30 Must-Take Wedding Photos
While the memory of your Big Day is most important, the key to an amazing wedding album is making sure the photographer captures all the right moments. From the first dance as husband and wife to cutting the cake, capturing every beautiful detail of your wedding day is really important. We’ve compiled a list of must-take photo ops for your Big Day.
Groomsmen Getting Ready
Nerves? You’d never guess it with this crew. Snag a few shots of the groom and his guys fixing ties and prepping hair before the ceremony.
Bridesmaids Getting Ready
You’ll definitely want to remember the moments spent primping in satin robes and sipping champagne in oversized button downs. These are moments to remember–and raise a glass to.
Although you’ll have several shots of you in your gorgeous gown, you’ll want to look back and admire the exact dress you’ve dreamed about since childhood.
A small token of such a tremendous commitment. Photograph the rings that represent your love… and to always admire that gorgeous diamond!
From the save-the-date to the invitation, capture all of the paper pieces that celebrate your wedding day.
Roses, ranunculus, peonies, oh my. One by one you carefully picked each flower. Make sure to get a detailed shot of your entire bouquet.
He’s got a flower too. Take a close-up of that little bud pinned to his lapel.
Yes, it’s totally acceptable–and required–for you to take a photo all by yourself. This is, after all, your Big Day.
That moment when you first see one another. Whatever your style may be, have a photo taken to depict your personalities during this special, once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Maid of Honor
She’s your rock. She’s always got your back. Now is the time to let her be there for your most joyous occasion.
First Emotions From Family
Flashback to the moment when you were Mom and Dad’s little princess. Have your photographer discretely capture a few photos of you with your parents reading notes from loved ones.
A group shot is always a great shot. Take a more formal photograph, and then take a more fun and laid-back approach. Pyramids are always acceptable–after the ceremony, that is.
The gang is all together. Probably one of the best keepsakes of the entire day, reminding you of the incredible support system you’ve had your entire life.
It’s so important to take a photo of that beautiful spot where you will exchange your vows.
The magical details–floral arrangements, aisle markers, ceremony booklets–that make the venue your venue.
Remember the ones who witnessed this special unity.
The Bridal Exchange
This is an incredible shot that tells a lifelong story of the bride being formally introduced to the groom. Remarkably special.
When the groom sees his bride, it is a brief, yet extremely powerful emotion and should always be remembered.
The exchanging of these special words will certainly be a blur afterwards. Have this photo to remind you of those personal and powerful words.
It’s the first married kiss, and that speaks for itself.
“I Now Pronounce You”
As you exit the ceremony space, have your photographer capture this incredible moment.
The table settings, the dance floor, the menu card, the lighting– a shot of the venue before guests arrive will always remind you of the time and creativity that went into bringing such a beautiful and personal affair together
Signature Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres
Favorite drink? Regional-inspired appetizers? Capture every delicious detail of cocktail hour.
One cake, two cakes, wedding cake, groom’s cake–all of the sweetness for guests to enjoy.
Cutting of The Cake
It’s a traditional photo–and usually one of the most cherished.
The Band & Party
From Motown to country, the band sets the stage for a packed dance floor.
The First Dance
While Frank Sinatra fills the room, have your photographer capture the spins, dips, and two-steps. Yes, all of that rehearsing has finally paid off.
The Other Dances
The bride and her dad, the groom and his mom, and every other shag and shuffle in between.
Bride and Groom at Reception
Time to party. Make sure the photographer doesn’t miss a beat.
Whether you exit through clouds of confetti or a tunnel of sparklers, this is the farewell photo not to be missed.