Everyone has heard “Attention to detail” or “It’s in the details.” Now more than ever wedding details are in the forefront. Websites like Pinterest, Wedding Blogs, Instagram and Facebook have all become huge invaluable resources to couples looking for inspiration for their wedding. While details aren’t the reason weddings are so important to a couples life, they do help create a mood, convey a theme, add personality or add custom personal touches to what could easily become a copy of someones wedding they saw on a inspiration board. Details can also easily go from simple and elegant to over-the-top and extravagant. Whether it be small splashes of color or huge focal pieces when its all said and done the details of a wedding are what ties everything together yet sadly are the first to be forgotten after the party is over or never even seen by most of the wedding guests.
As a photographer I see details as bits of a story. Little nuances of the couples life or personality that help the wedding guests become more invested with the celebration. Couples choose details for a reason. That reason can be very obvious or very subtle, but that little decoration that you see but don’t always remember was put there for a reason. It’s because of this that I try very hard to pick up and capture these details as part of photographing a wedding. Sure some details will always be remembered, like the dress, the bouquet, the venue (yes that can be a detail too), the rings, etc but its at the wedding that they will look their best and need to be shown off all shiny and new. Many details don’t share the same fate. The programs, the accent flowers, the favors, the food, the cake, they all get thrown away, eaten, or used and forgotten. While not as significant they were still part of the wedding and still part of the couple’s vision for their big day. All of this is why my clients get images of their details. It’s not to get featured on a inspiration blog, or to see how many “pins” I can get, its to help my clients, their friends and family remember that milestone in the couples life. Its to remind them years from now what it looked like and to tell that story of the wedding over and over when the “details” get a fuzzy from years passing. Details are why books are better than movies and why movies cost so much money to make. Whens the last time you heard of a movie studio spending millions of dollars on special effects but only for the theater version? Do they keep those details off the DVD or Blu-Ray?? Those details might not be the star but they complete the picture.
Everyone knows and sees the brides details:
The groom has details too:
Don’t forget the paperwork:
Personalization is a HUGE trend in weddings right now. Adding initials and the date to more than a program has really helped couples make the details their own. Also incorporating hobbies, jobs, or family history can be a great addition to a weddings details.
Not all details are small!! Here in California the car culture has been inching its way into weddings!
Finally my favorite, adding some Disney magic to your wedding is always a good way to get this photographer excited about a wedding! Adding “Hidden Mickey’s” has become popular among Disney lovers. Sometimes even a special guest or two can become important details. How many people do you know can say Mickey and Minnie signed their wedding guestbook???