The Guide to Bridal Details

March 20, 2021

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Romantic Earthy Autumn Wedding Fort Wayne Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is shooting the bridal details! It’s an important part of the story and I love having time to shoot the dress, shoes, jewelry, invitations, etc. These shots allow me to get warmed up for the day and get my creative juices flowing! I normally like to allow at least 45 minutes to an hour for this part of the day. I photograph a bride’s details in a way that matches and showcases the style of the entire wedding day. So, in some ways, the details really set the stage of the look of the whole day and I love having ample time to stylize and shoot everything from the dress to the shoes to grandma’s pearls!

Some of the most common bridal details are shoot include:



rings (all three)




invitation suite

The detail shots I create in the morning are THE ESSENTIAL IMAGES to really bring a creative element to your blog and especially your album! They truly tell the story of your day.  Think about a professional wedding film… it’s not just the ceremony and reception. They’re getting video of the venue, some hydrangeas blowing in the wind, the groom putting on his tie, guests walking into the ceremony. These details by themselves may be just ok but come to life when paired with authentic wedding clips!
Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel
All these little details: your earrings, your invitation suite, your flowers, the matching shirts your girls are wearing; all these things all crossed your mind and you feel they have a special place in your day. So my job is to capture them all! So in the morning, there are some details that need to be captured first thing before they either get placed on a finger or around a wrist!  There are a lot of ways to really dress up your bridal detail shots and also give me more creative potential!

Below are some creative items that I have seen in detail shots:

Ribbon    Bouquet Greenery    Ring Box(es)

Anything Monogrammed    Clutch   Perfume / Cologne

Hair Pieces   Locket    Written Vows


Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel


If possible, collect all of your details before I arrive (more like the week before!) so that I can begin quickly have more time for some “getting ready” shots of you and your girls!

Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel


The most common detail missing when I arrive is the rings! After I greet you, I’ll grab the box of detail elements and get to work! So please make sure all three rings are in there so I don’t have to go searching for them from moms or officiants!

Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel

MAJOR TIP : Don’t send the bouquets to the venue!!

Ask your florist to have the bouquets delivered to the bride and her bridesmaids so you can have your bouquet in the first look, all the portraits AND I can also include it in my detail shots. The flowers are going to be in every portrait until after the ceremony so I will want to make sure my detail shots include the flowers and their colors.
Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel


Include extra elements that reflect the theme and “look” of the wedding day! For example, have your florist leave a few of your favorite elements of your bouquet separate (different colored flower heads, a strand of eucalyptus, etc). If your theme is more rustic, throw a piece of burlap in there! You can NEVER have too many things for me to play with for these photos! They make for beautiful, consistent album spreads!
Indiana Wedding Photographer Courtney Rudicel


When it comes to your dress, I like to educate my brides right from the start about the color. I highly suggest choosing a dress that is ivory, off-white, antique white, champagne — anything but pure white! Pure white dresses almost always photograph BLUE. Go for the non-white dress and I promise it will still look like that bridal white gown that you’ve always imagined!


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I’d love to chat about your wedding day dreams!

Courtney is a Wedding Photographer in Indiana. Her specialty is joyful, timeless and playfully romantic wedding photography for classic and timeless couples and educating photographers on how to build a business that delivers an unforgettable client experience. Within Indiana, she serves Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Lafayette, Bloomington and South Bend. Areas in surrounding states that she serves: Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, Ohio; Ann Arbor, Battle Creek and Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is available for destination weddings. Contact her for investment details and reserve your date.

xo, Court

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As a creative wedding photographer, I'm always refining my eye for shooting artistically but I also understand the importance of preserving ALL the elements of your day. You'll feel confident knowing your gallery will include jaw-dropping portraits that feel natural, candids that embody your unique connection, along with every detail of your celebration from start to finish. All this while having someone behind the camera who feels like an old friend. 

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