What To Bring For Charlottesville Wedding Flatlay Photos

February 28, 2023

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A wedding flatlay is like a snapshot of you wedding day in one image. It includes the little details of your wedding invitations, meaningful items and encompasses the overall theme of your wedding day. As a Charlottesville wedding photographer I love flatlay images because of the ability they have to transport my couples back to their wedding day through the little details. So many times we hear that you won’t remember all the details of your wedding day, but with Charlottesville wedding flatlay photos you can do just that!

wedding details laying on a rock for outdoor Shenandoah wedding captured by Charlottesville wedding photographer

When & Where

Typically I like to capture your wedding flatlay images while you are getting ready. This way I can grab your wedding ring, earrings and any other items that you are planning to wear before you put them on for the day! Ideally I would capture you and your ladies getting ready as my second shooter focusses on the wedding flatlay images. However, there are times that one of us will take over everything bridal, getting ready and flatlay, while the other focusses on the groom’s flatlay and getting ready.

bridesmaid helping the bride put on her wedding veil in a mirror captured by Charlottesville wedding photographer

Charlottesville Wedding Flatlay Photos

These photos will not be specific to the bride or groom, but rather focus on the wedding as a whole. We will grab wedding bands, engagement ring, a few pieces of florals and other little details that create the atmosphere of your wedding day. Here are a few items that you will want to provide.

Your invitations. Bring the card, envelope, save the date, everything you have! We may not use every piece, but it is better to have it there just in case. And be sure to carry it in a book or briefcase, so that papers remain flat for your wedding photographer to do their magic.

Your rings! By capturing your rings together for your wedding flatlay images you will accomplish two things. First, you create the opportunity to stage a meaningful and timeless image that will last for generations. And secondly, I hate to even say this, but if you ever lose your wedding bands you will at least have images to look back on.

wedding rings and engagement ring sitting together on a wedding invitation for flatlay photos for Shenandoah wedding

Décor. Provide your wedding day program, small details on your table settings, pieces of florals and greenery. Anything that gives a glimpse of your wedding day vibes.

Anything sentimental that is shared between the bride and groom.


As a bride you have a lot of details that you will want to remember, but may not get enough credit throughout the day. Ensure that these small pieces of jewelry and other meaningful details are captured and remembered forever through your wedding flatlay images! Here are some suggested items that you will want to provide.

Your rings. Both your wedding band and engagement ring. Bonus points if you have a meaningful box, maybe the one that the ring was presented to in or a jewelry box you love.

 Jewelry. Hand over your earrings, necklace, bracelet and anything else that you are planning to wear to accessorize. By providing these to your wedding photographer you are letting them capture those little details that will mean so much to your future generations.

brides detail from the wedding day with her shoes, perfume, rings and so much more in a Shenandoah wedding flatlay photo by Charlottesville wedding photographer

Your shoes. I wish wedding day shoes got more attention! Unfortunately they don’t because they are hidden under your wedding dress all day. Let’s give them the attention they deserve and feature them in one of your wedding flatlay photos!

Your perfume. Some brides go all out and find a specific scent that they will only wear on their wedding day and anniversaries. This is such a special way to be transported back to your wedding any time you sniff that perfume. It deserves to be in your bridal flatlay!

Bridal Bouquet. This is a great way to incorporate you wedding bouquet into another image! As a wedding photographer I have found that your wedding bouquet sneaks it’s way into a lot of photos, why not one more?

wedding shoes with a pointed toe and low heel sits next to the brides train for her outdoor wedding captured by Charlottesville wedding photographer


Not enough grooms get wedding flatlay images, which is such a shame! I love getting to capture what your groom chooses to wear and the small fun details that make him unique as a groom. It shows so much of his personality while making making photography special for him as well. Here are a few of my favorite items to include from the groom.

Socks and shoes. Your socks always reflect SO MUCH of who your are! It is very rare that I get a groom with plain black socks. You should show them off in your wedding flatlay images.

Tie. This is a piece that you may just hold onto for the rest of your life. It may be nice to have a picture of how nice it looks the first time you wore it.

Boutonniere. This item will tie the overall theme of the wedding into your wedding flatlay photos.

Any other sentimental item. Maybe your grandpas pocket watch, a pair of cuff links from your bride, or a handkerchief your mom embroidered for this very day.

Charlottesville wedding photographer captures grooms watch, cuff links, bow tie and other details for a detail shot from the wedding morning

Charlottesville Wedding Flatlay Photos

Provide these items to your wedding photographer and you will be sure to aid them in creating the perfect Charlottesville wedding flatlay photos! Your images will reflect who you are as individuals, as well as a couple. You will receive pictures that display what your wedding day was all about and will bring you back every time you look at them! Let’s chat about your wedding and what you want in your flatlays!

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