Jennifer Dery on Wedding Inspiration
Obviously as a wedding photographer, I have a deep love and appreciation for all the little details which go into wedding ceremonies. I’m a bit addicted to Pinterest and you can always find me looking for new inspiration and ideas there. Realistically though, I pull that inspiration from everything – including just fantasizing about the weddings and people I would love to photograph myself.
If I could have been the photographer for any celebrity wedding I would have been the one snapping away at Audrey Hepburn’s nuptials. I just love everything about her. She was perfect in front of the camera, and her classic style is one that I still find myself regularly looking back on with envy. Reaelity is though although I do some celebrity weddings, and am happy to do so, I do not seek them out.
My favorite weddings involve couples who are fun and self-confident enough to know what they like without worrying about being judged by anyone. I like weddings that are different, especially ones with unique moments and events that set a wedding apart. So often couples get caught up in the norms of what a wedding “should” be, while forgetting that the most important part is that it should reflect them as a couple. When a bride and groom remember that and figure out how to have fun with it, I am on cloud nine to be in the background, ninja-style capturing the whole day as it unfolds.
A lot of my ideas and inspiration come from outside the wedding world – I am always looking to fine art photographers with admiration and extra attention, as they are the ones I probably draw the most inspiration from. I love the work of Rodney Smith (http://www.rodneysmith.com/), Dittie Isager (http://www.ditteisager.dk/), and Annie Leibovitz (http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Annie_Leibovitz), just to name a few. It isn’t just commercial photographers who inspire me though. My eyes are always peeled, constantly looking for new ideas and angles to pull from. Artists of every kind inspire me, from painters to sculptors and even street artists like Banksy.
When it comes to your wedding, the best thing you can do for yourself is tune everyone else out and truly reflect on what you want.
What do YOU like? What have you seen in the past that has caught your eye and left you feeling something? Arrange your big day around who you are as a couple. The colors, centerpieces and food spread all mean nothing if they don’t reflect you first and foremost. Have fun with it, because when you are having fun; I am able to capture the most incredible images. Who cares what great aunt Glenda suggests, or what even your own cousin thinks a wedding should consist of. This is your big day – finding what inspires and moves you is all that really matters. When you look back on those photos 20 years from now, you want to see yourselves. Not reflections of what anyone else thought you should like.