The dress, the flowers, the bridal party and all the decorations, there are a lot of things you’ll want to remember and reminisce on from your wedding day. While some of these details may be obvious there are others that you might not have thought about, This list will give you some ideas of the must have shots you’ll want to look back on for years to come.
You will want to make sure your photographer has a list of every shot you want! Down my free Ultimate Wedding Photo List so you can just print it off, highlight the shots you want, hand it to your photographer – and then there’s no disappointment later when you realise there isn’t a single photo of your cake, or you with your granny, or of the two of you kissing (it happens, I belong to wedding photographer groups and it’s shocking how often they post in a panic when they realized they missed shots – with a list there is no excuse!).
Photos you don’t want to miss!
While there will be plenty of shots of you in your wedding dress, and you have probably snapped hundreds on your phone, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to have a beautiful shot of your dress hanging in the morning sunlight before you put it on. Order a custom, personalized hanger for your dress photos and keep it as a memento forever! Now is the time to look for places around your house and garden for this photo.
You’ll want your photographer to use their creative skills to take beautiful images of your wedding rings bands and don’t forget the photo of your rings with your flowers, the marriage register, and signing pen! Ask your Officiant to work with your photographer to make this shot happen! Book me and you won’t need to ask, I work closely with every photog I can!
Your shoes may not get as much attention as they deserve on your wedding day, but they really bring your whole look together. You’ll want to have the details of your shoes captured as well. So many of my brides put so much thought and care into choosing their wedding shoes and I have seen it all! Strappy sparkly heels, cowboy boots, Doc Martens, pink Converse hightops, flipflops, sandals, and every other kind of shoe you can imagine! It’s one of the ways my brides (and sometimes grooms) express their true self on a day that might be really far removed from their own personal style – be sure to capture that in every way you can!
4. Special Mementos
Whether it’s a necklace, earrings or a special charm wrapped around your wedding bouquet to remember a loved one, these little mementos are something you’ll want to have documented. I often see those small framed photos in bouquets, pinned on grooms, and in corsages and we want to make sure you have photos of them to add to your memories!
5. Getting Ready
From getting your hair done, having your makeup done to being zipped and buttoned into your dress, the groom with his friends and family getting suited up, the getting ready shots are some of the most fun and sentimental shots you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget the props like balloons, custom robes, and champagne!
6. Notes and Gifts
Most brides and grooms exchange little love notes or gifts the morning of the wedding and the moment you read these sweet notes are definitely ones you will want to cherish and remember. Now is the time to start writing those letters to each other – keep a notebook of your thoughts so you don’t forget what you wanted to say when the time comes to sit down with pen and the fancy paper!
“Reliable, resourceful and Godsent.
In every arena Avril performs with a masterful grace. Search not a moment further because your special day/event is best guided by Avril’s expert hands!“
7. Bride/Groom Glamour Shot
Once your hair and makeup is perfectly done and you are dressed and ready for your walk down the aisle, you’ll want to take a few moments to get some of those high fashion styled shots of just you. Make sure you have someone ready to help style you, fix your dress, and tell you to stand up straight!
8. First Look
There is nothing quite like the expression your soon-to-be spouse gives when they see you for the first time all done up in your wedding attire. While in the past this was left for the big moment when the bride walks down the aisle, a first look can really enhance this moment. The first look allows you to see each other for the first time without having to keep your composure in front of all your guests. It allows you to get a genuine and natural reaction to seeing each other and can result in incredibly beautiful moments you won’t want to miss.
For the sake of your guests and vendors, please have someone watching the time to make sure you don’t get so caught up in this moment that you miss your ceremony because you are 40 minutes late (yes it has happened, no it wasn’t cute).
The flower girls, the ring bearer or just some of the adorably dressed children of the guests attending your wedding will make for sweet images that will bring a smile to your face. Scour the internet for fun poses and style ideas for the kids at your wedding – there are so many ways to get them smiling and full of joy for the camera moments!
10. Reception Details
There are a lot of things that you’ll want to have pictures of at your reception site. You’ll want to allow your photographer to get into the reception prior to your guests arriving so they can capture the table settings, escort cards, guest books and more untouched. You also might want to rope this area off from guests so everything is exactly perfect for these photos! I know I love being able to get in for a few minutes to take photos and turn them into blog posts of each of my couples!
Not only will you want pictures of the person giving the speech but you will also want your reactions and your guests’ reactions to the speeches. This is where having a second shooter also comes in handy (you will want one for your ceremony too!) so shots are being captured from different angles and parts of the room or tent!
There are so many ways to capture your departure and this is one thing you don’t want to leave out. Whether you are running out the door with your guest throwing flower petals or lighting sparklers you’ll want to have your farewell captured to remember how you ended your big day. I know a lot of photographers leave weddings hours before everyone else does so this is a conversation you want to have before you book your photographer and sign the contract – don’t assume they will be there until the bitter end!
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