As a wedding photographer, I get tons of really great questions from brides & fellow photographers. In this Q&A series called ‘Hey Rahel!’ I’m attempting to answer anything & everything and share helpful information from my experience! Feel free to send your questions through the contact form ♥
Q: Hey Rahel! We’re SO excited to have you capture your wedding day later this year! While I was going through some previous weddings you shot, I had a question pop up. Are there any props or items that would be helpful for you to have to style my bridal details? I would just really love to have pictures of my details that are visually interesting and tie into our wedding theme. Any suggestion? Thanks! B.R.
A: Hey there Gorgeous! Glad you ask, because YES, there are ways you can help me create more beautifully styled detail shots!
As you know, I like to take about an hour right after arriving at your getting ready space to style your details. Not only does it add so much beauty to your entire wedding story, it also helps all of your bridesmaids to relax around me and the camera! It is most helpful if you have all of your details ready in a box for me. That way I don’t have to bother you every five minutes. In case you want an extra beautiful box, check out Trousseau & Co. They’re AMAZING!
My photography case contains all the basics I need to style your details beautifully, but as you guessed, there are a few items that I encourage you to have handy for me. In fact, pack them right into your box of details! These items will really tie your story together in a beautiful way. So let’s hear it:
Ribbon / Get some luscious hand dyed silk ribbons! They look a gazillion times better than any other ribbons, trust me, money well spent. You only need about one yard per ribbon that is 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide. Three to five different color tones are ideal. A beautiful neutral is your basic color. Then add the colors you’re using in your wedding decor. A great trick is to go with the same color in two different shades, one slightly lighter, the other slightly darker.
My favorite ribbon sources are Tono & Co. for Utterly Engaged Magazine / Silk and Willow / FrouFrou Chic
Flowers / Flowers just absolutely MAKE a detail shot. Every. Single. Time. So order some extra flowers, the same you’re having in your bouquet and wedding decor. We don’t need tons, just around a dozen with a bit of greenery and we’re good to go. And yes, I will ‘dead-head’ them in order for them to lay flat ;)
Dress Hanger / Splurge on a pretty hanger for your wedding dress. It looks so much better than a plain plastic or wooden one.
Clean Room / This one isn’t just for the detail shots, but since you like the visual appeal of your photos, I wanted to include this one as well. Make sure that the space you’re getting into your dress is super clean without too much clutter. In a hotel suite – keep the bedroom super pretty (aka, don’t let your bridesmaids unpack in there) and get your hair & makeup done in the living space area. Same goes if you’re getting ready at an estate, mansion or winery. Clean is the word.
XO, Rahel ♥