Your wedding day is one of the most significant moments in your life. It’s a day filled with love, Laughter, and many cherished memories. To ensure that these moments are forever etched in your heart and on paper, capturing the right photographs is essential. Here are a few of my must-have wedding photographs that you should have in your wedding album to treasure for years to come.
Venue Shot – You probably spent months visiting venues trying to decide on the perfect venue that reflects your values and embodies the type of wedding you envisage. A stunning photograph showcasing your venue at its most beautiful can create a lasting impression and set the tone for the rest of the story to follow.
Details – Wedding details are not just inanimate objects; they tell a story. From the intricacies of the bridal gown to the carefully chosen flowers, rings, and table settings. Each detail reflects the couple’s personality and style. Quite often these smaller details will hold value and cherished memories. Photographing these details adds depth and emotion to the visual storytelling and allows the couple to see and appreciate the thought and care that went into every decision, that made the day uniquely theirs.
Getting Ready – I absolutely adore this part of the day. It can be such a mixed bag of emotions; from the calm to the nervous. And the jubilant excitement as you listen to your favourite songs whilst sipping champers or savouring a whiskey as you get ready before heading off to the Church. Capturing photos of you all getting ready is a crucial element of narrating your wedding day story and it sets the scene for what’s to come for the rest of the day. With so much focus on the Father of the Bride, I like to use this point in the day to shine a light on the Mother of the Bride. Capturing her as she assists her daughter into her wedding dress is a touching and emotional moment. It’s a snapshot of the profound love and support shared between a mother and her daughter, adding another layer of depth to the day’s story. Which is why it’s one of my favourite must-have photographs to capture.
Father of the Bride First Look/Walk down the aisle – Every bride has her unique way of approaching the big dress reveal, and not all choose to do it with their fathers; some prefer their bridesmaids. However, for those who opt for the emotional and profound moment of revealing the dress to their fathers, it’s a poignant experience. That first step towards escorting his daughter down the aisle, symbolising passing a lifetime of care on to her husband to protect and cherish as he had done. This moment is a beautiful reflection of the love and bond they share and is always full of love, joy, tears, and a little nostalgia. It’s why I think it’s an important photo to capture.
The First Kiss – The first kiss is a long-standing tradition in many cultures and is one of the highlights of the wedding ceremony. It represents the beginning of a couple’s married life and their commitment to each other. It signifies their love and affection and the promises they’ve made to each other. It’s also a very emotional and joyous moment. Capturing it allows the couple to relive those feelings they felt in the moment when they first became husband and wife (or wife/wife, husband/husband).
The Confetti Throw – This must-have shot takes all the best parts of the wedding and throws them together into one amazingly beautiful photograph. It contains everything that sums up what is so wonderful and unique about a wedding; the Bride and Groom, guests, love, laughter, joy, excitement, a sprinkling of colour, and a dash of the unexpected.
Formal Groups – While modern wedding photography often leans towards a more relaxed and informal style, departing from the heavily staged imagery of the past, there’s still a significant place for formal group photographs in today’s wedding albums. Major life events like weddings are rare occasions when entire families from both sides come together. And although you might intend to mingle with your guests, the reality is that you’ll often be pulled in different directions by well-wishers. In such instances, formal group photos become invaluable. These images not only capture specific people you hold dear but also preserve the essence of family bonds, making them some of the most cherished and treasured shots and a must-have in your wedding album
Couple Portraits – Couples portraits play such an essential and beautiful role in the wedding day. They not only capture the beauty of the couple but illustrate the depth of their love and connection, all set against the picturesque location of their venue. And amidst the whirlwind of a day that flies by in the blink of an eye, they provide a quiet moment of intimacy and reflection to reconnect with each other. It’s for this reason that I love these photos so much. Brimming with love, joy, and emotion and full of romance these will be the ones that end up in frames on mantlepieces and walls.
Candid Guest Reactions – Candid photos of guests reveal the unscripted moments. Those moments of laughter, tears, and emotion between your guests. They showcase the different relationships and personalities of the people you love. These spontaneous images not only preserve the love joy and heartfelt connections of the day but provide a unique perspective that can transport you back to feel the emotions and atmosphere of the day. Candid photos tell a deeper more meaningful story which is why I think they’re an essential element to any wedding album.
The First Dance – Just like the first kiss, the first dance is a pivotal moment in the wedding day narrative and a long-standing tradition. It represents the beginning of a couple’s journey as a married pair and symbolises their first steps into a shared life together. It’s often a touching and emotional moment. And if the couple have learnt a dance routine they’ll definitely want the moment captured to look back on and remember.
Of course, every wedding is unique and different for that couple and sometimes there may not be confetti or first dance. You may find that house rules or restrictions prevent you from being able to capture the shot. But if the opportunity is there, these are the shots that are on my must-grab list.