As a very busy Warwickshire based Wedding Photographer I’m often capturing the preparations and occasionally a need arises for me to pop down my gear and start fiddling with people’s button holes! The fact of the matter is that in the rush to get ready many of Bridal Party or Groomsmen don’t know about button holes or corsages – and why would they?

Fear not! For what appears to be rocket science to a nervous Groom before his wedding isn’t really that difficult to master.

So let me guide you through the basics so hopefully your Wedding Photographer or Wedding Planner won’t need to intervene at your wedding.

Button Holes (The Man Flower!)…

The chaps wear their button holes on their left lapel pointing up making sure that it is never pushed through the button hole (this doesn’t look very good!). Instead hold the button hole flower above the button hole and pin from behind whilst putting the stem between your thumb and forefinger through the fabric of the lapel. If you get this right then the flower should look like it is floating on the jacket – nice job!

A guide to wedding button holes and corsages by Warwickshire Photographer Chris Fossey Photography 3

Corsages (The flower that is attached to the Mums etc)

Interestingly this goes on the ladies right hand side with the flower downwards with the stem pointing towards their shoulder. Hopefully with the flower upside down it should be a little more comfortable for the lady as well as having a higher chance of staying put! Obviously, care should be taken in the way it is attached to the dress as the fabric will be thinner unlike a men’s jacket lapel.

The Crush!

A lot of the time when I’m shooting Wedding Portraits later in the day, I find the Grooms button hole looks somewhat crushed or withered – not surprising given the number of hugs it’s had and of course it will dry out. I usually remedy this by borrowing another guests button hole if available. It can also be a good idea to perhaps have a spare saved for portraits?

A guide to wedding button holes and corsages by Warwickshire Photographer Chris Fossey Photography 2
In this stunning example, our Bride has chosen to wear a beautiful rose on her left wrist.
Posted by:Chris Fossey Photography

Wedding, Events, Portrait, Commercial and Travel Photographer for Warwickshire, Cotswolds, Midlands and further afield. I have been passionate about photography ever since I was young, inspired by the dreamy coastal landscapes I enjoyed whilst growing up by the sea and my love of vibrant cosmopolitan cities. As a Wedding Photographer I want to capture those key magical moments of the day, from a loving glance to a joke shared with friends, using a combination of photo-reportage and contemporary portrait photography. I see capturing events such as weddings as a privilege and therefore combine pure professionalism with an unobtrusive friendly approach in order to produce comprehensive, yet intimate and personal imagery. For me it is important that my work captures emotion. My work is therefore both expressive and innovative so I can produce images that clients will treasure forever. It is my aim to capture my subjects with dignity and refinement, avoiding the numerous clichés in wedding photography. Through developing a wide range of high profile publicity and promotional campaigns for many years I have developed an appreciation of aesthetics and have a keen eye for detail. I am able to cover a wide range of portrait and event based assignments, either corporate or personal. I am also able to offer on location work for models keen to increase their portfolios. My aims are to exceed expectations in everything I do whilst producing Creative Inspirational Photography.