Floral Checklist

The sun is shinning, birds are chirping everywhere, those mean grey geese are making their nests in the parking lot of your local Target, and most importantly: FLOWERS ARE BLOOMIN’ !

With spring in full swing, and the flower farms in bloom, let’s talk florals! Over the past few years I have had the chance to photograph a wide range of floral arrangements, everything from silk, fresh, neutral, colorful, large, and quaint. They are some of my favorite details of the day, and it’s even better seeing a bride’s personality in the form of florals! Wether you are going with traditional, minimal, whimsical, or anything in between, this list will help you keep track of all the flower possibilities you might need for your big day!

Wedding Party Flowers:

  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Bride/bridesmaids hairpiece(s)
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Bridesmaids bouquets
  • Groomsmen boutonnieres
  • Flower girl’s bouquet / flower petals
  • Ring bearer boutonniere
  • Mother of the bride corsage
  • Mother of the Groom corsage
  • Father of the Bride boutonniere
  • Father of the groom boutonniere
  • Officiant’s boutonniere
  • Grandparent’s boutonnieres

Ceremony Flowers:

  • Entryway or greeting table
  • On pew’s or chairs
  • Alter

Reception Flowers:

  • Gift/ Card table
  • Cocktail table / bar
  • Centerpieces (no brainer!!)
  • Bridal party table
  • Desert table
  • Bathrooms
  • Appetizer table

 

BONUS: A bouquet to toss at the reception!

I hope this list gives you a jumpstart on your checklist to all things floral for your wedding day. Wether you are hiring a florist or DIYing, there are so many options, possibilities, and ways you can incorporate fresh (or silk!!) flowers into every detail, for a polished, cohesive look.

Private Vows

I will never grow tired of hearing the vows that a couple writes to one another. Each uniquely different but expressing the same gratitude, love, and appreciation for that person in their life. To just hear them put into words their undying love for the other seriously pulls on my heart, and I will neither confirm nor deny shedding a few tears at these ceremonies.

If you and your soon-to-be-spouse aren’t comfortable exchanging written vows in front of family members, consider writing a letter to one another. For my own wedding we opted for this option. My husband wasn’t too keen on standing in front of 150 people, confessing his undying love for me. And to be honest, neither was I.

If you or your significant other are a bit shy and have many layers to their souls that take a lot to show people, doing a letter that you read either privately or to each other might be the best way to go. This gives you the opportunity to put into words exactly how much they mean to you. You want to be as candid and raw as possible as your expressing your gratitude, appreciation, and admiration for this other human soul. As amazing as it can be celebrating this moment with your grandparents, and parents, aunts, uncles, etc etc etc., this moment can be even deeper and heartfelt as you both sit in your wedding attire. Getting ready to see one another. And reading just how hard they love you, and the promises they’ll keep on this journey we call marriage.

So don’t be afraid to be different! Don’t be afraid to stray from the “traditional” vows. You do you. This is YOUR day, and how you want to spend it and remember it is completely up to you!

The Moments I Live For…

 

THIS!!! This is what i live for.
When i first decided that i wanted to photograph weddings, never in my wildest dreams did i know that over time i would become so much more than just that. At first i wanted to just capture “pretty pictures.” But now. I realized serving my clients is so much more than just capturing their day.
I have helped give the last details of a wedding timeline to the venue. I have helped fix hair disasters that broke a brides heart. I’ve been a friend to offer advice to a nervous groom.
I’ve helped put on shoes. I’ve held the hands of mothers who can’t contain their tears. I’ve wrangled flower girls. And I’ve been the keeper of bouquets.
And I’ve reminded these couples that this is their day. And I’m here to serve THEM.
That everyone is here for them. That nothing on this day could happen to make you any less married than any other couple, and to just shrug off the small stuff.
And when i see my couples enjoying their day like this; with lots of hugs. Laughter. And genuine smiles; i know my job is done.

Wedding Day Scents

wedding (10 of 201)

Did anyone else buy a new perfume for their wedding day? I actually did…. and then forgot it….. i love the idea of it though! It’s like having a “signature scent” for your day!
Why i love it: years to come when you or your significant other smells that perfume, it can bring back the waves of emotions that took hold of your heart that day, and such a small detail that could actually mean so much. Photos are important to capture the day and capture the emotions; but don’t forget one of the other senses: scent!

First Looks

Brides/Grooms: First looks may be a small detail on your day, some of you may even forget about this detail all together! Some of you may already have made the decision to break tradition and see each other before the ceremony. But for those who are on the fence, this one’s for you.

Personally: I did a “first look.” Naturally, I’m an anxious person. The morning of my wedding i could barely eat, talk, or sit still. I was a nervous WRECK. I never thought i would be so overwhelmed! When i finally saw Dalton, and he pulled me close, my nerves melted away. I could finally BREATHE! And not just because i was holding my breath ’cause my dress was a liiiiiitle tighter than it was at my final fitting. But because the anchor to my soul, my rock, the avocado to my toast, was embracing me. And my soul was settled in that very moment. We had a few minutes alone, which is all i needed to connect with him. I could finally relax (a little…) and enjoy the time i got to spend with everyone before the ceremony!

Some of you may want to wait until you are walking down the aisle. Some girls dream of the moment that each of them are standing at opposite ends of the aisle, flowers in hand, and you lock eyes on that other half of your soul. It. Is. So. Magical. To see your partner’s face light up with just raw and real JOY is priceless.

Wether you choose to do one over the other, the one thing i ALWAYS recommend is to write a good old fashioned love letter to your other half. Something that isn’t going to be in your vows. Something that they can read and hold onto for the rest of your days together. Something between just the two of you.

And as you cry while you read it, i’m sure i will be there getting tissues for the both of us. So do what your heart desires. After all, that’s the point of the day.