Wedding Day Photos

Wedding day photos can be a few favorites or a comprehensive list as long as you can imagine. Here is our Wedding Day Photo List. The wedding day photo list is overlooked too often. It is the number 2 reason I hear about wedding photos that didn’t turn out like the couple wanted. The number 1 reason is they didn’t hire a profession wedding photographer. Instead they chose a friend or family member. Both are not a good idea if you value your wedding photos. Take the time to make a list. You'll be glad you did.

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Our guide to the wedding photos you want to capture

Although each wedding is unique, with its unique style & characteristics, the structure of the day has some similarities. Below is a listing of the structure we suggest & use at weddings we shoot. Not all of these happen at every wedding. But most of these occur in some sort of fashion. Some weddings have more categories and often spontaneous events happen that create their own new category. This is also a helpful wedding planning resource.


Specific Wedding Items & wedding places

  1. Artifacts of the Day (details) – found objects that reflect the style, décor and emotions.

  2. Rings – close up of the rings; often with other important artifacts

  3. Dress – close ups of details, hanging, laying across a bed, hung in a tree, etc

  4. Flowers – bouquets, center pieces, etc

  5. Venue & Grounds – the setting of your wedding day

Important People in the wedding

  1. Hair, Makeup & Fun – celebrating the fun moments with bride and bridesmaids as they get ready

  2. Groom Prep – fellas gathering, joking, easing nerves

  3. Bridesmaids –bride & bridesmaids with flowers when hair and make up are perfect

  4. Groomsmen – groom and men to show how cool they can really be

  5. Formal Wedding Photos – the full wedding party

  6. Family Photos - immediate & important family

  7. Mr & Ms – just the couple

  8. Ms – just the bride. After all, the wedding day is about you, your dress and how beautiful you are.

Events of the Wedding

  1. First Look – a quiet intimate moment for bride & groom just before the ceremony. The couple can choose to see one another or remain hidden so they may hold hands around a corner, or a tree or open door separates them.

  2. Dress Reveal with father of the bride - a place and time to honor the bride’s father (he’ll be the most nervous but won’t show it until this moment).

  3. Guest Gathering – arrival and guests taking their seats

  4. Here Comes the Bride – bridal procession into the ceremony

  5. Ceremony

  6. There Goes the Bride – exit procession

  7. Presenting Mr & Mrs – announcing the couple at the reception

  8. First toasts

  9. First Dance(s) - bride & groom, daddy daughter, and, mother son

  10. Hora - Jewish tradition of putting the bride and groom on chairs & hoisting them above the guests

  11. Bouquet Toss

  12. Garter Toss

  13. Cake & Cutting

  14. Reception & Guests

  15. Send Off

  16. Getaway Car

These are not in any order but can also serve to help organize and plan your wedding day.