Master Your Wedding Look: 8 Expert Tips for a Stunning Aesthetic

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As a Colorado wedding photographer I’ve seen all different types of weddings. And because of this, I feel rather overconfident about advising you in this particular area. Take my unsolicited advice, or leave it on the table. Either way, I promise these tips will undoubtedly elevate your wedding day vibe and aesthetic.

And because this is one of the only times in your life that all your favorite people will be in the same room, your wedding is one of the most significant events in your life. No pressure or anything.

From the decorations to the dress, every detail should reflect your personal style and aesthetic. Ya know what I’m sayin’? And with the right plan, design, and execution, it doesn’t have to be hard either. Your vision and the help of a skilled vendor team doesn’t just help elevate the look of the day, but also the guest experience. And the guest experience is one of the top priorities for most of my couples.

So let’s leave a positive lasting impression, shall we? Here are some tips on how to elevate your wedding day aesthetic:

Hire a Full Service Wedding Planner

Okay, first thing’s first.

Numero uno.

The *top* priority.

Hire a full service planner.

No, for real. I don’t say that lightly. If you want to elevate your guest experience, event design, and quite frankly, your brain, hire a full service wedding planner. Your future self will thank you. My dear friend Nicole, owner and lead planner of Nicole Silver Events, are more than planners. and her team don’t just plan events. They location scout, design, curate guest experiences, manage travel and vendor teams, and so much more!

Choose a Cohesive Color Scheme for Your Wedding

First and foremost, your color scheme sets the tone for your wedding aesthetic. Choose a color palette that reflects your style and personality, and ensure that it’s consistent throughout all aspects of your wedding, whether you’re celebrating for just a day or the whole week. This includes everything from the invitations and flowers to the tablescape.

Here are some color palettes I’m obsessed with lately:

Send Avant Garde Wedding Stationary

Your save the dates and invitations will likely be the first experience your guests interacts with for your wedding. Working with a stationer like Sal Studios or Birdsong Bespoke to create custom paper-goods is a great way to make a first impression. And these avant garde invitations make for beautiful flat lays that add to the story of your wedding, naturally elevating your wedding aesthetic.

Pictured Stationary: Birdsong Bespoke

Ditch the Phones

The most cost effective tip and the one that drives me the most crazy– when phones, wallets, and key are left in pockets. It’s probably the most annoying because I always used to notice it after the wedding when I was editing. But now it’s the absolute first thing I tell my couples. Ditch the phones, wallets and keys to avoid bulk. Gents, I am personally giving you permission to bring a purse on your wedding day. hehe.

Update the Chairs

This seemingly trivial design element actually packs quite the punch. Updating and customizing your chairs is one of my top recommendations to elevate your wedding aesthetic. And if you’ve always imagined your wedding being published, updating your chairs to elevate the aesthetic of your wedding is total a game changer.

Customize Your Tablescape

With their unconventional shapes and innovative designs, avant-garde glassware pieces and custom linens add a touch of luxury to any wedding reception. Swapping traditional glassware for avant-garde glassware definitely pushes the boundaries of design and is sure to spark conversation. Take a look at this rehearsal dinner. I love how you can see the couple’s style based on the different look. Moreover, these small touches can make a big difference in elevating the overall aesthetic of your wedding. Companies like BBJ La Tavola have soooo many options and do not disappoint!

Clear Your Getting Ready Space

Growing up with three sisters was naturally like getting ready in a frat house everyday of my life (and yes, I did say frat). And that space was, well, not clean. On your wedding day, have a separate space for the getting ready photos. And make sure the area is clear of clutter and well lit. Also, embrace the moments of magic with the people you want around you at this time. Have a great playlist, good snacks, and people on your team who can support you.

Personalize, Personalize, Personalize!

And last, but certainly not least, personalizing the day for your guests is such a great way to elevate your wedding aesthetic because it elevated the guest experience in the most meaningful way. From welcome bags to personalized notes at dinner to a sendoff gift, these are such special ways guests can remember your wedding day.

Elevating your wedding day aesthetic is all about creating a cohesive look that reflects your personality and style. By focusing on the guest experience, color scheme, incorporating unique textures and fabrics, paying attention to lighting and details, personalizing your décor, you can create a beautiful and memorable wedding day that you and your guests will never forget.

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The intersection of aesthetic and personality. Fueled by good light, wanderlust, and cookies. Chasing magic like I chase my kids; laughing always.

It all started with a crochet business in 2016 and I liked taking photos of my creations more than actually creating them. Well. Maybe it actually started in 2005 during my high school photography class. Or I guess you could say when I was in middle school putting photo albums together. 

Looking back, it makes sense to connect the dots this way. I've always been captivated by people, love, and stunning scenery my whole life. So when I started photographing weddings in 2017, it immediately felt aligned.


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