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There are some moments of your wedding that you simply cannot forget. These moments will be the most important milestones of your relationship with your partner and the most heartfelt moments of your big day, making it impossible to let them slip away from the wedding photo checklist. Take a look at these shots and see if you have added them to your list.

Before Wedding

Some of the most important shots are the ones that are taken before the wedding. Of course this can include the proposal too! If you want to capture the moment you get on your knee before your partner and their excited “yes” then hire a professional who excels in proposal photography to discreetly capture this moment. Apart from this, you can add some pre-wedding shots that will include some of the candid shots of the two of you to add to your collection.

Pre-Ceremony

Capture some of the moments just before the ceremony starts, especially the ones where the two of you are preparing for the ceremony. This can include the bride getting on her dress and makeup, the bride with her bridal party, the bride’s mother helping her with the dress or the veil, the bride holding a boutonniere on her father, the groom getting ready, the groom fixing his hair and the groom with his father and best man. You can also get shots of both parties leaving for the ceremony.

Ceremony

This is where a lot of shots need to be taken. The must include shots are the arrival of the wedding party, the bridal party walking down the aisle, the groom at the altar and his reaction to the bride, the bride’s father giving her away, bride and groom listening to the officiate, the exchange of vows and the bride and groom kissing. Other than the official ceremony, you can also include some shots of the guests arriving, the parents of the bride and the groom watching the ceremony, as well as some shots of the venue from inside and the outside.

Reception

Get some shots of the escort card table, the musicians/ DJ/ band, the table décor and the reception venue before the arrival of the bride and the groom. Get the shot of the couple entering, the cocktail hour, the couple greeting the guests, their first dance, the bride dancing with her father or brother, the groom dancing with the bride’s mother, the guests dancing, the best man’s speech/ toast, the cake cutting and the couple feeding each other, the couple leaving the reception and the bride throwing her bouquet.

Portraits/ Family/ Friends and Other Group Shots

No wedding photo album will be complete with these shots. The bride in her full attire, the bride with her bridesmaids, the groom and the best man and the groom with other groomsmen are some important shots you should not miss. Apart from these, add the family shots including the families of the bride and the groom and the grandparents, groups of friends from work and/ or college and the child attendants.

Add any moment you have missed into your checklist. Meet with your photographer prior to the wedding and let them know exactly what shots you need. The same goes for proposals and engagements too; inform them the exact kind of shots you need and they will save the magical moment for you!

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