Boston Wedding Photographer - What to collect for your photographer the morning of your wedding day

 

Preparation and planning are truly the key to getting beautifully styled flat-lays. A those little details from your invitation suite to your shoes help tell the story of your wedding and as your photographer, it’s a top priority of mine to document them all.

Depending on the amount of items you have, styling and photographing flat-lays can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, which is something to keep in mind when you book a photographer by the hour. I’ll usually shoot all your detailed flat-lays while you’re both getting ready or the day after your wedding.

I approach flat-lays like any other situation — with intention and simplicity. I bring styling boards and items like ring boxes, silk ribbon, and vintage stamps with me to every wedding. I start by compiling larger groups, then I slowly take away items until I end up with individual silhouettes. I do this 1-3 times until all your special items have been photographed. It’s best for one person to have the majority of these items (usually the bride), so I don’t have to run back and fourth.

You can use the list below as a good starting point/check list for what to collect for your wedding photographer!

The rings. It’s always such a bummer when couples forget to collect all 3 rings before hand. When this happens, I can’t promise I’ll be able to get a photograph with all 3 together, so please make sure you do this!

Bridal Accessories. Dress (duh), bridal dress hanger, veil, shoes, earrings, bracelets, hair clips, sunglasses/glasses, perfume, hat, any type of clutch/bag, etc.

Groom Accessories. Shoes, bow tie or tie, tie clip, watch, sunglasses/glasses, socks, flask, cufflinks, etc.

Stationary. Save the dates, your full invitation suite (including an addressed envelope), day-of info, vow books, program stationary, etc. Ask your stationary designer to give you an extra invitation suite just to photograph. Make sure to keep your stationary as flat as possible.

Florals. Bridal bouquet, the bridal party bouquets, the groom and groomsmen’s boutonnieres, parent flowers, etc. Bonus points if you ask your florist to give you a couple extra flowers to help me style your flat-lays with.

Gifts. If you’re exchanging gifts, make sure to let your photographer know! I’ve photographed all types of gifts including guest welcome baskets, gifts for the bride, groom, bridal party and parent gifts.

Special items. I’ve photographed everything from plane tickets to family vintage ring boxes to a piece of the bride’s mom’s wedding dress

 
Hannah Cochran