5 Must Have Getting Ready Photos for Every Bride

Charleston Bridal Portrait Seated in White Room Studio dressing room

My 5 Must Have Getting Ready Photos for Every Bride. Ladies we’ve dreamt of this day since we were little! These are the important shots you are going to want your photographer to capture regardless if you are having a big old wedding, paired down micro wedding , or elopement in Charleston.

5 Must Have Getting Ready Photos for Every Bride:

1). Getting that final touch up of makeup or lip gloss. I reccomend having your photographer arrive when you are almost done with makeup, that way whatever photos she takes you will be looking glam already. If makeup is running behind, your photographer can always photograph all of the pretty little bridal details you have spent months purchasing for your big day.

Charleston Bride's Morning Bridal Suite Getting Ready Photo

Best Wedding Photographer Charleston details Groom's velvet black shoes, wedding rings, and bridal bouquet with pink silk ribbon

Rose gold and green Wedding Invitation and pink bottle of champagne

2). Robe photos with your bride squad! You know the photos- you and all of your bridesmaids in matching floral robes. Even better if you have a bottle of champagne to open to celebrate you becoming a wifey today!

Boudoir Portraits on your Wedding Morning

Bride and Bridesmaid in Robes opening pink champagne

Bride toasting pink champagne on wedding day with Maid of Honor

3). Putting on jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets is a must have shot for any bride. Bonus points if your mom or a mother figure help. I love photos of mother of the brides zipping up wedding dresses! It’s a great way to make them feel special before your photographer moves on to bridal party photos.

Bride putting on earrings and being zipped into wedding dress by mother; must have getting ready photos for every bride

Charleston Engagement Photographer Engagement Ring closeup

4). Putting on the finishing touches such as bridesmaids fluffing out the layers of the bride’s dress or helping attach the veil. Those last minute wardrobe tweaks look fantastic turned into timeless black and white images too!

Maid of honor in pink off the shoulder dress helping bride to fluff wedding dress



Must have wedding day photos Charleston Bride to Be and Maid of Honor hugging and helping put veil on bride

Bridesmaid in pink off the shoulder floral Marchessa dress with boho bouquet

Bride and bridesmaid hugging while getting ready for wedding day


5). The first look by a bride of herself in the mirror once she is completely ready. I adore seeing the glowing look on a bride’s faces during this moment! She gets to see all of her planning for her wedding day look come together. There is nothing more inspiring than a bride anticipating marrying the partner of her dreams!

Must Have Getting Ready Photo for Every Bride first look dressed in the mirror

Bridal Portraits of blonde bride in off the shoulder beaded wedding dress

Bridal portrait on white backdrop of bride with full length veil over her face

Perfect Mount Pleasant Getting Ready Venue

The perfect venue for your 5 must have getting ready photos for every bride is the White Room. It’s a light and airy and filled with plants and positive vibes. It has 10 styling chairs and gold mirrors, for this reason it’s fabulous for large bridal parties. You can have their in-house stylists do your hair and makeup or invite your own.

Besides a lounge area, my favorite part as a wedding photographer is the photography studio located within. It’s ideal for bridal portraits once you are ready. There are also two private separate dressing areas and a large bathroom. Did I mention there is a kitchen too with a coffee maker and most importantly a fridge to chill the champagne! The White Room is located in Mount Pleasant, SC. So it’s close to dreamy wedding venues like Pepper Plantation, Alhambra Hall and Boone Hall Plantation.

White Room Style Studio Mount Pleasant, SC

Mount Pleasant Wedding Photographer Groom portraits in mauve tuxedo

Photos from Mount Pleasant Wedding Photographer of white horse and newlywed couple in front of fence with Spanish moss hanging above them from trees

couple pose with bride's long Veil

newlywed couple cuddles view of backless wedding dress and close up of wedding ring

Just married couple pose in front of fence and horse at Pepper Pavilion Wedding

Mt. Pleasant Bridal Portraits at Pepper Plantation

Bride and groom kiss with Wedding Veil floating in wind behind them

Newlywed couple nose to nose under bride's veil




Wedding Vendor Dream Team:

Getting Ready Venue | @thewhiteroomstyle                              Models | @baylinmann_stylist      @caro_roche

Hair & Makeup Team |@salonalexandria843                             @danalewishair      @the_braided_brunette

Wedding Dress |@bridalhouseofcharleston                                Jewelry & Robes | @modelbride

Bridesmaid Dress |@bellabridesmaids                                        Florals | @Foragedfloras

Groom Attire | @theblacktux                                                         Reception Venue |The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation

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Leigh Hayward

Leigh Hayward

Charleston Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Hi, I’m Leigh! I’m an engagement and wedding photographer based in Charleston, SC. I’ve been serving ALL love and couples since 2006. I adamantly believe everyone deserves their love story to be told beautifully! 

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