The Bridal details are quite possibly one of the sweetest parts of a wedding day! My hope for all my photos is that they would visually tell your unique love story. The secret to doing this well is making sure to capture the little details. These small detail string together the story of your wedding day so beautifully.
I always think wouldn’t it be so special to be able to look make at old photographs and see the shoes that make grandma wore when she walked down the aisle or to have detail photos of the jewelry she wore?
My mom was sharing with me the other day how her photographer didn’t capture her bridal details. My great-grandmother had pinned a sweet little note inside of her clutch on the day of her wedding. It was a special moment shared just between the two of them. Unfortunately, over time the note has been lost and what it said has faded from memory.
I want to make sure that the full story of your wedding day is captured and remembered for my couples.
Your mind is full already and it is easy to overlook the tiny details. The sweet little moments shouldn’t be forgotten. Here are my best tips for making sure everything is photographed and captured in a way that shares your unique story.
The Importance of Shooting the Bridal Details
I just wanted to take a minute to fully explain the purpose behind why I love capturing bridal details! While it may seem like a less important part of the day, capturing bridal details serves so many purposes!
1. When I begin a wedding day by capturing and styling bridal details, I use this shooting time as my warm-up for the rest of the day. I normally take these details away from the busy-ness of the bridal suite to start styling them! This allows me to have some time to get into the flow of shooting for the day!
2. When capturing a wedding day, the little details that I capture serve as visual transition points in your story. Without these details, your album design, blog post and overall gallery can seem very busy and jumbled.
3. In my experience, capturing bridal details allows me to get into the rhythm of seeing the day creatively with your style in mind! This time really sets the stage for the consistency of your entire wedding day. This part of my process often leads to enhancing the over- all look of the day because I have time to organize and style your details in an editorial and more high-end way!
Schedule Time to Take Bridal Details
I like to plan in the timeline for about an hour and a half to capture the details. This time includes shooting the getting ready photos of you and your bridesmaids getting your hair and make-up done, as well as shooting all the bridal details.
And then about 30 minutes before the first look, I like to photograph you getting in your dress with all of your bridesmaids helping. I put this technically as a detail photo, but we also capture so many beautiful bridal portraits!!
The Box of Details
I get it, the morning of your wedding is full and exciting! Everything is a whirl, with so many emotions, thoughts, and still a bunch you need to coordinate.
I recommend putting all the small details in one box in advance. That way as soon as I arrive and right after I give you a ‘Yay!! Happy Wedding Day!’ Hug, all you need to do is hand me the box of pretty details, your shoes, and your dress. The last thing we want to happen is to have to track down the rings, just before you get in your dress.
Believe me, this will save so much stress and make the morning of your wedding run so smoothly.
It is common for brides to forget these little details. Now, not every bride will have ALL of these details, but here is a Free Bridal Details Printable Checklist to make sure you remember all the details you do have. You can grab it down below:
Your Groom’s Details
And be sure to put together a box of details for your groom too! While I am capturing your bridal details, my second shooter will capture all of his details like his tie, bouronnière, and gifted liquor, shoes, belt, etc. (P.S. All this is listed in the Bridal Details Checklist above as well!)
Best Way to Tell the Visual Story of Your Wedding Day Even More
One of the main reasons and importance for capturing the bridal details is that it begins to tell the story of your wedding day so seamlessly.
Like most photographers, I do have a styling kit with my own neutral-colored ribbons, spools of thread, stamps, wax presses, etc. But I love and prefer to tell your own unique visual story and make sure it is consistent with the rest of the day in your wedding album!
My favorite tip for enhancing your detail photos is to include a few of your own accessories in the bridal details box. Things like extra blooms from the florist and any ribbons that match the theme of the day. This gives me bunches of extra options and ways to even further customize your detail photos.
Hopefully, this blog encourages you to make time for detail photos on your wedding day and that you can begin to see how they play such a beautiful and sweet role in your wedding gallery! Not only that but, feel free to take my checklist and use it for your wedding day to make sure not one little detail is forgotten!