thinking “Katelyn you say EVERYTHING is important on a wedding day!” and I can see how you would think that. I JUST blogged about reception lighting and how it’s so great to have and I’ve blogged about details and the importance of themes… etc, etc. The thing is, I know that not EVERYONE has a budget to pull everything off. When I got married I didn’t have a budget that could pull everything off either! So this post is about ONE part of the wedding day that can change the LOOK of the overall wedding day dramatically! This post is about the bridal bouquet. I’m not talking about the bridesmaid’s florals or even the centerpieces…
… JUST the bride’s bouquet. That one piece of the wedding day holds a LOT of power. When I’m shooting a wedding, what is the most CONSISTENT element that ends up being in most of the portraits? The bridal bouquet. It’s everywhere! I take details shots of it, I take bridal portraits with it and I encourage the bride to have it in most of her romantic portraits as well! I do this because when a bridal bouquet is done WELL, it can tie the WHOLE wedding theme together. I use bouquet shots to fill in album spreads, shoot the rings on, create the “blog” header for the wedding post and much more. It’s a very important piece of the wedding decor and yet some brides say “Well I’ll just skimp on the flowers because I spent a lot on photography”. The ironic thing is that their bouquet is the MOST PHOTOGRAPHED detail of the whole wedding! So what do we do with this? You can’t approach a wedding budget and think “Well I’m investing a lot in photography so everything needs to be amazing in order to have amazing pictures.”… That’s NOT true at ALL. But when it comes to JUST the bridal bouquet, I encourage brides to invest in what they REALLY want because it will show up in their images more than anything else! I would rather the bride skimp on the boutonniere’s, the bridesmaid’s bouquet’s, their shoes and even their centerpieces before skimping on the bridal bouquet. So if you’re on a budget, here’s an example of how a bouquet a make quite an impact!
Mandy and Josh, like most young couples, were on a tight budget for their wedding. Mandy, being the detail queen that she is, really REALLY wanted beautiful detail shots but knew that she couldn’t have extravagant florals all over her reception. So I encouraged her to have simple centerpieces but to REALLY go all out for her bouquet because it would be PROMINENT in her wedding pictures! She took my advice and I’m SO glad she did because I had a ball photographing the beautiful details of her bouquet!! Take a look at how much her bouquet showed up in their images!
It tied in with his bout perfectly! It looked like we planned the bouquet to match the wall! Here’s another example of how a bouquet can really impact the overall look of not just the wedding post but also an ALBUM! And here is how the bouquet shows up in the album design! Lovely! It add’s a POP of color to the portraits!! Happy Wedding Wednesday!
When I’m scrolling on Instagram or looking through images after a shoot, some images just stand out and capture my attention more than others!
I don’t know if I have ever photographed a more gracious bride in the most horrendous heat! Seriously, Kelsey is a literal angel on earth. She brought her entire family to Virginia from South Dakota for this portrait session and was so incredibly kind even in the midst of 100 degree heat and humidity!
Lenses are NOT cheap, so when you invest, you want to make sure you’re choosing the best option!
If you think about a wedding day and the part that makes you cringe is having to interact and direct the groomsmen, I get it.
This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen, but the timeline didn’t quite pan out like we had planned.. The rings got lost, hair & makeup went long, storms were rolling in and there were some stressful moments!
You’re not going to believe this but this session was probably our easiest DC engagement session to date! We had glow, no crowed, a beautiful setting and the most wonderful couple!