Your Perfect Wedding Photo Guide

A great photographer will know what and where to shoot, but if you want to make sure ‘everything’ is covered off, print out our checklist so you are both on the same page...

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PRE-CEREMONY SHOT LIST

  • Bride and bridesmaids having their hair and makeup done

  • Bride putting on dress/veil with help from mother of the bride or bridesmaids

  • Bridal party having fun

  • Close up of dress details

Wedding Dress Details
Bride and Bridesmaids
  • Close up of the bride holding the bouquet

  • Mother and bride portrait

  • Father and bride portrait

  • Family shots

  • Bride spending moment alone/putting on lipstick or earrings

  • Bridal party leaving the house

  • Bride and father in wedding car/walking to the ceremony

  • Groom and groomsmen getting ready

  • Groom waiting for his bride

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STILL-LIFE SHOTS:

  • Wedding invitation

  • Dress {and veil} hanging up

  • Jewellery laid out, shoes etc.

  • Bouquets and buttonholes/corsages

  • Wedding rings

Wedding Dress Hanging

CEREMONY SHOT LIST

  • Shots of empty venue/church, including altar, flowers, interior and exterior details

  • Groom and groomsmen waiting inside venue/church

  • Guests outside and inside the church

  • Bride arriving in the wedding car, and stepping out of the car

  • Bride and bridesmaids waiting at the back of venue/church

  • Bridal party entrance

  • Guests reactions

  • Bride walking up the aisle

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  • Groom's reaction

  • Father/mother giving the bride away

  • Exchanging of vows

  • Exchanging of the rings

  • The first kiss as a married couple, and the moment after

  • Signing the register

  • The recessional/couple walking back down the aisle

  • Newlywedded shot

  • Confetti/rice throwing

  • Greeting guests outside the venue

  • Couple in the back seat of wedding car

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POST-CEREMONY SHOT LIST

These photos will probably take between 40 minutes and two hours, depending on the location and the shots you want. Make sure to prepare a list of all the people you want in the photos, and ask a close friend outside of the bridal party to work with the photographer on rounding people up.

  • Portraits of bride and groom on their own

  • Bridal Party shots

  • Couple with bridesmaids/groomsmen

  • Couple with the entire wedding party

  • Bride with bridesmaids/maid of honour

  • Groom and groomsmen/bestman

  • Couple with any children in the wedding party

Bride and Bridesmaids

FAMILY SHOTS

  • Couple with each of each set of parents

  • Couple with both sets of parents

  • Couple with siblings

  • Couple with close family members

  • Shots with friends - and groups of friends eg. school mates, team mates, work colleagues

Wedding Details
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WEDDING RECEPTION SHOT LIST

  • Couple arriving

  • Bridal party at bridal party table

  • Toasts and speeches

  • Cutting the cake

  • The first dance

  • Dancing with parents

  • Couple mingling with guests

  • Guests dancing

  • Bride throwing the bouquet/guest catching bouquet

First Dance

DETAIL / STILL-LIFE SHOTS:

  • The reception space set up, before room fills up

  • Details and room decor shots, including table settings, place cards, flowers, centrepieces etc.

  • Wedding cake detail shots

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AFTER WEDDING SHOT LIST

  • Couple leaving

  • Couple hugging guests

  • Couple getting into the car

  • Car leaving

Credits   Directors of Photography -  The White Tree  Bridal Gown -  Raffaele Ciuca Bridal  Suits -  Calibre  Female Model -  Barbie Varga  Male Model -  Matty Skinner  Venue -  Hyatt Place Melbourne   Written by our guest writer, Nikki Yazxhi, editor and creator of  Bella Mumma .

Credits

Directors of Photography - The White Tree
Bridal Gown - Raffaele Ciuca Bridal
Suits - Calibre
Female Model - Barbie Varga
Male Model - Matty Skinner
Venue - Hyatt Place Melbourne

Written by our guest writer, Nikki Yazxhi, editor and creator of Bella Mumma.