Article & Images by Andy & Amii Kauth Sunshine & Reign Photography
Famed designer Charles Eames said it best, “The details are not the details. They make the design.”
No doubt about it! You spend a lot of time preparing for your wedding, and when your big day comes, the small things can certainly get caught up in the shuffle . . . As wedding photographers, our goal is to document your love and the entire story of your day. That said, we don’t want you to neglect getting amazing images of all those details that are important to you (and that you put some serious time and money into). So make certain you include these important details in the “shot list” that you provide your photographer.
One of our favorite parts of the wedding day is hanging with our brides as they prep for their day. We even recommend having your photographer show up to the hair salon. We also think it rocks to get some shots of your makeup artist applying makeup on you and your maid of honor/bridesmaids. These can be really fun and will help you remember your awesome stylists who were integral in your preparation. And since you probably dropped some cash on your hair and makeup, get it documented!
We love to incorporate the venue/getting ready location into the ring shots, and this is a great opportunity to let your photographer get creative, especially as ring shots are very common. And don’t forget the rest of your jewelry: earrings, bracelets, or that sentimental locket from your mother or grandmother! Including the entirety of your accessories will help you remember all the special pieces you included in your wedding day look.
Photographing your dress is (again) a common practice, but this is another great opportunity for you and your photographer to connect your details to your story. We recommend making use of your location. Connecting your details to your venue will make your story come alive. Use your surroundings! And it’s a good idea to incorporate a unique hanger–maybe even something vintage that you scored at a thrift shop or from a relative (i.e., raid your great aunt’s closet).
They say “the shoes make the man.” Okay. We get that. And we agree. But if you agree with that then you’ll surely agree that shoes are (other than the dress) what people will notice most about a bride on her wedding day. Your shoes are an extension of your personality, whether you are opting for a traditional heel or a nontraditional pair of sneakers. Whatever your flavor, you certainly want to capture some images of your shoes.
Before you toss your bouquet, get some images because while your flowers won’t last forever, some great images of your bouquet certainly will. You’ll want to get some shots of your bouquet in unique positions and a few with you holding them as well.
There’s a lot involved in getting your hair done, your makeup applied, and all your other wedding day details dialed in. We think a bit of planning ahead and including our ideas for detail shots will not only help to de-stress your wedding day but also add a bit of fun into your getting ready experience! Enjoy every moment—and include each of these details so that you don’t miss a moment of the story of your momentous day!