No matter what you do to plan and prepare for your wedding day; as you stand there promising to love one another unconditionally for the rest your lives, your day will be perfect. Period. This is by no means a must do for your wedding day, it's just a little list of things that Will & I, as your photographers, get excited about when we see. Some of the items inspire our creativity, some of them we will talk about excitedly on the way home from your wedding, and others are simple and often overlooked but make a big difference when it comes to beautiful, unique photos. So, without further ado, here is Tip 1 in a series I'm going to call My Idea of a Perfect Wedding -- Creating the Perfect Wedding Photo-Wise.
TIP 1: Incorporate you and your personalities into the wedding day.
I know this seems so simple, but I see a lot of couples leaving it out of their wedding planning process. They go for the by the book wedding venues and just choose a color scheme for the flowers. And this isn't bad, but think about how fun and meaningful it could be if guests get to see YOU throughout the wedding day. It's always fun to walk around and listen to the comments of guests when we are photographing a wedding with personal flair. They get excited and grab others so they can share what they just discovered about you. It's not only unique and just plain cool, it's a conversation starter for guests.
It can be hard to figure out where to start when trying to think of fun ways to add your personality. Some examples could be: choosing a venue that is special to you (which we will talk about later), picking flowers and centerpieces that have meaning or show your fun personality, doing your secret handshake during the ceremony, or having a drink station with your favorite drinks. I went through and grabbed a few examples from some of our recent weddings to help get your creativity flowing.
Courtney and Grant did an awesome job showing off their fun, happy-go-lucky personalities! She had pinwheels in her bouquet, a balloon arch, field games, a food truck, and a paper fortune teller as her wedding program.
Even her ring is unique and looks just like her!
I thought these things were so cool! Her wedding programs were fortune tellers.
A surprise secret handshake before the kiss. Courtney didn't know they were going to do it either which made it that much cuter.
Adam and Shannon made sure to keep some of his jewish traditions throughout the day even though they were having a traditional wedding.
Surprise your groom with a fun groom's cake that reflects who he is and what he loves like Shannon.
Kim and Dave got fans from Korea for wedding favors to reflect her family heritage. Her mom, aunt and grandma also wore hanbok's, the traditional Korean wedding dress and her cake was topped with adorable asian characters.
Melissa's known for being super stylish so her wedding dress was, of course, no different! She chose a dress with black and white ruffles to reflect her style and personality and a unique venue that was literally rockin' (a concert hall) and went perfectly with her rock star dress.
Ruth LOVES Jane Austen and all her books. So her and Stephen had an instructor come in to teach wedding guests how to do the Contra dances from that time period. I have never seen so many people on the dance floor at a wedding!
Erica and her girls wore cowboy boots...which I could never have imagined any other way for her! Erica pretty much wears boots everyday, so they were a perfect way to add a little of her personality in the wedding.
Christina and David went online and to flea markets finding the perfect antique table decorations to go with the old photos of relatives she wanted to display. Each table was completely different.
She also surprised David and brought their "babies" to the reception!
Amanda's love for antiques was shown on each table which displayed different family members china and old mason jars along with a little card and description of who's china it was.
Melissa loves fall and pumpkins so she added them to the wedding decor.
Sometimes adding just a little piece of you can make the biggest difference when trying to make your wedding a unique event that guests will be excited about.
Be on the lookout for Tip #2: Time.