I've seen plenty of wedding departures in my photography career and love how some of my sweet couples have taken these last wedding moments as a chance to be creative and leave their guests with something memorable. I've rounded up some of my favorite newlywed departures and wanted to share them with y'all. I hope this gives inspiration to those planning weddings and trying to dream up a creative send off!
P O M S
Lauren and Ben had guests throw these adorable metallic twinkle poms as they left their reception. We did a similar departure at our wedding so this is obviously one of my very favorites!
Resort: Finest Playa Mujeres | Twinkle Poms: Etsy
S E C O N D L I N E
Anna Kathryn and Jesse had what I'd consider my most memorable departure so far - a second line! Guests paraded behind Kinfolk Brass Band in a second line waving custom white hankies and beads. It was a literal party through the streets of New Orleans! To give you some background, these are legit because an official police escort is involved and you have to have a parade permit to do this. It was by far the most unique departure we've experienced and I loved every second of it. Can we bring this tradition to the rest of the south east?
Planner: Sapphire Events | Custom Beads: Beads By The Dozen
Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band
B E L L S
I loved getting to photograph Anna & Edward's wedding with Caitlin, especially since it was a festive Christmas-time party! Guests happily jingled these adorable gold bells as the couple drove off in the cutest vintage green Thunderbird (more on departure vehicles later on...I couldn't resist sharing!).
C O N F E T T I
I've experienced several great confetti moments recently, both paper and snow versions. I love how slowly the paper confetti falls; it makes for fun photos and a charming exit.
Several of my couples (Grace & Bryan, Carrie & Hudson, Marita & Reed, Taylor and JP) used confetti flick sticks, which ranged in color from classic white to two toned metallic to multi-colored flecks raining down! Carrie & Hudson even added in pink ribbon wands, which were super fun mixed in with their shower of rainbow confetti. Others, like Elizabeth & Patton, used "snow" confetti to match their color palette. Betsy & Walt chose white to mimic real snow for their holiday wedding...so festive!
"Snow" Confetti: Amazon | Paper Confetti Flick Sticks: Flutter Fetti
F L O R A L S
There's something so timeless about guests throwing petals and other florals to send off the newlyweds. Pricey & Jackson's guests threw rose petals and Elizabeth & Matt's guests showered them with lavender. I always love a sweet smelling departure!
Florist (rose petals): Garden District | Florist (lavendar): Deedra Stone Designs
S P A R K L E R S & B O A T S
Sparklers are another go-to for a bride & groom's departure, but this doesn't always end with fireworks and a get away boat! Molly & Chase ended the night with their guests watching fireworks over the lake, then jetted off to their honeymoon in their family boat.
Planner: Oliver Hooper Events
S P O R T S G E A R
I'm not a huge sports fan but I can still appreciate when a bride will stand by her new husband's obsession of various sports and teams. Kylene & Nick were sent off down a line of excited friends cheering through custom megaphones and waving Georgia themed pom-poms and flags. If that doesn't get you excited for football season, I don't know what will!
Karina & Brent's guests supported this couple's loved of Grizzlies basketball by waving Growl Towels as the newlyweds walked off into Harbor Town after their Memphis wedding.
G E T A W A Y V E H I C L E S
I couldn't resist sharing the cutest get away vehicles in this round up of my favorite departures. From vintage cars to new convertibles to boats to carriages, here were some of the best!
Planner: Oliver Hooper Events
Planner: Audrey Hurst | Florist: Flower and Furbish | Car: West Tennessee Motor Coach
Calligraphy: Alison R. Banks
Car: Rockabilly Rides | Planner: Audrey Hurst
Planner: Audrey Hurst
1938 Plymouth Deluxe from Lowcountry Valet
Planner: Linley Stokes
Planner: Mona Dunlap Events
Planner: Oliver Hooper Events | Calligraphy: Marlena Sigman
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