Photograph - Wedding

Wedding photography plays an essential role in every bridal couple’s special day. It is more than capturing great photos; it’s about capturing memories and the emotions behind the photographs. 

So, when the married couple opens their album years later, they reflect on the feelings and memories that made their day so special. 

Several aspects of wedding day photography require artistic talent and skill. This may include portraits and ceremony shots but also areas like headshots and group shots where there can be over 100 people in one image.

Most wedding photographers are open to suggestions from their clients, so the couple should provide a brief list of photographs they would like to have to remember their special day.

Listed below are a few ideas of the most important photographs on a wedding day.

1. Its all in the details

The wedding day is always so busy that the bridal couple may need help seeing or remembering the details that made their big day so special. 

It is, therefore, the duty of the photographer to capture the following details;

  • The wedding invitation, program, 
  • The bridal jewellery and rings
  • Wedding dresses and Groom’s suit
  • Bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres

2. Pre-Wedding Preparations

The pre-wedding preparations, like the bridal parties and dress-up, are as necessary to the couples as the main ceremony. 

During the pre-wedding preparations, the wedding parties relax, allowing the photographer to capture several candid, unplanned shots, which may tear the bride years after the wedding day. 

The couple may want the following pre-wedding preparations photographs;

  • Bride and bridesmaids while getting their hair and makeup done
  • Photos of the bride/groom with their parents or close family members
  • Respective wedding parties enjoying the preparations
  • Shots of the Bride with each of her parents before and after getting dressed

3. Pre-Ceremony Photos

The period before the ceremony allows the couple to spend time with their bridesmaids or groomsmen. And so the wedding couple may wish to have photographs to remember those precious moments before marriage. 

Pre-ceremony photos the wedding couple may wish to include in their album are;

  • The bridal couple alone, their first glimpse of one another
  • The Bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls
  • The Groom, groomsmen, and ring bearer

4. The Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony is busy and stressful enough for the couple. There are specific moments they would like to store in their memory banks. 

The following wedding ceremony photos are essential;

  • Photos of the venue, floral arrangements, interior and exterior shots
  • The Groom waiting with the groomsmen inside the venue
  • Bridal party entrance into the venue
  • The Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s reaction
  • Bridal couple exchanging their vows and rings
  • Bridal couple’s first kiss (the couple arranged with the wedding officiator to step back for this photo, so the image reflects the couple alone)
  • The bridal couple signing the marriage certificate

5. Group Photos

After the wedding ceremony, every person is relaxed; the day is almost over, and the marriage is complete. It is time to capture photos of every person who made the day memorable and unique. 

The photographer should capture the following photographs that will be important a couple years later;

  • The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Couple with their respective parents, separately and together with the parents of the Bride and Groom.
  • If the couple has children, photos with them are important
  • Couple with their siblings
  • The bridal couple with family members
  • A group photograph of every person attending the wedding is also a keepsake. 

6. The Wedding Reception

The bridal couple will cherish the photographs of the reception. The first toast as a bridal couple is essential to them. Or their first dance. 

Memories may fade over time, but photographs remind them of their special day, the day they pledged to share their love of one another with family and friends.

Here are essential photographs of the reception the bridal couple will treasure;

  • The reception venue, floral arrangements, place settings, and perhaps the food.
  • Pictures of the wedding cake are always important.
  • Their entrance as a married couple.
  • Toasts and speeches.
  • Cutting the wedding cake
  • Their first dance and the Bride’s dance with her father capture the day’s emotions.

7. The Evening

The day is winding down. Guests are leaving, and the couple is preparing to leave for their honeymoon.

The bridal couple may wish to have photographs to remember that time. The following photos of them after the reception are essential;

  • Throwing of the bouquet
  • Their goodbyes to their parents, siblings, and family members
  • The bridal car as the couple drives off with the “Just Married” sign.


The couple may use the information above as a guide. The day may unfold differently from the one the couple planned months. 

A professional photographer can provide advice on which photographs are essential. However, when the bridal couple lets them know their preferences, it allows the photographer to spend on crucial shots, so they may relax and enjoy their nuptial ceremonies.

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