Today’s post is for those of you sweet brides who have carefully and thoughtfully chosen just the right bridal details to compliment your dress. You may have searched for weeks before finding those oh-so-chic shoes in just the right color, or that classic necklace + earring combination that made you swoon. You may even be fortunate enough to have a timeless family heirloom to borrow on your wedding day! And I know you want to be sure those details are showcased in the very best way in your wedding photos! So I’ve put together three SUPER simple tips that will make a world of a difference in your bridal detail photos on the wedding day, making them 100% worthy of their own spread on Style Me Pretty. (And in most cases, the first two won’t cost you a penny! #budgetwin)
1. Coordinate with your florist to have your flowers delivered before your photographer arrives.
Details are the first thing I’ll photograph on a wedding day, and having the bouquets ready to go as soon I begin shooting details allows me to incorporate them into the detail shots, often in more ways than one! I can shoot wide and include the bouquet with the dress + shoes, and I can also use the bouquet as a background for some of the tiny details, like the rings and the perfume! Those soft petals make the dreamiest background for tiny details, y’all!
(Bonus points if the florist is willing to bring you his/her extras – the loose pieces of greenery and smaller blooms that they couldn’t use in your bouquets + boutonnieres. They add an extra bit of texture to those images where I may not be able to include the full bouquet!)
2. Set aside one full invitation suite (with the envelopes!) and include it in your “details bag” for your photographer.
Being able to incorporate an invitation suite in your detail photos will allow me to give you images with much more variety! The invitation suite photographs beautifully as a detail in and of itself (especially with the veil + some of those loose florals!) but it also provides yet another pretty background to photograph your smaller accessories on!
3. Invest in an heirloom-quality ring box that coordinates with your wedding colors.
This doesn’t have to be a big investment (you can rent a velvet The Mrs. Box from this etsy shop for as little as $25!) but I promise it’ll be 100% worth it! Not only will it add one more element that coordinates with your color scheme (always a win!), but the soft velvet texture will contrast beautifully with that sparkly ring! And the heirloom-esque look of these boxes lends a timeless + romantic feel to your ring shots that you’d be hard-pressed to get any other way!
(Bonus tip: I know it’s tempting to give the best man those rings first thing on the wedding day, but if you can put them in your details bag instead, I’ll be able to photograph all three rings together and then I’ll make sure the best man gets the bands once detail shots are done!)
Well, sweet bride, I hope these three little tips are something you feel like you can do easily – because I know they’ll just make the biggest difference in your bridal detail photos!
Big hugs, sweet friend!
p.s. I’d love to know what other questions I might be able to answer for you in the wedding-planning process! Leave me a little note in the comments if you’ve got a photog-question you need answered!
pssst! If you liked this post, you may also like these other photo-session-planning resources:
free PDF download: Photo Session Shopping Guide
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