Creating Details For Stylish Photos – Your Wedding Reception
We’re excited to share the final installment in our series which focuses on wedding photography and getting those stylish detail shots that B.LOVED readers love! B.LOVED Edit Supplier Amanda Karen Photography tells us all about creating details for your wedding reception for stylish photographs. You can also read about How to Create Details for your Wedding Ceremony and Amanda’s Expert Advice about Colour Palettes and Photography for Your Wedding Day
“Hello again and it’s a joy to be with you today for the second part of my guide to creating details for stylish wedding photos. I’ve previously looked at those decorations and details that bring beauty and interest to your ceremony photos and today, I’m all about the reception. So, without further ado, let’s plan a fabulous wedding reception.
There’s no doubt about it, your wedding reception is the place to really go to town on your decorations and details. Your guests will spend a huge portion of their day enjoying your reception so there will be plenty of time for them to notice all your hard work and of course, as photographers, we love having great details to photograph and also to capture in images of guests enjoying themselves.
Your reception tables will probably be the focus of your décor and with good reason. As photographers, we love to photograph these before your guests take their seats and guests themselves love the details on the tables in front of them. Practical details such as place names and menus can become an integral part of the overall look – metallic place cards for modern weddings, place cards on gorgeous paper featuring beautiful calligraphy for a more romantic style or any kind of creative option you like will definitely attract attention.
There’s certainly a place for beautiful table details as well as practical ones and table centres have to be some of the most wonderful wedding decorations. Whether you choose long floral/foliage table runners or more traditional arrangements, it’s always a good idea to include lots of contrasts in textures in your table centres. These really pop in photos and can make table centres look even more brilliant. So, think about metallic containers, terrariums, mix-and-match glass containers full of ferns of foliage for a super modern tropical look or cute succulents, air plants and sculptural seed-heads in fabulous containers. Candle holders are another great idea for your tables, bringing colour and texture to your look.
Linens are also really important for your tables and again, they always stand out in your photos. Hand-dyed fabric table runners soften any wedding table – use silk for a luxe look and a rougher fabric such as linen for a slightly grittier style. Napkins also play a similar role and beautifully coloured, folded napkins sat on plates and hanging over table edges always look ace.
My final point regarding tables related to crockery, cutlery and glassware. Coloured glassware always provides interest in photos and from your guests’ perspective, it’s also an unusual touch. The same is true with coloured or patterned crockery and cutlery and metallic details always photograph really well.
Just like wedding guests, as photographers, our eyes are always drawn to certain details and again, your table plan is something that everyone will want to look at! Whether you attach seating assignments with pegs to strings in a frame or write your seating plan onto an old mirror, this can absolutely become a part of your décor.
Over the last few years, wedding signage has become a really popular form of décor. Handwritten calligraphy signs in frames giving guests the details of the bar menu, large quotes suspended in frames or laser-cut or neon signs hanging behind your top table can all bring style, and even humour, to your day and to your photos. Photographers are great at taking a little time to wander through your wedding venue so rest assured that all these details will be noticed!
Finally, I have to talk about your wedding cake! Cakes are not only an integral and yummy part of your day but they also provide you with another opportunity to bring your own personal style to you day and I can assure you that your cake will definitely be photographed! Pretty cakes on gorgeous stands or modern marbled cakes with geometric details all look fabulous and I would always urge couples to place their cake on some kind of stand so that it’s slightly elevated. I also love cool cake toppers – not only do they photograph really well but they also provide a wonderful reminder of your day when the cake itself has been devoured!
I would say that if there’s a wedding detail that’s particularly important to you, do mention it to your photographer. It might be that you’ve included something meaningful or a detail that references a loved one and we want to make sure that we capture this for you. Your wedding photos are as important to us as they are to you.”
- Photography + Advice: Amanda Karen Photography