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Recommendations for Your Wedding Photographs

About 2 year(s) ago by Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres

Pictures capture the wonderful memories at your wedding and are something that you will cherish for years to come. As a result, there is a great deal of importance on finding the best wedding photographer and ensuring that he or she documents your special day exactly how you anticipated. To help your photographer take the photographs you most want, it is suggested that you provide him or her with a list of desired wedding pictures. Below are suggested lists of different occasions and moments for your photographer to capture.

Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony

  • Wedding dress lying over a chair or hung on a decorative hanger
  • Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress
  • Mother of the bride putting on the bride's necklace
  • The bride's garter, veil, shoes, jewelry or other accessories
  • A close-up of the bride's shoes peeking out from under the dress
  • Single shots of the bride getting ready, looking in a mirror or out the window
  • Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup or getting ready
  • Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
  • Mother/father handing bride bouquet
  • Bride hugging parents
  • Bride touching up
  • Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
  • Single shots of the groom getting ready, looking in a mirror or out the window
  • Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
  • Groom hugging parents
  • Groom and groomsmen getting ready and hanging out together

Wedding Photography Shots At the Ceremony

  • Outside of ceremony site
  • Guests walking into ceremony site
  • Bride and father entering ceremony site
  • Parents being seated
  • Grandparents being seated
  • Maid of honor walking down the aisle
  • Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
  • Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle
  • Groom waiting for bride
  • Ceremony Musicians
  • Officiant
  • Altar or canopy during ceremony
  • Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance
  • Bride and father walking down aisle
  • Groom seeing bride for the first time
  • The back of bride and father walking down the aisle – with the groom waiting in the distance
  • Bride's Father and Bride hugging at end of aisle
  • The Unity Ceremony
  • Close up of bride and groom saying the vows
  • Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows
  • Exchanging the Rings
  • Close-up of hands
  • The first kiss as husband and wife
  • Bride & Groom walking up the aisle
  • Receiving line
  • Bride & Groom outside on steps
  • Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed
  • Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations
  • Bride & Groom getting in car
  • Bride & Groom in back seat

Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception

These can also be taken before the ceremony.

  • Bride alone (full length)
  • Bride with Maid of Honor
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride with parents
  • Bride & Groom together
  • Bride & Groom with parents
  • Bride & Groom with families
  • Bride & Groom with entire wedding party
  • Bride & Groom with flower girl and ring bearer
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom with best man
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Bride with groomsmen

During the Reception

To help your photographer, you may wish to list these shots in the order they will happen at your reception.

Outside of reception site
Bride & Groom arriving
Bride & Groom greeting guests
Table Centerpieces
Table setting
Bride & Groom's table (head table)
Musicians or DJ
Guest book
Place card table
Closeup of bride and groom's place card
Wedding cake
Groom's cake
Gift table
Decorations and details
A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table
Bride with college alums
Groom with college alums
The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving
Bride & Groom's first dance
Bride & Father dancing
Groom & Mother dancing
Guests dancing
Bride & Groom cutting the cake
Bride & Groom feeding each other cake
Bride & Groom drinking champagne
Signing the marriage license
Bride throwing bouquet
Groom retrieving garter
Groom tossing garter
Garter/Bouquet dance
The getaway car
Bride & Groom leaving party
Bride & Groom driving away

Of course, these lists are not finite and you should certainly inform your photographer of any other shots you would like him or her to capture. Such details and communication can ensure that you are happy with your wedding photos!

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