At the start of the wedding day, things are always really exciting and there is a lot going on. During that time dubbed “getting ready”, there is so much potential to capture and create beautiful, genuine pre-wedding shots.
To make the most of this, we always advise our couples find a place with lots of nice natural light to get ready at. This might be a hotel, an AirBnB or even your own home, unless your venue has a great spot for getting ready, which quite a few do. A dark, messy room will certainly take away from the moments being captured. So, be sure to find a place with a lot of nice window light and try to avoid places with a lot, if any, need for tungsten light. If they can be turned off and we still have enough natural light to create beautiful images, then we’ll always opt to have them turned off.
Just as bad light can take away from a really great moment, in a visual reference, so can clutter. Even with everything going on, it’s always a good idea to assign someone to the task of making sure things are kept tidy. If there are closets around, then use them to store suitcases/bags, clothing not being worn. We’ll try to help keep it tidy ourselves, but it’s certainly best if we don’t need to so that we can focus on capturing all those super sweet moments. All of this goes for both the bride and groom.
Also, keep in mind that your hair/makeup artist will also need really good, clean light such as window light.
For the most part, hotels do not offer the best lighting situation, but newer more modern hotels have sort of figured it out. However, renting out an AirBnB is our favorite option. You get more for the money, you’ll have more options for all sorts of things.
Here is a list of some great places to get ready for your wedding or elopement in Raleigh or Asheville. If you need recommendations for other areas, just shoot us a note!