I’m a Charleston based wedding photographer but I absolutely love to travel! I create timeless, joyful & tangible memories for my clients.
Hi, I'm Emma
Photographing your wedding day details is essential to ensuring that you have a beautiful memory. Often couples need more clarification on the importance of these details. Having said that, let’s talk about why it’s relevant to get your wedding day details photographed, the props you might want to include, and what your photographer will need!
These details from your wedding day will help create lasting memories and allow you to look back and relive the moments that made your wedding day unforgettable. You’ve spent so much time planning the big details and the smaller ones too. This is a great way to preserve all the effort and time you spent ensuring your perfect day. Showing your family and friends photos of your wedding details will give them an idea of the whole event even if they couldn’t be there in person.
Styling detailed photos can take some time to make sure everything looks perfect. I like to allow sixty to ninety minutes for these photos so that no detail is missed, and I can take my time showcasing the elements that made your wedding. I prefer to take the time earlier in the day to capture these valuable pictures than spend it at the reception. Typically the people dancing for the first thirty minutes will be dancing for the rest of the evening.
I brought photos of my family members on their wedding day for my vow renewal. I loved these photos so much; they hold such a special meaning to me. Feel free to include absolutely anything you want in your detail photos.
Before each wedding, I curate a detail styling kit based on the information my couple has provided, including their invitation suite. Sometimes my couples already provide some of these items so that they are customized to them. Below are some of my suggestions to help you assemble a perfect kit that will tie your details into your special day!
A beautiful ring box is a must for those up-close shots of your wedding rings. You can choose a color or style that goes with the overall vibe of your wedding, like a dusty rose or monogrammed box for a romantic southern celebration. My favorite places to purchase gorgeous ring boxes to coordinate with the overall vibe of your wedding are listed below.
Bring an extra copy of your stationery! You’ll want to get a photo of the pieces laid out nicely, so be sure to order an additional complete set for this purpose. If you have a wax seal or unique stamps, also be sure to set those aside so I can include that in a photo. If you’ve addressed your envelopes with elegant calligraphy, including a neatly addressed envelope would be fantastic.
I suggest my couples send me a copy of the entire invitation suite, including an envelope. Therefore, if you forget to bring it on your wedding day, I already have it.
Provide your photographer with a few extra spools or strands of the ribbon used in your bouquet or throughout your decor. It will make a great addition to your invitation suite photos and perfectly tie everything together. Check out some of my favorite ribbons by clicking here!
Be sure to instruct your florist where to bring the bouquets when you are getting ready. You can request they bring a few bonus blooms when they drop your flowers off. This way, I can work with the florals into the styled photos of your stationery and accessories.
Extra tip: Let your florist know that your photographer will happily share photos from your day, and if they bring a small vase of additional florals, it will help tie everything together.
Consider bringing a few bonus items that are particularly meaningful to you as a couple or to your families. Things such as letters you two may have written to one another, something special you picked up on a trip together, seashells you collected over the years, an antique box that your grandfather gave to you, a ring box passed down, or a locket that has been in the family for generations. My couples have brought these items to their wedding for me to use while I style their details.
Did you know that scent is one of the strongest senses that lead back to your memory? On your big day, I love suggesting a new perfume or even a cologne for him. Wearing a new fragrance during your wedding and honeymoon, your memory and feeling of that particular time will forever be tied to that scent. How special would it be that every time you smell that fragrance long after your wedding, it will bring you back to your special day?
Are you planning to give your bridesmaids matching pajamas or robes? It is always one of my bride’s favorite photos of the day, with her and her bridesmaids having fun in their robes. Want to make the photos extra special and fun? Pick up a couple of confetti poppers! Walmart has a great one that I suggest, and it’s inexpensive. Popping champagne can also be fun if you can step outdoors. Make sure to have one or two unopened bottles of champagne when I arrive!
Below is a list I created to make it easy for you the night before your wedding. Set aside all of these items, or have them ready in a bag so that I can photograph all of these perfect little details as soon as I arrive!
I hope this blog has guided you on what to include in your wedding day details!