There is nothing quite as heart-warming as the connection between a father and a daughter, especially on her wedding day. There are so many moments throughout your wedding day that involve your dad, but there is a handful that should definitely be on your shot list. Make sure you let your photographer know you want these shots included on the master list for your big day.
The first look
Capturing your father’s reaction to seeing you in your dress for the first time is a must. If there is one father daughter photo to add to your list, it’s this one. Don’t forget to budget time for first looks so you don’t end up running late for your ceremony. It’s a good idea to have a friend with a watch who can help you stay on track as most brides don’t wear a watch on their wedding day!
The post-look portrait
After your photographer captures your father’s natural reaction to your dress, pose for a portrait with him. This can be a really moving and emotional portrait that you can treasure forever.
The hand kiss
You will always be your dad’s little princess, so grab a shot of your father holding and kissing your hand before he “gives you away”.
Another option is to capture a warm embrace with your dad. This is another shot that you can treasure for years to come. I always suggest that my brides give their dad a hug when they get to the end of the aisle!
Tying his tie
To involve your dad in more photos during the getting-ready process, grab a few shots of you tying his tie or bowtie for him. You can also get shots of you pinning his boutonniere on as well – or at least pretending to if you don’t know how to pin one on.
The walk down the aisle
This must-have shot is always beautiful. Not only does it capture this moment with your father but the emotions you feel as he guides you down the aisle towards your partner. You should also definitely get a shot of your dad lifting your veil, if you decide to have one. Don’t forget to pause before you start your big walk so your photographer can get a clean shot of the two of you together!
Lastly, if you’re planning to dance with your dad, make sure your photographer knows to capture this moment. Make sure you know what time your photographer plans to leave your weddings so you can schedule every reception element Give this schedule to your DJ or MC so they can make announcements and keep everyone on schedule.
If your dad is one of the most important people in your life, speak to your photographer about other photo ideas for your big day – great photographers will always have lots of ideas for you!
Once you have decided on the shots with your dad, go back through the list and see which ones you can take with your mom too!
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