Editorial Wedding Photography| How to Get Magazine-Worthy Images

October 19, 2022


You have a vision for your wedding; elegance, timeless beauty, an amazing experience for your guests, editorial wedding photography that also show emotion. Whatever your dream is for your wedding celebration, you want it to be photographed with an alluring appeal.

Seeing your photographs in Martha Stewart or Brides magazine is the bonus to loving them yourselves. If you have dreamed of having magazine worthy images, or want to see yours on the pages, I have some ideas for you to help the day be editorial yet allowing you to stay immersed in the day and feel all the emotions. Lets be honest for a second, the publications love seeing emotions just as much as they they love the details.

How to Ensure Magazine-Worthy Photographs of Your Wedding Day

1. Elevate Your Getting-Ready Attire & Details

Don’t forget the importance of taking photos while getting ready for your wedding ceremony so you can document your wedding story as it unfolds. Bring every moment to life with editorial images showcasing every elegant detail.

You are beaming with excitement and anticipation, surrounded by those you love, sipping champagne. These beautiful and candid moments make for gorgeous editorial photos. Be sure your getting ready space has a lot of windows for natural light to come through not only photos but for your makeup artist to have great light. Areas with elevated beauty, historic buildings or if they are more modern, a clean crisp color palate in the area. Wearing a beautiful French silk or lace robe over a silk slip or pajama set is beautiful as well, use the same robe from your boudoir session (see an example from our bespoke boudoir experience).

Providing all of your details on the day for photographs is important as well. I will send you a list of what to have before your wedding day but you want to plan out even the smallest of details. Having your florist bring loose flowers to use for your details is always suggested. Finding details for the day that are beautiful and/or have meaning to you, like a ring box your grandmother used that matches atheistically, or ordering French silk ribbon to have with your details. It is the little touches of elegance that elevate and make your photographs alluring. But dont worry if you cant get the ribbon, I have a styling kit with delicate items I bring along to every wedding to help style your wedding detail photos.

Consider slipping into a signature white-lace robe from Girl & a Serious Dream. Their collections combine glamor and romance that will give your photos high-fashion appeal.

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2. You Need the Right Team

You have the details, you have the mood board, and the vision, now you need the wedding stylist to make sure your day is cohesive and exquisite. Wedding stylist keep up with everything happening in the industry and fashion. They know what the trends are so that the look of the day will be relevant but not too trendy where you will regret some choices in a few years. The right stylist will make sure the details you love come together in a cohesive, bespoke look that you and publications will love.

If you would like some references for wedding stylists or other vendors, send me a note and I will share all the businesses I love.

3. Allow Extra Time

Take time to let your intimate moments unfold naturally. If you feel stressed and short on time, it will show in your photos. Pause to relish each moment and take it all in. Your photos will reflect your effortless bliss.

4. Choose an Aesthetic Venue

Your venue is the canvas for your editorial wedding. Select a classic, elegant, and timeless venue with a built-in aesthetic. Depending on the style you are trying to achieve, you may want to look for a grand staircase, marble columns, and bold architecture. These artistic architectural features will amplify your polished look.

If your are having your wedding at a private estate, hire the right stylist to make sure the home and outside or tent reception come to life like your vision.

5. Focus on the Details

The small details can make a significant difference on your wedding day. Simple changes such as velvet tablecloths or personalized place cards walls can truly elevate your reception. I highly recommend hiring a full-service wedding planner to design and style your editorial wedding. Plus, hiring a wedding planner allows you to relax and enjoy your wedding day without stress.

6. Make Your Wedding Day an Experience

Transport your guests into the dreamiest event of the season at your reception. Work with your wedding planner to design the table settings, chandeliers and candlelight, ambient music, gorgeous flower arrangements, hanging installations, and other details that will add to your wedding experience. You might even consider something out-of-the-box to help translate into editorial wedding photography.

7. Hire the Right Photographer

Bespoke events need a photographer with experience in lighting, composition, and how to overcome anything that might happen. Even the most elevated of events can look trivial with a substandard photographer who isn’t as experienced.

You need to find a photographer who you fit with in style and personality. Someone who listens to your vision and who will work with you to capture your most precious of memories because they understand what is most important to you.

I love wedding photography. I love working with clients who cherish this time and the fact that they are taking a step into forever with their most beloved person. This is a dream job and I will take care of you and make sure I fully understand your vision for the day and the moments that are most important to you.

Evoke Timeless Elegance in Your Wedding Photography

Editorial wedding photography is a seamless blend of wedding and high-fashion portraiture that reflects your refined, sophisticated wedding design. By working with your hair and makeup team, photographer, and wedding stylist, we can document your bespoke wedding flawlessly. Connect with Dawn here to learn more.


dawn walsh

Dawn started her career in fine art wedding photography in 2012 on the foundation of genuine connection. She provides comfort for her clients through her down to earth personality and playfulness that allows them to show genuine interactions and emotions with one another in front of the camera. Capturing the essence of their relationship and the love they have for each other, with an editorial composition.

At home, Dawn is a wife and mother, living on a ranch in North Carolina. Spending quality time with family and dear friends, traveling, and having experiences is what drives her. Her family also fosters children and is active in fighting for all foster kids and their needs. 
Being able to have fun with her family, travel and share experiences is all because of the blessings God has given her and never taken for granted.

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