Wedding days are filled with fleeting moments that you wish you could capture and keep forever. Truth is, there are simply too many smiles, reunions with distant relatives, corny best man jokes, and group hugs with your besties to keep in you mind forever. That's where your wedding photographer comes in! I'm here to capture the moments from your wedding day that perfectly sum up the laughter, tears, and joy you share with your nearest and dearest. But, which of these moments should be on your ultimate shot list for the day? I have a few opinions about that, and would love to share them with you! 

Pre-Ceremony 

  • You need at least a few shots of you and your girls getting ready! 
  • Getting your bridal hair and makeup done 
  • Putting on your wedding dress 
  • Photos of all of the little details like your wedding dress, shoes, headpiece, jewelry, and veil
  • You and your party leaving for the ceremony 
  • Moments between you and  your parents 
  • First looks (Why have a first look? Find out here!) 

Ceremony 

  • Photos of the venue, both inside and out 
  • The groom and his best man at the altar 
  • The bridal party and parents walking down the aisle 
  • Father of the Bride giving the Bride away 
  • Ceremony readings 
  • The unity candle lighting 
  • Bride and groom during the vow exchange 
  • The musicians playing 
  • The K-I-S-S 
  • Bride and groom walking down the aisle as newlyweds

Reception 

  • The escort card table 
  • The cake table 
  • The band or DJ jamming out 
  • The cocktail hour, while your guests are mixing and mingling 
  • The Bride and Groom entrance 
  • Your first dance (insert heart eyes)! 
  • The father-daughter dance 
  • The mother-son dance 
  • Other family dances 
  • The best man's toast 
  • Other toasts to the bride and groom 
  • The cake cutting 
  • The bride throwing her bouquet 
  • The garter toss 
  • The bride and groom leaving the reception 

Portraits and Group Shots

  • The bride in her dress 
  • The bride with her maid of honor 
  • The bride and her bridesmaids
  • The groom with the best man 
  • The groom with the groomsmen
  • Family photos for the bride and the groom 
  • The entire wedding party 
  • The bride and groom with the bride's grandparents 
  • The bride and groom with the groom's grandparents 

Be sure to talk to your photographer before the big day and hammer out a must-have shot list so you and your photographer are on the same page about the moments from your wedding that you want to capture and keep for you and your new spouse! 

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