Details Make the Day | Connecticut Wedding Photographer

Updated: Apr 19

Your wedding day is an important chapter in the love story between you and your partner. Arguably the ceremony and people in attendance are the most important factors of the day, but this blog post is about how the details you choose to include in your wedding day can help accent and tell the story. These details can range from being symbolic of the couple and their shared memories to being deeply personal and sentimental to each person getting married. No matter what, the more thought and care you put into choosing your details, the more unique your wedding will be.

Jewelry is one of the most common details that both brides and grooms think about when it comes to planning the details of their wedding day. Aside from the wedding band set, that was carefully chosen to reflect personal tastes, brides and grooms must choose what other jewelry the might (or might not!) wear for their big day. For ladies this can include necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other rings. For gents the jewelry is more akin to cuff links, watches, or tie-pins or clips. Some of my favorite moments are photographing the details of jewelry pieces that couples have given to each other as a wedding gift. So the wedding day is the first time the piece is worn and will always spark the memory of the marriage ceremony when it's worn in the future.

In all the images above, the details chosen were of special significance to the wearer. Judy wore strands of pearls from important women in her life, as well as carried an antique locket with photos of passed relatives. John chose a set of sword-themed tie-pins for himself and his honor-guard groomsmen to wear. Kaylah was gifted a delicate arrow necklace by her groom, Alex, because the arrow has held a special symbolism in both their lives since before they met. And Zack wore two items of import: cuff links to show off his Subaru love and a tie pin that commemorates the wedding date with a hand-engraving.

Another wedding detail brides can consider is the garter to surprise their new spouse with on the wedding night. I love this one because it was hand-embroidered by the bride with the her new surname.

Scent plays an important part in building and calling up memories. That's why many couples choose to wear a perfume or cologne specifically for their wedding day, so that each time they or their partner smell it the memory of the day will be recalled for them. Some couples even choose to get the matching men's and women's scents of a perfumer's line.

In addition to the details you wear, there are the ones you carry with you. Ladies often incorporate something significant on their bouquets, such as photo-charms of passed loved ones or special totems in honor of their memory.

Another way to use details to accentuate the story of your wedding day is with the choices you make for your reception. This can be from choosing a totally unique cake-topper, to individualized table numbers (or movie titles, or quotes, or whatever!), to the favors you provide for your guests. I have a guitar pick favor from one wedding that always reminds me of when one of the bride's relative conspired with the dj to perform a Beatles song for them and half the reception joined in on the act because both sides of the newly formed family were very musical.

There are a whole host of ways and a plethora of stories I could tell about how one could incorporate personal tastes into their wedding details to make the day truly unique. I hope what I've shown here has inspired some of you readers to start thinking about the personal touches you'll put on your own day, or has gotten you even more excited about the decisions you've already made in that regard. Drop a comment below to tell me about a special detail you'll have for your wedding coming up or for your wedding you've already had!

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