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7 Top tips for gorgeous bridal prep photos from a wedding photographer

by English Wedding member, super talented Yorkshire wedding photographer Hannah Brooke


Picture the scene. It’s the morning of your wedding and you are JUBILANT with excitement, nerves and emotion about the day ahead. You’ve got all your best girls with you and you want your bridal prep photos to be picture perfect. BUT the reality is this: there’s a lot happening, a lot of people, a lot of stuff, it feels chaotic….and there’s not much time.

So how DO you get the gorgeous bridal prep pics? Here are my top tips…..

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

1: Consider the location and the light

I know, this is often venue dependent and my covid brides all had their bridal prep photos at home, but in an ideal world you’d have a lovely light room with lots of space. If you are getting ready at home, that’s totally fine – but you might need to clear a bit of space for your hair and make up artists to lay out their brushes.

2: Allow plenty of time

Let’s face it, you’re going to be awake super early with the sheer excitement, so ask your photographer and hair and make up artists to arrive nice and early. The best wedding mornings are the ones where everyone is nice and relaxed and not rushing or stressed.

Hannah Brooke Photography

3: Have the details ready

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

You’ve put a LOT of thought into the dress and shoes, the jewellery and even the perfume you’ll wear on your wedding day. (I know I did!) So have everything ready to be part of your bridal prep photos before you put them on!

Dresses – having seen a fair few broken plastic hangers in my time, I strongly advice you get a lovely wooden or fabric hanger to display your dress on. It’s a thing of beauty and I think we should photograph it!

Details – you don’t need to worry about arranging them beautifully – just have it all ready (maybe even in a shoebox or a bag) and your photographer will do the rest. Things you might want to include:

  • Shoes
  • Perfume
  • Jewellery
  • Hair accessory
  • Veil
  • Flowers
  • One of your invitations

4. What to wear to get ready in

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

For the purpose of beautiful bridal prep photos, I think it’s definitely worth investing in something nice to wear BEFORE you get into your dresses. You can get some really beautiful robes and pyjamas to get ready in, and these can even be personalised. They make beautiful keepsakes too and they don’t have to be a “just wear once” thing at all!

5. Keep the room tidy

I know, it’s tricky when there are lots of you, and you’re excited! BUT….from a selfish point of view, it makes for better bridal prep photos if the clutter is minimised….and you’ll appreciate this later when you return to the honeymoon suite as a married couple…

6. Remember to relax and have FUN

It’s your WEDDING DAY! Everyone in the room loves and adores you, and yes they’re willing to fasten your dress. So make the most of it – put your favourite tunes on, grab your favourite drink and hug your best girls tight. I know it’s my job, but I don’t think you’ll ever regret having these memories to look back on.

7. Don’t forget to EAT SOMETHING!!

Yes I know I sound like your Mum, and maybe it’s because I am a Mum. BUT you’ll probably forget / feel too excited to eat during the rest of the day, so please line your stomachs! Maybe even go all out and invest in a little grazing board.

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

We’re in LOVE with the photos Hannah shared and couldn’t resist sharing more of this lovely set with you!

Credits for all the bridal prep photos are below.


Floristry, concept & planning @emmyfloral
Photography, concept & planning @hannahbrookephoto
Venue @thiefhall
Sleepwear @georgieandflorence
Banner @daydreamer_creative_studio
Brides Dress @laurajanebridal
Bride’s hair accessories @thebobbypin
Veil @rebeccaannedesigns
Brides make up @mua_chrys.chapman
Bridesmaid dresses @laura_lea_boutique
Jewellery @svbridaljewellery
Bridesmaids make up @muasophiehealey
Hair @mua_chrys.chapman
Models @bysophiechampion @aparky14 @xalyssagrace @muasophiehealey @nievejones_1

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Yorkshire wedding and bridal prep photography by Hannah Brooke

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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