10 Must-Have Wedding Shots
- Getting-reading shots of both the male and female members of the bridal party. This includes the bridal party putting on make-up, getting hair done, and putting on their dresses. Also include groomsmen putting on ties, jackets, and boutonnieres.
- Still shots of wedding accessories. Make sure to include the dress, preferably hung up, the bride’s shoes, notable jewelry, and the bouquets. For the groomsmen feature any notable wardrobe attire such as ties or cufflinks.
- Exterior and interior shots of the ceremony site before guests arrive. Pay special attention to flower arrangements, wedding programs, and unique location accents.
- Close-ups of bride and groom during ceremony: bride walking down the aisle, father giving his daughter away, reading of vows, first kiss, marriage announcement, etc.
- Family pictures with both bride and groom’s relatives. Discuss ahead of time which specific combinations of family members you want, time will be short so have this conversation with your photographer ahead of time.
- Reception site before wedding party arrives. Special attention should be placed on the cake, table settings, arrival of guests, and any notable location landmarks or highlights.
- Grand march/arrival of the wedding party and speeches.
- The dance: the couple’s first dance, father/daughter and mother/son, tossing of the bouquets, and shots of wedding guests throughout the event.
- Private moment with the bride and the groom. Steal away for a few moments for a few intimate shots with your partner. Your photographer should be able to find a location that is both private and suitable for pictures.
- The bride and groom leaving. Whether it is at the end of the night or halfway through the reception, a final farewell shot is a wonderful cap to the day.
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