Details, DIY + creating the story | Wedding Wisdoms | Virginia Wedding Photographer | Sarah Houston Photography

I'm not going to lie....when I show up to photograph a wedding and I see amazing details that the bride lovingly put so.much.thought into, I get a little teary eyed + super duper excited. Personally I am a wedding photographer who loves those details, each table setting having been put together so thoughtfully and it really honestly makes for lovely portraits! I'll say this- You can never have too many details- as long as they are cohesive. Now that I've said that, I will possibly be biting my tongue, hahaha! 

 isn't this table setting oh-so-cute? and it didn't require a huge price tag!

isn't this table setting oh-so-cute? and it didn't require a huge price tag!

My day starts with shooting ALL the details and I give a list to all my #SHBrides letting them know what things to gather and have ready for me. So here's the general list of things I like to have: Shoes, Veil, Dress (& all of your bridesmaids, flower girls), perfume, jewelry, flowers, if you have something old, something new...etc. Alot of brides don't realize you can have "pretty" shoes-you know, the ones you can only wear for about an hour before your toes fall off-for pictures and other shoes for walking and dancing, I know it seems absolutely crazy but those "pretty" shoes make for LOVELY detail shots.  

I know it's hard enough planning a wedding, but if your DIY bride you can REALLY create some amazing details for your wedding. Michael's  now has a new wedding line and it seems to be pretty impressive! You don't have to go overboard BUT nicely detailed tables at the reception are really nice! Party Favors can be unique and fun-so get crafty! & Photo booths with props always make for a good time.

When planning your grand exit...sparklers (please buy the right ones!!), flower petals (such as lavender) or Biodegradable confetti make for AWESOME exit portraits! Having an antique get-away car is a lovely addition but not always readily available, BUT you'd be surprised at how many collectors are willing to let you borrow their car just for a few minutes for pictures if you let them drive you!

If you don't have a lot of details IT's OK! honestly! I just love love love details and shooting all the lovely goodness they bring! But the most important thing to me- is my couple + how happy they are. Capturing the love between the two of them and sharing in their moment along with their families...that's the most important, the details are great, but after all it's just details...The REAL story is between two people, who feel in love. 

 Mason jars seem to be a staple that is here to stay, so dress it up and make it work in a classy southern way!

Mason jars seem to be a staple that is here to stay, so dress it up and make it work in a classy southern way!

If you'd like DIY ideas or want some inspiration, follow me on Pinterest! I'll be creating a new board JUST for my DIY brides who want to create those great details! Happy Wednesday y'all :)

xoxo

Sarah