Must Have Wedding Day Photos

Once you have chosen the perfect wedding photographer, it’s time to sit down and create a list of the photos you want to have. Now, the photographer will know the most popular photos and they are very creative and will take photos you didn’t even know you wanted! However, it is always a good idea to sit down with your partner and think about what photos are most important to you! This way you can give the list to the photographer so you are all on the same page.

We have created a list of must have wedding day photos and some of our favorite and amazingly talented photographers have given you a look into some of their favorite must have photos!

Getting Ready:

  • The dress & shoes on a hanger
  • Getting makeup & hair done
  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
  • Bride with bridesmaids before dresses then after in dresses
  • Bride and bridesmaid bouquets
  • Candid shot of getting ready
  • Mother helping the bride
  • Bride looking in a mirror
  • Father seeing the bride in her gown
  • Groom getting ready with the groomsmen
  • Groom and his parents
  • Groomsmen putting on boutonnieres or ties
  • Bride and groom separately making their way to the ceremony


  • Shots of the venue without guests
  • Guests starting to sit
  • Groom walking down the aisle with his mom
  • Groom and Best Man
  • Bridal party walking down the aisle
  • Grandparents walking down the aisle
  • Bride and father walking down the aisle
  • Expression on the groom’s face when he sees the bride
  • Giving the bride away
  • Wide shot of the ceremony
  • Any special moments (lighting candles, breaking glass, jumping the broom, etc.)
  • Reciting vows
  • Close-up of the hands & ring exchange
  • The kiss!
  • Walking back up the aisle

Family Shots:

  • Bride/Groom with mother
  • Bride/Groom with father
  • Bride/Groom with siblings
  • Bride/Groom with immediate family
  • Bride/Groom with grandparents
  • Bride/Groom with entire family
  • Bride/Groom with bridal party
  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride/Groom with other special guests


  • Still shots of decorations
  • The cake
  • The food
  • Guests arriving
  • Candid shots of the cocktail hour
  • The bridal party entrance
  • The toast
  • First dance
  • Father daughter/ Mother son dances
  • Parents and grandparents dancing
  • Dancing shots
  • Newlywed vehicle
  • Candid shots of the party

Dennis Daggett Photography

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Scott Snyder Photography

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A Thousand Words Photography

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Jeff Corazzini Photography

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