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Summer Wedding Photography: Keeping the Bridal Party Fresh and Fabulous

09/01/2024 Summer Wedding Photography

Capture the best of your summer wedding on the Central Coast with my summer wedding photography services at Artistique Wedding Photography. Call 0435 797 022.

Summer weddings are a dream come true for many couples, with the warm sun, vibrant blooms, and outdoor festivities. However, for photographers, capturing the bridal party in their finest moments under the scorching sun can be a challenge. Here are some essential tips to help you handle group photos during a summer wedding while keeping the bridal party fresh and fabulous.

Plan the Timing

Timing is everything when it comes to summer wedding photography. The harsh midday sun can cast unflattering shadows and leave everyone squinting. To keep the bridal party looking their best, schedule your group photos during the “Golden Hour,” which is the hour before sunset. The soft, warm light during this time will add a beautiful glow to your photos and make the bridal party appear fresh and fabulous.

Choose the Right Location

Selecting the right location is crucial to ensure everyone remains comfortable during the photo session. Opt for shaded areas or spots with natural backdrops like trees or architectural elements. This will not only provide relief from the sun but also create visually appealing backgrounds for your photos. Additionally, consider venues with indoor options for group photos, just in case the heat becomes unbearable.

Stay Hydrated

One of the biggest challenges of summer wedding photography is combating dehydration, which can affect both you and the bridal party. I encourage the couple and their entourage to stay well-hydrated throughout the day. Bring along a cooler with cold water, and don’t forget to take breaks when needed to cool off. Offering refreshments like chilled fruit-infused water can also be a thoughtful gesture to keep everyone comfortable and looking their best.

Keep Makeup and Hairstyling in Mind

The summer heat can wreak havoc on makeup and hairstyling, so it’s important to take precautions. I advise the bridal party to use long-lasting, waterproof makeup products to prevent smudging. For hairstyling, updos or braids can help keep the bridal party cool and their hair intact even in the heat.


The choice of clothing can make a significant difference in how comfortable the bridal party feels during the photoshoot. Suggest breathable fabrics, such as chiffon, linen, or cotton, to keep everyone cool. Make sure the bridal party’s attire is well-fitted and comfortable to prevent any discomfort under the summer sun.

Summer wedding photography can be a delight with its abundance of natural light and outdoor settings. However, handling group photos under the summer heat requires careful planning and consideration to ensure the bridal party stays fresh and fabulous throughout the day.

If you’re seeking an experienced photographer who knows the ins and outs of capturing stunning summer wedding moments while keeping the bridal party fresh and fabulous, look no further. I’m Nicolette, the creative force behind Artistique Wedding Photography, and I’m here to bring your dream summer wedding to life through the lens servicing Central Coast, Newcastle, and Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

Whether it’s the soft, golden light of the “Golden Hour” or the candid moments that make your day unique, I’m committed to telling your love story in a way that’s both artistic and heartfelt.

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I offer 3 main Wedding Photography Packages and have just introduced 3 Elopement Packages since we are now all living and working in a Covid-19 environment and these allow for shorter duration photographic coverage, which some of my brides have asked for. I also offer Engagement, Maternity and Family packages.

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