Everything you’ve heard is true: Your wedding day comes and goes so quickly. That’s part of the reason almost every couple has a wedding photographer on hand – to capture all of the special moments of the day so that you can look back on them for years to come. While your photographer will guide you on the moments they plan on capturing, it’s important to know exactly what you want too. So, get ready for your close up by taking a look at our top 10 must have wedding photos.
For most brides, the wedding dress is the star of the show on the big day! Photos of the dress by itself will allow you to look back on your dream dress and view every detail and remember what it was like seeing it for the first time. One of the more traditional photos is of the dress hung from a wardrobe door, mirror or window but don’t be afraid to ask for specific, close-up details of particular elements that you love about your dress such as the beading or a lace neckline.
Whether you’re wearing Converse, gumboots or sparkly customized shoes, don’t be afraid to get creative with your shoes and ask the photographer to document your fancy footwear.
Ask your photographer to arrive early to capture those behind-the-scenes moments of joy and laughter, while wearing matching dressing gowns and accessories in true Pinterest style. Getting ready is a special part of the big day to look back on, as it reminds couples of the intimate and personal time spent with their closest friends and family in an intimate and once in a lifetime setting.
Throughout the day there are so many ‘first looks’ to capture, from the moment the father of the bride sees his daughter in her dress for the first time, to when guests see the beautiful bride and her bridesmaids walking down the aisle.
From Confetti to Rose Petals
Capture the joy of the moment with a flurry of confetti, rose petals or even sparklers as the bride and groom retreat down the aisle after the announcement as the new Mr an
d Mrs. Not only do these elements make for such fun photos, they also make such a mess so make sure to speak with your venue beforehand to enquire about their rules surrounding the use of these items.
The Perfect Kiss
Possibly the most epic photo of them all – the kiss. There are so many romantic ways to document the all-important kiss, including using props such as umbrellas, scenery backdrops or even just a close up in an intimate setting. Don’t be wary of the camera, this day is about celebrating your love and there’s nothing to be shy about that!
The cake is not just a tabletop prop in your wedding reception, it is an extension of your wedding décor and personality from the design to the tastes within. Consider asking your photographers to highlight it in some close-up photos to capture it in all its tiered and iced glory.
For many brides, the wedding is the culmination of months of prep, so they want to know that they’ll have plenty of pictures of them in their gown to look back on. Think about how you want to be captured in all your bridal glory and go for it! Typically taken earlier in the day, these photos could include incorporating a sunset, walking down a deserted path or even just a close up shot of you feeling particularly beautiful on this special day.
The First Dance
The first dance is something all couples should include in their wedding photo checklist, and perhaps is one of the most memorable aspects of the wedding. The photographer should have a good view of the newly married couple during the dance, to photograph the twists and turns as they move across the dance floor.
Think ahead to when you’ll be sending out your ‘Thank You’ cards and come prepared with a sign or organized shot to be included in those cards that says ‘thank you’ to your guests. This is not only an incredibly personalized approach but also acts as a beautiful memento of your special day for all those who gathered to celebrate with you.
Preparation is key to getting the shots that you want and if you’ve spent any time on Pinterest then you’ll already know the traditional must-have photos, so don’t be afraid to add some fun and your own personality to your wedding album!