Planning Your Wedding Decor
Many hours are invested into researching and planning for your wedding day. In addition to choosing the ceremony and reception locations, the dresses, the tuxes, the guest list, the timeline for the day, the musicians or d.j., the photographer and videographer, and the dinner menu, planning the wedding decoration ideas for your big day is an aspect of your wedding that involves a lot of time and energy. Choosing a theme for your wedding decor is a fun way to express your personality as a couple at your wedding.
When we photograph your wedding, we know that the wedding decor that you chose is not only a huge part of your wedding planning, but it is special and unique to the two of you! So, in addition to capturing all the special moments that take place throughout your wedding day, we also photograph all the decorations in a creative and memorable way! One of our primary goals as the photographers of your wedding is to help you to relax and feel at ease with knowing that you will have a great experience with us. We want you to have a wonderful day and to have amazing photos of your wedding day just the way you remember it.
Wedding Decor Themes
The possibilities for your wedding decoration ideas are endless! Some examples of wedding decor themes that we have photographed include coordinating colors, beach, Caribbean, classy/elegant, Christmas, autumn, winter, spring, summer and even sports teams. And the options of creative items that you can have to go along with your chosen wedding decor theme are even more abundant!
For a beach wedding decor theme we have photographed items such as flip flops available for each of the guests to where while on the beach, miniature beach chairs as place card holders, cakes shaped and decorated as a sand castle, table centerpieces with shells and star fish resting on brown sugar as sand, beach balls with the bride and groomís names and wedding date on them, and chocolates in the shape of shells.
Wedding decoration ideas for coordinating color such as pink and brown (a popular set of colors for weddings), are pink and brown M&Mís with the bride and groomís names and wedding date on them, pink and brown bows on the chairs, pink and brown table cloths or table runners, pink or brown bridesmaids dresses, pink bouquets and boutonnieres with brown bows, pink colored cocktails served at the reception, and pink and brown floral arrangements as centerpieces.
All wedding decoration ideas are unique to the personality of each wedding couple, so we make sure to capture creative and memorable images of your wedding decor.
Decoration Pictures Taken Throughout Your Whole Day
Before the ceremony, we begin by taking pictures of your bouquets, boutonnieres, wedding invitations, wedding programs, wedding ceremony flowers and anything else that goes along with your theme. During the ceremony, we try to incorporate your wedding items into some creative shots of the ceremony. After the ceremony and the formal pictures, the focus then shifts to the reception, where the majority of the decorations will be displayed. In addition to capturing all the special planned events and the momentous candid shots during the reception, we also photograph all the important wedding reception details.
Two Photographers are Better Than One
One of the reasons that our wedding packages include two photographers is so that while the first photographer is with the bride and groom before the ceremony, the second photographer is able to arrive at the ceremony site to take pictures of the decoration at the ceremony before guests arrive. Then after the ceremony while the first photographer is taking pictures of the family and bridal party, the second photographer is able to take pictures of all the decor at the cocktail reception and the dinner reception before the guests and bridal party arrive there as well. This is the best time to take the still life pictures of the wedding theme because people wonít be in the background and because usually it is before sunset when there is more available light.
Outdoor Photographs of the Decorations
For weddings that have their wedding reception outdoors, the ideal situation would be for us to take pictures of the wedding decor while there is still available daylight. Using daylight allows us to take pictures of the wedding decor without using flash, allowing us to take photographs of the wedding decor using our lenses with a wide open aperture. This allows as much light in as possible and creates a shallow depth of field for striking images of the details of the wedding decor.
When outdoors at night we set our cameras on a tripod or use our flash equipment for wedding decor photos. When possible, we will bounce our flash against the ceiling of a tent, a wall, or even a reflector to create a natural photo of the wedding decor.
Indoor Receptions of Wedding Decor
When the wedding reception is indoors, we take pictures of the wedding decor using a tripod as well as using bounced flash. If there is enough available light in the room, we can also take wedding decor pictures using our lenses with a wide open aperture. Our Nikon 50 mm 1.4 AF lens is a studio favorite for wedding decor detail shots. Photographing the wedding decor details at a 1.4 f-stop brings in as much light as possible and creates images where the point of focus is tack sharp in the foreground and everything else is out of focus.
When there is not enough light to hand hold our cameras without flash, we use the tripod to take pictures of the wedding decor without flash. This allows us to still get wedding decor photos with the natural lighting. We also take photos of the wedding decor using bounced flash off of low ceilings or a wall. This works best when the ceilings are white so that the light reflecting on the wedding decor is a clean white light.
Creative and Artistic Photographs of Your Wedding Decor
When photographing your wedding decor, we shoot from all different angles and distances in order to get a variety of creative and artistic images. The most artistic wedding decor photos are when we use a wide open aperture and focus on one detail such as one flower so the only thing in focus is that flower and the rest of the picture is out of focus.
In addition to close up pictures of the wedding decor, we also like to take some fun pictures of your wedding decor such as with a floral arrangement in focus in the foreground and the bride and groomís first dance out of focus in the background. The type of wedding decor, the room set up, and the lighting all play into the creative images we take of your wedding decor.
Since a lot of planning and care is put into the details of your wedding decor, youíll most likely want a few pictures of your wedding decor in your wedding album. Wedding decor pictures make great selections for the wedding album as full page images, small images, or even as background images.