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Don’t Forget the Small Stuff

On your big day, it feels like every moment will forever be ingrained in your memory and many of them will. Like everything else though, time will blur and erase some of them. As life progresses and other monumental events happen, memory banks are replenished, hence the importance of photographs. There are pivotal shots every bride focuses on but some that are equally important that may not be considered. Here are a few of those:

Before Shots:  You will have countless glamorous photos looking more beautiful than you ever have. The moments before you start getting ready will highlight your inner glow, undeniable excitement and the naturally beautiful woman your fiancé is committing his life to.

First Look: The first time your fiancé sees you walking down the aisle is priceless as his emotions are unplanned, can’t be hidden and are as heartfelt and unfiltered as can be.

Decorations: While you will never forget the time spent planning every detail, the vision of exactly how it all came together will likely fade. While most brides focus on their guests and festivities, as the saying goes “it’s all in the details” and reminders of those are equally important.

Your Gown: Snap your dress on the hanger before it’s been worn. The instant you put it on, dirt, makeup, food etc. will leave marks that are nearly impossible to remove. Take time to memorialize all its glory after it’s been prepared for you to step into.

Candid Moments: Some of the best shots are those that aren’t posed or planned. Capture everyone when they think no one is looking. Perhaps not the most flattering, these are the most realistic and fun reflections of your special day and the wonderful time had by all.

There are standard photos expected of every couple that every photographer takes. While those are important, equally so are ones that document the smallest details, unplanned moments and emotions that cannot be found in a posed picture.

Getting Trendy

Every year, wedding trends change and, while they may be a jumping off point when it comes time to begin planning, there is no need to base your entire day solely on what is currently in style. Many brides want to fit in with what is “hip” and “chic” in the moment and fear getting caught up in the past or seeming too far out of the box. However, here are some trends for 2016 and years to come.

Patterns: Have some fun. Not everything has to match nor does your color scheme have to solely consist of one or two colors. You can select the colors you want for flowers, decorations and bridesmaids dresses, making beautiful combinations of each for your save the date cards, invitations, napkins, etc. Color blocking/random combinations are both expressive and creative.

Sleeves: Although strapless, sweetheart neckline gowns were the rage for years, the creativity with both short and long sleeves is growing. Having either, especially with an open back, is very popular due to exuding femininity, sensuality and elegance at the same time. They can be made of lace, crystals or other beading and accentuate your dress whether simple or the most extravagant.

Incorporation: If you opt to have a reading included in your ceremony, rather than being performed by the pastor, give short portions to certain chosen guests where they can stand up and read them from their seats. Not only would each be honored to do (those won’t be chosen will not feel left out) but it creates an intimacy and an unspoken symbol of value to everyone you invited.

Personal Moments: Personal photo shoots have always been a tradition but now, rather than being intimate, it has become more stylish to take pictures as you get dressed with your bridesmaids, your mother and those nearest to you buttoning your dress or perfecting your veil because the most beautiful images are those which silently express your anticipation and excitement.

Smaller, more intimate unions are not only more meaningful to each person involved but make any sort of variety of old and new both fun and memorable, and that, perhaps, is the biggest new trend of all.

Give Us a Shot

We all take photos in our everyday lives whether with phones or digital cameras to capture things that are funny, sweet or just something new and different. They are moments that mean something and can be looked back upon fondly and create wonderful memories whether they are pictures of family, friends, pets or anything else. Photos of your wedding day are distinctive, and while perhaps you have some others that mean just as much, they should be treated differently as you don’t hire someone just to capture a random moment. Who you hire to memorialize your special day is something you need to take some time to think about.

Get some background information and see some of the previous work from anyone you are interested in using. Many photographers have a certain style that they are best at and, while they may be amazing in that sense, it may not be what you are looking for. Most likely, it is best to select someone who has taken pictures of weddings prior to yours. That way, they will know the shots, angles and poses that mean the most, are most important and most flattering of everyone from you and your new husband to the bridal party, guests etc.

Inquire as to how your photos will be delivered to you. Sometimes can only get them in a tangible form that you would then have to replicate for your invitees on your own which would be an additional cost, some will give you a CD that can easily be copied and sent to everyone and yet others post them on their website for anyone to download (usually with a password) those that they choose to.

Something else to consider is when and how the moments will be commemorated. Some venues have restrictions and don’t allow photography inside of the location so the actual wedding ceremony will not be captured. More often than not, pictures take quite a while to take. You should consider whether or not you are willing to let your groom see you prior to walking down the aisle so they can be done beforehand or whether it is important to you to not show yourself before the ceremony and insist on taking them afterwards. If you choose to do the latter, you need to have something to entertain your guests in the interim.

There are countless things to contemplate when planning your wedding and many seem like easy choices that will take a minimal amount of your time. Who will be in charge of the tangible memories of your wedding day is one that should be researched and that some thought should go in to. After all, there is only one chance as you can never relive or recreate the day.