styling & Vision
Firstly Imagine the feeling you want to have: This goes for the guests too! Nailing down the ambiance you want to create is the first step in determining your wedding style.
Beyond the formal vs. casual question, ask yourself how much time you want to spend with each guest, what kind of dining experience you envision, what kind of entertainment you’re drawn to, elevate what’s familiar (and what you love), rather than mimicking a day you’ve been told is the “right way” simply for the sake of having a wedding that people expect. Your day should be unique to you both and its always nice to add an element of surprise for your guests.
Starting with the vibe of your venue you can usually build a mood board that encompasses the feeling you want to capture. Grab a few words and build on the feelings such as Modern, Romantic, Italian, Long Lunch, Candle Lit, Casual, Classic, Glamorous, Boho, Eco, Natural, Tropical, Mediterian, etc
Choosing the right colour palette for your wedding will determine the overall look and style of your wedding. Sometimes it’s easier to choose one colour you love, then pair it with complementary colours. When pairing colours, make sure you don’t go overboard. You might be thinking, “But I love pink, purple, orange, green and blue”. Great, but let’s try to narrow that down for your wedding. Try starting with one central colour and two to three complementary colours to pair with it.
Get the professonals onboard. This will save you so much stress, there are some amazing talented people around who can literally transform your vision into something quite spectcular.
A few ideas to add to your day......
Candy Floss Machine
Ice Cream cart
Dance Floor Confetti
Espresso Martini Bar
Hair & Makeup
One of the most crucial tips I can offer is to focus on preparing your skin and hair well in advance of your wedding day. No matter how skillful the makeup artist or hair stylist, it's challenging to conceal dry or damaged skin and hair, and this can be especially evident in photographs. Have a chat with your stylists and plan a trial session a few months ahead so that you can address any hair or skincare concerns. It's essential to carefully choose a makeup and hair artist whose style aligns with yours, and it's crucial to show them the look you want. If you have an engagement shoot booked in it's great to get your hair and makeup done so you can see how you look in photos and make any adjustments as needed.
For me flowers play a huge part of the asetehics and styling of your day. Find a florist who's style and work you adore. Send pictures on the vibe and exact size you would like your boquet etc
The type of flowers avilable will depend on the season but your florist should communicate this to you in your consultation. Even if you dont have a huge budget going towards styling , having a beautiful fresh boquets can make all of the differerce. Avoid artificial flowers at all costs as these always look fake in photos. Once you've communicated your vision and budget, trust your florist's expertise. They have the experience to make recommendations that will suit your wedding style and theme.
The best time to shop for your dress is 9-12 months out from your wedding day. If you’re planning a long engagement (of over a year), don’t rush yourself to buy the dress now – you’ll be giving yourself way too much time to change your mind according to styles, trends and taste – or even your body – changing.
It’s best to have most of your big decisions made before you buy too – many influences such as season, venue, and the colour palette for the rest of the wedding may guide your decision as to the dress. Or the dress itself might help you evolve the style of your wedding.
Only bring a small group of people to your dress fittings. They should know your style, shield you from obtrusive shop owners, be kind and honest and also know when to shut up. This is exactly the squad a nervous bride-to-be needs by her side.
THE RECEPTION DRESS
Reception dresses offer brides the opportunity to have fun, be comfortable, and express their unique style during their wedding reception. Most brides change just before their first dance to add an element of surprise for their guests.
This also is a nice time to do a wee flash session with a bottle of champagne or with some cocktails or to practice your dance before the big reveal.
I usually go solo, but sometimes having a second photographer can be a real game-changer. Here's when it really makes sense:
Getting Ready Spots: If the bride and groom are getting ready at places that are a good hike apart (like more than a 20-30 minute drive), having a second photographer just makes sense. They can kick things off with the groom and hang around for as long as you need. Usually, they stick around until the party starts at the reception.
Late Start for the Guys: You know how some guys aren't exactly morning people? If they're not up for getting ready too early, no worries. The second photographer can handle their prep. Making a much more relaxed timeline.
Candid Magic and Guest Love: While I'm hustling through family photos and the wedding party shots, the second photographer is out there catching all those spontaneous, heartfelt moments. They're the ones who can really focus on your guests and capture the fun and feels.
So, it's kind of like having your wedding day documented from every angle, without missing a beat. Just more photos, more memories, and more of the stuff that makes your day uniquely yours.