On the Central Coast of California, we are blessed with beautiful, sunny days almost year round. The weather is nice and the scenery is beautiful! Here are my reasons for getting ready outside.
Natural light is just plain beautiful. Photographers will spend thousands and thousands of dollars trying to replicate the feel of natural light in their studio and even they, they can only get close.
Hotel rooms typically have poor lighting and while photographers can compensate with a flash, the quality of the light will not be equal to that of the sun. Almost everywhere you go, there will be some sort of natural light diffuser like the shade from a tree or even a cloudy day. This light can be absolutely beautiful.
Your wedding day is and extremely busy day. It also requires a lot of supplies for hair, make-up, beverages, food, toiletries, electronics and so many other items that you and your bridesmaids will need to prepare for the special day. All these items, while very necessary, will make your pictures look cluttered and can take away from the beauty of the moment.
If you are unable to get ready in another location, you may want to ask your bridesmaids to put everything away or even shove it all under the bed before the photographers arrives. You won't regret the clean look of your pictures and your photographer will love it.
Room to Move
Let's face it...hotel rooms are small. Add 7 bridesmaid, 2 photographers, the mother of the bride, Aunt Sylvia and every cousin you have ever met and the room will feel smaller than you ever thought possible. If you get ready outside, there will be no fighting for space when lacing your gown or finding a clear spot on the floor to put your shoes on. Everyone will have enough room to stand back and admire the beauty of the the bride without being crowded or feel as though they are in the way.
Nature is just about perfect. You are likely having your ceremony outdoors and possibly even the reception. Why? Because it's a beautiful day and you want everyone to be able to enjoy the scenery and have plenty of room. Pamper yourself and make it an experience like no other.
Most brides will get some indoor and outdoor shots of herself and her bridesmaids in their matching robes, then slip into their dress in their room and make their way outside for all the finishing touches. Outside, the dress gets laced, shoes are stepped into and jewelry is put on. Beautifully lit shots of the bridal party laughing while hugging the bride are destined to happen! It's a win-win in my book, but that's just me.