The fine art process of styling the invitation suite

Are there any photographers out there who have struggled with photographing the invitation suite?! I know that I have! Let's face it: it's hard to lay paper out in a way that looks effortless and pretty. Today I am sharing a behind the scenes look at my Iowa wedding! These two got married over the weekend and I can't wait to share their wedding. You can see a sneak peek on Facebook and on Instagram! I styled the invitation suite in three different ways. The final styling includes a few different variations and I love the end result!

The Fine Art Process of Styling an Invitation Suite - The Jordan Brittley Blog

Take 1 - distracting background

I pulled part of the bedding onto the floor and covered it with the veil to make the pattern more subtle. I knew when I decided to use the fabric as part of the background that the pattern might not fit with the look of the wedding. I was right! I think it's a gorgeous image and I wouldn't even mind giving this photo to the bride, but what I ended up with is much stronger because I used a different background!

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Take 2 - bad reflection

I loved the dresser in Alexia's bridal suite and used it to photograph a few of her details. I really liked the texture on the top of the dresser and it acted as a mirror. I thought this could make for a really interesting photograph since stripes were involved! I tried shooting from an angle and I ended up with a photo that looked out of place.

I then tried for an ariel shot of the suite, hoping that my arms would fade into the blur. Since that didn't work, I decided to look around to see if I could find another option...

The Fine Art Process of Styling an Invitation Suite - The Jordan Brittley Blog

Take 3 - Flat

I love these images and they will end up in the final gallery, but I felt that they were a little flat. I was photographing these when Alexia's florist showed up with blooms and I knew that we were almost there!

The first image below has no sequins and the second includes them!

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Take 4 - Flowers are everything

When a bride listens to me and requests extra blooms for styling from her florist, I jump up and down and bust out my dance moves. Only who has time for that?! So that all pretty much happened in my head.

Thanks to Valerie Gray for letting me pick the flowers for this shot! I love how the flowers tie in the ribbon, the elegance of the calligraphy and that pop of pink that was present throughout the entire wedding!

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There you have it! What challenges do you face for photographing the invitation suite and what solutions have you found?!

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