wedding videography

The Morning Of

Getting the Best Bride Prep Photos

You wouldn't think it at first, but some of our favorite wedding photos/videos are taken in the morning when the bride is getting ready! It’s the beginning of the day, excitement is in the air, and we don’t want to miss a thing. This is a critical time for your wedding photographers to capture some really important photos that you’ll love to look back on later. In order to make sure that your bride prep looks great, here are a few suggestions that we can offer!

Location

We recommend choosing a space/location that is open, has plenty of natural light and is free of clutter! This will ensure the photographer or videographer has plenty of light and room to work with and will keep your photos looking nice and clean! Try to avoid hotel rooms that are cramped and don't provide much natural lighting. Indoor lighting can be difficult to work with and usually produces orange skin tones, and hotel rooms can also be limiting when trying to find a nice place to shoot details, such as the dress! Often times these rooms have TVs, phones, desks and lamps which can take away from the elegance of the dress and other details that need to be shot.

If you've already scheduled a hotel or are in a smaller/darker space this is totally okay! Here are a few tips for working in this type of space:

  • Make sure your hair and make up artists position you by a window (This is important in any scenario, we love natural light!)

  • Keep indoor lighting off, it may feel dark but the pictures and video will still come out bright!

  • Keep the space clean

 
 

Details

Be sure to bring all the details that you want us to photograph or catch on video on the morning of. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Shoes

  • Dress

  • Wood or Custom hanger for the dress (Example)

  • Bridesmaid dresses

  • Invitations

  • Rings (All 3)

  • Ring Box (Example) (Another Example!)

  • Any jewelry 

  • Any card/gift you'll be exchanging with your fiancé

  • Your bouquet

 
 

Time

Bride prep is such an important part of the day and can sometimes be neglected and undervalued. This is the most relaxed time of the day: you're spending time with your girls, getting pampered, and getting ready to say I do! It’s a great time for your photographer or videographer to warm up and build a rapport with you, your bridesmaids, and your family! But beyond that, shooting details takes time! We ask that you give our team at least an hour (but we recommend more) to style invitations, rings, florals and shoes, and also find the best place to hang your dress!

If we are shooting video and you're planning on exchanging cards on the morning of, please allow your videographer an extra 15 minutes to capture good visuals and audio!

We hope that this is helpful for you as you continue your wedding planning! As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!

 
 

Tim + Katie

Aqua Blue

Narragansett, RI

Tim and Katie brought the energy to Narragansett, Rhode Island with their bright eyes and huge smiles. This adventurous couple tied the knot at the elegant St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, but our wedding team’s favorite moment of the day easily was climbing the rocky terrain for their photo session at the Black Point Trailhead walking path. Their bridal party was larger than life and their love story was a pleasure for our wedding photography and wedding videography team to retell. Tim and Katie booked the "Deluxe Too" wedding package, which includes two photographers and two videographers. We'll never forget the enthusiastic crowd, the high energy couple, and killer venue that made this wedding what it was!

Vendors:

Wedding Planner: Michaela Lamb
Caterer: Amalfis  
Florist: Laurie Marshall
Hair/Makeup: Jaclynn Kate Hair and Makeup Artistry
DJ: Signature Sounds  
Band: Theron Leonard
Invitations: Carlson Craft

 

Mike + Kelly

Hotel Viking

Newport, RI

Our wedding photography and wedding videography team had the best time shooting Mike and Kelly’s beautiful summer wedding at Saint Mary’s Church and Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island! These classic Newport locations became a timeless renaissance backdrop for these two as they tied the knot! Our team especially loved their artistic taste and upbeat energy! Their silliness and fun was unapologetic, and we couldn’t get enough of it! In between jokes and laughs, we were able to capture edgy photos and video that perfectly complimented this classy couple and their eye for drama! If you’re recently engaged and you’re looking for someone to capture your big day, we’d love to hear from you! You can reach out to us here!

Vendors:

Venue: Hotel Viking

Caterer: Hotel Viking

Florist: The Bouqs

Hair Stylist: Sam Wilson

Invitations: Crane for Paper Potpourri

Make-Up: Natural Creations

We are so happy we stumbled upon Move Mountains Co. when looking for our wedding photographer and videographer! From the first time I met with Sean at a coffee shop to go over our vision of our wedding, to the day they delivered our photos and video, we couldn’t have been happier. Their easy going team made us feel completely comfortable on the biggest day of our lives, and everything came out better than we could have imagined. We’re so thankful for the wedding memories we will have for a lifetime!
— Kim

Paul + Meredith

Fort Adams

Newport, RI

Paul and Meredith’s romantic summer wedding was not one to be forgotten! Our wedding team had the honor of shooting both photo and video for this sweet couple at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island! Our wedding photographers and wedding videographers loved getting to explore the venue’s diverse architecture, giving our team multiple opportunities to shoot photos both inside and outside! Whether it be inside for the first look, down by the water for bridal party photos, or inside the tent for the reception, we couldn’t get enough of their simple elegance! And of course, we couldn’t forget that AMAZING dessert bar, complimented by the ice cream shop where the bride and groom first met! It was a pleasure getting to capture and share their unique, sentimental story for them to relive in the years to come! If you’re planning your wedding and looking for your photography and videography team to catch moments like these, reach out to us and we can make it happen!

Vendors:

Venue: Fort Adams

Catering: McGrath Clambakes

Florist: Euphorbia Floral Design

Hair + Makeup: Jaclynn Kate Hair & Makeup Artistry + Lisa Leitao

Music: Beat Train Productions

Invitations: Minted

Sean and his team at Move Mountains could not have been better to work with. Their professionalism and expertise took so much stress out of our day and our comfort with the Move Mountains photographers really showed in our photos. Our video came out exactly how we asked and the entire team went above and beyond to make our day special. We couldn’t recommend Move Mountains enough to anyone planning their wedding!
— Jarrad

The RAW Truth

So What is RAW Footage?

We get it all the time. In fact, it’s one of our most frequently asked questions! We include RAW footage in all of our wedding videography packages, but what is it anyways?

Simply put, RAW footage is a digital copy of every file our video team has captured from the day! No color correcting, no trimming or editing, just straight out of the camera! These files can range from a 10 second shot of your invitations to a 20 minute angle from your wedding ceremony! It’s a great way to have an archive of your big day, and preserve candid moments with loved ones! If a family member passes or there are a few shots that didn’t make the cut for the highlight film, you will still have these clips preserved for you to enjoy! The amount of files you receive depends on the length of the day and the number of videographers that were filming that day!

Now it is important to note: having all of your RAW footage does NOT necessarily equate to having a full-length version of your ceremony! Typically when we shoot our wedding ceremonies we keep one camera in the back with a wide angle to catch all of the action, but unfortunately we aren’t able to control guests blocking the angle or bumping into the tripod legs! Additionally, since the RAW footage is delivered in additional clips, any other angles of the ceremony would have to be watched separately!

To resolve this, we offer edited ceremony and speech films for our couples as an add on to their package! In doing this, we intercut all of camera angles together so you can see the best angles at the best times, synchronize the film with our HD audio recordings, and color correct the film to match the look of your highlight film, creating a seamless viewing experience that you can share with loved ones! To see the difference it makes, check out this video below!

Daniel + Chelsea

The Bohlin

Newport, RI

One thing’s for sure: Dan and Chelsea know how to throw a party! Our wedding photography and videography team had a blast at this bright summer wedding! This fun-loving couple had an effortless wedding day seeing all that Newport, Rhode Island had to offer! They took on the nautical town by trolley and hit some classic Newport landmark spots for their wedding photos and wedding film! After starting the day at RaNew Salon, we were able to have their first look photographed at the elegant and beautiful Salve Regina University! After saying “I Do” at The Bohlin, they were whisked away to the sailing docks to take a quick breath and get some beautiful photos along the water! After this, it was straight to the tent reception that they had all been waiting for! Our bride and groom danced the night away, and our photo and video team was there to catch all of the best moments! We hope you enjoy!

Vendors:

Venue: The Bohlin
Flowers: Robin Hollow Farm
Hair/Makeup: RaNew Salon & Spa
Band: Clique (via Wilson Stevens)
Invitations: Lasting Impressions


I wish I could give 10 stars! I am so happy that we found the team at Move Mountains Co. to be our photographers and videographer for our special day. Our engagement session with Sean was awesome because it gave us an opportunity to meet each other before the big day and for him to get to know our personalities. Nicole, the Studio Manager, was great to work with, as she was quick to respond via e-mail and always available to answer my never ending questions over the phone. Day-of shooters were Sean and Tiahna and they were so great, especially because they patient with our large bridal party, which at times was a rowdy crew!
— Chelsea

Nick + Kim

Belle Mer Island House

Newport, RI 

Nick and Kim spent their wedding day at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, and the Belle Mer Island House in Newport, Rhode Island! Our wedding photographers and wedding videographers had the best time capturing every sentiment from their card reading to their first look, to their custom vows that captured our hearts! Despite some mist in the air, their eye for elegance and attention to detail made for a breath-taking wedding film and bright, bold wedding photos. Their day was filled with friends, family, and fun. We love Newport weddings!

Brett + Bryce

Roger Williams Botanical Gardens + Coventry Sand Dunes

Cranston, RI

The Botanical Gardens in Providence, Rhode Island became the perfect oasis for Brett and Bryce's mid-winter wedding engagement session. We love coming to this tropical greenhouse year-round for both engagements and weddings! Afterwards, we braved the cold at the Coventry Sand Dunes to get some beautiful, classic beach shots. It may have been January, but the results were totally worth it! Brett and Bryce's photos were taken by Sean as part of the Deluxe package: one of our most popular offers for wedding photography and wedding videography. Their taste for adventure and sense of fun made for one of our most memorable shoots to date! We can't wait for their wedding at the Providence G Ballroom in Providence, RI!