Every now and then a burst of inspiration hits us and just have to go out and shoot. We had an idea for some romantic bridal portraits, set in the woods of Chelsea, Quebec. We had visions of layers and layers of vintage lace and a bride ‘haunting’ the streams and forests of Quebec.
We photographed this area of Chelsea before, for Justyna’s own bridal portraits in 2014, and it remains one of our favourite spots in the national capital region to shoot. A wedding day timeline doesn’t always permit this, but we love to get about 30 minutes or so alone with our brides, after she is dressed. The location doesn’t always need to be epic or in nature – even something as simple as window light and a clean wall will do. We always imagine portraits like this in a beautiful album, and future generations of boys and girls admiring their grandmothers or aunts – “Gosh, was that you?!”.
When planning your wedding timeline and locations, keep your photographer in mind. Try to get ready in clean, open rooms with uncluttered walls. Or at the very least, in an area where some nature is accessible. A lot of people will simply opt for a relatives home (which can usually mean a lot of clutter and ahem, out-dated decor) or a stark hotel suite. As an alternative, check out some Airbnb listings – you might stumble upon something really unique! Your getting ready location will determine a certain look for a big portion of your photos. An extra bit of effort into your timeline here will go a long way.
As for timing, the earlier you’re ready, the better. It means the day won’t have to be rushed through. Your photographers will have ample time to take a variety of romantic bridal portraits of not only you, but also your bridal party and groom. For more recommendations or wedding day tips, keep your team in the loop. You won’t regret it!