Hi my new friends! I can't quite put into words how humbled I am that you've chosen me and my team to capture this day...and so now that we're officially going to be working together...I can officially start rattling off with my personal opinions...right? [haha!]

My first piece of advice would be - try not to make drastic changes to your appearance [ie. hair and makeup] Do what works best for YOUR hair type and choose a makeup look that best suits YOU – these photographs are timeless. You'll want to recognize yourself in 10 years! Only you truly know what looks will truly showcase YOU!

I’ve seen several clients hire a makeup artist right before the wedding day…and let's just say - it didn't work out so well. You’re the “expert of your own face”, so it will indeed seem a little weird to have someone else doing your makeup because, well, you’re not used to it, and that’s normal. But if you do decide to hire a hair and makeup artist, make sure that you schedule a makeup trial before the actual wedding day to see if the artist is the right fit for you. Many industry professionals will offer this service for free [upon request], at a discounted rate or even a partial rate, especially if they are the chosen artist for the actual wedding day.

Always...I repeat...ALWAYS plan at least 30 minutes to [1] hour ahead of when you’d actually like to be done with hair and makeup. It will almost always take longer than you think it, so leave yourself a good amount of time to prevent yourself from feeling stressed and pressed for time.

Make sure you and your significant other scope out the locations that you’d like to use as a backdrop for your portraits prior to your final planning meeting with me. This will help us to be on the same page and it will give me time to plan the flow of your wedding day as well. The less stress your feel during and in-between shots, the easier it’s going to be for us to work together to achieve that ‘carefree’, wedding day look that couples’ dream of!

MORNING OF THE BIG DAY – Make sure to bring bobby pins and safety pins for clothing and/or hair that refuse to stay in place. Try your best to eat breakfast AND lunch! One of the biggest mistakes couples make on their wedding day is forgetting to eat something because they’re running off of adrenaline. You will inevitably start to feel the grumpiness creep in as the day wears on without filling up on a proper meal.

BEFORE THE CEREMONY – Discuss with your wedding party how you’d like them to be holding their hands & or bouquets during the ceremony so they all look uniform, especially in photos [of course, if that’s what you want]. Also encourage your bridal party to pay attention to me and my assistant [there will undoubtably be tons of other 'photographers' during your ceremony - unless of course you choose to host an 'unplugged' ceremony] so remind them to find me and my assistant and to try their best to lock eyes with our lenses at least once. A nice, uniform wedding line makes for much better pictures!

DURING THE CEREMONY – Remember to WALK SLOWLY DOWN THE AISLE and remind your bridal party to do the same. Even the most expensive camera equipment won’t be able to focus properly if you’re zipping down the aisle at the speed of light! For the best ceremony pictures, look lovingly into your fiancé’s eyes rather than focusing intently on the marriage officiator with your back to me or my assistant. TRY TO IMAGINE THAT YOU TWO ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE IN THE ROOM so you can really cherish the moment. Don’t be afraid to cry! Shedding a few tears really makes for a great picture!

GROUP PHOTOS – Well before the wedding day, choose a close friend or family member who can help me and my assistant gather people for formal group photos. If me & my assistant can get your loved ones to move quickly, you’ll be able to spend less time posing for a photo and more time enjoying your guests and your special day!

RECEPTION –  Ask for the room to be as well lit as possible to create the most ideal lighting for your photographs. Try acting natural and essentially ‘ignore’ us. Talking or laughing with a guest makes for great candid shots or cozying up to your new husband, maybe sharing a secret or inside joke. If you’re doing the traditional events of a wedding [cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, first dance, and mom/son, daddy/daughter dance] you might think about having a DJ or someone in your wedding party announce the events over loud speakers so your guests know what’s going on during this time.

MOST IMPORTANTLY! – RELAX AND JUST ENJOY YOUR DAY! Remember that you are celebrating a very special union of love & commitment with the love of your life. Hold their hand, dance with them, kiss in front of hundreds of clapping people! They are all there to celebrate your love and you’ll have more meaningful wedding photos if you’re caught up in each other, so just enjoy being in love!

Remember that there is no absolute perfect wedding day. Someone is going to forget something, someone will do or say something stupid, and everything will not be perfect. Hilarious things happen at every wedding, but hopefully you’ll be able to look back on a fond memory & an even better story. So be ready to embrace a little mayhem! It’s all a part of the ride! And I’ll be there, right along with you two!

 With Love, 


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Have a question about something that wasn't answered here? Don't hesitate to drop me a line at alana.adetola@gmail.com!