b&f_highlights_still2_It’s easy to lose sight of the must have shots when there is a lot going on. These are the shots you’ll want to make sure are captured!

It’s a good idea to have a look and see if you would like to add some other particular shots and let the the photographer and videographer know when planning your big day.

Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony

Wedding dress lying over a chair

Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress

Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace

The bride’s garter

The bride’s veil

A close up of the bride’s shoes peeking out from under the dress

Bride looking into a mirror

Bride looking out window

Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup

Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

Bride hugging parents

Bride touching up

Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

Groom tying tie

Groom looking into mirror

Bride looking out window

Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

Groom hugging parents

Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

Wedding Photography Shots At the Ceremony

Outside of ceremony site

Guests walking into ceremony site

Bride and father entering ceremony site

Parents being seated

Grandparents being seated

Maid of honor walking down the aisle

Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle

Groom waiting for bride

Ceremony musicians


Altar or canopy during ceremony

Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance

Bride and father walking down aisle

Groom seeing bride for first time

The back of bride and father walking down the aisle – with the groom waiting in the distance

Bride’s father and Bride hugging at end of aisle

Shot of the audience from the bride and groom’s point of view

The unity ceremony

Close up of bride and groom saying the vows

Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows

Exchanging the rings

Close up of hands

The kiss

Bride & Groom walking up the aisle

Receiving line

Bride & Groom outside on steps

Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed

Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations

Bride & Groom getting in car

Bride & Groom in back seat

Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception

Bride alone (full length)

Bride with Maid of Honor

Bride with bridesmaids

Groom with bridesmaids

Bride with parents

Bride & Groom together

Bride & Groom with parents

Bride & Groom with families

Bride & Groom with entire wedding party

Bride & Groom with flower girl and ring bearer

Groom with parents

Groom with best man

Groom with groomsmen

Bride with groomsmen

During the Reception

Outside of reception site

Bride & Groom arriving

Bride & Groom greeting guests

Table centerpieces

Table setting

Bride & Groom’s table (head table)

Musicians or DJ

Guest book

Place card table

Close-up of bride and groom’s place card

Wedding cake/Groom’s cake/Gift table/Decorations

A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table

Bride with college alums

Groom with college alums

The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Bride & Father dancing

Groom & Mother dancing

Guests dancing

Bride & Groom cutting the cake

Bride & Groom feeding each other cake


Bride & Groom drinking champagne

Signing the marriage license

Bride throwing bouquet

Groom retrieving garter

Groom tossing garter

Garter/Bouquet dance

The getaway car

Bride & Groom leaving party

Bride & Groom driving away


Also if there are any guests the photographer  and videographer shouldn’t miss do remember to let them know. It can help to provide your them with a seating chart so that they can easily identify them.