Rings, Jewels, Shoes…oh my! Believe it or not the whole day begins with the DETAILS! This is one of the many favorite parts of the day. It gets me pumped and gets my creative juices flowing for the rest of the day. So, in some ways, the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding. I love having ample time to style and shoot everything, from the dress, to the jewelry, to grandma’s handkerchief! I get to do the honor of photographing the bridal details and my second will get to capture the guys hanging out and doing groom details. I ask brides to gather any details they may have before I arrive that way I can walk in, say hello, give you a big hug and begin with all your goodies. (please assure your mom that I will take AMAZING care of the dress, I promise!) I wanna share what to bring (every little detail) and some tips to remember!
Here are some things of what to bring:
- -veil / hair pieces
- -rings (all three)
- -invitation suite
- -borrowed & blue
- -cuff links
- -tie or bow tie
- -any military detail
- -gifted liquor
- -socks (if specialty)
- -custom groomsmen gifts
Here are some day-of tip reminders
Gather the goods-if possible, collect all of your details before I arrive so that I can begin quickly and have more time for “getting ready” shots of you and your girls!Extra Elements– Sometimes, depending on the theme and “look” of the wedding day, there may be some extra elements that you could include when you gather your details. For example, if you are having a country themed wedding you could include a piece of burlap or lace. Maybe if you’re having a rustic themed wedding that includes some wooden elements, maybe save a small piece of wood for me to use when I’m shooting your rings and jewelry.
KEEP all THREE rings-The most common detail missing when I arrive are the rings! Moms, officiants, and planners will tell you to hand over your wedding bands to the best man before the day begins. However, it’s actually better to hand it over during the bridal party portraits so that I can shoot some great ring shots in the AM! If bridal party photos are being held after the ceremony, that’s ok. I can hand the rings to my second to give to the best man! If you forget, no worries, I can always shoot the ring shot at the reception if there is extra time!
Bring the bouquet– Don’t forget the Bouquet! If we are doing a first look have the bouquets and bouts delivered to the bride before the first look so that she can have her bouquet in her portraits. No worries, if it’s hot, we’ll be sure to keep it in the water as much as possible before the ceremony!
I hope this was super helpful for you in planning your details and some helpful tips for you for this special day! I can’t wait to photograph all your near and dear to your heart details that are one of the special parts of your wedding. Keep on the lookout for some more tips later! If you are in need of any timeline tips click here!