Every bride and groom wants a day to remember, and photographs of the event ensure that the special day stands the test of time. Go over the wedding photography checklist with your photographer prior to the big day and advise them of any special photos or moments that you would like to capture. Your wedding photographer should provide you with an action plan that details what shots will be taken before, during and after the ceremony.
Before the Wedding
Before the ceremony begins, family photographs and close-ups should be taken of both the bride and groom separately.
The groom should be photographed separately with the best man, each of the groomsmen and the ring bearer. A photograph of the entire group should be taken. Detail photographs should be taken of the tuxes, boutonnieres and grooming essentials. Candid preparation photographs can also be taken during this time.
The bride should be photographed with the maid or matron of honor as well as with each bridesmaid and the flower girl. Group photographs should also be taken. The bridal glamour photos should be taken prior to the ceremony. The bride's accessories such as the dress, shoes and bouquets should be photographed.
During the Wedding
During the wedding ceremony, pivotal moments should not be missed. The photographer should catch candid photos of the ushers seating the guests and the processional. Photographs should be taken of the bride coming down the aisle and of the groom waiting at the altar. An intimate picture of the bride being given away is important as well as candid photos of the ring and vow exchange. The first kiss is a wedding photograph that should not be missed.
After the Wedding
After the wedding, pictures should be taken of the bride and groom signing the marriage license as well as posed formals of the happy couple with the wedding officiant. Formal images should be taken of the bride and groom together at the front of the church and with all members of the wedding party.
Photographs should be taken of the bride and groom outside the church with the wedding party and with guests. Detail portraits should be taken of the bride and groom's hands with the wedding rings on.
The photographer should capture images of the bride and groom exiting the church and leaving in the limo or getaway car.
At the Reception
At the reception, the photographer should capture pictures of the bride and groom arriving at the venue and talking with guests in the receiving line. Images of the first dance, cutting the cake and the toast should be highlighted events. Candid dancing photographs should be obtained of the entire wedding party.
Detail photos should be taken of the wedding cake, food and desert tables, the venue and decorations.
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