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The 40 Wedding Photos You Must Have on Your Big Day

Wedding photography is not just about capturing moments; it's about freezing emotions, preserving memories, and telling a story that will be cherished for generations to come. Your wedding day is a whirlwind of emotions and events, and having the right photographer to document it all is crucial. From the nervous anticipation before the ceremony to the joyous celebration on the dance floor, each moment is fleeting but can be immortalized through the lens of a skilled photographer. Here's a guide to the 40 essential wedding photos you must have on your big day.

Getting ready wedding photos

  1. Wedding dress and bridal details Before the chaos ensues, take a moment to capture the intricate details of your wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories. These photos will serve as a beautiful reminder of the care and attention put into every aspect of your bridal ensemble.

2. Bride and Bridesmaids

Celebrate the bond of friendship and sisterhood with photos of the bride and her bridesmaids. Whether sharing laughter, tears, or quiet moments of reflection.

3. Getting ready

The anticipation builds as the bride and her bridesmaids prepare for the ceremony. Candid shots of hair and makeup sessions, the final touches being applied, and last-minute nerves being calmed will add depth and authenticity to your wedding photos

4. Mother and bride

There's a special bond between a mother and her daughter on her wedding day. Capture the tender moments of affection, pride, and love shared between them before the ceremony begins.

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5. Groom getting ready

While the focus is often on the bride, don't forget to capture the groom's preparations as well. From tying his tie to sharing a toast with his groomsmen, these photos will showcase his excitement and nerves before saying "I do."

6. Groom and groomsmen

First Look

7. First look w/ groom

The moment the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day is filled with raw emotion and genuine love. Capture this intimate moment as they share a private reveal before the ceremony begins.

8. Bride & Groom Photos Bride alone

Set aside time for a private photo session with just the bride and groom. These photos will capture the essence of your love and commitment to each other against the backdrop of your wedding venue.

9. Bride alone

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the day, steal a quiet moment alone to capture the bride's beauty, grace, and anticipation as she prepares to walk down the aisle.

10. Bride and bridesmaids

Before the ceremony, take group photos of the bride with her bridesmaids, showcasing their friendship and support throughout the day.

11. Bride with maid of honor

Celebrate the bride's closest confidante and supporter with a special photo of her and the maid of honor. Every best friend must have this wedding photo!


12. Ceremony decoration

Document the beauty and ambiance of your ceremony space with photos of the decorations, floral arrangements, and any special touches that reflect your personal style.

13. Flower girl / Ring bearer

14. Wedding Party walking down the aisle

As the wedding party enters the ceremony space, capture the anticipation and excitement on their faces as they prepare to witness your union.

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15. Bride walking down the aisle

One of the most iconic moments of the wedding day, capture the bride's graceful entrance as she walks down the aisle, accompanied by the music and the adoring gaze of her loved ones.

16. Grooms face watching bride walk down

The look on the groom's face as he sees his bride walking towards him is priceless. Make sure to capture this moment of pure love and emotion.

17. Exchange of rings

Document the exchange of rings, a symbolic gesture of your commitment and love for each other, with close-up shots that highlight the beauty and significance of the moment.

18. First Kiss

Seal your vows with a kiss, and let your photographer capture the joy and elation of this first kiss as husband and wife.

19. Bride and Groom walking out of ceremony

As you make your grand exit as newlyweds, capture the joy and excitement of this moment as you walk hand in hand, surrounded by the love and well wishes of your guests.

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20. Guests reactions to ceremony

From tears of joy to beaming smiles, capture the heartfelt reactions of your guests as they witness your ceremony and celebrate your love.

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Family photos

21. First look with parents of bride 

Before the ceremony begins, share a special moment with your parents, and let your photographer capture the love and pride in their eyes as they see you on your wedding day.

22. Bride with family

Gather your family for a group photo that celebrates the love and support of those who have been with you every step of the way.

23. Groom with family

Similarly, capture special moments with the groom and his family, highlighting the bonds and relationships that are being celebrated on this joyous occasion.

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24. Bride, groom with bridesmaid and groomsmen

Bring together the entire wedding party for group photos that showcase the friendships and connections that have brought you all together on this day.

Reception Wedding Photos

25. Bridesmaids entrance

26. Groomsmen entrance

27. Bride and Groom entrance

Capture the excitement and anticipation as the bridesmaids make their entrance, setting the stage for the bride's grand arrival.

28. Venue shots

Take advantage of the beauty of your wedding reception with stunning shots that showcase the architecture, scenery, and ambiance of the space.

29. Venue Flowers decoration

Highlight the floral arrangements and decorations that adorn your wedding venue, adding color, beauty, and elegance to the celebration.

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30. Menu

31. Shots of tables/centerpieces

Capture the details of your reception tables, including the centerpieces, table settings, and any personalized touches that reflect your style and theme.

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32. First Dance

The first dance as husband and wife is a moment of pure magic. Let your photographer capture the romance and intimacy of this special moment.

33. Mother/Son Dance

Celebrate the bond between the groom and his mother with a touching photo of their dance together, capturing the love and affection between them.

34. Father/Daughter Dance

Similarly, capture the heartfelt moments between the bride and her father as they share a dance together, symbolizing their special bond.

35. Speeches/Toast

Document the emotional and heartfelt speeches given by friends and family, capturing the laughter, tears, and special moments shared throughout the evening.

36. Cake / desserts

37. Cake cutting

Capture the joy and playfulness of the cake cutting ceremony, as you and your partner share this sweet moment together.

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38. Dance floor

39. Newly weds leaving the party

As the night comes to a close, capture the bittersweet moment of you and your partner leaving the party, surrounded by the love and well wishes of your guests.

40. Candid photos

Some of the most memorable moments from your wedding day will be the candid, unscripted moments that unfold naturally. Encourage your wedding photographer to capture these spontaneous moments that truly capture the essence and emotion of your special day.