A mother and daughter share a kiss during getting ready before a wedding at Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT. The bride is wearing a beautiful beaded custom Galia Lahav wedding gown. The venue is the historic Saint Clements Castle which overlooks the Connecticut River. The old world styled grounds feature many gardens and lovely interior and exterior locations for ceremonies, receptions and portraits. The getting ready suite provides ample room for even the largest of wedding parties.
I always suggest that mothers and fathers be dressed will before the bride and groom so they can be in the final getting ready photos. There are always some great moments to be captured when the father sees his daughter as a bride for the first time and the mother help zip the dress or out jewelry on.
In terms of timing, most getting ready coverage I do is 1.5-2 hours. This leaves me enough time for detail photos, some candids, the bride getting dressed (another photographer will be with the guys) and some portraits of the bride alone or with immediate family if not seeing each other. Obviously every wedding is unique, but this usually works out well.
Location: 1931 Portland-Cobalt Rd, Portland, CT 06480.