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The Moments Leading to I DO: Photographing Wedding Preparation

Shannon Arney - Friday, May 06, 2016
The Moments Leading to I DO: Photographing Wedding Preparation


We at Fusion are very aware that the festivities start well before the ceremony on your wedding day. That is why you will find us arriving hours before you begin that walk down the aisle to ensure we catch all the action. You can typically expect to find Deevo with the bride and her bridesmaids and our second shooter, Jessica, with the groom and his men. It is an divide and conquer philosophy during wedding prep so we don't miss out on documenting this special and once in a lifetime moment.

Bride having lipstick applied before her wedding ceremony. Sara having lipstick applied prior to her wedding ceremony at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem.
Bride having her hair styled before her wedding ceremony begins. Alyssa getting her hair styled at the luxurious Ritz Carlton in Charlotte NC.

We like to be there from start to finish, capturing every detail we can.  This typically begins with hair and makeup.  These moments are great opportunities to grab candid images of the bride and her bridal party as they prepare for the big day. Images like these of Sara and Alyssa typically become some of our brides favorite photos because it brings them back to that fleeting moment as they prepared to say "I Do."

Bride stepping into her wedding dress as her mother ties the ribbon of her dress. Dalice is stepping into her wedding dress in Charlotte NC, assisted by her mother who ties the ribbons on her gown. 

You will ALWAYS find that we document the bride stepping into her dress.  We love capturing this breathtaking and intimate moment in wedding preparation.  For most brides, and especially the mother of the bride, putting on the wedding gown is a pivotal and emotional experience that you will love having transformed into art.

Bride showing off her wedding heels that say "I Do" and bride putting on her bracelet. Wydea showing of her wedding heels that say "I DO".  She is also assisted by her friend and bridesmaid to put on her bracelet.
Detail shots of a bride's wedding dress and heels.Fusion Bride, Britta's beautiful wedding gown and shoes displayed for detail shots at Brakefield at Riverwalk.

Another crucial part of our time is spent documenting the finer details.  This is why our presence prior to the ceremony is so critical; without this extra time we would miss the opportunity to capture all the specific choices our brides and grooms have made.  Jewelry, wedding gowns, heels and more will all be documented to highlight the significance of each piece.  And as with Wydea's case above, we also take this chance to photograph each and every personal touch you have added to your big day. 

Bride and her bridesmaids take a break from preparing for the ceremony to take selfies.Britta and her bridesmaids take a break from all the wedding preparations at Hayden Oliva to take a group selfie.

And of course we are there to document the fun.  We are in the business of storytelling, so we make sure our images reflect your personality and are genuine to your day.  We are there to capture the intimate and celebratory moments that transpire between you and your wedding party, and your friends and family.

Wait!  We haven't forgotten the guys.  The girls always wonder and speculate as to what the guys are up to while they are getting their hair and makeup done. Groom is assited in getting dressed for his wedding ceremony
Greg is assisted by his groomsman as he prepares for his wedding ceremony at Bryon's South End.

Groomsman tieing the bowtie of a groomTom is getting ready for his wedding ceremony at St. Peters Catholic Church in Charlotte NC.
Groom ties his tie as he prepares for his wedding day. Matt is preparing for his wedding day at Brakefiled at Riverwalk.
Groomsman watching tv as they wait for the wedding ceremony to begin.Greg and his groomsmen paitiently wait for the time to move on to the ceremony at Bryon's South End.


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My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Fusion Photography for our wedding, and were so thrilled to have worked with Deevo and his team. He lent a hand to almost every aspect for our wedding, even borrowing a leaf blower to ensure we had a clean outdoor pavilion.

Kelly & Ben

Kelly & Ben