We all love drop dead gorgeous Bride and Groom portraits. Who wouldn't?! So obviously, that is at the top of the list Brides have when it comes to wedding photography. But another aspect we all love, is the Pretty Little Details! Sparkling ring shots, invitation layouts, bridal flowers - its all part of the wedding story!
But when the Wedding Day gets rolling, the the hair and makeup is taking longer than planned, guests are showing up early and the music still hasn't been set up, it is easy to forget where you put your earrings or if you even brought the invitations.
But you have spent enough time selecting your wedding band and choosing your invitation suite that these details need to be documented as part of your wedding story! And I've got a system to help you get ALL the beautiful shots from your wedding day. You will be able to preserve every memory and detail and not miss a beat in the process.
Put aside an extra set of your invitation suite and have your calligrapher script an extra envelope or two to be photographed with your details. The scripting can be done however you find most meaningful. Some ideas may be your first home address together as a married couple or it could be the address of your ceremony or reception location. The addressee line should read “Bride and Groom” or Mr. & Mrs. __________.
Do either (or both) of the envelopes in your suite have a liner? Provide two envelopes so that the addressed front and inside liner can both be shown in one shot!
Invite The Photographer
You may not need to save me a seat in the chapel, but you do need to send me an invitation! Before the wedding day, mail your above mentioned invitation suite (menu, extra place settings or program can be included as well) to me in a large envelope, so nothing gets scuffed, bent or damaged.
This serves to purposes. First, it ensures your invitation suite is not forgotten the day of the wedding (it happens too often, in which case I am unable to photograph it with your other details). Secondly, seeing your invitation before the wedding gets my creative juices flowing, and allows me to plan out detail shots that will flow with your aesthetic.
Mail your extra invitation suite to me when you are sending invitations out to your guests! Then you can check it off your list and will not have to think about it later.
Designated Detail Box
One or two weeks before your wedding day, find a box where you will put ALL your wedding details to be photographed. This makes everything much easier on your wedding day, because you can just point me to your box, rather than leaving your hair and makeup artist waiting while you search through bags and boxes to find each detail. Items like invitation and other paper goods, wedding bands + engagement ring, monogrammed linens, jewelry, perfume, heirloom family items, shoes, letters, etc should all be included!
Before your wedding, you will receive something from me, IN a keepsake box. This box will be just perfect to keep your details in, even after the wedding! These details make up some of your most precious mementos from your wedding. Keeping them together even after the wedding day is a great way to have all the beautiful memories and sentiments at your fingertips.
The Day Begins with Details
When I arrive on your wedding day, I'll walk in, say "Hello", give you a hug, and grab your keepsake box, dress and veil and start photographing the details. I usually arrive while you are getting your hair and makeup done, and most brides don't want pictures of them without their eyebrows filled in or their hair half done any way. So its a great time for me to focus on the other details.
This is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day, because it allows me to prepare and get my creative side warmed up for the rest of the day! I photograph a bride’s details in a way that matches and showcases the style of the entire wedding day. So, in some ways, the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding and I love having ample time to stylize, and shoot everything from the dress, to the jewelry, to grandma’s handkerchief!
It can take time for detail photos to be done well. Usually 30 minutes at minimum is needed, but more time is better. Take this into consideration when working out your timeline with me or your planner.
After I've photographed all the details, I will bring back the keepsake box and dress so that they will be easily accessible to you when its time to take your Getting Ready shots (i.e. putting your earrings in, zipping the dress, spraying perfume etc).
Putting all the rings together in your box before your wedding day is perfect because you know they won't be forgotten at home or the hotel. After I photograph them, I'll put them right back in your box so that no one is left wondering where the rings are, just before you walk down the aisle!