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How to Create Your Wedding Photography Mood Board

January 22, 2018

Bride and BridesmaidsBride and BridesmaidsBride and bridesmaids in a tunnel at the Denver Marriott Westminster. Congratulations! You're getting ready for the big day, which comes with a lot of planning (and a lot of stress, we know). But, it all pays off in the end when you get to celebrate and cherish the new life with your spouse.

One of the most crucial steps to wedding planning is creating your theme and planning for your wedding photos. Your photographer will be there every step of the way to ensure your perfect day is captured from beginning to end. To help your photographer do her job, it's time to start your wedding mood board.

A mood board doesn't have to contain the exact elements of your wedding. It should rather convey to the photographer what sort of style you like, and what images, colors, and elements are most important to you. It essentially describes the "theme" of your wedding. Examples include country weddings, era-themed weddings, or even just a collection of color schemes and objects that you find most important for your day.

Start with a list of guide words. These are the stepping stones to finding images and items that shape your wedding theme and photographs. Do you want your wedding to be?:

  • Elegant
  • Modern
  • Bohemian
  • Nature-Inspired
  • Traditional
  • Vintage
  • Rustic
  • Colorful

Next, you want to choose colors and textures that accentuate your theme. You don't have to stick to wedding elements here - find colors and textures in all types of photos that you like, even if they won't be used in the wedding itself. You want to choose items that are thematically similar, but separate in their subject. For example, if your wedding is in the fall, find photos with warm colors, nature-inspired objects and images, or elements that remind you of fall. Once you've selected a few general photos, you can start to choose wedding-specific images that you may incorporate into the ceremony.

You don't have to use photos of your actual dress, the flowers you order, or even the decor you want, but find pictures of your ideal wedding elements that will help guide your photographer. If there are specific details that are special to you, include them at the top of your board. If you do have decor picked out, use them to shape your board and fill in the details.

Check out Pinterest for ideas and inspiration, but most importantly, go with what your heart wants. This is your day, and it should be unique to you. Talk to your Tendo Photography photographer for more ideas and help with creating your board. We want to make your wedding day the best it can be.


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