We all do it, flip through instagram or wedding blogs envisioning our wedding day. Did you know that most wedding blogs feature styled photo shoots? For example, this stunning set of images was captured at The Bloom Workshop where The Day’s design created this breath taking set up for photographers to photograph. Creating beautiful imagry like this takes time and preperation. I wanted to share some pro tips to ensure your photographer is able to create beautiful imagry on your wedding day. You’ve spent so much time, money, and energy to design your wedding day that you deserve to have every detail captured!
1. Give the photograher your invitation suite and ask your florist for extra blooms –
Having your wedding invitations styled with the same flowers you are incorporating throughout the day will bring your wedding vision full circle. You can ask your florist ahead of time to include a few extra stems to incorporate.
2. Do a First Look
First looks are essential to having an Instagram worthy wedding. Making beautiful imagery takes time, and with a first look, you allow your photographer time to leave after the ceremony to capture the reception decor rather than photographing the portraits.
3. Treat your guests to a cocktail hour
This allows your wedding guests to move from the ceremony to the cocktail hour location without disrupting the reception decor before your photographer has a chance to capture it. There Is nothing better than being able to get into the reception before guests sit down at tables. Being able to capture an empty room, everything perfectly in place… Ah-mazing. You’ve put so much work into making your dream a reality, I believe its worth having photos to remember every detail.
4. Separate the cocktail hour from the reception
This will depend on your venue but it’s worth talking about! Some venues are able to have a separate location for the cocktail hour. I absolutely LOVE it when this happens. That means we have more than 5 minutes to capture the reception decor before guests come in! I would definitely take this into consideration when booking your venue.
5. Have candles lit after the ceremony
This is a detail that often doesn’t happen at weddings so I end up taking two sets of detail photos. If you’re decorating with candles it changes the whole mood of the room when they are lit, so even if your coordinator has to blow them out after the photos and re-light them before guests come in it will allow your photographer to capture the true mood of the event.
6. Hire a photographer that enjoys detail photos
Here is some mind-blowing info. Not all photographers appreciate the same things! Some are more photojournalistic and don’t put a high emphasis on detail photos (and that’s totally okay!). Personally, I mix photojournalism with fine art photography and I’ve always loved capturing every pretty detail weddings have to offer. When you’re looking for a photographer, don’t be afraid to ask to see a full wedding gallery to make sure you like how they capture a wedding as a whole, not just what they post on their blog or Instagram.
Florals& Design: The Day’s Design / Dress: Spring Sweet / Invitation Suite: Silver Fox Calligraphy / Seals: Wax Seals @waxseals / Dessert: Coco Renee Specialty baking / Venue: Greencrest Manor / HAMU: Sarah Boucher @thebeesknees1 / Rings: Susie Saltzman @susiesaltzman / Workshop: Bloom Workshop