One of my most asked questions is how I create such beautiful wedding flat lays for my clients to include in their wedding galleries. Scroll through to see some of my most popular and shared and keep reading for a few tips and tricks! Also make sure to follow along our Pinterest board of Flat Lay Photography here!
TIP: Always have the bride or planner contact the florist and ask for some extra floral stems for styling. I have found most florists are more than happy to give a few extras at no charge, but you have to have them add it to the order sheet or it will be easy to be forgotten about. Two florists in particular – Ivy and Vine Floral Design and Petals, Presents and Parties, are SO great at making sure there are some extras for photographers to make magic with.
TIP: Think about how you want the design of your wedding invitations to incorporate into the story of your wedding day. We love these custom wedding invitations by the amazing Shannon Kirsten Studio.
TIP: Incorporate the wedding bands and look for things that would make a great backdrop that helps tie in with the theme of the wedding day.
TIP: Use a portable surface. We have about 6-7 we bring. Currently loving JRD Artshop but we have also bought from a few others. I’ve heard the Styling Mat is great also, if you prefer the fabric look!
TIP: Raise your invitation suite using washi tape or lens caps. It adds so much depth and dimension. Sometimes I will raise the florals with washi tape so they are all the same level also.
TIP: Make sure to plan enough time into the timeline in order to create these. I usually do these while the bride and bridesmaids are finishing up hair and make-up. Jordan also always photographs the dress or candid moments while I capture these.
TIP: Include extra elements – name cards, ceremony programs, special keepsakes etc. I loved these handmade place settings for the bride and groom and thought they deserved their own flat lay!
TIP: Get extra close on the invitation with the wedding bands. We use a filter off of Amazon and we usually shoot it with a high aperture.
TIP: A veil underneath the shoes or on top of your styling surface can create a nice softness!
TIP: Photograph the wedding program. It is such a nice way to remember the order of events and a great keepsake for your bride & groom.