As a wedding photographer, I know how cherished these treasures are for you. These photos represent the beginning of a new chapter of your life, taken at this one moment in time. You want them to mean something, to say something about you and your sweetheart.
So, let me introduce you to the wonders of wedding photography props.
That’s right, props! When you work with me, your resident Colorado wedding photographer, we can be creative with your photo shoots–in fact, I love these types of photo shoots. Think odds and ends, trinkets, florals, even furniture. These props can help bring together the perfect wedding day photo. Don’t believe me? Read on to learn about three types of photography props to incorporate into your wedding photos.
For many brides, taking photos in your wedding dress is an obvious choice. But did you know that you can rent dresses specifically to use for your wedding photo shoots? Boho Fluxx is one of many online boutique wedding gown rentals. They offer a curated catalog of dresses in colors that pop and styles that make a statement. Looking for that modern-day Bridgerton vibe? The Artemis dress with its cinched corset and tulle skirt is to die for. Into 1920s boho chic? Give The Persephone a twirl.
AW Bridal is another online bridal retailer, one I have a working relationship with! The wonderful team at AW Bridal sends me any dress I’d like to feature in my wedding photos–cool, right?! Their selection offers a variety of styles, sizes, and materials. For all my boho brides, AW’s Regan wedding dress is a gorgeous option. And my traditional brides who like simplicity and elegance would look stunning in their Baylee wedding gown. (You can even see one of my photographs featured on its product page, taken at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art!)
Some brides are gifted with family heirlooms and jewelry from mothers and grandmothers. Other brides might be in search of jewelry pieces to feature in their wedding photos. If you are, I highly recommend Fleurs Et Temps. Based in Denver, Colorado, Fleurs Et Temps is run by Lori, a one-woman artisan who makes handmade jewelry. Most, if not all her pieces feature dried and hand-pressed flowers that are absolutely stunning.
These pieces are perfect to use as romantic wedding photography props, especially for those in the area having a Colorado wedding. They’re delicate, simple but breathtaking, and crafted right here in Colorado. You can find any kind of jewelry to match your personality and wedding photos at Fleurs Et Temps. Lori also releases collections of products, such as her Anne of Green Gables collection, inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s timeliness stories.
What is a wedding day without the bride’s bouquet, right? As wedding photography props go, using a bouquet is an easy way to add a touch of your personality to your photos. Fresh flowers are always a great option. However, for brides looking to preserve their bouquets, consider using already dried flowers, or artificial floral, like those found at Hobby Lobby.
One of the great things about visiting your local Hobby Lobby is the abundance of flowers to choose from. There’s something for every style and theme. They also rotate their selection depending on the season, so keep that in mind when planning your wedding. Wedding photography props don’t have to be expensive. You can save hundreds of dollars by opting for a DIY artificial or dried floral bouquet for your wedding day.
Another unique and fun idea to incorporate into your wedding photos is to stage a picnic setting. Pop-up picnics and boutique picnics have seen a rise in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Not only do they bring an element of whimsy to your wedding photographs, but they are also completely customizable!
Here in Colorado, consider the Denver Picnic Company. The DPC offers full-service picnic planning for large parties and gatherings. You can also choose their 2-person picnic rental. This is perfect as a backdrop for your Denver wedding photos! This style of wedding photography is an amazing option for couples looking for something intimate and cozy. These photos aren’t about the lavish venue or sweeping landscape in the background. Your wedding photos are about you, your sweetheart, and the life you’re embarking on together.
Using props in your wedding photos has the ability to enhance and elevate your photos to the next level. They create dimension, intrigue, and help emphasize who you are as a couple on your wedding day. Props should be simple, but meaningful. How do you want to feel when you look back on your wedding photos? What is the story you want to tell?
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