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On your wedding day you will be spending about 85-90% of your entire day with your photographer by your side. They will be guiding you through every step of the day! You want someone there you trust, who is organized, and who you can have fun with!

When you love your photographer and get along with them really well you can let your guard down around them. You can crack silly jokes and laugh and have fun! In doing so, you end up with not only amazing and genuine photos, but you'll have an even better experience!

When you've taken the time to get to know the person photographing you, they will know and understand your specific needs and wants. They will know the best way to capture you and bring out your best smiles, laughs, and natural emotions. Plus who doesn't love making new friends?!

Bridal Details: Why They Are So Important

October 20, 2020

Bridal details are one of my favorite things to photograph during the wedding! There are, of course, tons of other favorites for me but it all begins in the DETAILS! They set the stage for your entire wedding day. You may not think of it, but details are a very important piece of your wedding story!

What are bridal details?

The details can look a little different for each bride and each wedding. But mainly the important details consist of:

  • The wedding dress
  • A veil or hairpiece
  • The rings
  • Shoes
  • Bridal bouquet and boutonniere
  • Jewelry
  • Perfume bottle
  • Invitation suite
  • The borrowed and blue

The sentimental details

It is also recommended to add in anything that is sentimental. If there’s a vintage handkerchief from a grandmother or a special locket, by all means include it! I always recommend to my brides to be thinking of these details items as the wedding day gets closer and to collect them in a box. I will send over a reminder list of the detail items and recommend they double check the box the night before the wedding.

This makes the morning of the wedding flow so much easier! They can just grab the box and go and not have to worry about collecting these items while they’re needing to focus on getting ready. Once I arrive at the wedding I come in and greet my brides with an excited hug. Then I grab the box and wedding dress and get started right away! They don’t have to worry about a thing!

Brings out the creative side!

I typically like to allow a decent amount of time at the very beginning of the day to style and photograph these important pieces. Having this time allows me to prepare and get my creative side warmed up for the rest of the day! I will always try to photograph a bride’s details in a way that matches and showcases the style of the entire wedding day. The details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding and I love having ample time to stylize and shoot everything from the dress, to the jewelry, to grandma’s handkerchief!

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’re having a country themed wedding, you could include some burlap or lace. If you’re having a rustic themed wedding that includes some wood elements, maybe save a small piece of wood for me to use when I’m shooting the rings and jewelry. This REALLY makes for beautiful consistent photos!

Different wedding styles!

This gorgeous wedding took place at Silver Falls State Park. I even hiked to the waterfalls with Rio + Jon in the middle of their wedding day for their portraits! There was this gorgeous wooden bridge we also did portraits on and it had beautiful light so it was perfect for some of their details photos! https://silverfallslodge.com
These beautiful details were taken at Abbey Road Farm in Carlton with Nina + Ian. It had a gorgeous view of the surrounding vineyards and rolling hills. It was an elevated rustic day with touches of soft romance. https://abbeyroadfarm.com/index.html
This was a stunning wedding on Cannon beach! I ventured out across the beach with Hannah + Drew for gorgeous sunset portraits with a cotton candy pink sky! This beach wood bench set the perfect stage for the details.

Soft touches of romance

A wedding filled with romantic roses and touches of red and pink! These soft details flowed so well in Michelle + Cordero’s romantic gallery!
These gorgeous details were captured at the Arrowhead Golf Club. It was a day filled with soft elegance and neutral blush colors. Lauren + Justin were just as sweet and romantic together as their details! http://www.golfarrowhead.com
A stunning backyard wedding in Washington was covered in color and elegance! There were touches of bling and big bright peonies. Pinks, deep reds, and greens everywhere at Jon + Emily’s wedding!
This was a summer wedding along the water of a lake that was covered in a small beach of sea shells. Succulents and yellow with touches of soft sage greens set the mood for this incredible day with Lauren + Jacob!
This rose covered country wedding was covered in romance! Jessica + Bryan’s wedding took place at Riverbell Farm in Jefferson and was spotted with little bits of sparkle and blush pinks. https://www.riverbellfarm.com

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