Here at Sweetgrass Social, we always give our brides a list of important photos they should ask their photographer about before the big day. But what are the absolute photographs you should get? Family will be pulling you in all directions to get the “big family shot.” But the truth is an aunt, uncle, cousin–someone–will always be missing from the mix. And you don’t want to be dissapointed that you didn’t get that special shot with your bridesmaids or your new hubby.
As planners we look for the details, but you want photos of memories and details, so to help us narrow down the list, we asked our lovely friends from Aaron Nicholas Photography for some help. Despite shooting a wedding in California, Jill swooped in for the save with a list of the golden 10 that your won’t want your photographer to miss.
1. Preparation with your Bridesmaids
Jill loves the shot of buttoning the dress, and we love pictures of the bride getting her hair and makeup done. Celebrate the pampering and primping parts of your day; it’s ok because you get to relax and have a fun time with your closest friends and family.
2. Photo with each bridesmaid individually
A wedding is a beautiful time because you get to celebrate your love with all of the people who love you. How often do you have all of your friends together in one place at one time. It’s important to get a group shot and individual shots with you and your bridesmaids. They make lovely framed thank you gifts after the wedding.
3. First Look
A lot of people question the purpose of a first look, but it is meant to alleviate the stress of your day. Seeing your bride or groom before the wedding reduces tensions and reaffirms what the day is supposed to be about: love. You will absolutely want to capture this moment, because it’s one of the most exhilerating parts of the day.
4.Bride Walking Down the Aisle
This is something you can’t see for yourself because you are walking down the aisle! You may be looking at your groom’s face or the faces of your guests, but you will want to share this beautiful moment with the generations to come.
5. Something old, something borrowed, something blue
A tale as old as time! Although this wedding tradition may seem cliche, it is a beautiful was to encapsulate the memories of past family weddings. Using your grandmother’s wedding pin or wearing blue shoes are the details your will want to remember for the rest of your life.
“The Kiss” is all about sealing the love in one romantic gesture. If one moment can capture the essence of the day, it is the kiss.
7. Tablescapes and Design Decor
If you invest in lighting and a lounge, you will want to remember it; not to mention the amount of time and effort you put in to select all the little details. You may not believe us, but your wedding becomes a blur (even on the next day.) You will want your photographer to document the design details, so you can look back and remember the look of the day.
8. First Dances
It’s a ceremonial kind of thing. Even if you are not a great dancer, it’s about capturing the moment. The best dances don’t have to be choreographed dances; they just have to reflect you as a couple.
9. Cake Cutting
Everybody loves cake. It’s another one of the absolutes–it just is!
10. The Exit Photo
A beautiful way to end the evening. Does it get more romantic than a kiss under the dim light of shining sparkers?
11. (A Sub-in if you are not doing a first look) The Rings or the Shoes
All the wedding magazines and publications want to see the style details. Even if you aren’t sporting the hottest Badgley Micshka heels, the style details are an important element of the day. Just like the dress, the shoes and the rings make up your bridal style.
(Some more favorites)
Family photo, bridal bouquet, putting on the veil, invitations, shot with your flower girl, lounge.
Blog Written By: Kathryn MacGovern
To learn more about of guest contributors, Jill and Aaron, click here!