3 easy ways to capture all your wedding day details

3 easy ways to capture all your wedding day details

I am a sucker for great detail photos, it’s like the gravy to my mash potatoes.

Of course you can have amazing wedding photography and skip the detail shots and have a beautiful wedding album and memories at the end. For me though, I love to see the detail photos and all the little things that we have planned and chosen with care captured to be remembered forever. When I am planning with a couple, I likely spend a year (a little less, a little more) getting to know them like friends. All that time together means I get to know their personalities, their likes and dislikes as well as their must-haves and nice-to-haves along the way.

So when the photos come in and they are missing things like those shoes that the bride shopped for months to find, Mom’s earrings that were her “something borrowed” or his Grandfather’s watch that he inherited, those invitations that we went back and forth on with the designer until they were just right, the flowers where we worked out the perfect “recipe” to get the look they wanted, the robes and gifts that were ordered for the bridesmaids and the whisky glasses and rocks that were given to the guys, those favours that we hunted for MONTHS for and had to add tags for hours to, it’s like there was no gravy on my mash potatoes. The details matter! These photos shouldn’t take priority over the photos of you two but there is room for both!

So here is how we do it:

1. It starts with a great schedule! I leave time for the photographers to capture both of you getting ready and its at this time the detail photos start. Then I leave time to capture the empty ceremony and reception area before guests begin to arrive.

Bonus tip: When possible, I also schedule a grand reveal of your reception room so you get to see all that hard work before its filled with guests!

2. Location, location, location! Choose a getting ready location that is bright, open and not cluttered. The best places for getting ready are hotels. It’s a nice idea to get ready at your Mom’s but likely the things that make it a “home” are also the things that your photographer will need to move to capture photos of you getting ready. For example, photos on the night table or wall, teddy bears on beds, coasters on the coffee table. Also, it means your parents are likely coming home late that night to a mess with all the people who have been there! A hotel has staff to help feed and clean up after everyone! If you book a hotel, make sure it has great natural light! My three Ottawa favourites are The Westin Ottawa, Andaz Ottawa Bywards Market, and Le Germain Ottawa.

Bonus tip: You will need to check in the night before your wedding to have access to the room early enough to get ready in it!

3. Being ready for the detail photos! I ask the florist for additional blooms so the photographer can use them for taking detail shots that are just that much better! On my packing list for the wedding day is always your invitation, photographers love to use them for ring shots for example. Print your vows on beautiful stationary!

Bonus tip: Have all your items in one location so when your photographer arrives it’s all together and they don’t need to keep asking you were things are.

These detail photos that will be treasured forever by my amazing clients Thea and Kellan. Thanks to the extremely talented Batoul of Ali and Batoul Photography who I know appreciated all the time we left for her to do her photography magic!

Alice & Hao

Alice & Hao

Alice & Hao

“She patiently dealt with our one-thousand-and-one questions about weddings, helped us prioritize what needed to be done, and established a clear timeline for the coming months, which really made us feel heard and reassured”

Bride and Groom Le Belvedere Winter Outdoors | Anne Marie Bouchard Photography

My wife Alice and I had our wedding just under a year ago, and we can’t thank Erica enough for being there for us throughout the entire process.

We didn’t make it easy for her. For starters, neither of us had attended a wedding before. We were also living in different cities at the time (I was in Kingston and Alice in Calgary). As an added bonus, we approached her in May wanting to hold our wedding in October – a timeline that could not have been tighter. Erica stepped up to the challenge and became a constant pillar of support for us throughout one of the most exciting yet nerve-wracking times of our lives.

From our first Skype meeting, I could tell that Erica was knowledgeable, diligent, and had the contacts and resources to make our wedding day special despite a tight timeline. She patiently dealt with our one-thousand-and-one questions about weddings, helped us prioritize what needed to be done, and established a clear timeline for the coming months, which really made us feel heard and reassured. Choosing and coordinating the activities of all the wedding vendors was definitely one of the most daunting tasks, but Erica was so effective in helping us negotiate with all parties and guiding us through decisions that we ended up with everything we wanted. As for the wedding day itself – other than the excitement and jitters that come with any wedding day – we had zero worries about the logistics. Everything ran smoothly, on-time, and the way we expected, but only Erica really knows what went on behind the scenes!!

As a person, Erica was absolutely wonderful to work with. She frequently checked-in on our progress with regular emails, and we always knew what was happening on her end. She was never over-bearing with decisions, always made sure we felt heard, and delivered a wedding that was personalized and memorable to me and Alice.

We 100% credit Erica for helping us create a beautiful wedding that we and our friends and family can revisit with fondness. We definitely recommend Erica to anyone needing a wedding planner because, in a nut-shell, no matter what challenges you throw at her, she will overcome them and get you to the finish line excited and smiling. 10/10!

Alice & Hao

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Thea & Kellan

Thea & Kellan

Thea & Kellan

“We are so happy to have met you. Your calm, creative, and proactive attitude made planning our wedding a complete delight.”

Bride and Groom Outdoor Wedding | Brantwood Park Ottawa | Ali and Batoul Photography

Erica, thank you. We are so happy to have met you. Your calm, creative, and proactive attitude made planning our wedding a complete delight. Thank you for being so receptive in the months leading up to our big day and then being such a superstar the day of. You thought of everything. Our guests told us over and over how much they appreciated you, too!

We would recommend Erica in a heartbeat. She will take care of you and make sure all of your dreams come true, on budget, and on time.

Thea and Kellan

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Karen & James

Karen & James

Karen & James

 

“From early on in the process, it was apparent that her attention to detail would bring our dream wedding to life. She had every angle covered and provided regular email updates.”

Couple in wheat field | Private residence in Carp Ontario | Union Eleven Photographers

My husband and I are both busy professionals. The time and effort needed to plan a wedding seemed next to impossible for us. We made the decision early on that we would hire a wedding planner and Erica beyond exceeded our expectations.From early on in the process, it was apparent that her attention to detail would bring our dream wedding to life. She had every angle covered and provided regular email updates. These included timelines, budget updates and the occasional gentle reminder of outstanding items on my to do list. We were confident that nothing would be missed under her watchful eye.

She made recommendations when choosing vendors, dealt with the hassles of contract negotiations and provided price comparisons we could review. She had a wealth of knowledge on many local businesses in the area. This was invaluable in helping us make the right decisions.

My wedding day was amazing! I was able to sit back and enjoy the day instead of stressing about a bunch of details. She came well equipped to deal with any “bumps in the road” including a minor dress mishap on my wedding day that needed some extra pins. She really did think of everything!! Our day turned out to be flawless and we have memories that we will cherish forever.

It was almost sad when the day was over, not only was Erica an extremely professional and amazing wedding planner, but I now consider her a friend. You will have no regrets if you choose to hire her to make your day just as special!

Sincerely,
Karen & James

Venue: Private Residence
Photo Credits: Derrick Rice of Union Eleven Photographers

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