Bridal and groom detail photos – you love them, you need them, you gotta have them!
But what do you need to gather so your photographer can make your detail photos the envy of brides and grooms everywhere?
Custom Dress Hanger
Many photographers these days come to a wedding with a styling kit, and in that kit, they likely have a pretty hanger for your dress photos. If you’d like to add a personal touch to your dress photos, bring a hanger of your own with your new last name on it. To find one at a reasonable price, check out Etsy. One of my favorites artists is Simply Chelsea Design Co.
Another item that brings up the envy quota are pretty ring boxes. I’m sure you’re familiar with The Mrs. Box, those cute, velvet boxes you can monogram with your initials. They come in all sorts of colors and can add a personal touch to your detail photos. If a Mrs. Box is a bit outside of the budget, Etsy has several shops with similar velvet boxes at a fraction of the price. Get one (or two) in your bridal colors to keep a cohesive color theme throughout your detail photos. If you’re not a velvet kind of bride, check out these cute wooden boxes!
Extra Floral and Greenery
An often-overlooked aspect of detail photos is extra floral and greenery, and I’m not talking about your bouquet. Ask your florist to bring extra flowers and greenery he or she used in your bouquet for your photographer to use for your detail photos. Those add a touch of sophistication and help to fill the negative space in your detail photos.
PRO TIP: Have your florist deliver your bouquet and extra florals where you’re getting ready and have them there BEFORE your photographer arrives.
If you choose to wear perfume on your big day, put your perfume bottle with the items you collected for your detail photos. It’s classy and oh so chic (and a hidden item that contributes to your day).
Pack an invitation suite or two especially if items in your suite have a back to them.
The Obvious: Jewelry, Dress, Shoes
Earrings, necklace, bracelet, anklet, your special hairpiece or veil. Gather them all together and put them in a small box or pouch so they don’t get lost. No need to include jewelry you wore at your rehearsal or grooms dinner; your photographer only needs the jewelry you plan to wear during your wedding.
Put It All Together
Gather all of your detail items and put them in one centralized place before your photographer arrives. And as soon as your coverage time begins, your photographer will have everything she needs, gathered in one spot, and will be able to start taking photos.
PRO TIP: Put all loose items in boxes or bags and put all of thoseboxes or bags in one large, easy to carry box. Your photographer will find a spot with the best natural light to photograph your details and bring your detail items there. Make it easy on her by making it possible to carry everything in one trip. The more trips she makes to bring your items to the best light, the less time she’ll have to photographing those items (aka you’ll get fewer and less creative photos).
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!