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8 Must-Have Wedding Detail Photos

Your wedding day is a day you want to remember forever. You want every last detail like the food, the fun and the flowers to be captured on film. Typically the photographer focuses on the couple portraits and all the big moments like the I do’s, the first dance and cake cutting. Often times all those tiny details that you put so much thought into are forgotten with the hectic wedding day schedule. A few ways to ensure that you’re not missing any of your must-have shots is to hire a second shooter and also opt to have your bridal prep covered. Bridal prep is the perfect time for the photographer to get creative and set up some unique shots. Ask your florist for a few extra blooms and ribbon that the photographer can use to style your shots with. While one photographer is focused on this, the second shooter can focus on the behind the scenes and getting ready shots. Check out our list of top detail pictures and be sure to add these to the shot list for your photographer.


1. Gown – There is something so ethereal about a gorgeous wedding gown hanging up waiting to be put on. A must have bridal photo.

2. Shoes - Girls love their shoes and every bride puts a lot of time and energy into searching for the perfect pair, so be sure to include this pic on your shot list.

3. Invitations - Have your wedding invitation and any other printed wedding day stationery like the ceremony program, place cards and menu readily available so the photographer can set up some creative shots.

4. Jewelry – Have your wedding day jewelry easily accessible so your photographer can stage some dreamy shots.

5. Wedding Rings – There are so many creative ways to capture the wedding rings. We love them on shoes, with the invitation and tucked into your bouquet blooms!

6. Bouquet – Make sure your photog gets up close and personal with your bridal bouquet. This is one of the most important ingredients of the wedding and it should be captured from every angle.

7. Centerpieces – This is where a second shooter comes in handy! They can head into the reception and snag photos of the table-scapes, centerpieces and flowers before the room gets overrun with guests.

8. Cake – Modern Brides & Grooms take great care in choosing the design for their wedding cake. It usually incorporates personal details and is a true reflection of the couple.

Bridal Prep Planning 101

With so many details to plan for your big day, little thought goes into planning your bridal prep. What most brides don’t realize is that they will spend the first half of the day in a room getting ready and taking lots of pictures. Having a relaxed atmosphere in a room that is large enough for all of your bridesmaids and family members to get ready in is a must. Choosing a venue or hotel with lots of room to spread out and amenities is something you should definitely take into consideration. Here are our tips for planning the perfect bridal prep!

Getting Ready - Don’t forget to wear something that comes on and off without messing up your hair and makeup! Matching robes for you and your bridesmaids is a great idea.

The Bubbly - While champagne is the go to, it’s known to go right to your head which may not be the best idea right before walking down the aisle. Opt instead for a light and fruity sangria or mimosas.

Don’t Forget To Eat - Petite bite size pastries are perfect for popping in your mouth without messing up your made up face. Be sure to pack a snack sac for later if you are planning on having an extensive photo session before your walk down the aisle. Being dizzy or nauseous is the last thing you want to feel at the alter.

Sweet Details - Ask your florist for loose blooms or an additional arrangement so your photographer can get creative. Be sure to have your wedding jewelry, shoes and invitations easily accessible as photographers typically shoot these items during bridal prep.

Bridal Portraits - Your first bridal portraits will most likely be taken during bridal prep. Having a light filled space with a neutral background is ideal. Be sure to clear any clutter out the space you will be standing in your room for pictures.

Photographer: By Sara G.

Venue: Venetian Pier, Lanier Island

Thao & Brian Say I Do in Frederick, MD

We’re feeling a little country today! How sweet is the wedding of Thao and Brian at Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland. This hip-storic venue was built in 1888 and features 9000 square feet of architectural splendor set on 25 acres with mountain views. The couple took advantage of all of the scenic landscape and grounds to capture their portraits. The gals look stunning in alternating baby blue and floral print gowns, while the boys are looking dapper in navy, gray and red!

Photographer: Brandy H.
Venue: Ceresville Mansion

Melissa & Scott Say I Do in San Juan Capistrano, C

This spring wedding at the Franciscan Gardens in Juan Capistrano is oh-so California dreamy! The dusty muted color palette of ivory, blush, lavender and rouge accented with lush greenery and candlelight is romantically rustic. From the outdoor garden setting, to the beautiful blooms, lace gown and vintage style shoes, Melissa and Scott’s wedding is straight out of a fairy tale!

Photographer: By Stephanie B.

Videography By: Zandro U.

Venue: Franciscan Gardens, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Wedding Coordinator: My Beloved Events, CA

Florists: The Bloom of Time, CA


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