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Tips for Beautiful Wedding Preparation Photos – Part 2: The Resource Guide

So, you have already read Part 1 of Tips for Beautiful Wedding Preparation Photos, and, now, want to know where to find the best places, people, and things to aid in getting those gorgeous wedding preparation photos. Well, Part 2 is where it’s at! This my resource guide to the best local places for getting ready, amazing hair and makeup artist recommendations, and links to all the pretty little getting ready things you can imagine!

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Hotels for Getting Ready in Chicago: (These are just a few of my favorites of many, but all of the following hotels have rooms/suites with great natural light, lots of space, and pretty palettes for clean and bright wedding preparation photos. )

Waldorf Astoria 

The Langham

Public Chicago

The Drake Hotel

The W Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton


Hair and Makeup Gurus:

Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists

Debra Petrelli Freelance Hairstylist + Makeup Artist

Your Stylist AJ

Shannon O’Brien

Sonia Roselli


Pretty Hangers for your Wedding Dress:

BHLDN (this one and this one) or you can find lots of different options on Etsy (I’m partial to this sparkly number)!


Unique Trays/Dishes To Store Your Store Your Jewelry and Accessories: 

You can pick up something unique at a flea market or even on Ebay, but Anthropologie usually has something great that you can use to display your accessories on your wedding day and then work into your home decor after your wedding. (You can’t go wrong with these fabulous trays or maybe this raw edge onyx bowl!)


Ring Boxes or Holders:

The Mrs. Box! (Obsessed with these pretties and they come in so many beautiful colors!) And definitely scour Etsy and Ebay for pretty little glass boxes or one of a kind vintage finds, like the Turquoise Bakelite Cameo Ring Box I used for my own ring or maybe a cool geode ring ‘dish’ is more your thing.


Beautiful Barware to Sip Your Wedding Day Bubbly or Signature Cocktail From:

Ralph Lauren (These champagne coupes are speaking my love language and would be divine for your wedding day toast or these pretty. Or maybe your groom wants to sip some whiskey while getting ready for the big day, these would be perfect!) Kate Spade always has a few wedding day options. And BHLDN has some gold rimmed goodness on deck.


Pretty Things For You and Your Girls To Get Ready In:

Everything from Girl With A Serious Dream is absolutely to die for! BHLDN has a handful of pretty options. (This full length robe is seriously divine and oh so fit for a bride!) And Pretty Plum Sugar has all those lovely floral robes for your gals to get ready in!


Gorgeous Wedding Accessories: 

Locally, hit up Mignonette Bridal! Gorgeous jewelry, veils, and sashes a plenty await you! Online (and locally if your city has a brick and mortar shop) BHLDN has all the wedding day pretties you can imagine, from jewelry to clutches to pretty wedding day underthings! And a personal favorite for all things sparkly is Johanna Johnson! (I wore this headpiece as a wrist cuff on my Wedding Day it is still one of my absolute favorite things I own!) And, don’t forget to ask mom and grandma if they have any sentimental wedding day accessories for you to borrow!


Whew, I think that about covers things on the Wedding Prep front! If you have any other getting ready photography questions for me or want recommendations on any other items in the wedding prep process I may have missed, feel free to comment below and let me know! Next up in my wedding tips series will be the ceremony, so if you have any ceremony related questions, leave those below too!

Nika Vaughan - May 7, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Great tips! Thank you for thinking of us! 🙂

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