Wedding Day Tips

by Jaimie Dee

The Art of a Picture-Perfect Wedding: Pro Insights from Jaimie Dee Photography

Crafting an Unforgettable, Photogenic Celebration

Your wedding day is a vibrant tapestry of emotions and moments. At Jaimie Dee Photography, we’ve honed our craft to not just capture these moments but to elevate them. Drawing from our extensive experience, we’re delighted to share comprehensive tips that promise a visually stunning and emotionally rich wedding day.

1. Mastering Bridal Preparation

Creating a Harmonious Start to Your Day: Your wedding day unfolds as a series of special moments, each one contributing to the beautiful story you’ll create. To ensure a smooth and peaceful start to the day, we highly recommend scheduling yourself as one of the first for hair and makeup – or somewhere in the middle at least – but definitely not the last. This proactive approach guards against any potential delays that may throw off your day’s timeline. By being ready (or 99.9% ready) when your photography team arrives, you can comfortably immerse yourself in the joy and excitement of those initial hours, surrounded by friends and family. This sets the tone for a stress-free, joyful start, allowing every precious moment to be captured in all its beauty, just as you’ve always imagined.

2. Setting the Stage in the Prep Room

Crafting a Picture-Perfect Space: As you step into the excitement of your wedding day, the space where you get ready plays a key role in setting the mood. To create an environment that’s both calming and photogenic, consider tidying up the area before your photography team arrives. A simple declutter can transform any room into a charming backdrop for your photos. Imagine a cozy corner adorned with personal keepsakes, or your wedding dress elegantly hanging in a spot chosen just for this purpose. These thoughtful details not only add a unique and personal touch to your images but also ensure that the beauty of your dress and accessories stands out in every shot. A neat and orderly space allows you and your photography team to capture the essence of your preparations without distractions, making for serene and stunning images that reflect the excitement and elegance of your preparations.

3. Floral Embellishments from the Start

Blooming Beginnings: As you embark on the journey of your wedding day, consider the enchanting role flowers can play right from the start. They’re not just for the ceremony or reception; they infuse life and color into your preparation photos too. Picture this: your exquisite bouquet adding a burst of color to the background of your portrait, or delicately enhancing the scene as you put on your jewelry. This touch of natural beauty enriches the visual story of your day. And for the grooms, having a trusted friend or family member assist with pinning the boutonniere can turn into a moment of connection and camaraderie. These small, yet significant, interactions captured in your photos add layers of depth and emotion, showcasing the heartfelt beginnings of your celebration.

Gathering Your Treasures: A Prelude to Photographic Elegance

Effortless Elegance in Every Detail: To pave the way for a smooth and seamless photographic experience on your wedding day, we highly recommend to have any special details you’d like to have photographed collected in one place before your photography team arrives. This thoughtful preparation can be done by you, your planner, or a trusted member of your bridal party or family. Having items such as the bride’s florals, accessories, perfume, stationery, veil, shoes, and jewelry, along with the groom’s cufflinks, watch, tie, pocket square, cologne, and shoes, all assembled in one spot is key. It not only maximizes your photographers’ efficiency, allowing them to focus more on capturing the essence of your day, but also guarantees that every detail, no matter how big or small, receives the attention it deserves in your photographs. Each of these items tells a piece of your story, and together, they weave the tapestry of your day’s narrative, setting the stage for photographs that are as meticulously curated as your wedding itself.

4. The Aisle Walk: A Moment in the Spotlight for All

Grace in Every Step: The journey down the aisle is a special moment for you and your entire bridal party, a time where every step is a picture in the making. Encourage everyone, from bridesmaids to groomsmen, to embrace this moment with confidence during the rehearsal. A key tip for all is to maintain a gentle lift of the chin while walking. This subtle gesture ensures a more flattering profile and helps everyone present their best selves to the camera.

For bridesmaids, a small yet significant tip is to hold their arms slightly away from their bodies. This poised position lends a more sculpted and elegant look to their silhouette, as opposed to keeping arms tightly at their sides. For the groom and groomsmen, a pre-aisle check is just as crucial. Ensuring that ties are straight, pocket squares are neatly in place, and jackets are smooth can dramatically enhance their appearance as they make their way down the aisle.

These shared tips, focusing on posture and presence, contribute to a graceful and unified entrance for the entire bridal party, setting the tone for an unforgettable and beautifully photographed ceremony.

Mindful Ceremony Decor Placement

Elevating Your Ceremony with Thoughtful Decor: The arrangement of decorations in your ceremony space is more than just a matter of aesthetics; it directly impacts the visual storytelling of your day. For an optimal setting, we recommend arranging decor elements, especially around the altar, primarily behind where you will stand. This careful placement ensures an unobstructed view for both your photography team and your guests, capturing each moment clearly and beautifully.

It’s equally important to avoid placing decor items directly behind you. Improper positioning can lead to unintentional effects in photos, such as flowers or branches seemingly sprouting from your head. These distractions can detract from the elegance of your ceremony in your photographs. Discussing the placement of floral arrangements and other decor with your planner is crucial. This collaboration can prevent scenarios we’ve seen before, where beautiful shots were compromised by decor inadvertently obstructing key views or creating awkward backdrops. Thoughtful decor placement not only enhances the beauty of your ceremony space but also ensures that every photograph captures the essence of your celebration, free from visual distractions.

Lighting in Outdoor and Indoor Ceremonies

Illuminating Your Special Moments: The right lighting is essential for creating the perfect atmosphere in both outdoor and indoor ceremonies, and it significantly affects how your photographs turn out. For outdoor ceremonies, timing is key. Soft, even lighting, especially during the golden hour just before sunset, can envelop your ceremony in a warm, enchanting glow. This not only enhances the beauty of your setting but also ensures flattering, magical photos. If you’re opting out of a “first look,” be mindful of your partner’s position in relation to the sun. Direct sunlight behind you can make it difficult for them to see you clearly as you walk down the aisle, turning what should be a magical moment into a squinting struggle.

The importance of lighting extends to indoor ceremonies as well. Coordinate with your planner and the venue to ensure that the lighting highlights all key participants evenly—both you and your partner, the officiant, and the entire bridal party. Sometimes, especially in newer or unconventional venues, lighting is not adequately considered, leading to uneven illumination. This can leave parts of the bridal party in the dark, both literally and figuratively. Addressing these details in advance guarantees that every cherished expression and gesture is captured perfectly.

Symmetry and Positioning

Creating Picture-Perfect Moments: Crafting a visually harmonious ceremony is a key ingredient for stunning wedding photographs. To achieve this, consider using tape or markers during the dress rehearsal to indicate the standing positions for everyone involved. This simple practice ensures that each member of the bridal party stands in proper alignment, contributing to a balanced and elegant visual composition.

Guiding the officiant in their positioning as they lead the procession down the aisle is equally as important. Their placement plays a crucial role in the overall symmetry of the ceremony as they are the first to walk down the aisle.

Additionally, collaborate closely with your planner to communicate the importance of decor elements, such as the arch or altar, being perfectly centered. This partnership ensures that these delightful details are expertly attended to, creating a ceremony that not only exudes charm but also effortlessly shines through in your wedding photographs with the help of your trusted professionals.

6. The Heart of Your Reception

Strategic Event Placement: Centralizing key events like the first dance ensures a rich, engaging background. We recall a reception where the couple’s dance in the center created a lively backdrop with guests’ reactions, adding depth to their story.

7. Creating Intimate Toasts

Close and Personal: Having the toaster stand close to you during speeches allows us to capture the shared laughter and tears. A wedding we shot last year had a particularly emotional toast, with the best man standing close to the couple, resulting in a powerful series of images capturing their collective joy.

8. Nurturing Your Creative Team

The Importance of Breaks: Providing us with a scheduled break ensures we’re energized for what’s ahead. At one wedding, the couple scheduled a brief dinner break for us right before the evening’s main events, allowing us to recharge and capture their first dance with renewed vigor.

9. First Kiss: A Clear View

Unobstructed Affection: Encourage your officiant to step aside for your first kiss. This small adjustment ensures a clear shot of this special moment. At a recent ceremony, the officiant gracefully stepped to the side, allowing us to capture a breathtaking kiss photo.

12. Posing for Perfection

Lean In for Elegance: Leaning slightly towards the camera naturally enhances your appearance. This small adjustment can make a significant difference, as seen in numerous portrait sessions we’ve conducted.

13. Choosing the Right Venue

Understanding Restrictions: Be aware of your venue’s photography rules. We’ve encountered venues with strict rules that limited our creative freedom. Knowing these in advance can help you make an informed decision.

At Jaimie Dee Photography, we believe in the power of these nuances to transform your wedding day into an extraordinary photographic experience. Every suggestion comes from a place of passion and experience, aiming to enhance your day’s beauty and emotion.

Dreaming of a wedding album that tells your unique story with elegance and emotion? Let Jaimie Dee Photography bring your vision to life. Reach out to us, and let’s create magic together.

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About the Photographers

Hi! We're Jaimie & Kyle (+Associates) with Jaimie Dee Photography. We're Atlanta photographers based in the metro area and service clients all over the globe. Jaimie Dee Photography was established in 2008. We're primarily a wedding and portrait studio. Our images are crisp, clean & colorful and strike a balance between classic and candid styled portraits. Aside from the photography, we help you craft the perfect photo experience - from the beginning planning stages to the finished artwork hanging on your walls. When you're in front of our camera, we'll also offer you gentle guidance through a combo of stationary and movement based poses. We'll help bring out your inner diva too - even if you're shy! If you're looking for a photographer in the metro Atlanta area or beyond, we'd love to meet you!

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"Jaimie and Kyle captured our wedding day perfectly. We booked them for our engagement photos and we knew then that they had to join us for our wedding too! They are such an incredible team and so much fun! ... they really put us at ease. Our wedding photos look like US in the best way possible. They captured our dynamic, our silliness, and of course our love for each other...  You absolutely must book them for your big day."

– Rhiannon Youngbauer | Bride

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"... [Jaimie] was patient, friendly, and professional throughout the whole experience, and seemed genuinely interested in our story and relationship... She was able to very naturally capture our moments of happiness, and was a pro at finding great shots. Even the sales aspect of their services are very well put together and thorough. 100% recommend, and we will be contacting them for any services we need in the future."

– Corey McPhetridge | Groom

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" ... THE most organized, thoughtful, and excellent photography duo in the industry! Hands down!!  I have had the pleasure of working with Jaimie Dee and Kyle for years, and they NEVER miss!
My clients adore them and are always given the VIP treatment. I love their attention to detail, their masterful eye, and how they can be everywhere they need to be to capture the key moments.  We love them and highly recommend them!"

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