Flower Power

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thinking “Katelyn you say EVERYTHING is important on a wedding day!” and I can see how you would think that. I JUST blogged about reception lighting and how it’s so great to have and I’ve blogged about details and the importance of themes… etc, etc. The thing is, I know that not EVERYONE has a budget to pull everything off. When I got married I didn’t have a budget that could pull everything off either! So this post is about ONE part of the wedding day that can change the LOOK of the overall wedding day dramatically! This post is about the bridal bouquet. I’m not talking about the bridesmaid’s florals or even the centerpieces…

… JUST the bride’s bouquet. That one piece of the wedding day holds a LOT of power. When I’m shooting a wedding, what is the most CONSISTENT element that ends up being in most of the portraits? The bridal bouquet. It’s everywhere! I take details shots of it, I take bridal portraits with it and I encourage the bride to have it in most of her romantic portraits as well! I do this because when a bridal bouquet is done WELL, it can tie the WHOLE wedding theme together. I use bouquet shots to fill in album spreads, shoot the rings on, create the “blog” header for the wedding post and much more. It’s a very important piece of the wedding decor and yet some brides say “Well I’ll just skimp on the flowers because I spent a lot on photography”.  The ironic thing is that their bouquet is the MOST PHOTOGRAPHED detail of the whole wedding! So what do we do with this? You can’t approach a wedding budget and think “Well I’m investing a lot in photography so everything needs to be amazing in order to have amazing pictures.”… That’s NOT true at ALL. But when it comes to JUST the bridal bouquet, I encourage brides to invest in what they REALLY want because it will show up in their images more than anything else! I would rather the bride skimp on the boutonniere’s, the bridesmaid’s bouquet’s, their shoes and even their centerpieces before skimping on the bridal bouquet. So if you’re on a budget, here’s an example of how a bouquet a make quite an impact!


Mandy and Josh, like most young couples, were on a tight budget for their wedding.  Mandy, being the detail queen that she is, really REALLY wanted beautiful detail shots but knew that she couldn’t have extravagant florals all over her reception. So I encouraged her to have simple centerpieces but to REALLY go all out for her bouquet because it would be PROMINENT in her wedding pictures! She took my advice and I’m SO glad she did because I had a ball photographing the beautiful details of her bouquet!! Take a look at how much her bouquet showed up in their images!







It tied in with his bout perfectly!

It looked like we planned the bouquet to match the wall!

Here’s another example of how a bouquet can really impact the overall look of not just the wedding post but also an ALBUM!

And here is how the bouquet shows up in the album design! Lovely!

It add’s a POP of color to the portraits!! 

Happy Wedding Wednesday!
xoxo, Katelyn
7 Comments Wedding Wednesday
  1. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    LOVE bridal bouquets (or bouquets in general!). All of the weddings I’ve done have had fake flower bouquets. DO you think real flowers are better and why? Thanks!

  2. Abby Grace reply

    Gaaah I was totally salivating over Mandy’s bouquet from the second you posted a sneak peek. Love this post! Hope you’re having a ball on the missions trip!

  3. Kristina W. reply

    I LOVED my bouquet…but then forgot it at the reception site when I went off for portraits after the wedding and reception were over! :( And it makes the few pictures I have with it look so pretty! I completely agree with this post!

  4. Mandy reply

    I still love seeing the wedding pictures on the blog!!! I’m so glad I took your advice-the bridal bouquet definitely made some money shots :)

  5. Annetta reply

    Love this post!! Hope you’re having fun this week.

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