If you just got engaged, you are probably spending most of your free time looking up wedding ideas online, on Pinterest, and in wedding magazines. No matter what type of decorations you have, however, your wedding day will still be the most important and special day of your life. But what you really want is to have it all—a magical wedding fit for a magazine and a uniquely YOU wedding.
Not to mention the fact that you’re spending plenty of money making sure each and every detail is completely perfect. It would be only right that your photos highlight all the effort you put into your wedding. To get those stunning photos, however, you have to hire the right photographer. Even so, they can only take pictures of what is already there.
Do you really want to have a magazine worthy wedding? If so, you still have to pay attention to those tiny details. I’ll let you in on a few secrets. Here are my top tips as a professional wedding photographer to get the perfect shots of your wedding.
1. Make Vendors a Priority
The vendors at your wedding will play a key role in helping you get published in a magazine. A full-service planning company will help you organize all your vendors and make sure every detail is organized. Sometimes planning companies don’t offer style support, however. Planners are passionate about getting published, and if you let them know upfront that’s your goal, they will undoubtedly work even harder at your wedding.
If you really want to increase the odds of a magazine worthy wedding, then hire a professional stylist. As your photographer, I’m happy to help style your wedding details as well. I can work with your venue managers, florists, and planners to help you get published.
2. Plan with Your Goal In Mind From The Start
If your ultimate goal is to get published in a magazine or wedding blog, then make your style decisions accordingly. One way to do this is to do some research. Look at what type of weddings they publish. Notice any themes or patterns among them? Try to stick to that and you will get one step closer to your goal.
3. Store Your Vows Forever
Exchanging vows is the most romantic part of your wedding ceremony. It encompasses the entire reason for the event, and it also makes for a great photo opportunity. While there will be video and photos of you two saying ‘I do’, there is nothing comparable to reading your vows in your own handwriting many years down the road. You will cherish them for as long as you two are alive.
You can find countless companies online who will write out your vows in gorgeous hand lettering in a vow book that is great for displaying or just to keep in a place that is special. You can find plenty of them via online shops like Etsy. There is little else as romantic as beautiful calligraphy that represents your vows. You can read it for the rest of your life. Plus, it will look great in a few wedding shots that might just help your wedding get published in a fancy magazine.
4. Buy a Ring Box
The moment your man got down on his knees and asked you to be his wife for the rest of his life was an incomparable moment. Showcasing your gorgeous engagement ring in a ring box is a great way to show off the incredible investment your finance made in your ring. I often see couples getting their ring shots done in the simple box that the ring came in, and there isn’t anything wrong with that, but it does detract slightly from the beauty of your ring and band.
On your wedding day, your rings deserve the absolute best treatment and styling. One of the first pieces of advice I give to my brides on their wedding day is to buy a ring box. The ring box should represent your style, what makes you unique, and of course your wedding style.
The good news is there are literally thousands of places online to buy ring boxes for your wedding. You can find them in any size, style and shape you like. We also really like antique shops if you want something super unique. A beautiful and good quality ring box makes for a great keepsake and an excellent place to take pictures of your wedding rings.
5. Put Flowers in the Middle of Your Shot
If I were to bet, I would bet that your wedding day will be full of flowers of many different sizes, shapes, and types. Detail shots require floral centerpieces to truly be stunning. Some brides forget them, unfortunately. But not you, the bride who wants to get into the best wedding magazines in the world!
By bringing in your bouquet or even a single flower or two, you can create detail shots that enhance whatever it is that you are trying to display. In fact, every good photographer knows that the details of a photo should tell a story. That story should be your love story.
The best part is, your bouquets will be unique and special to your day. That means that your personality and wedding style will shine through. Do you have a boho wedding theme with a floral crown, then why not use the same wedding décor in your shots? Even a simple flower crown can create an entirely new world for your photos.
By their very nature flowers are romantic. Create a consistent wedding story that is uniquely beautiful. After all, your wedding is a wholly unique experience and it should be documented by a professional who knows how to enhance the romance of the experience. Even a few small props can create a totally professional shot for your wedding. Not only that, but they can also last for years after the wedding day.
Follow these tips and you’ll have yourself a magazine worthy wedding in no time!