This might not be a life goal of yours, but it is pretty cool to get your wedding published. Not only does it show off your vendors, photographers and venue, but also YOU and your big day! It’s something to add to the scrapbook.
So, how do you get there? To start, we want your wedding to be authentically YOU but there are a few things to consider when you’re coordinating your wedding day details to increase your chances of your wedding being published and to make all the shots look great!!
Start From the Beginning
Think of every little detail before you finalize it. It sounds weird but hear us out. When you’re ordering your save the date, you need to think all the way into the future. If you order the save the date with the gorgeous gold embossing now and then later down the road choose a bunch of silver jewelry all of those pieces won’t look good together. You need to see the bigger vision and coordinate the color pallet. Think about it from start to finish – the invitation suite, the reception décor, the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Match metals. Have one color pallet.
Give Us Everything
Not your social security number or your passport, don’t worry! But ALL the details. Don’t hold back and think it’s not significant, but we want it all! Here are a few details to consider:
Invest in a ring box. There are tons of cute ones that not only are a great place to store your ring while you hop in the shower, but will take your wedding photos to the next level. The Mrs. Box are epic! Choose the color to tie everything together! There are tons of more affordable options also on Etsy.
Have some fun silk ribbon on hand. Our favorite vendor is Bertie and Fred. This ribbon can also go around the bouquet. While we have a handful of colors on hand always, if you want to make sure it looks great with your pallet, order some to have ready!
When we arrive to photograph your getting ready moments and detail shots, it helps to have a “Detail Bag” assembled with all of the items that you would like us to style in your initial detail photographs. Please put these items in a bag or box (so it’s easy for you to keep track of and you can just pass off to us when we arrive). You can have the bride’s and groom’s details with the bride in her getting ready room. When we are finished with them, we’ll deliver the bride’s back where they belong, don’t worry.
- Any Paper Goods (Invitation, Save the Date, program, etc) – with the invitation suite, include all pieces – two sets of the invitation (so we can photograph front and back), RSVP card, envelopes, stamps, etc
- Jewelry/Accessories (ALL – earrings, necklaces, hair pieces, bracelet, veil, belt, etc)
- Shoes (both groom’s and bride’s)
- Groom’s Accessories: Watches, cuff links, tie, socks, etc
- Rings (Engagement Ring and Bride and Groom’s wedding bands)
- Any extras: ring boxes, heirloom pieces, ring boxes, extra flowers from your florist
Please have the bride’s bouquet at the getting ready spot. You can ask your florist to deliver it to your getting ready room which is fun because you get to see all of their hard work and planning come to fruition before your day gets crazy AND we can then photograph it with your details.
We love photographing the rings before the day gets started so once the ceremony is underway, the rings do not leave your finger for the remainder of the day! We will bring the rings back and the bride will slip her engagement ring back on. The wedding bands (groom and bride’s) will stay with Cameron until the first look is complete and then we will slip them back on for the remainder of the portraits so that all of them look like you’re a married couple. After family portraits, we can give both of them to the appropriate person (sometimes the best man, sometimes a responsible ring bearer).
We always ask the bride to have her gown hanging from a non-plastic hanger with any pins or stuffing removed. If you would like bridesmaids’ dresses photographed as well, be sure to have them all hanging when we arrive. This gives us more time to find the perfect place to photograph your dress, rather than spending those precious moments unpinning and hanging.
We don’t want to add stress to the day, we want to simplify it by having all of these little details taken care of beforehand. That way you can let us or your photographers take the reins from there to get the perfect shots to get your wedding published!