Location Location Location. Whether it be an elaborate Marquee , your home or a hotel , make sure there are these requisites.For e.g. the lighting you want ,whether it's up-lighting,pin lighting or lighting stands make sure it works with the space.
When you visit the space imagine it with the seating arrangement. For example if you're going to have round tables then how would you want them spaced?Remember tiny details which matter a lot i.e: Leg room so that people can move about freely and with ease.People want to see the bride so make sure that each table has a view of You.Otherwise everyone will be huddled near the stage and it will get crowded!
Tip: If you visit the location/venue with me beforehand not only can we discuss &plan the shoot and ideas but it also opens up an understanding and comfort level for both of us so that you are relaxed on your wedding day.
View from the Lens:
Some venues have what at first glance seem a reasonable height ceiling, but imagine it with a stage and some of your tall cousins and we’ve got the false roof and lighting in the pictures! So be mindful of these minor details as they make a great difference to the over all ambience. Sometimes the same hotel has great halls , it’s just a matter of remembering these details when you make the choice.
Well gone are the days of formality and wearing whatever the in laws send you. These days brides have a great input on the dress they are wearing; be it the colour, type of work or entire design. And why not? They will be the center of attention , and admit it, don’t we gals love admiring and talking about the “shaadi ka jora?” (bridal outfit).
Make sure the nips and tucks or alteration if necessary have already been done ,so that your not worried about the fit of the dress .
When choosing the makeup artists I’m sure all of you spend hours pouring over magazines , surfing the web , trends , friends recommendations before finally settling on a make-up artist you like.
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Make sure the make-up is bridal. No,I do not mean Tube light white powder and crude red blush-on when I say “bridal". What ever look your going for , whether it be demure and au natural makeup or gorgeous glamour just be mindful of the fact that the event will only begin a couple of hours after you’ve done your makeup and then you’ll be on stage for quite a while!
Lipstick: If your wearing pastel shades your gloss/lipstick should be a tone brighter than your outfit. Livening up the lips makes all the difference. Even when your forcing that smile and trying to refuse that ladu simultaneously which the aunty is insisting on feeding you , you won’t look tired and washed out.I attended a wedding a couple of years ago and the bride wore a lovely intricately worked peach jora .Needless to say she looked beautiful in it, the makeup was gorgeous but the lipstick was three shades too pale for a wedding. It would’ve been a great look for a model but not a bride. It’s been so long and I still remember this, so yes details do matter!
If your jora is a deep rich colour then go for a shade lighter and brighter . Though I feel the warm ,lively shades work best when the entire jora is in one rich colour.
My client, the “accidental bride” ( read about her in the testimonials) was wearing a gorgeous Akheek colour jora and her lipstick was a complementing rich chocolate colour . But time came for the portrait pictures and she’d eaten up the lipstick as it was past ten p.m at this time ,so she applied a lovely plum-pink shade and I cannot describe the difference!
Mehndis- A lot of times brides choose to wear no makeup at all on the day of the mehndi .
View From the Lens: While I completely respect this tradition, I always suggest using a skin colour ,or pastel gloss . One of my client’s was very reluctant to wear even a skin-colour gloss and as my efforts to explain weren’t being heeded , I quickly took a close up and showed her the picture. She immediately asked me for my gloss as we were already at the venue and she was about to go on stage.
And ...RELAX: Why do I keep reiterating “Relax” relax so much?
View from the lens: when a bride is worried about minor details or tense about something it shows as the bride automatically stiffens her neck and her eyes don’t reflect that genuine happiness which all brides are.
So get a massage , or simply keep 30 mins a day where you can cocoon your self away from the wedding madness.Pray, read, meditate, or simply get some shut eye. The important thing is to try and put your thoughts in a pensive (in Potter head terms) and just chill.
Zooming Out ,