Your photographer is there to create lasting memories of your special day. Here's how to ensure your flowers look picture-perfect
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve hired a top designer florist or lovingly sourced and arranged your own, it’s likely a lot of time, thought and money will have gone into your wedding flowers. Your bouquet is a once-in-a-lifetime accessory, and the blooms that make up your décor will shape the look and feel of your big day, so it’s only right they’re caught perfectly for your album.
“Couples spend so much effort on the finer details, it’s important your photographer captures these elements which you might not necessarily have time to value on the day,” explains photographer Angharad Gwenter. “Not only that, photographs of the flowers add colour and style to an album and will complement the other images in order to tell the story of the day,” adds Maria Scavetta of Photogica.
SET THE SCENE
Images of your bouquet are particularly important, so be sure to ask your photographer to take some close-ups. Prop up on window sills, pretty chairs and even in bathtubs.
“I always look for interesting places to photograph the bouquet,” says Angharad. “There’s something wonderful about the contrast of a blowsy, romantic bouquet and the backdrop of a graffitied wall or frozen fountain. If the flowers are particularly bright, I’d look for contrasting colours to photograph them against for added wow-factor. Some of the backdrops your photographer chooses might seem odd, but trust them, it will look good!”
STRIKE A POSE
Quirky backdrops aside, Angharad believes your bridal bouquet looks best when it’s being held. But when you pick it for the first time, it’s likely you’ll grasp it tightly with both hands and carry it high, automatically raising the shoulders and making you look and feel rigid and unrelaxed.
Instead, hold it in one hand, below your hip. Not only will this open your shoulders, but it will improve your posture and create the best possible pose for your photographer. “I always keep an eye out for moments when the bride is dangling her bouquet down by her side, or holding it against her new husband’s chest,” she adds.
Another wonderful way to capture all the bouquets together is with your bridesmaids, so have fun when it comes to photographs with your best girls: “Don’t be afraid to relax and have a laugh, whether that’s holding your bouquets high in the air or cuddling together and bringing your flowers close to create one long line of colourful blooms,” she explains.
And remember, size and shape is everything – don’t carry a bouquet that is too heavy or awkward and therefore will leave you looking hunched in photos.
COLOUR ME PRETTY
Colour and seasonality is key when it comes to choosing your blooms, but which varieties tend to photograph well? “Flowers that work best are those which bring your dress and the bridesmaids’ outfits to life,” says Angharad. “My favourites at the moment are the vintage-inspired shades of dusky pink, pale blue and green.” Maria agrees: “Dusky pink roses make a beautiful shot every time. I also love vibrant yellow for beautiful colour, while contrasting hues such as purple and red will make a great statement shot.”
Keep your bouquet looking fresh and colourful late into the evening by standing it in some water during the wedding breakfast. When it comes to flower types, both photographers and florists have their favourites. Anemones and dahlias are a particularly striking choice, richly textured hydrangeas and sweet peas both photograph well, while soft, blowsy peonies come in a variety of colours.
“The flowers I particularly love are David Austin roses – they look amazing in photographs and smell fantastic,” adds Angharad. White can look striking, particularly if you’re planning on an all-white theme, but the lack of contrast between an all-white bouquet and a white or ivory gown means it doesn’t always photograph well.
“You should always keep in mind that the light can change how anything looks in photographs, whether it’s the flowers, outfits or other details,” adds Angharad. “However, if you end up tying the knot on a particularly dull day, weatherwise, your flowers will be the perfect boost of colour you need!”
Image: Kim Le Photography