Every bride dreams of the picture perfect wedding … and so, of the perfect wedding pictures. I’m certain this has a lot to do with how strongly our memories are shaped by photographs as visual evidence, particularly of beauty and happiness. And it probably has quite a bit to do with the few tangible things we keep after the wedding: the spouse, the rings, the photographs. But the truth is that bad photographs (translate: less than perfect ones) occasionally happen to perfectly well-meaning couples.
So much goes into creating the picture perfect wedding, and hiring a good photographer is an important step. But everything from cultivating exquisite decor to planning a realistic itinerary and wearing the right gown counts. I realize that photographers are supposed to be the silent and unbiased observers. I do realize that. But what we photographers see and don’t say might count for a thousand words … or a thousand beautiful photographs. (Pursuing the) Picture Perfect Wedding is meant to be an aesthetic critique of weddings, full of tips on how to work with your photographer and how to get the most out of your photography; notes on trends in wedding fashion, florals, and decor; interviews with wedding industry innovators; and the very occasional rant on avoiding fashion disaster.
Over the last ten years, my work has taken me to weddings traditional and non-traditional, religious and civil, rural and urban, high-end and handmade, in places as far east as China, west as Scotland, south as Mexico, and every sort of destination in between. I’m here to tell you what works … and what doesn’t.
photo credit: Gia Canali