How to Create Details for Stylish Wedding Photos – The Wedding Ceremony
We know that all of our readers adore stylish photography and details and want to know how to translate this from the beautiful weddings you see here on B.LOVED to your own wedding day. When it comes to key things to think about and what your photographer needs, we sought expert advice from B.LOVED Edit Supplier Amanda Karen Photography Today she talks about the Wedding Ceremony and don’t miss her previous feature for everything you need to know about choosing a colour palette and how this may effect your wedding photos!
“Hello and it’s absolutely lovely to be with you today to start this two-part feature looking at creating those wedding details that will give you super stylish photos, whatever your wedding theme or style. I know that lots of couples want to include details that not only delight their guests and create a fab wedding vibe but will also make their wedding photographs pop. I’ll look at reception details in my next feature but today, my focus is firmly on that most important of wedding day moments, the ceremony.
So, why are those photo-friendly details so crucial for your wedding ceremony? Well, this is the one point in the day when everyone’s attention is in the same place so as photographers, we’ll also be focusing in exactly the same spot. This means that those decorations and details that you include in your ceremony will not only be noticed by all your guests but they’ll also be captured in your photos so it’s definitely worth thinking about creating stylish ceremony details.
One of the most eye-catching and impressive ceremony decorations has to be a glorious backdrop. When these are set up behind your registrar or celebrant not only do they frame you as you take your vows but they also, as the name implies, provide an on-theme backdrop for photos. Backdrops really help to bring your theme to your ceremony and they allow you to put your personal stamp on the occasion. Also, if you’re able to create a backdrop that can be moved, you can use the backdrop again behind your top table so they can have a second moment in the limelight!
Depending on your personal style, your backdrop can include flowers, fabrics, foliage and more creative options such as neon lights, laser-cut quotes, metallic frames, large potted plants and suspended decorations. I’d urge you to get as creative as you like here because you know your hard work will be appreciated by everyone and will also feature in all your photos.
Another detail to consider for your ceremony is your aisle. Not only will your guests make their way up the aisle to their seats but you will also walk up the aisle to your ceremony. This is another important moment for photos so again, decorations and details in your aisle will be sure to make your photographic edit.
A petal-strewn aisle is one of the most romantic options but, unless you use lots of petals, this detail can get lost in photos. Lanterns look fabulous as do floral arrangements, whether these sit on the floor or are tied to chairs or pew ends. I’d recommend looking through lots of the real weddings here on B.Loved for inspiration and, if you’re on a budget, consider opting for one or two larger aisle decorations, perhaps at the start of the aisle and halfway along, so that the details here make more of an impact in photos.
Of course, your photographer will also capture the details of the ceremony so if you’ve spent time and effort creating gorgeous Orders of Service or Orders of the Day, you can be sure that your photographer will document your hard work! We will also photograph your wedding rings so a pretty ring box or ring ‘cushion’ (in whatever form works best for your theme) can make those photos look even better.
We also really love to document the ceremony itself so if you have friends or family members giving readings, it can be a good idea to give them a ‘good’ copy of the reading if you want to avoid folded bits of paper in your photos!
Finally, don’t forget about decorations outside your ceremony too and again, these can be moved on to your reception. Those emotional ‘arrival’ photos and the iconic ‘just married’ photo taken outside of a church or venue looks even better when there are some great decorations in shot too. If you’ve got great decorations here, this can be the ideal time and place for the confetti shot too and that’s a perfect way to celebrate your wedding ceremony.”
- Photography + Article: Amanda Karen Photography