What a royal wedding! Today Catherine Middleton married Prince William at Westminister Abbey, wowing the world with wedding trends sure to influence weddings from tomorrow forward. These are some Daniel Taylor Photography‘s favorite images that we think are great inspiration for brides all over.
1. Consider sleeves. A wedding dress with sleeves is a gorgeous return to elegance–it’s regal, not Hollywood red carpet. And maid-of-honor Pippa wows in a bias-cut skirk, draped neck, and yes, sleeves!
2. Don’t skip the details. Love this photo of the dress detail and the ring.
3. Draw inspiration from the classics. Kate’s dress was reportedly inspired by movie star Grace Kelly’s dress when she became Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956. Take a cue from the classics and interpret modern updates, such as Kate’s sleek veil.
4. Bring in the trees and the red carpet. Trees give a great, fresh sense of the outdoors. And the red carpet aisle runner adds glamour and photo interest. Check Aztec Events or Party Time , both in Birmingham, Ala. for local rentals. Wedding planner Meghan Cease of M Elizabeth Events in Birmingham recommends buying the trees from a nursery and planting them at your new home.
5. Stay in the moment. This just-between-us moment is certainly going to be a wedding favorite for its real emotion.
6. Slow down the recessional. So many couples race down the aisle after the wedding. A more deliberate, formal recession allows for more great photos!
7. Add a red carpet outside. The photographic elements of this simple touch are spectacular outdoors and at the reception site.
8. Select photogenic accessories that can be seen. These earrings show up on camera without overpowering the bride. Don’t be afraid to take test photos to ensure the same effect.
9. Include the children and let them be kids.
And from Princess Diana’s and Charles’ Wedding
10. Make time for some gorgeous candid moments.
11. Find the perfect statement shoes.
12. Have some fun. If the royals can have fun, so should you!
13. Bring back the hand kiss. It’s iconic for British royalty and American royalty, alike.
14. Add the hood ornament ribbons to the getaway car. This has been a favorite tradition of ours from Europe for years, usually in all white.