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Fragments – Bridal Prep – It’s not About the Bride

May 9, 2019

New craven hall, kirkstall abbey, wedding, photographer, leeds
I get the occasional bride who doesn’t really want me to be there for bridal prep. She doesn’t really get what that whole photos of getting ready thing is about.
 
So here’s my take:
 
It’s not really about the bride.
 
Well, of course it is, and it isn’t. I don’t spend hours at bridal prep, but I do chip up and hang out for a while in order to get to know my bridesmaids, bond with mums and aunties, and get my squad used to being around me with a camera in my hand. It’s like easing people in gently.
 
It allows me to get closer to those people… those people that matter to my bride. Because the people who trust me, will allow me to photograph them in their most vulnerable, emotional, and beautiful moments.
 
And some of those moments happen during bridal prep.
 
Like Shara here. One minute she’s having her make up applied, the next she’s getting all emotional about her little girl who is about to step into that amazing wedding gown and walk down the aisle. These are big moments in small settings.
 
It’s not the first kiss… it’s not the exchange of rings.. it’s not the going down the aisle shot. Those are the obvious moments that most photographers and couples talk about.
 
And whilst they are important photographs to capture, sometimes, ones like this are way more valuable.
 
These are the images I’m looking for on a wedding day. These are the images that will resonate with you long after the obvious moments have faded.
 
This is the reason I love the job I do.
 
Bridal prep – FTW.
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Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds wedding photographer, Leeds photography by Shelly Mantovani at Toast of Leeds.  If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the future at Kirkstall Abbey or elsewhere in Leeds, get in touch by visiting my photography website at www.toastofleeds.co.uk or you can find me on TwitterFacebook Instagram or Pinterest.  I photograph weddings across the UK in tipis, barns, country houses , iconic hotels, Industrial warehouses, town halls and cool city boozers . For more information and to check availability, contact me now.

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