From invitations to hand-torn silk ribbon, your grandmother’s heirloom embroidered handkerchief to a monogramed velvet ring box, you’ve poured your heart into curating the perfect details for your wedding day. And while my number one priority will always be capturing the love between you and your partner, I also want to memorialize all of the beautiful choices you’ve made to make your wedding just so…Here are my best tips on preparing your wedding details to be photographed!
You’ve dreamed about it since you were a little girl. You’ve considered the season, the venue, and the overall vision you have of yourself walking down the aisle towards your sweetheart. You’ve painstakingly researched designers, silhouettes, necklines, fabrics, color choices, and current trends. You’ve tried them on, each time hoping and praying that it’s “the one.” You finally found it – your dream dress. Now it’s time to photograph it! Make sure to take your dress out of it’s bag and hung on any special hanger you’d like photographed. Then let your photographer get to work finding the perfect location and light in which to photograph it.
While the dress is surely the star of the show when it comes to preparing your wedding details, the accessories you’ve lovingly selected also deserve their moment in the spotlight. After all, those accessories help transform you from a beautiful woman wearing a fancy white dress into a bride.
A great tip for preparing all of your accessories to be photographed is to find a box ahead of time. Place all of the items you’d like photographed in it to be delivered to your photographer on your wedding day.
Examples of accessories you might like to include: your shoes, jewelry, veil, perfume, ring box, family heirlooms, etc. If tradition is important to you, don’t forget your something old, new, borrowed, and blue!
You’ve given a great deal of thought to the people you want standing next to you as you promise your life to your sweetheart. They’ve helped you plan every detail, stood beside you as bastions of support in moments of stress. Now make sure their details are given the due they deserve! Bridal party dressses and outfits should be removed from their garment bags and placed on any special hangers. Then let your photographer arrange them in a beautiful location to be photographed!
When preparing your wedding details, perhaps no detail choice is as important or as much of a privilege to photograph as your wedding rings! I love how no two sets of rings are exactly the same. Each set is a unique reflection of the couple who chose them. And yet, all rings represent the same thing. The wedding ring is an emblem of love through time, a symbol of devotion and an agreement between two parties to love and cherish one another for the rest of their days. Make sure all three of your rings – your engagement ring plus wedding bands for both sweethearts – are polished and in tip-top shape and placed in the care of someone who can be trusted to deliver them and retrieve them from your photographer before your ceremony.
For all the beautiful items we ladies love to collect, we shouldn’t forget that this day is a celebration between TWO people. So don’t forget your groom! Gather all of his accessories as well – his shoes, cuff links, tie, belt, watch, cologne, and any other personal items he wants photographed!
Long before your wedding day, your stationary helps set the tone of your event and deserves to be photographed. I strongly advise setting aside not one, but two invitation suites to be photographed. Make sure to include the following items: your Save the Date with envelope, plus your entire invitation suite -Invitation, RSVP and envelope, special stamps, wax seals, custom monogram, programs, menu, and any other paper good you’ve curated.
One of the best ways to truly elevate detail photography is by including wedding vendors who can contribute to the overall feeling you’re trying to create for your event.
Adding florals and greenery to your wedding details helps create depth, texture, and visual interest. So don’t forget to request loose florals, greenery, and ribbon from your floral designer to be delivered directly to your photographer, along with your bouquets and boutonnieres! Your photographer will know exactly how to style the spare blooms to help make your details come to life.
Make sure you let your coordinator or planner know that detail photos are important to you! A great day of coordinator or wedding planner will know how to plan the perfect timeline so all of your vendors are able to deliver and set up details to your photographer within a reasonable timeline.