One of my favorite ways to start a wedding day is with photos of your wedding details! It’s the best way I’ve found to warm up my creative side for the rest of the day. I photograph a couple’s details in a way that matches and showcases the style of the entire wedding day.  So, in some ways, the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding and I love having ample time to stylize the little things that collectively “set the scene” for the day!

You’ll have enough to think about as your wedding date gets closer, so I recommend collecting these items in one place, as you go throughout the planning process.

Here is a list of the details I’ll photograph whenever they’re available to me — I recommend bringing all of these that are applicable, plus any other special touches that are important to you:

  • Dress and veil
  • Invitation suite (2 copies of the full suite, if possible)
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Perfume
  • Vow book
  • Something old, new, borrowed, blue
  • ALL 3 rings – if all 3 are with you, your photo team will be able to photograph the full set. We’ll have time to get them to the Best Man afterward.
  • Bouquet and/or loose florals – many florists are great about including a few loose flowers/greenery for styled detail photos. Don’t assume that they will automatically do this if you don’t ask, though. It’s also important to coordinate that these florals arrive by the designated time that these detail photos will happen.
  • Any extra ribbon, accents, or items of significance that represent the day
  • Guest Welcome Bags or Favors
  • Any gifts or notes from one another

With the exception of your dress, veil, and the flowers that your florist will deliver, these items should all fit easily into one box or container. This is the easiest way to collect your detail photo items! That way, you only need to make sure your “ detail box” is with you, versus all these odds and ends. The alternative is a good way for items to be forgotten! Doing this also allows your photo team to start right on time, versus needing to begin the day with a search for each of these items.

As a bonus, these are the details pertinent to a groom — when these items are readily available, my second shooter will use these items for some stylized images:

  • Suit
  • Tie
  • Cuff links
  • Watch
  • Cologne
  • Shoes and socks
  • Handkerchief
  • Belt/suspenders
  • Invitation suite (2 copies of the full suite, if possible)
  • Vow book
  • Any gifts or notes from one another

If you haven’t already, begin to collect your wedding day details in a small box — as your date gets closer, you’ll be thankful to have one less thing to remember to do!