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How to Prepare for Stunning Editorial-Worthy Flat Lay Photos

November 19, 2023


I'm a California wedding and engagement photographer. The blog has past weddings, planning advice, photo education and more!

Hi, I'm ashley.

I absolutely love capturing all of the elements that my couples have carefully chosen for their wedding day, even the smallest finishing touches! Typically, on a wedding day, I need about 45 minutes to style & capture details. And, not to worry, during this time my second shooter will be taking candid getting-ready photos of you and your crew hanging out and finishing up makeup and hair so no moments are missed.

A big part of elevating your flat lay designs is with the styling kit I bring which includes mats, dishes, ring boxes, etc. plus the floral stems I get from your florist. It’s a good idea to request a small bouquet of flat-lay florals that your photographer can pick blooms from to elevate your details and showcase the florists work as well. Trust me, this extra step is WORTH IT!


Here’s a checklist of things to bring and have on hand on your wedding day to help elevate your detail photos and turn them into editorial-worthy images:

  • Rings (engagement and both sets of wedding bands)
  • 2 full sets of your invitation suite including envelopes & stamps
    • Bonus points if you send me a picture of your full invitation suite ahead of time
    • OR super bonus points if you mail me your invitation suite in an envelope ahead of time!!
  • Any other paper stationery such as program cards, dinner menu, etc.
  • Extra wax stamps & stamper itself
  • Shoes from both spouses
  • Veil and/or hair pieces
  • Jewelry, watch, cuff links, tiebar, etc.
  • Perfume and/or cologne
  • Bowtie or tie and pocket square
  • Vow books
  • Flat lay florals (ask your florist for this ahead of time)
  • Boutonnieres
  • Custom hanger for gowns if you have one
  • Guest favors if those are unique or special
  • Extra cut of fabric if you are incorporating any custom patterns, colors or textures into your wedding day design
  • Any other sentimental keepsakes you would like to include

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