-lived, through photos, after the wedding day is over.
Is the bridal prep included as standard as part of your packages and, if so, how much of the prep to you tend to capture?
Yes, bridal prep is included in my wedding package. I typically arrive at around the same time as the hair and makeup artists.
Can you do groom prep as well, either yourself or with a second shooter?
It’s not a common request, as I usually meet the groom and groomsmen at the ceremony venue, in advance of the ceremony. But yes, if a couple wanted groom prep coverage too, this can certainly be arranged (the travelling distance between the bride and groom on the morning, would generally dictate whether I would need a second shooter).
What is the feedback like from your brides about images you have taken of the bridal prep, what do they love about the images?
Brides are always surprised at quite how much I have captured of the morning! My coverage at this point in the day is very much ‘fly on the wall’; I just let things unfold around me, but capture them in a discreet yet artistic way. Furthermore, while a wedding day is predominately focused on the bride and groom, the bride’s relationships with her parents and close friends really comes through in the images taken during the bridal preparations.
Similarly, what do they say about your approach during the prep?
I shoot discreetly – I keep a close eye on the light and image composition, to ensure that the images are natural, flattering and artistic. I am also helpful to have around – I’ve been known to pull together a last-minute bridal bouquet (that’s a different story!) and assist with veils, garters and shoes! By the time the wedding comes around, I’m a familiar face to the couples, which means I can fit into their day seamlessly and comfortably.
Do you have any particular fond memories of any bridal prep you’ve covered?
The bridal bouquet story would be one of the most memorable! The bouquet had been badly damaged, just before leaving for church. Given the bride liked very simple flowers, and her mum had two vases of white roses in the house, myself and the maid of honour joined forces to ‘create’ a new bridal bouquet, which the bride then happily walked down the aisle with.
How can our readers see more of your work/get in touch?
Head to the galleries on my website, to view a sample of my wedding portfolio. If you’d like to meet to go through a larger selection of work and view my sample albums, please do drop me a line or a call. You can find my contact details here.