Jun 7, 2017

What Bridal Details Do I Need to Gather?

Last week I talked about why Bridal Details even matter. Because they do. They really do! And I even told a great story about Goldilocks to illustrate. If you missed that head over and then come on back!

Gathering details can stress some brides out, but it doesn’t have to! Today I’m going to take you through a basic “list” of ideas to consider for the most common details to have ready! Read through to the bottom too for one great tip that will help you get even better detail shots AND lower your stress the morning of your wedding!


I know, you most likely won’t forget to bring your dress for your wedding day. Haven’t had that happen yet! But sometimes the dress is at the church instead of where you’re getting ready, or in your sister’s room and her baby is still asleep. It’s best to have the dress out and accessible so you don’t have to worry about the wrath of a woken-up baby. The dress shot is one of the first shots I start with!


Can you have too many pictures of pretty dresses?


Most girls have put a lot of thought and heart into what shoes they will pair with their gorgeous dress, and picked the shoes they did for a reason! Whether you have gorgeous bejeweled heels, cute strappy sandals, feminine cowboy boots, or adorable rain boots, they tell so much of the story!


Most of the time if you let your florist know ahead of time that you’d like the bouquet there for the detail/getting ready shots, they will be happy to work with you on that! The bouquet shots in and of themselves are beautiful, but I love being able to pair the gorgeous florals with other elements of your day to tie them all together! This not only gives you great shots of your bouquet for your gallery, but it also provides your florist with beautiful shots for their portfolio as well!


This can include your necklace, earrings, bracelet, extra rings, toe rings, anklets, hair pieces, etc! Especially if you have your grandmother’s pearls, or the earrings you were wearing when you got engaged! Having the story pieces photographed helps preserve those memories!

And that segues beautifully into…


For detail shots you want to have not only your engagement ring, but your wedding band and his wedding band as well. There often isn’t time later in the day to get shots of the three bands together, so this is the time. And if any of the bands are meant to be a surprise, I will carefully keep your surprises safe and out of your sight while still getting the fun shots to fill out your gallery later!


Whether you have a single element to your invitation or 10 pieces and layers, I love being able to style the invitation suite in your details! That is often a part of the wedding that gets forgotten from scrapbooks and albums, and yet so much work and time goes into them! And they always look fun with the rings or earrings paired in!


Your sense of smell is amazing. It jogs memories. Like for me the smell of wet creosote takes me to my Grandfather’s ranch in the summer. Or fresh baked bread makes me feel at home. Your wedding scent can do the same thing for you! Some brides like to buy a new perfume specifically for the wedding so that it is forever the wedding/romantic scent. Other brides like to wear the same perfume that she was wearing on their first date. Others wear their grandmother’s perfume to honor her memory.


Wedding mornings tend to get a little chaotic here and there! A few days before your wedding get a shoe box or a bag and gather up all your details inside. Jewelry, hair pieces, shoes, garter, anything! That way you know you have everything! When it’s all in one place I can come in and get to work right away and no one has to pause hair or makeup to dig through duffle bags to find who has the right strand of pearls. It saves you time and worry, and gives me more time to take more detail pictures for you!


What bridal detail are you most excited about?

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  1. Kayla Grey

    June 7th, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Perfect! I would have added anything that has been handed down too! Love the marble and silver grooms ring! I have never seen one like that! <3

  2. Marquette LaRee

    June 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Yes! I love the heirloom/handed down details! I actually plan on addressing that in Part 4 of this details series! And that groom’s ring was super cool! It is actually Strontium Aluminate with pieces of iron meteorite in it and it glows in the dark!!!

  3. Misty C.

    June 7th, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Yes! Yes! Yes!!! It’s so helpful for brides to have all of their details together when you show up!

  4. Marquette LaRee

    June 8th, 2017 at 8:01 am

    It really is!! Makes it all so fast and then they know they aren’t missing anything either because they thought someone else had it.

  5. Mindy

    June 8th, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Yes on all of these! Perfect tips for any bride. Beautiful detail shots as well.

  6. Marquette LaRee

    June 8th, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Thank you so much!

  7. Karen Shoufler

    June 10th, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Great advice and I love the variety of your detail shots! The earrings on the leaf . . . brilliant!