for the bride to be: mel
We have had SO many brides ask us where to buy the "details" they see in our pictures....
Details truly make your day 1000x prettier, so we're happy to help source items that will fit your day!
I'm such a visual person - so I find lists help! So here are some options for details and ways to make your wedding EPIC.
You can click on the image to find the source to most of them! :)
Our favourite kinds of invitations to photograph - are neutral, beautiful with detailing. Go for a CHEAP option (invitations can be in the thousands!) as your guests will inevitably bin your invitation, so don't break the bank - go for simple and pretty, and then try our trick below!
You already have your invitations printed? No problem! Skip to the next step below!
- OR -
Make your own/opt for a simple invite like these on Etsy: (links attached)
Now get ONLY ONE fancy invitation made.
Your "real" invitation can be anything: simple, plain, and inexpensive. Instead, create one "keepsake" invitation with an artist! :)
Have a calligrapher or wedding invitation designer make you ONE full invitation suite for us to PHOTOGRAPH on the morning of your wedding!
Way less expensive!
We highly recommend Plume Calligraphy - she is the best in the biz and does this very thing! She is our definite favourite! Simply describe your wedding style and colours to her - she'll do the rest and come up with something BEAUTIFUL.
IDEAL FOR PHOTOS: an invitation "suite" typically has an envelope, rsvp card, return mini envelope, perhaps a wax seal, perhaps name cards, perhaps a map or illustration connecting to your theme. Your Calligrapher will know what to include! Email Aileen of Plume and she will know what to do once you describe your wedding!
WHERE TO BUY bride's
I would highly recommend intentionally wearing a cute "getting ready" outfit as we'll be taking lots of pictures in the morning!
Much better than a t-shirt or regular pj's! Rompers, wraps, and robes are perfect! Here are some recommendations:
- Lace Romper from Show Me Your Mumu
- Bohemian Romper
- Mute Colours Romper
- Pale Blue Romper
- Pink Silk Kimono
- Dusty Rose Romper
- Pretty Plum Sugar Robes & Rompers
- Etsy Blush Robe
OUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES - ALL FROM BHLDN:
- Botanic Garden Robe
- Candlelight Robe
- Midsummer Night Robe
- Jolie Robe
- Violetta Robe
- Chantilly Lingerie Set
(we love shooting some delicate bridal portraits
....& they make a great surprise for your hubby later!)
Where to purchase wedding details:
We have had SO many brides ask us where to buy the items and details they see in our pictures.... so we made a master list to kick off your shopping!
GROOM's items or gift ideas:
- Mens Vintage watches:
- Pocket watches (great for photos, like this!):
- Bridal Hanger:
- Vow Journals:
- Keepsakes & Stylish Additions:
- Ring Box:
- Coup Glasses for Champagne Tower
- Or just go to Goodwill or thrift shops - they are often 20 cents! Buy cheap champagne and you've created a gorgeous memory!
- Ribbon: *essential* (for your bouquet, and for us styling and photographing your details!)
- Perfume bottle:
- Confetti & sparklers: (they are from Toronto & so cheap!)
- Name plates, Table Numbers & Place card Holders:
- Flowers for Photo Styling
- Contact your lovely florist to pack 2-4 large extra blooms that match your wedding for styling in your photos
See more ideas on what to buy HERE
If you need more suggestions, let me know! Thank you for taking it seriously and knowing the details are worthwhile -
it's literally ALL in the details when it comes to our photos! The more textures, items, trays - the better!
If you guys feel like a trip to vintage or thrift shops - sometimes there are cheap great trays, decanters and coup glasses!
I really hope this all helps!
Some visuals side by side can sometimes help sway your decision making - let me know if you need more help or an extra opinion for photographs!
PETALS, SPARKLERS & CONFETTI
YES! My favourite category! It can be difficult to know where to find these things - let us help you source!
So effective, and so HAPPY! Guests LOVE having finding something to toss on their ceremony chairs. It's a fun not costly surprise and makes for epic photos! All it takes is a simple instruction from the Officiant before you walk down the aisle! "Get those petals ready..."
WHERE TO BUY:
#1 FRESH PETALS
Ask your florist to provide a bucket of petals;
Even more affordable if you only do the aisle seats with petals!
(or ) #2 DRIED PETALS ONLINE
You can now buy freeze dried petals here! The best! You don't have to bother your florist, you can get them early, and they "toss" the best as they have more weight to them than a paper petal!
ECO-FRIENDLY CONFETTI toss:
The best kind of send-off as you walk back down the aisle as husband + wife!!
WHERE TO BUY ECOFETTI
ECOFETTI - Online
No venue can complain about this confetti as it's biodegrades! It's also water-soluble, non-toxic, non-staining, and biodegradable and washes away within a day!
small CONFETTI CANnONS:
For dances and the party! They are actually just tube "poppers"! We had a cannons at our very own wedding and it was INCREDIBLE! It brought the dance to a whole new level + energy! We bought 3; we set 2 off when the dance got started and 1 later in the evening to space them out!
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS.
WHERE TO BUY 'CANNONS'
SUCH a fun way to round out the night! These never get old. Choose to either involve only your wedding party, or all of your guests!
WHERE TO BUY SPARKLERS
ROCKET FIREWORKS in Toronto
Make sure to get long-lasting ones! The Dollar Store versions fizzle out within 5-15 seconds, not enough time to light everyone's sparkler a have them all lit at once!
the BEST BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Still hunting for your girls? Lots of help below!
Here are examples of mixed styles of Bridesmaids Dresses in the same "palette" - our favourite!
Check out our suggested style & colour combinations here: Richelle Hunter Photography | Mixed Bridesmaids Dresses Inspiration Board.
- Lulu's has tons of variety
- Missguided is a great option with affordable prices
- Aidan Mattox is an awesome brand! You can find his gowns and lots more at Nordstrom.
- Jenny Yoo of course is always wonderful
- Show Me Your Mumu has gorgeous and very flattering, flowy styles
I would highly recommend different textures for your girls - try beading or soft print on some girls...and add simple, soft colours on others!
Long sleeve and off-the-shoulder are also an amazing addition.
WHERE TO BUY DRESSES:
ONLINE: LULU'S, asos & BHLDN
These come in other colours too!
Stuck on something?
NEED A LITTLE MORE HELP?
CHECK OUT OUR TIPS PAGE OR EMAIL me, girl! SO HAPPY TO HELP!
I have more suggestions and websites if you'd like them!!