Wedding Day Key Elements
Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, being full of magical moments that you will want to remember and treasure forever.
Your wedding pictures will serve as a precious reminder of your day and with that in mind, I’ve put together a list of some of the essential wedding photos (other than the ceremony of course!) that are a must to capture and will give a clear representation of your wedding day story.
You will want to get plenty of pictures on the morning of the wedding; it’s such a fun time, being full of anticipation and excitement.
There are many special moments to capture during this time, whether it’s getting into your wedding dress, having your hair or make-up done, or sharing a glass of bubbly with your bridesmaids, you’ll love looking back on this part of the day.
You may also want to get some pictures of the boys before the wedding too. If there isn’t enough time for your wedding photographer to pay a visit to both the bride and the groom’s parties in the morning, he/she can take some pictures of your husband-to-be pre-ceremony instead, perhaps experiencing a few ‘wedding day nerves’!
Your wedding shoes will more than likely spend most of the day hidden underneath your dress, so it’s important to get a shot of them in all of their glory. Usually taken during the bridal prep, your wedding photographer will have the necessary experience to know where to place them, taking into account the background and also the available lighting.
The Bride’s Arrival
It’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for – the bride’s arrival. Clearly a key element of the day!
The Father of the Bride
Both of these elements of the day have the potential to be a real tear-jerker, so it’s important for your photographer to be ready for the action!
First of all, as the bridal preparations come to a close, it’s time for the father of the bride to see his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.
Secondly, the bride being given away by either her father or another family member is equally important. The walk down the aisle may go by in a blur of emotion and excitement, so it’s great to have plenty of those all important father of the bride pictures.
The First Look
It’s one of the most magical moments of the whole day – when the groom first sets eyes on his wife-to-be. It’s a precious and emotional moment you will want to remember for many years to come.
It’s important to have plenty of candid shots of your guests. These photos give a real sense of the emotion felt on the day and are lovely to look back on.
There are bound to be plenty of moments on your wedding day, whether it’s your first kiss as husband and wife, a congratulating hug from your best friend, or a few tears from your mum during the speeches, moments are key elements that help to build your wedding day story and make it unique.
I Now Pronounce you Husband and Wife!
A first kiss picture is beautiful and just as joyful is a picture of the bride and groom walking down the aisle as husband and wife, surrounded by their nearest and dearest – both important pictures to capture!
There is so much fun and laughter in a confetti shot, so arm your guests with lots of it and your wedding photographer can get plenty of pictures mid-shower.
Beautiful, natural backdrops are a must for any wedding album. If you are able to, try to get out and find an idyllic location for a couple time shoot. If travelling to a location just isn’t feasible due to time constraints on the day, your reception venue should have plenty of pretty spots for you to utilise.
The Intimate Times
Even though you’ll be surrounded by friends and family during your special day, it’s also important to make some time for just the two of you, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
A few subtle pictures of this personal time can be taken during your couple time shoot with your wedding photographer.
Now this one may seem like a bit of an obvious one, but if you’re not having any group photographs taken on your wedding day, you could easily miss the chance for a picture with your girls! The bridal prep is the perfect time to capture this shot once everyone is in their dresses.
It’s something that you may have given plenty of consideration to, the colours and also the types of flowers will often set the scene for your day, so it would be a shame to not get a stand-alone shot of your wedding flowers on the day.
Many couples don’t want to spend a huge amount of time having lots of planned group photographs taken, so ensuring there’s at least one big group shot is a great way of making sure you have at least one photo of everyone.
You’ve probably put an awful lot of thought into the venue decoration and table design, so getting a few shots of the tables before the merriment starts is lovely to look back on.
Whether you’ve had your wedding cake professionally made or you or a family member/friend has made this for you, getting a shot of the cake is essential both before it’s cut and during!
Capturing the emotion during the speeches is so important, whether it’s the father of the bride looking lovingly at his daughter, a tender glance between the bride and groom, or the best man delivering an epic punch line.
The First Dance
Your first dance is an intimate experience that you’ll want to relive again and again…
By this time of the day, there’s been a few glasses of wine consumed and your guests will be really starting to come out of their shells. Now’s the time to get some fun shots while the party is in full swing!
If you are looking for a Cornwall wedding photographer for your wedding day, please feel free to get in touch. I have limited autumn/winter 2020 availability and my diary is open for 2021/22.
I shall look forward to hearing all about your plans for your special day 🙂