Details are an important part of your wedding story, and I love documenting every little thing that helped to make your day so special, from the intricate beading on the bride’s dress to the name cards and centerpieces at the reception. If you dreamt and paid for it, I document it. And often, the tiny details that your wedding photographer captures may have been long forgotten in all of the excitement - many brides will cherish the opportunity to remember exactly how their bridal party’s bouquets looked, or what perfume they wore.
The detail photos create a sort of mood board of your wedding - like Pinterest, but made up of your own special memories - and will help to transport you right back to those exciting moments right before you said “I do”.
As soon as we arrive at the venue where either the bride or groom is getting ready with their wedding party, we’ll start taking detail photos. These will typically include, at a minimum, the bride and groom’s shoes, the ring sets, the floral arrangements (including the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets, as well as the groom and groomsmen’s boutonnieres), accessories such as hair pins, cufflinks, perfume or cologne, and of course, the suits and dresses. Dramatic shots of the bride’s dress hanging in anticipation are a favorite wedding preparation detail image. Close-ups of the fabric and detailing on the dress, as well as artistic arrangements with the bridesmaids’ dresses, are also popular.
We’ll also capture a few detailed action shots, such as the bride’s lipstick or mascara being applied or her hair being curled, the groom’s boutonniere as it’s pinned onto his lapel, and of course, details of the wedding car as it arrives to collect the bride!
At the ceremony, we’ll focus on details such as decorations along the aisle, floral arrangements at the altar, personalized paper items such as programs, readings and vows, and architectural features of the venue itself. Arriving at the ceremony venue prior to the guests and wedding party gives us the perfect opportunity to snap a few traditional shots of the location, such as the empty chairs lined up before the altar, and details such as stained glass, ceiling tiles or chandeliers.
The reception also is full of incredible detail photo opportunities, including classic elements such as the cake and cake topper, dining table centerpieces, name cards and seating plans, and the decor chosen by the bride and groom such as floral arrangements, chair sashes, and light features.
Capturing the little details of your big day will truly help you to keep the most cherished memories of your wedding alive for many years to come.