I’m Vincent from Pixan Photography and my team and I have been witness to this frequently as we photograph weddings in Cancun, an area that has Summer-like weather all year round.
The warmer season simply opens up more avenues to get creative with your wedding photos and film. The beach is open, gardens are blooming, arboretums come alive, cities are bursting with festivals and everyone is out and about doing something worth capturing.
This time of year is packed with photo and video ops for the more playful couple.
We mentioned a handful of photo ideas in our summer wedding tips post, but we wanted to drop by here and share a few more to give you some inspiration as you’re planning your wedding day. Any one of these will instantly add character to your photo album or wedding film and become a story in and of itself.
1. Graffiti or Art Wall
No matter where you’re getting married, whether it’s on an overseas beach or at a local venue, you can use your surroundings for out-of-the-box photo opportunities.
Look for colorful graffiti, murals, and bold art walls to stand near. The colors and artwork will not only add a whole new element to your wedding photos, it will bring the story of your city into your album.
2. Carnival or Carousel
Summer is the time for carnivals, festivals, parades and public celebrations. Every one of these open up a unique photo opportunity on your wedding day.
Once your date is set, grab your community calendar and check out anything happening near your venue on your big day. If there’s a local event you want to drop by, schedule it into your wedding day itinerary with your photographer, videographer and planning team.
Then, secretly whisk away for an hour for a short local tour with your photographer to snatch some personality-filled shots.
Our clients Shane and Courtney took a drive through Huatulco, Mexico and found a picturesque carousel to ride.
3. Staged Waterfront or Beach Shot
Want to incorporate a novel photo shoot into your wedding day that is more sophisticated and classic?
Work with your planner or designer to coordinate the rental of luxurious furnishings, strategically staged on a beachfront, pier or balcony with a waterfront view.
4. Playground or Swingset
Even if there isn’t a festival happening near your venue on your wedding day, you can still create playful images using a local city park or neighborhood playground.
From tire swings to monkey bars, slides and rock walls, local playgrounds have plenty of props to create a fun mini photo shoot on your wedding day.
5. Sealife Inspired
The sand, the sea and aquatic life all bring to mind visions of summertime escapes.
Luckily, incorporating a little sealife into your wedding day doesn’t require you to get married in a tropical destination. Whether you rendezvous to the local city aquarium or find eye popping artwork of your favorite sea creatures, you can devise your own ocean-inspired wedding photos.
Take a cue from Rene and Claudia’s Riviera Maya engagement shoot, which featured them both swimming with real sea turtles as well as posing in front of a mural of sea turtles. Both images were spectacular.
6. Unique Local Transportation
Limos, vintage vehicles and horse carriages aren’t your only options for transport-inspired wedding photos.
Cities across the world have their own culturally unique, local transportation; like vintage VW campers from Buttercup Bus out of London, the trollies in San Francisco and The Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh.
From creative bicycles to motorized trikes, the destination you’ve chosen for your summer wedding probably has a transportation gem that you can use in your photos.
Hop on, take a tour through town, and get some playful photos for your wedding album.
7. On the Pier
Whether you’re saying your “I Do’s” by the beach, river, canal, or lake, there’s a good chance there’s a pier nearby that you can use as your personal stage.
Add props like a couch and table to give your photos an extra layer of whimsy or stand on the pier and use the natural backdrop as a stunning summer scene.
Inspired yet? Summer Wedding Conclusion
Whether you’re getting married locally in Worcester, elsewhere in the UK or having a destination wedding, take a look around the area and see what kinds of playful summer-inspired photo and video opportunities await you.