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Sunburnt Bride: Getting a tan at the beach

Ask Emilie: Sunburnt Bride Engagement Photos

Welcome to Ask Emilie, here you can ask any question to our wedding planner Emilie. Emilie will answer your question no matter the topic. It can be about anything from styling, general wedding questions, cultural customs, planning, wedding budget and more. This week we are talking with a sunburnt bride who needs some advice for pre-wedding photos.

Today’s question is from Jamie K who asks:

Hi Emilie I need Help!! My fiancé and I have been staying up the coast for the past few days and yesterday was the first day it was warm enough to lay in the sun. I unfortunately got burnt to a crisp. It is literally the worst that I have ever been sunburnt - I'm literally purple. We have engagement pictures on Sunday!!! What can I do to turn this from purple to tan or even remotely normal?? Taking the horrible burn out would be great too!?? Thanks Jamie
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Hi Jamie I am sorry to hear that you got sunburnt, especially so badly. Unfortunately you are battling the sunburn issue on 2 fronts. Firstly to not look so red in photo. Secondly the pain from the sunburn. It’s a time sensitive race which you may win but do you really want to? Lets deal with each issue one at a time and turn you form a sunburnt bride to a non-crispy one.

Red Sunburnt Bride In The Photos

Sunburnt Bride: Getting a tan at the beachEveryone has seen photos of their friends, family or even themselves sunburnt. While you had every intention to have a great looking tan, the simple fact is that you spent too much time in the sun and you went from golden brown to lobster red (or in the unfortunate case purple).

The good news is that there are plenty of remedies to help with this. We often give the same advice to our clients who have become a sunburnt bride. A few pieces of advice are as follows:

  1. Drinking plenty of water
  2. Apply aloe vera to the affected area (also comes in a spray)
  3. Apply apple cider vinegar to the area
  4. Rub coconut oil gently onto the area
  5. Apply live cultured yogurt
  6. Wear loose and dark clothing
  7. Many Many More!

The fact is that there are plenty of options as you can see, however we are racing against the clock to de-redify you (my spellcheck went nuts trying to autocorrect this haha). Even if any of these remedies help then the other fact is that you will not have a golden tan but will also be peeling. It will not be ideal conditions for you to take photos.

If you speed up the healing then you will begin to peel, so you will spend all morning getting rid of the old skin. If that is the case you you will have makeup issue during the shoot.

Sunburn Pain

If you are not able to get over the sunburn then you will be in pain during the shoot. Do you really want to be moving around while having all over purple sunburn. The other issue is that you will more than likely be fully clothed and this will hurt a lot. Sure there are creams that can help but they help and not eradicate it.

At the end of the day I strongly recommend that you cancel the photographer and reschedule. The earlier you do this the better as it will give them more chance to reschedule and be flexible with you. If you are locked in and unable to reschedule and MUST have the photos on that day then remember to drink plenty of water, apply appropriate lotions accordingly and let time heal you. Worst case the photographer will photoshop you to look amazing. It can be quite surprising what they can do. Just make sure you are not sunburnt for your wedding day. The last thing you want to be is be a sunburnt bride all day in a wedding dress.

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