Since I starting photographing weddings I have noticed several details that seem to make every Big Day go off without a hitch! Louisiana has some wonderful scenery and endless venues for sure so take your time to find a spot that is signature to you and your boo. Baton Rouge alone has almost 200 spots to say I do states the Knot online so do your research, ladies and gentlemen!
I figured I would take a much needed break from editing my hands off to add some wedding photography must haves to the blog! As a wedding and family photographer there are DEFINITELY certain elements that bring the best of sessions and event days to their full glory!
And me, as your handy dandy local Baton Rouge photographer wanted to share some of what I have learned along the way
For weddings and awesome photography you will need some essentials... First off, you need a gorgeous bride in a darling white gown with her hair did and makeup divine-- preferably done by one of your best friends because who doesn't love having their best friend be a part of all those wonderful details on your wedding day?
You will also need more best friends to help you with your shoes on your wedding day because lord knows those things are hard to get into and even worse to walk in. So if you think enough in advance have your backup flip flops in your token BRIDE bag to ensure you will be able to walk after your wedding day!
Next up is the dress!! This, my friend, is the essential to you feeling as beautiful as the day long and ALSO as comfortable your favorite pair of pjs. Well, that's of course if you want to take that route... some brides say forget comfort I am going for looks and bless them with that because it's them in a dress for 8 hours that looks amazing and possibly gives out in the button department if you make one false move. But you have two wonderful options. I say find the most hot and comfortable wedding dress possible!!
The question or bridesmaids dresses... this has become quite a unique decision which I am very happy with! As a photographer I absolutely love the uniqueness of each girl in the dress that makes them feel and look best... lots of brides choose a couple of colors and a certain line of dresses and tells their girls to go from there. There is also the traditional route of choose one cut of dress and one color and calling it a day! Of course this photographs beautifully as well.
I tell all my brides that it's completely up to them! Don't feel the pressure of doing things the way they have always been done but go with what makes your heart happy! Lots of options out there so really it boils down to what do you love most?!
Another essential to making gorgeous photographs on your wedding day is having darling little princesses a part of your gorgeous day!! This is not always necessary but certainly will add that element of sweetness as the processional concludes coming down the aisle.
Don't forget your favorite details!!!! Sweet Jamie and Carlos went to LSU and adore their alma mater so it was only right to have a small detail of such in their darling day!
Gifts, gifts, gifts!!!
Who doesn't love a little sweet and special happy from their loved one pre ceremony!? I will dare say everyone!!! This is a great time to send a special heartfelt love note or a special something your special someone has been eyeing.
Whatever you do, DON'T FORGET THE PUPS!!!!!!
Haha.... all these little details make up YOUR DAY!!! So have fun with it and do what you want to make your day YOUR DAY!
As you can imagine every ceremony is different. Some short, some long... some with special readings and speeches and others just as short and sweet and to the point as possible! Whatever it is your heart desires just make sure it ends with a sweet and precious moment with you and your new spouse!!!!
My vote is always to make those "formal" pictures a little less formal.
Make sure you choose the best tunes for those dances as well!!! It shouldn't be traditional but personal to me!! Have the songs your dad sang to you as a girl or the ones your mom made you dance to while she was in the kitchen cooking your favorite meals. Just make it unique to YOU!
Every wedding needs to have a strong selfie game!! I am just saying... People need to update their people so don't forget to capture these fleeting moments for Snap, Insta or your FB world...
Next best ingredient is DANCING!!!! If you don't like dancing why did you even come? This is a past time that needs to make a strong comeback!!! With a quickness!! So next wedding you are at or a part of make sure you don't get that "what are people going to think disease" and sit in a corner while everyone stares at the empty dance floor!!!
You only live ONE time and Lord I hope you get lots of dancing in that life!! There's no better way to enjoy yourself than forgetting what everyone else is doing and enjoying the heck out of some Motown tunes or Wobble moves. That's all I am saying!
One last thing... when your wedding photographer says, in the middle of your sparkler exit make sure to land a big one on your girl-- be sure you do that because they make awesome shots and give your bride almost heartaches to end the night with a real bang!
So I hope you had fun reading along at what I think are just must haves for a seamless, gorgeous Big Day!
Also, congrats to Jaime and Carlos whom wed two weekends ago at Stage One!!!!
I already know you two will have years upon years of happiness and true joy!!!