Archive | March 2015

14 Hottest Wedding Photography Trends

You want your photographer to be on the cutting edge and know the latest techniques, but you also don’t want your photos to be so trendy that when you look at your shots in 20 years, all you see is something that instantly dates your wedding. Here are shots that are totally now — but will still look current when your kids get married!
  1. Marriage proposal photography

    Shooting the Proposal

    Some savvy grooms are hiring photographers to document their proposal so that wonderful-but-fleeting moment can be relived later by the couple and shared with friends and family. Photographer Danny Weiss says this trend is growing quickly, and he loves being a part of it. “I’ll never forget one proposal I shot in Central Park in New York City, in the dead of winter. It felt like it was just me and the couple in the park, and I got really great images,” he says.

  2. Instagram wedding sign with couple's hashtag

    Incorporating Instagram

    Creating a wedding hashtag for guests to use to upload photos to Instagram and Twitter can help you experience your wedding through their eyes. Apps, like Artifact Uprising, are also allowing smartphone users to then upload those photos from Instagram and create actual printed hardcover books (not to mention calendars and postcards) of their instant artworks. “I even use their products as little preview books for clients,” says photographer Corbin Gurkin of Corbin Gurkin Photography.

  3. Brady Bunch wedding party portraits

    Brady Bunch-Style Bridal Party Photos

    Some creative photographers are taking photos of the wedding party separately and then creating playful graphic grid designs in photo albums later. “It’s great because those closest to you put a lot of time and money into being a part of the wedding, and it’s a nice gesture to provide them with a gift portrait after the festivities are over,” says photographer Mel Barlow of Mel & Co.

  4. Stop-motion wedding photography trend
    Photo by Cynthia Chung

    Stop-Motion Wedding Photo Film

    This form of photography takes still photos and animates them, generally in a video set to your choice of music. “I’ve done a series like this for a quick set of 10 to 20 images and put them all together on a wedding album page, and the result was pretty cool!” says Caroline Winata of Milou & Olin Photography. Stop motion works especially well for a short trailer to put on your Facebook page or to send around in an email to close friends.

  5. Bridal portrait session at window

    Bridal Portraits

    Brides are scheduling bridal portrait sessions in their dresses before the wedding day or allotting time on the day of to take formal portraits of themselves. “You’re spending all this time and effort on your look and it’s nice to document it properly,” says photographer Denise Chastain of Denise Chastain Photography. Another twist? Formal couple portraits, which show posed, traditionally styled shots of the couple.

  6. Film wedding photography of tabletop decor
    Photo by Corbin Gurkin

    Dreamy Film Images

    Like backlit photos, film images are super-romantic and are making a mega-comeback in the cyclical world of wedding photography. “I think film is a perfect fit for both décor and portraits,” Gurkin says. But don’t feel like you have to limit your shooter solely to film. “I still prefer the versatility of digital in low light or on a rainy wedding day,” Gurkin adds.

  7. Father of the bride hug before wedding ceremony

    Father-Daughter First Looks

    The first-look photo has been popular for a while now (see: “Should you do a first look?”) and is still going strong. But some brides are having photographers capture their dad’s first glimpse of them in white as well. “This trend has deep Southern roots and is definitely a sweet moment during the day. Wedding days can be so busy, and I love that some girls choose to take a few minutes to spend time with their dads,” says Genya Garrett of Vue Photography.

  8. iPad wedding photo booth

    Photo Booths with Social Media Integration

    In addition to better props (think: vintage finds rather than dollar-store pickups), photo booths are going high-tech, with touch screens and Wi-Fi, allowing guests to immediately upload photos to social media, says Matthew Lee of Cly Creation. Why wait until tomorrow to upload photo-booth snaps when it can be done instantly?

  9. Family photo wall at wedding reception lounge

    Showing Family Photographs

    Do you want to show sentimental or funny family photos at your reception? If so, you’ll find you’re in good company with some other on-trend couples and photographers. “I did it at my own wedding and see it at many weddings I photograph,” says Weiss. “To me, weddings are about bringing together different generations. That’s why I love having photos of grandparents, parents and others to tie it all together.”

  10. Backlist wedding photography bridal portrait
    Photo by Candace Meyer

    Backlit Photos

    Using natural light coming in from behind a couple creates über-romantic images. “To achieve this look, you shoot when the sun is setting or rising — when the light is soft and warm, which flatters the subject. “It’s all about the ambience,” says Lee. “When you take a stroll early in the morning or at sunset time, everything looks great and romantic.” This is a perfect example of relying on Mother Nature — not filters — for gorgeous photography.

  11. Day-after wedding photography shoots for bride and groom

    Day-After Shoots

    Wedding days are crazy-busy and photographers do their best to get every shot you’d like in the bank. But day-after shoots can help them hit all their marks, and are gaining popularity with conscientious couples. “Day-after shoots are also a great idea if you want to shoot in a location that’s different from your wedding venue or if time is a factor and lighting becomes an issue,” Gurkin says.

  12. Relaxed family wedding photo

    Casual Family Photos

    Family portraits tend to be some of the more unnatural shots in a bridal album. Seriously — when do you ever stand in a straight line, with perfect posture, all looking in the same direction, in real life? “Casual family photos are a great new trend because they bring out more relaxed emotions, which can ease tension during family portraits,” says Barlow. “They usually take place during emotionally charged times, either right before or right after a wedding ceremony, so anything that keeps the stress level down will usually result in better photos.” Your photographer should try unique locations, or catch people hugging and chatting — being a family instead of moonlighting as models. A more formal shot that’s still relaxed? Have everyone join arms in a casual group hug.

  13. Overhead black and white wedding photography of bride and groom

    Overhead Shots

    Whether you have your photographer take aerial shots of just you two or everyone at your wedding, this is an effective way to capture the spirit of the day. “I’m all about interesting angles, so if there’s an overhead vantage point — especially of the reception tables — I love taking this shot,” Gurkin says.

  14. Bride and groom wedding selfie
    Photo by CJK Visuals

    #Selfie Shots

    Some social-media-savvy couples are setting up “selfie stations” for their friends and family (a pretty backdrop to shoot themselves having a great time at your wedding). “As a photographer seeking out authentic moments to document, guest selfies can add to a fun and spontaneous atmosphere at any wedding,” Gurkin says.

DIY Romantic Wedding

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Photo by OneLove Photography via Style Me Pretty

Of course your nuptials will be romantic for you and your partner no matter what, a stolen moment alone after dinner, your time with the photographer, and of course that whole ‘getting married’ part!

But how do you take your guests along for the ride, and let them feel as wrapped up in your wedding as you?

Check out our tips for upping the romance factor on your wedding day, and creating the kind of ambiance your guests will never forget…

1. All The Lights

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Photo by Studio Impressions Photography via Style Me Pretty

Lighting is perhaps the one element that can transform the feel of your wedding instantly.

Whether you have a budget for lighting production, you speak to your venue about what they can offer or you simply reuse your fairy lights from Christmas, carefully considering how to best light your space, will work wonders on romancing your guests.

2. Valentine Vows

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Photo by OneLove Photography via Style Me Pretty

Your wedding ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the day, and is one of the parts where you can really guide the atmosphere.

Opting for really romantic ceremony readings, personal vows, and unique ideas like a family blessing of the rings, a hand-tying ceremony, planting a tree or lighting a unity candle, all add to the loving vibes. And get your guests involved from the start.

3. Scentscape Your Day

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Photo by Paige + Blake Photography via Wedding Chicks

Scentscaping (yes, it’s a thing!) is a huge buzzword in luxury weddings, but can also be adapted on a budget for any big day. Smell is perhaps the most powerful sense for evoking emotion, but it’s often overlooked for weddings (understandably) in favour of food, music, and the look of the day.

Companies like Gemma Hopkins’, Design In Scent can create a gorgeous bespoke scent that will become the fragrance backdrop to your day. For a DIY version, think verbena candles, lavender centrepieces or freesia bouquets. A wedding that smells as good as it looks is steeped in romance!

4. Ambient Music

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Photo by Benj Haisch via Style Me Pretty

Of course at some point your guests are going to want to hit the dancefloor and Shake It Off to Taylor Swift. But before that, your wedding music can go a long way to setting the feel for your day.

Choose personal, un-cliched songs, with a dreamy feel for your ceremony, cocktail hour, over dinner, and for your first dance. You can even include some slow sets throughout the evening for the couples! (Check out our Valentine’s playlist for inspiration!)

5. A Romantic Feast

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Photo by Britt Chudleigh via Once Wed

Your choice of food and how you serve it can be a big help in creating a romantic atmosphere at your wedding. We’re not saying you need to woo your guests with oysters and dark chocolate – though I’m sure they wouldn’t mind!

Avoid buffets, BBQs, sliders or street food, instead try elegant shared table dishes to get conversation flowing and guests dining in a more intimate fashion.

6. Love Seats

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Photo by CJ Williams Photography via Bridal Musings

As with the catering, planning your tables to create an intimate, chatty atmosphere will absolutely amp up the romance at your wedding.

There’s something really special about long dining tables, that creates a closer, familiar feel over the more formal round variety or top table set-up. Choosing a sweetheart table will also give you and your other have a chance to have your own romantic dinner for two at your wedding.

7. A Wow Venue

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Photo by Cristiano Brizzi, Facibeni Fotografia via Bridal Musings

Choose a romantic wedding venue, and all the hard work is done for you!

A medieval castle, a beautiful glasshouse, a pretty garden, or an atmospheric old church; take a stunning venue, add some candles (see below) and et voila, you’ve got yourself a seriously romantic setting.

8. A Touch of Whimsy

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Photo by Ashley Ludaescher Photography

Sometimes your guests might feel more like they’re witnessing your romance than feeling it for themselves. But adding an element that’s fun and sweet, will soon get them involved in your day.

We love the idea of this balloon march from one venue to the next, (with a release at the end!), you could also have a waltz lesson, an open mic for toasts or some fun games to bring your guests together and feeling the love.

9. Copious Candles

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Photo by Noah Hawthorne Photography via Brides

Candles work magic in any room, even more so at a wedding. This is perhaps the most affordable way to add instant romance to your soiree.

Tealights can add the ambiance, and pillar candles in hurricanes or lanterns will look really stylish, but for full on romance, it has to be tall candelabras for a dramatic, gothic, feel.

Fireworks or Lanterns

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Did you feel fireworks in your belly when you first met your other half? Why not share that feeling with your guests?

Launching sky lanterns, putting on a fireworks display, or having a sparkler sendoff adds serious sparkle to your wedding and ensures you finish your night on the most romantic note possible.

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