What if you could design a wedding day that felt and looked as unique as you? As a wedding photographer, I often find that my creative clients want to infuse their day with their own personality and style. Dorie and Derek’s celebration is a perfect example of how you can create a wedding style that evokes your own personal style. Take a look at some of the creative decisions they made to design a one-of-a-kind wedding, and get some inspiration for your unique day.
Turning Artistic Talent into a Unique Wedding Style
Some marriers choose a very hands-off approach to designing their wedding. Dorie and Derek did the exact opposite. As graphic designers and artists, they had a vision for how they wanted their wedding style to reflect their personalities and tastes. Dorie designed a lot of the decor and ephemera at the wedding. Since she’s a professional, even the DIY aspects felt polished and cohesive.
For his part, Derek built their wedding website and designed all the signage. Looking at their website showed me just how intentional Dorie and Derek were from the very beginning of their planning process. The color palette Derek used for the website perfectly matched the florals and decor at the wedding. All that bright, summery energy flowed from the moment their guests received their invitations.
Infusing Your Wedding with Your Personality
Even if you’re not professional designers like Dorie and Derek, you can create a wedding style that reflects your personality. Start with some basics like your clothes. Dorie’s wedding dress is definitely out of the ordinary. The movement, silhouette, and floral overlay share similarities with clothes Dorie typically likes to wear, so the dress feels very authentic to her.
Florals are another place you can infuse personality and unique moments into your wedding style. Maybe you like a clean classic look with white roses. Maybe you live for cottagecore and want to drape moss over your reception tables. Your florals, like your clothes, can be your favorite color and presented in an aesthetic that feels true to you.
You can find more inspiration for your wedding flowers at this blog post: Modern Wedding Flowers; 3 Floral Styles that Make an Impact.
Just like you want your clothes and decor to reflect your personality, your wedding photography should too. That’s why I like to say that I lead with personality in posing my clients. I’m less interested in putting you in the perfect editorial pose than I am in getting you interacting with your partner and enjoying the moment. That approach worked out perfectly for Dorie and Derek’s wedding photography.
Capturing Real Moments
Dorie and Derek’s vision wanted photos that matched the actual experience of their wedding day. Their wedding style was so colorful and energetic. They wanted their wedding photography to reflect that. When I asked them what drew them to my work, they said, “The natural real moments you capture!… We love the off-kilter, motion blur-y, flash, shoes, etc.”
Those aspects of my photography made it a great match for Dorie and Derek’s wedding style. They wanted their wedding to be, above everything else, fun for everyone there. “Aunts will dance and get sweaty,” they said. “Kids will be playing with the corn hole bags and in the grass. Friends will get turnt. We’ve been waiting three years to get married. We’re gonna have a good time.”
These wedding photos show just how creative, colorful, and fun this wedding was. The images match the vibrant energy that everyone brought to the celebration. Even the off-kilter images give you a sense of what it was like to get swept up in Dorie and Derek’s moment.
Your intentionally crafted wedding day deserves to be documented with photos that feel true to you. I’m a Philadelphia wedding photographer, and I specialize in candid storytelling with film photos and Super 8 video. Reach out to me here.
Thank you to the vendors who made Dorie and Derek’s wedding so amazing:
Venue: The Post Chapel (Sandy Hook Chapel)
Photographer: Jason Moody Photography
Planner: Kathleen Deo
Rentals: Dovetail Vintage
Caterer: Falco’s Catering
Florals: Flower Child Floral
Makeup & Hair: Lock & Shade
Music: Non-Traditional Wedding DJs
Cake/Dessert: Chocolate Carousel
Stationary: Risolve Studio & Kat Scheider