There are lots of little pieces that make up a wedding. If you take a moment to think of all the little things, they add up. Rings, flowers, boutonnieres, shoes, jewelry, something borrowed, blue, old and new…
These little odds and ends can make for lovely wedding photos. The detail photos are important to capture and can look fantastic mingled into collages on the pages of your wedding album. But often, no one thinks of the logistics of having these items photographed.
Making sure your florist knows how early to drop the bouquets and boutonnieres off is important, you will need them for any images taken before the ceremony. Making sure the rings are wherever the photographer will start shooting can help as well.
When we shoot weddings, we arrive to the location where the bride and bridesmaids will be getting ready. Nine times out of ten, they are not yet ready to start shooting when we arrive. Of course, we do getting ready photos, photos of hair and makeup being done, etc. but we often use this time to shoot details. We shoot the dress, of course, but we also like to take the opportunity to get all those little odds and ends grouped up and photographed nicely.
Here are some things that can be good to have in the bride’s location for the photographer to shoot:
1. The dress, veil, and any other components that go with the dress.
2. Any jewelry the bride will wear, including a headpiece if one is being worn.
3. The rings.
4. The bouquets.
5. The shoes, garter (if one is being worn).
6. Any family details, perhaps your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” items.
The photographer can use your bouquet as a backdrop for shooting the rings and sometimes other small items. They can also be photographed in interesting locations that have to do with your wedding location, like the sand or rocks at a destination wedding, for example.
These images do really well in a wedding album, they are lovely wedding still life options to include along with photos of the dress and the bride getting ready. If you don’t get the items together in the beginning, it’s unlikely the photographer will have the chance to shoot them later, you’ll be wearing most of them, you might not be able to get your ring off later, your bouquet may not look so great five hours from now.
Be sure to point out any special details to your photographer so that they know what special items are and that you want them photographed. This may be a special favor, guest book page, etc. If you can have a bridesmaid or family member gather the items for you in advance, the photographer can use that early time to get some great shots.