Your wedding day is packed with magical moments that demand (and deserve) to be photographed — that way you can relive the highlights of the day whenever you want to.
To make sure you don’t miss a single important thing, read our inspiring guide to the top 20 picture-perfect wedding moments.
1. The Bride Getting Ready for the Ceremony
As the bridesmaids lend their support, and the leading lady is transformed into the blushing bride, your photographer can capture a memory to treasure. Beautifully demonstrated by Joseph Michael Photography, the groom will be enchanted when he sees this special photo.
2. The Groom Getting Ready for the Ceremony
The bride is often photographed getting ready — if possible, capture the same moment from the groom’s point of view: these are precious moments the bride misses unless they are documented on camera. Cleverly using the groom’s reflection, Julia Seiler’s image feels incredibly natural and personal.
3. Dad Gets Ready to Give His Daughter Away
This is one of the most emotional moments of the day: a proud father gets ready to give his daughter away. Candice at Make a Memory Photography has framed this precious moment perfectly as the bride shares a quiet moment with her pop, helping him get ready for the ceremony.
4. Excitement of Younger Guests
The build-up to the wedding is so exciting for the younger members of the bridal party. We love the unique way Joseph Michael Photography has captured this page boy having fun with the rings.
5. Saying Your Vows
A solemn and special moment, the congregation will be hushed as the bride and groom make their promises to each other. The sensational and dramatic backdrop to this iconic image, taken by Michael Buckley at Photoflow, simply enhances the once-in-a-lifetime feeling of the photograph.
6. Exchange of Rings
They say the exchange of rings “seals the deal” and a close-up shot of this symbolic moment is a must. Kaitlyn Shea has taken the ideal shot here — simple and just beautiful.
7. The First Kiss
This exuberant photograph, taken by Kim Payant, captures the joy and excitement of the happy couple — and the bridal party — as they share that all-important first kiss. A natural, reportage-style photo of this moment is a must.
8. Walking Down the Aisle
As the couple leaves the ceremony, the congregation gets a great chance to take a photo or two. It’s also a classic moment for the professional photographer to snap — as shown here by Gary Lens Photography.
9. The Bridal Party
After the ceremony, the bridal party can come together for the first time — it’s a traditional moment for your photographer to shoot. This glorious photo by Green Ginger Photography has a traditional composition, but you can feel the personality and relaxed atmosphere of the wedding coming through.
10. Groom and his Main Men
This lovely shot by Julia Seiler captures the bond between the groom and his best men. These special relationships contribute so much to a wedding day and it’s wonderful to capture a moment where the groom and his groomsmen look so happy.
11. A Special Moment with the Flower Girl
When the bride shares a special moment with the cutest guest of all, make sure someone is ready to press the button on the camera! Christina Bethlehem has made this fabulous flower girl moment look utterly sweet.
12. In the Wedding Car
When you travel from the ceremony to the reception venue it’s an ideal time to catch your breath — and share a romantic moment. If you’re happy for your photographer to travel in the car with you, they could capture a shot as special as this one by Afterglow Images.
13. Having Fun with the Bridesmaids
This moment is a no brainer, but — as shown here by Sarah Wiggins — a fun moment between bride and bridesmaids can really be enhanced by an unusual and beautiful backdrop.
14. Sharing the Moment with Family
If you have children — or young nieces and nephews — they’ll adore being made to feel special as they pose with you for a family portrait. Roman at RK Photography does a splendid job of photographing this happy family.
15. Enjoying the Uniqueness of the Venue
If you’ve chosen a particularly unique venue, or your wedding location has an exciting or unusual feature, make sure your photographer grabs a shot of you making the most of it. Here, Sarah Wiggins captures all the fun of the fair.
16. A Moment Alone
Romantic, personal and super special, Captured Soul Photography have stolen a sensational shot as the bride and groom share a quiet moment alone.
17. Cutting the Cake
Another traditional moment — but with this close-up shot, Roman at RK Photography makes cutting the cake look artistic and contemporary.
18. Throwing the Bouquet
Many a bridesmaid has waited patiently for this moment! Here, Joseph Michael shows just how much fun it can be when the bride tosses the bouquet.
19. The First Dance
Rebecca McKay has shot the first dance brilliantly here: you can see just how much the groom is in love with his new wife as they take to the dance floor.
20. Walking Off into the Sunset
What a way to close your photo album: a delightful shot of the two of you walking off into the sunset to start a new life together. Bright, simple and beautifully composed, Christina Bethlehem shows us exactly how it’s done.
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