Some tips to help make your day magical

Last minute details

Details can make or break your day. All the small things you never think of. Here is a list I have compiled to help you. This wee page is still under construction. I will add more as I can!

  1. Coat hangers, whether it is the bridal dress, bridesmaids dress or mums. Pop into kmart or the warehouse and buy a set of wooden hangers. A wedding dress shot can be ruined by a plastic coat hanger.
  2. Tags, make sure all the shop tags are cut off before the big day. This makes my day run faster and smoother and no scrounging for scissors. Remove the size tags as well, these can pop out during the day, although they can be edited.
  3. Invite, Please keep an invite aside for me to photograph on the day. If you sent it digitally no worries!
  4. If your hiring an AirBNB, do not forget the milk and coffee! It is something that skips past your mind when you have bigger things to think of.

Perfume

Splash out of a beautiful perfume. It is another super cute detail to photograph plus who doesn't like to smell good. Some of my faves are Elie Saab Parfum Royal, Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire EDP & Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.


Underwear & Bra

Buy super supportive, seamless underwear. Something that can hold your body in and cannot be seen through your dress. You're not necessarily thinking about camera flashes and lighting when you go dress shopping. You just want something that makes you feel gorgeous. And if you're wearing a ball gown with a full skirt and lots of tulle underneath, this may not be that relevant anyway. But if your dress is form-fitting or made of a lighter material, you're going to want to make sure nothing's visible. Bring a spare pair of sexy lingerie to slip into before the night is over.

When looking into a bra, not only do you need to think about your own. You also need to ask your bridesmaids. On the day of, it can be the last thing they think of. There is nothing worse than having to adjust your bra and boobs all day. Especially if we capture a magical twirling photo and out pops your boob! Wander round your house and have a dance party, make sure everything is secure.

Makeup for touchups

Pack a small bag for on the day touch ups. A powder, a setting spray, makeup wipes and foundation. If your day is super hot, you will sweat. Your makeup artist should have it all covered but why not have a just in case plan.

Majority of makeup artists will also give you a lip pottle to touch up your lippy.

T Shirts & Singlets

If your wedding is between spring and autumn. Avoid wearing T-shirts or singlets like the plague. Tan lines are not fun to edit & majority of the time cannot be fixed naturally.

Spray Tans

1. Do: Research professional salons with bridal tanning specialists.

Finding the right spray tan professional is super important. Research spray tan salons with experts who specialize specifically in bridal tanning, that way you know your skin is in the right hands.

2. Don't: Argue with your specialist when it comes to color.

Once you find your pro, listen to them when it comes to picking the right shade for you (especially if they tell you to go with a lighter one). I always recommend go light and natural. A bridal tan should enhance your natural beauty and not overpower it.”

3. Do: Schedule spray tan trial sessions. 

Schedule trial sessions at least one month in advance to allow you and your spray tan specialist to customize a color and solution that best suits you (because the last thing you want is to look like Ross from Friends after his tanning fiasco). If you don’t have time for a trial session, ask your specialist to test a patch of skin. “Your stomach or legs should be good [for testing] if you’ll be wearing a long gown,”

4. Don’t: Spray over an old spray tan.

Schedule your last trial several weeks before your wedding day so you aren’t spraying over an old spray tan. “I compare [spraying over an old tan] to getting a manicure without taking the old, chipped nail polish off first,” “Up close, it’s not going to look good, and every bride's wedding tan should look perfect.”

5. Do: Exfoliate your skin.

Exfoliate your skin a day or two before your spray tan appointment, and use gloves instead of a washcloth. But... 

6. Don’t: Exfoliate the day of your spray tan appointment.

You shouldn’t use any scrubs, oils or lotions the day of the appointment. “Oils leave a film on your skin that can create a barrier and possibly block the spray tan absorption,”

7. Do: Wait to shower.

We know that post-sprayed feeling isn’t ideal, but hold off on showering after your spray tan appointment. The time it takes for a spray tan to properly set depends on the type of tanning solution used, so ask your specialist how long you should wait before showering.

8. Don’t: Use soap.

“Many commercial bar soaps create havoc on a spray tan,” so avoid using soap during your first rinse. Use a salon-recommended soap for the following showers to avoid any fading or blotching. 

9. Do: Get other treatments done before a spray tan.

You should absolutely pamper yourself the days leading up to your wedding, but make sure to book any spa treatments for before your spray tan appointment. Plan any massages, mani-pedis and sauna detoxes before your appointment to avoid accidental smearing or removing of the spray tan.