Your photographer will take plenty of shots of the first dance, wedding cake and bouquet toss. But what about the not-obvious ones, like you alone with your beloved grandmother or your ceremony site’s majestic doors?
Here are nine photos you’ll want to add to your shot list.
- Bride’s gown hanging on a door
You found the perfect dress, and the big day to wear it is finally here! Before you put it on, have your photographer snap a few shots of one of the most memorable dresses you’ll ever wear.
“It’s a still life of a moment they’ve envisioned since they were young girls,” says Michael Kress, who owns Michael Bennett Kress Photography, in Bethesda, Maryland. “It’s part of the fantasy.”
- The first look
The tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other until the processional is sweetly being ignored today. Now, couples take a few minutes together right before the walk down the aisle for a quick hug and kiss, and a few declarations of love.
“As a wedding photographer, my whole goal is to find capture the emotional moments of the day, and this is a quintessential moment,” says Kress.
- Groom watching bride walk down the aisle
Even if you had a first look, that moment he sees you walking down the aisle is worth capturing forever too. Don’t be surprised if you start getting weepy when you look at him looking at you.
- Newlyweds with their grandparents
If you love your Nonni and PopPop, ask your photographer to snap a few shots of you with them so you can always remember their joy at being part of your wedding day. Make sure your groom does the same with his grandparents.
- Bride and groom listening to the toasts
Funny, poignant, embarrassing, heartfelt –wedding toasts allow some of your closest family and friends to pay tribute to you both on your special day.
To remember the best moments, your photographer should take pictures of the speakers as well as your expressions as you’re listening.