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Bridal photography shoots are exciting events. Why are they so much fun? They’re fun because this is the first time that you’ll get to see how you’ll look on the big day. During the shoot, your hair and makeup will be done. You’ll be wearing your dress and jewelry. You may even be holding your bouquet. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for your bridal photography shoot.

To give a little Eye Candy, these tips are accompanied by a gorgeous bridal session at Antelope Island by Chris Bennett Weddings featuring our Burnett gown, Jasmine style B173018.

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom

How to Prepare for Your Bridal Photography Shoot

 

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

Plan in Advance

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

Be sure to plan for your bridal photo shoot in advance. Popular photographers in your area are likely to fill their calendars quickly in the spring and the fall since many couples prefer to get married during these seasons. If you intend to display some of your bridal pictures at your reception, schedule your photography session at least one month before your wedding day. If this isn’t the plan, then schedule your session whenever you like. You can even schedule it for after your wedding day.

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

Book Your Makeup and Hair

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

It’s a good idea to schedule the same team who will be doing your hair and makeup on your wedding day for your bridal pictures. This step will let you do a test run of how you’ll look on the day of your wedding. But, feel free to change things up for your bridal portraits by rocking a different look.

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

Bring Comfortable Shoes

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

Wear comfortable shoes like Uggs, sneakers or flipflops to your bridal photography shoot. Your feet are unlikely to show in your pictures, and you’ll keep your pretty shoes clean for your wedding day.  

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

Rent a Venue

 Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom

Depending on the time of year that you’re planning your big day, consider renting a venue for your bridal pictures just in case it rains or snows. When it comes to taking bridal portraits, there’s a lot to consider. For instance, you’ll be booking your hair, makeup and ordering a bouquet. The last thing you want to worry about is rescheduling the shoot because of Utah’s unpredictable weather.

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

Preparation is Key  

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom 

 

Your bridal photography shoot is an important occasion. Make sure that it goes smoothly with thorough preparation. Schedule your shoot in plenty of time and make appointments for your hair and makeup. Rent a venue just in case it rains or snows and wear comfortable shoes.

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom

Prepare for your bridal photography shoot with Gateway Bridal & Prom

Let us help you select your dream dress! From modest choices to strapless designs, at Gateway Bridal & Prom, we have hundreds of styles to choose from. Make an appointment for a personalize bridal consultation or shop the collection online here! 

We are doing a happy dance over here at Gateway Bridal & Prom because we finally get to share this gorgeous styled wedding shoot featuring our beaded sheath wedding dress, the Despina gown, at the White Willow Reception Center! So many incredible Utah wedding vendors came together for this styled wedding shoot and it came together so beautifully!

Styled Wedding Shoot in Utah

Our Despina gown is a lovely pop over bridal dress with a sheath fit and delicate beaded. Perfect for your spring or summer wedding.

The Emmaline gown by Gateway Bridal and Prom

Strappy wedding dress by Gateway Bridal and Prom

The gorgeous venue was White Willow Reception Center. How yummy is that light over the incredible tablescape set up by some amazing vendors (scroll down for the complete list)!

 

Utah wedding tablescape

Despina gown by Utah wedding dress shop Gateway Bridal

Every little detail is absolute perfection, from the draping florals to the intricately etched glassware.

Beaded wedding dress by Gateway Bridal

beaded sheath wedding dress by Gateway Bridal

veiled bride with gown by Utah wedding dress shop

These dripping candles are so romantic. And we swoon.

utah wedding dress by Gateway Bridal & Prom

This White Willow Reception Center styled wedding shoot was such a pleasure to be a part of! Check out these amazing Utah wedding vendors who made it possible!

Photography: 
Elyse Alexandria Photography 
www.elysealexandria.com 
Instagram.com/ElyseAlexandriaPhoto
@elysealexandriaphoto
(Las Vegas, NV)

Florals: 
Blushing Rose Florals 
http://www.blushingrosefloral.com/ 
Instagram.com/BlushingRoseFlorals
@BlushingRoseFlorals
Utah Valley

Table & Chairs Rentals: 
Tavolo Rental 
www.tavolorental.com 
Instagram.com/TavoloRental
@TavoloRental
Utah Valley

Dress: 
Gateway Bridal & Prom** (UVB Vendor!) 
https://www.gatewaybridal.com/ 
Instagram.com/GatewayBridal
@GatewayBridal
SLC

Film Scans
PhotoVision Prints
www.photovisionprints.com
Instagram.com/PhotoVisionPrints
@PhotoVisionPrints

Hair & Makeup: 
Alyssa Hall Makeup Artistry
www.alyssahallmakeup.com
Instagram.com/AlyssaHallMakeupArtistry
@AlyssaHallMakeupArtistry
Utah Valley

Venue: 
White Willow Reception Center
www.whitewillowweddings.com
Instagram.com/utah_weddings
@utah_weddings
Provo UT

Model:
Sasha Sloan 
Instagram.com/SashaESloan
@SashaESloan

Platters & Candlesticks: 
Utah Vintage Rentals 
www.utahvintage.rentals 
Instagram.com/UtahVintageRentals
@UtahVintageRentals
Utah Valley

Tableware: 
Diamond Rental 
http://diamondrental.com/ 
Instagram.com/DiamondRentalEvents
@DiamondRentalEvents
Utah Valley

Tableware: 
Anthropologie 
www.anthropologie.com 
Instagram.com/Anthropologie
@Anthropologie

Tableware: 
West Elm
www.westelm.com
Instagram.com/westelm
@westelm

Ribbon: 
Tono & Co. 
https://tono-co.myshopify.com/ 
Instagram.com/tonoandco
@tonoandco

 

We are so giddy to share this gorgeous styled shoot by Marni Wishart Photography featuring our gorgeous beaded wedding dress, Allure 9270, the Alastair. 
 
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal

 

Beaded Wedding Dress | Allure 9270 | Alastair

Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal and Prom

This gorgeous dress by Allure Bridals features a ballgown silhouette with an embroidered bodice. The bodice is highlighted with intricate beading of Swarovski crystals along the neckline. It is the perfect gown for the bride who truly wants to look and feel like royalty on her wedding day.
 
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal with bride and groom
 
We love everything about this styled shoot in beautiful Green Canyon, Utah. It brings us right back to fall...autumn in our canyons just can't be beat!
 
The florals by Millefleur Designs are exquisite. They look too perfect to be real (but, of course, they are). And all the amazing styling--WOW! From the tablescape to the hair and makeup, the the tiniest details like the jewelry and rings, this shoot is just all around eye candy. And the models? Guys, these two look like a God and Goddess from some Norse mythology. And not the scary kind.
 
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal in UtahBeaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal in Salt Lake
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal invitations
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal in SLC Utah
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal tablescape
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal bouquet
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal place settings
Beaded wedding dress Allure 9270 by Gateway Bridal bride and groom
Beaded wedding dress, Allure 9270, by Gateway Bridal with wedding ring
We would love to help you find your dream dress, whether it's the Alastair or one of our other hundreds of styles, from strapless to modest. We have been a part of 12,000 Happily Ever Afters and counting in our 16+ years in Utah...are you next?!
 
 
Location:
Green Canyon, Utah
 
Photographer:
Marni Wishart Photography
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Contact: Marni Wishart
@marniwishartphotography
 
Second Shooter: Adele Lamb Photography
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Contact: Adele Lamb
@adelelambphotography
 
Event Planning & Stylist:
M+B Events
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Contact: Brandon Christensen and Melanie Farmer
@mandbevents
 
Floral Design:
Millefleur Designs
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Contact: Marianne Hunt
@millefleurdesign
 
Handpainted Invitation and Paper Suite:
Crimson Letters
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Contact: Rubana Gaspar
@crimson_letters
 
Wedding Gown and Veil:
Gateway Bridal & Prom
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Contact: Elizabeth Quatrale
@gatewaybridal
 
Groom’s Formalwear:
Utah Bride Room
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Contact: Laurel Herbert
@utahbrideroom
 
Headpiece and cuff bracelet:
EDEN LUXE Bridal
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Contact: Heather Eden Trost
@edenluxebridal
 
Rings:
Wilson Diamonds
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Contact: Anna Cook
@wilsondiamonds
 
Hair Stylist:
Contact: Megan Thorpe
@trichologysalonlogan.
 
Models: 
Amanda Peterson
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Garrett Lamb
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@lambgarrett

So you are engaged, yay! Congrats! Now it's time for the fun stuff: planning and shopping. If you are like most brides, you are working with some kind of a budget. Of course, you want to get as much of your dream wedding as you can out of that budget, so you naturally want to look around for great deals. You get online and search for "cheap wedding dresses" and suddenly, you find yourself with a huge list of websites advertising absolutely gorgeous gowns for $100-$200, with great reviews! STOP! Before you buy, let's chat.

Why to NEVER Buy Your Wedding Dress Online from China

"But GUYS," you may say, "These dresses are beautiful! They look exactly like the dresses my local bridal shop carries for 10% of the cost!" 

We know. But they aren't the same, we promise. If we had a dollar for every sobbing bride who has come into our shop who has ordered their wedding dress online from a so-called "wholesale" supplier to save money, we would be as rich as Midas. 

Have you ever heard the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?" Nowhere is this more applicable than discounted online wedding dresses from China.

They are NOT Wholesale

Many Chinese wedding dress websites claim they are "wholesalers." They claim to use the same designers, fabrics, and patterns as the actual dress designers. They don't. Designers don't sell or give their patterns to discount wedding dress sellers in China. They just don't. And they don't use the same materials. The materials used to create a true designer wedding dress you see at your local bridal shop are expensive and high quality. In fact, the true materials themselves actually cost a lot more than these discount online stores are selling the whole dress for! The photos they are using to advertise these "wholesale" designer" dresses are, more often than not, taken off a designers website without permission. We can't tell you how many times we have found our own dresses and photos from our photo shoots on these sites. 

You will NOT get the Dress in the Picture

Because these Chinese wedding dress suppliers don't have the actual patterns and don't use high quality materials, you will not get the dress in the picture. And it will not be the right size. Even if you put in your exact measurements, things tend to get lost in translation. Literally. But don't take it from us! Andrea from "The Pink Bride" shares her own personal story of ordering a wedding dress online from China. It was advertised as a wholesale Maggie Sottero dress. Here is a side by side example of what the picture showed and her in her actual dress.

Knock-off Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress from China

Yeah. A bit different. The bust and skirt were two different shades of white. There were no cute buttons or sparkly embellishments. The lace was frayed and the flower design looked like a craft project. 

I also personally helped a friend about 8 years ago buy a dress online from China (sorry, I didn't know any better). I wish I had pictures to show you. We could have fit 3 friends in one dress. The alteration costs were astronomical just so she could wear the ugly thing!

I did a few quick searches for some of our favorite vendors here at Gateway, Casablanca Bridal and Allure Bridals. I added "discount" to the beginning of my search and voila! Here are a few that came up:

Discount wedding dresses online from China

Guys, I promise. Those are not going to look like the pictures. Notice the "Wholesale?" 

You will NOT be Able to Track the Shipment

Shipping from China is a bit of a black hole. And it's expensive. So imagine how much of that $114 dress is actually going to shipping. Also, your dress will be crammed into an itty bitty box to save on shipping costs. But that isn't even the worst part. There is no tracking information. It can take months for your dress to actually ship. Then once it leaves, you just hope and pray it shows up in time (if at all). Sometimes the entire website shuts down after you order and you never see the dress (yes, believe us, we have heard all the stories). 

We hope we have successfully dissuaded you from buying a wedding dress online from China. You will never get the same quality, designs, styles, and personalized service that you get from your local bridal shop. So when you are looking for ways to cut costs on your big day, shop local! You may be surprised at how reasonably priced you can find a dress at a bridal salon near you. Shop sample sales! Shop in stock products instead of special order. We promise, you won't regret it!

 

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