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The Complete Guide to Must-Have Wedding Photos


Must Have Wedding Photos

Weddings are magical moments, and capturing these moments in photographs is part of the magic. Wedding photographs are more than just beautiful images. They encapsulate the emotions, joy, and love that permeate the wedding day. For this reason, I have compiled an extensive guide of must-have wedding photos that your wedding photographer/wedding photographers should capture on your big day.


I am RayCee the Artist, a professional wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. If you would like me to capture wedding photography for you, please contact me at raycee@rayceeartist.com to learn about the different wedding packages which I offer!


I also offer amazing wedding photo albums and wall art for you to choose from! Wedding photo albums and wall art are the perfect way to immortalize your cherished memories from your wedding day!


Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram and YouTube!

Pre-Wedding Preparation Photos

The Wedding Dress

Must Have Wedding Photos

The wedding gown is a significant part of any wedding. A photograph of the bride's wedding dress while it's still on the hanger in the bridal suite is a classic shot that you should not miss. It is also an excellent opportunity to showcase the exquisite details of the gown, such as the beadwork, lace, or embroidery.

Bridal Accessories

Must Have Wedding Photos

Your wedding accessories add a touch of elegance and personality to your bridal look. Don't forget to get close-up shots of your bridal shoes, jewelry, veil, and any other special pieces you've chosen for your big day.

The Bridal Bouquet


Must Have Wedding Photos

The bridal bouquet is another significant element of the bride's ensemble. A detail shot of the bouquet allows you to capture the beauty and intricacy of the flower arrangement.

The Groom's Attire

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Equally essential is the groom's attire. Photographs of the groom's suit, shoes, tie, cufflinks, and boutonniere are must-haves.

Getting Ready

Must Have Wedding Photos

Capture the excitement and anticipation in the room as the bride and groom get ready. These candid photos often include the bridal party helping the bride with her makeup and dress, the groom adjusting his tie, or a parent giving their child a reassuring look.

First Look Photos

The first look is a sweet and intimate tradition where the couple sees each other in their wedding outfits for the first time. Although this is not mandatory, it is a beautiful moment that you might want to consider capturing.

Couple's First Look

Must Have Wedding Photos

The couple's first look is a moment filled with raw emotion and love. This moment is worth capturing, whether you're both teary-eyed, laughing, or simply stunned by each other's wedding day look.

First Look with Parents and Siblings

Besides the couple's first look, consider capturing the emotional first look reactions of parents and siblings. These photos will surely be treasured keepsakes.

Ceremony Venue and Details

Prior to the arrival of the guests, take time to photograph the wedding venue in all its glory. Capture the grandeur of the exterior and the intricate details of the interior.

Exterior and Interior of the Venue

Must Have Wedding Photos

Capture the overall ambiance of the ceremony space, including a wide shot of the venue, the altar, the aisle, and the seating arrangement.

Ceremony Details

Must Have Wedding Photos

Detail shots of the ceremony programs, floral arrangements, and any other unique décor elements are important. These photos help tell the complete story of your wedding day.

Wedding Ceremony Photos

The wedding ceremony is the heart of the wedding day. It's essential to capture every significant moment, from the processional to the recessional.

Walking Down the Aisle

Must Have Wedding Photos

The bride walking down the aisle is a momentous occasion. Capture the anticipation and emotion on the bride's face as she walks down the aisle, as well as the groom's reaction as he sees his bride. Also, capture the flower girls and ring bearer.

Exchanging of Vows and Rings

Must Have Wedding Photos

The exchanging of vows and wedding rings are the most heartfelt moments in any wedding ceremony. Ensure these moments are captured from different angles to encapsulate the emotion and significance fully.

The First Kiss

Must Have Wedding Photos

The first kiss as a married couple is a highlight of the ceremony. It's a beautiful representation of love and commitment and certainly a must-have wedding photo.

Post-Ceremony Photos

Once the ceremony is over, it's time to capture the joy and relief on the newlyweds' faces.

The Recessional

Must Have Wedding Photos

The recessional marks the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the celebration. Capture the newlyweds as they joyfully walk back down the aisle, possibly through a shower of confetti or flower petals.

Just Married Shots

Must Have Wedding Photos

Capture the newlyweds' happiness and love with some "just married" shots. These can be candid or posed, but the key is to capture the joy of the moment.

Group Photos

Must Have Wedding Photos

Group photos with the wedding party, family, and friends are essential. These photos commemorate the loved ones who were there to celebrate this special day with you.

Couple's Portraits

After the ceremony and group photos, take some time to capture wedding portraits of the newlyweds. These portrait session photos are often the most cherished as they capture the couple's love and happiness on their wedding day.

Bride and Groom Portraits

Must Have Wedding Photos

Whether it's a sweet candid shot or a posed photo, ensure you have a variety of bride and groom portraits. These photos should capture your love and excitement on your wedding day.

Creative Shots

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Don't be afraid to get creative with your couple's portraits. Use your venue, props, or even a smoke bomb to create unique and eye-catching photos.

Reception Details

The reception (and cocktail hour) is where the party happens, and it's all about the details. From the table settings to the wedding cake, these elements add personality to your wedding.

Reception Venue

Must Have Wedding Photos

Capture the overall look and feel of the reception venue before the guests arrive. This includes wide shots of the space, the dance floor, and the dining area.

Table Settings and Decor

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Detail shots of the table settings, centerpieces, place cards, and other decor elements are important. They help tell the complete story of your wedding day. To learn about different wedding table decorations, please read my article "Wedding Table Decorations."

Wedding Cake

Must Have Wedding Photos

Don't forget to capture the wedding cake before it's cut. Get a close-up of the cake design as well as a shot of the cake within the context of the reception space.

Reception Moments

The reception is full of fun and memorable moments. From the first dance to the cake cutting, these moments are filled with joy and celebration.

First Dance

Must Have Wedding Photos

The first dance as a married couple is a special moment. Capture the couple's joy and love, as well as the reactions of the guests.

Speeches and Toasts

Must Have Wedding Photos

Capture the emotions during the speeches and toasts, from the laughter to the tears. Include photos of the speakers as well as the couple's reactions.

Cake Cutting

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The cake cutting ceremony is a classic reception moment. Capture the couple as they cut the cake and feed each other a slice.

Party Shots

Once the formalities are over, it's time to let loose and party. Capture the fun and energy of the party, from the dancing to the laughter.

Dancing

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Capture the fun on the dance floor, from the couple's dance to the guests' moves. These photos will show the energy and joy of the celebration.

Guests

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Don't forget to capture the guests enjoying themselves. These photos will serve as wonderful memories for both you and your guests.

Farewell Shots

End your wedding day on a high note with some farewell shots. Whether it's a grand exit with sparklers or a quiet goodbye, these photos will wrap up your wedding day story beautifully.

Couple's Exit

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Capture the couple's exit from the reception. This could be a grand exit with sparklers or confetti, or a simple wave goodbye.

Just Married Car

Must Have Wedding Photos

If you're leaving in a "just married" car, get a shot of the couple in the car as they drive off. This photo signifies the end of the wedding and the start of the couple's life together. To learn about great wedding car decorations, please read my article "Simple Car Decoration for Wedding."

Conclusion


Remember, your must-have wedding photos may vary based on your personal preferences, cultural traditions, and unique wedding details. Use this guide as a starting point and customize your wedding photo shot list (wedding ceremony photo checklist and wedding reception photo checklist) to fit your wedding. After all, these must-have wedding photos and your wedding photo album & wall art will serve as lasting memories of your special day.


I am RayCee the Artist, a professional wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. If you would like me to capture wedding photography for you, please contact me at raycee@rayceeartist.com to learn about the different wedding packages which I offer!


I also offer amazing wedding photo albums and wall art for you to choose from! Wedding photo albums and wall art are the perfect way to immortalize your cherished memories from your wedding day!


Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram and YouTube!


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