10 Tips for Beautiful Wedding Preparation Images

There are so many details that go into the planning of a wedding day that the morning preparation often gets overlooked. Don't worry I've got you covered! I am sharing 10 tips to implement that will ensure beautiful wedding preparation images!

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1. Share your creative vision with your photographer ahead of time. Sit down and determine what images are important during your morning prep and relay this information to your photographer via email or a dedicated Pinterest board.

2. Beauty details and scheduling. Have your make up and hair scheduled to be completed before or just after the photographer arrives.

3. It's all in the details. Have all of your bits and bobs (invitation, ring, veil, jewelry, perfume) together and ready for your photographer ahead of time. 

4. Location, location, location! Choose a room that is spacious with lots of natural light and simple room decor. When possible secure a location that is close to your ceremony venue to make the most of your preparation time.

5. Clean your ring. Not only will friends and family be sneaking a peak of your ring all day, but it will get up close and personal with your photographer during detail shots. 

6. Keep it clean! Try to keep all clutter (water bottles, snacks, bobby pins) in one area so it does not make its way into any images

7. Create an intentional timeline. When organizing your schedule anticipate to have your photographer arrive at least 2 hours before you plan to depart for the ceremony. This will ensure there is enough time to capture details, portraits, candids and everything in between! 

8. Assign duties. Don't be afraid to designate day-of responsibilities to your wedding party. Whether it be something as simple as ensuring your lipstick is packed in your handbag, or a little more involved such as keeping an eye on the time to make sure things run smoothly. This will help to alleviate stress on your big day.

9. Don't worry about your groom! It is easy to get caught up thinking about what your groom may be up to with his boys. Instead, pour those mimosas and cherish the bonding time you have got with your girls!

10. Most importantly: Remember to enjoy yourself, after all it is finally your wedding day! With the natural buzz and excitement in the air make sure to enjoy each moment and take it all in because the day truly does fly by!

Johnny & Stephanie - Winter Engagement Session

I still can't believe I am writing this! My brother is engaged and I could not be happier! It seems like just yesterday I was knocking on my big brother's door each night terrified of what could be lurking in the dark, as he graciously allowed me to sleep on the carpet... on the ground... beside his bed. 

Johnny and Stephanie's love story began while they were both attending McMaster University. They first met at the iconic "Dalewood house." A student house just off campus that was well known for never locking its door at night - seriously, even the raccoons knew! It was a meeting hub for Johnny and many of his friends, and it just so happened that Stephanie lived there. Johnny was immediately drawn to her, however - plot twist - it was not love at first sight. I am not sure if it was his bushy eyebrows, infectious personality or persistence but after months of pursuing her, Stephanie gave in! 

Soon after, Johnny brought our tiny little Woodbridge-ian home to meet the family. It was an immediate fit. I would never have imagined that this sweet lady would not only become such an integral part of our family, but also one of my very best friends! I couldn't have picked a better partner for my brother if I scoured the profiles of eHarmony myself. The fact that she is a cannoli addict is just an added plus!

4 years post-Dalewood, during a beautiful snowy winter day, Johnny got down on one knee and asked Stephanie for forever! After enjoying many congratulatory hugs, kisses, and toasts of prosecco we began to plan their engagement session. Stephanie was hoping for their shoot to be photographed in the winter. After waiting weeks for snowfall, we were graced with the perfect day. It was something right out of a snow globe! We returned right to the spot where Johnny proposed for their session - take a peak!

To say I am over-the-moon excited about their engagement and the upcoming #DelBruno wedding is an understatement! I cannot wait to cheer these two on for all of life's adventures that lie in store for them.

Free $ from The City of Hamilton

Last year I was involved in an incredible program offered though the city of Hamilton's Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) called "Starter Company". This is an initiative that targets young entrepreneurs looking to launch their own business. Not only does the program offer free training and free mentorship to all candidates but also... free money! Hold up, wait a minute... now that I have your attention, yes I said free money! 

So what's the catch? 

Show up + create and refine business plan + pitch concept = recieve funding

No catch! 

The SBEC provides information, resources and mentorship from local business leaders to assist in the launch and successful growth of all businesses. Mentors assist candidates in creating a proper business plan to enhance the vision of all start ups. Once complete all candidates are to pitch their plan to a panel of successful business professionals. Think Dragon's Den - but much more encouraging (no Mr. Wonderful)! After the pitch and a brief Q&A period  it is on the shoulders of the panel to approve the grant.

Naturally, the obvious incentive to complete the program is to receive the grant money. I will admit that $5,000 in funding undeniably helped further my business in many aspects which I am incredibly grateful for. However, I did not anticipate that the completion of the program would prove much more valuable than the money itself. As a graduate of the Starter Company program I continue to make connections, relationships, leads, referrals and friends. I am grateful to the staff and mentors at the SBEC for their ongoing support and guidance throughout and long after my completion of the program.

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Interested in starting your own business and looking to gather more information?

Business Development Officers, Robert Belchior and Luisa Cicconi are always "on the look out" for new candidates!

Hamilton Small Business Enterprise Centre
71 Main Street West, Main Floor
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5
905-540-6400
startercompany@hamilton.ca