The devil is in the details. That's what they say, right? Wedding day details are so important. If you're a photographer reading this or a bride-to-be trying to find a wedding photographer, details are everything. Photographers, don't fall short on the details. My recommendation is to over-shoot details. But, also, make sure to not spend too much time and forget other moments that might be happening behind the scenes. Usually for wedding days, I arrive about 15 min prior to my official start time so that I can setup my "scene" for all the details. The week before the wedding day, I always remind my couples to pack the following for wedding day:
Invitations (2-3 copies)
Save the Date Cards
Accommodation and/or Details Cards
Set aside any special pieces or jewelry
Bottle of special perfume
Pro Tip: always ask for extra sprigs from the florist that might be leftover.
The list above is what I always ask of the couple. This is separate from the list of items I bring and provide for my own success of detail shots. Below is the list of things I always carry with me on wedding days:
Styling Mats (you can find some like the ones I have, here: https://oliveandoakmat.com/)
Ring boxes which were purchased in different colors at many different sites, like Etsy or Amazon
Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon like these purchased here.
Vintage Stamps for added style like these here
Unique Dish Pieces like this one
Other accessories/details like: these vintage scissors, vintage binoculars, hand-dyed gauze for texture, etc.
For camera gear, I use a Nikon D750 usually with a 35mm Sigma Art Lens or the Nikkor 50mm lens for details. For close, macro shots, I use a 105mm macro lens.