2019 Favourites: Wedding Day Details

Stonefields-Estate-Wedding-Ottawa-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyNext up in our 2019 recap posts is the details! I was so excited for this one and I had a blast putting it together for you, which may explain why it is such a long post (in the future I may need to split it up more). Nonetheless, here are all of my favourite details from 2019 from Prep straight through to Reception and of course my favourite of all – ring photos!

Wedding day details are some of my absolute favourite things to capture. Not only are they beautiful and fun to shoot, they help tell the full story of your day. The little things you choose to put into your day, from the guest signing book and table centrepieces all the way to your dress and flowers add so much to your day. I am a firm believer in that and it’s one of the many reasons I love to capture them all for you throughout your day.

I always start the wedding day off right when I get to play with bridal details! The shoes, the invites, the the rings, the hair pieces, the jewellery and the floral details. Add in some ribbons and I am in photographer heaven!!

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But of course all those lovely bridal details need a dress to match. Now I definitely think wedding dresses look better on people than they do on a hanger, but they still look pretty darn good on that hanger, if I do say so myself. And finding the perfect place to hang the dress during bride prep is something I find really fun. A quick walk around the prep location is really all you need, and when all else fails, there are always 3M command hooks 😉

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We shouldn’t let the girls get all the attention though, because those handsome gentlemen do clean up rather nicely. And although their prep times tend to be rather different in both timing and atmosphere (or so Dave reminded me), they’ve got some pretty special moments to capture too.

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The ceremony details are one thing that Dave and I pretty much forgot about when it came to our own wedding. We made a program (with my own name misspelled — oops) and made little ribbon flowers for the aisle chairs, but other than we left things pretty simple. If I was to do it again, I would definitely step it up a little like our couples have. Some beautiful florals, signage, and of course, a stunning venue for a backdrop!

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I love flowers! I know a lot of people wonder what the purpose is since they are just going to wilt after the day, but for me they add such beauty to a wedding day. They also help tie so many elements together like your wedding colours and overall feel for the day. So with all that said, it is pretty important to me that wedding bouquets are captured a couple times throughout the day.

Also, special shout out to Dave who takes the majority of the stand-alone bridal bouquet photos. He scampers off, normally during Bride + Groom photos, and I never quite know what magic he has created until I am editing.

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If you are a future bride and still planning out your timeline, try to give your photographer some time alone in your reception hall before your guests get to it. I love guests, really I do, but they really do have tendency to ‘ruin’ reception detail photos. That being said a few minutes is really all Dave and I need. Although I do have a tendency to get a little carried away, especially when the venue and decor is as gorgeous as the ones we got to work with this year!!

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