May 26, 2020
Bride Guide #39 is 5 tips on the Formal Session by Draper Utah Wedding Photographer Lauren Kay Photography.
The formal session is all about showcasing you as a bride and groom. The dress, your bouquet, your hair, your rings and all the details. I love doing formal sessions. But to be totally transparent, these pictures aren’t taken on your actual wedding day so they may not feel as meaningful. And you have to get your hair and makeup done, your dress cleaned, and purchase a second bouquet. So I realize it may not be the best option for everyone. If budget is an issue, you can make sure your timeline allows for a formal session on your actual wedding day. But if at all possible, as a Draper Utah Wedding Photographer I definitely recommend doing this session. It takes so much pressure and stress off of your actual day, you can take them during the perfect lighting, you can display them at your wedding, and you can go to a meaningful or epic location. What you choose is completely up to you.
I am definitely a fan of doing a first look. They are such an intimate time between the two of you. And your groom can enjoy you in your dress for the first time without feeling the pressure to react for a crowd. Fair warning, first looks are fairly posed beforehand, but once
he sees you in your wedding dress for the first time it is totally just a moment purely for the two of you.
I’ve seen so many couples, myself included, who are so stressed by everything else going on that they don’t carve out time for their pictures. They want formal pictures but then are unwilling to make sacrifices for them. Take off work, skip a class, drive a few hours, get a bouquet, have your hair and makeup done. Seriously. The sacrifices will be worth it!
Have you seen those amazing wedding pictures? Like at the top of Zion’s National Park or in Yosemite? That could be you! Go all out and have a blast with these. You can go somewhere epic like a national park, or choose somewhere meaningful to the two of you like where you got engaged or your first kiss. Then you can save the pictures at the temple or your venue for your wedding day. Wherever you choose, choose somewhere gorgeous that is your style.
If you need ideas on places check out this link for the top places in Utah to take Wedding Pictures: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/epic-spots-to-get-married-ut/
If you choose to bring people along to help, I think that is great! It is definitely nice to have that extra set of eyes and hands. I do recommend that you both need to be very comfortable with the person you have coming to help. I also think that keeping your first look moment to just your photographer and videographer is best in order to keep it as intimate as possible.
You will still want pictures of just the two of you on your wedding day. There is something about the glow that comes right after marriage that just cannot be duplicated! Even if you are doing a formal session, husband and wife pictures on the day of your wedding are a must. And if possible, I recommend carving out time on your timeline during sunset (the best lighting) for these.
Formal session tips:
● Bring your wedding band and your groom’s ring.
● Have your hair and makeup done and get a bouquet.
● Bring extra shoes in case the terrain is rough or dirty.
● If your dress has a train, bring a white sheet or shower curtain to lay under your dress to keep it from getting dirty.
● Drive separate to your first look so that he doesn’t see you, have your groom arrive first.
● Choose how you want to do your first look – you can go up behind him, have your photographer tell him when to turn, blindfold him, or my personal favorite, write him a letter to read before he sees you. Or get creative!
● Leave time after the session to have your dress cleaned before the wedding.