12 Must Have Wedding Detail Shots You Won’t Want to Miss

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Brides! Let's chat about wedding day details! :) Did you know there are 12 MUST-HAVE detail shots you'll want to remember from your wedding day?

The dress, the flowers, the bridal party, all the decorations... There are a lot of things you’ll want to remember and reminisce on! While some of these details may be pretty obvious, there are others that you might not have thought of yet. So this list will help give you some ideas of the must have shots you’ll want to look back on for the years to come!

Capture These on Your Wedding Day

1. The Dress

Ahh, the dress!  While there will be plenty of shots of you IN your wedding dress (and you have probably snapped hundreds on your phone!), you don’t want to miss the opportunity to have a beautiful shot of your dress - hanging in the morning sunlight - in the moments before you put it on.

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2. The Rings

You’ll want your photographer to use their creative skills to take beautiful images of your wedding rings and bands.  These are so fun, and are often some of the most creative images from the day!

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3. The Shoes

Your shoes may not get as much attention as they deserve on your wedding day, but they really bring your whole look together!  Whether they're crystal-studded pumps, delicate flats, sparkly sandals or casual lace-ups, you’ll want to have the details of your shoes captured as well! :)

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4. Special Mementos

These are the little things on your wedding day that mean so much! So whether it's a necklace, earrings or a special charm wrapped around your wedding bouquet to remember a loved one, these special mementos are something you’ll want to have documented.

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5. Getting Ready

From getting your hair done, having your makeup done, to being zipped and buttoned into your dress, the getting ready photos are some of the most fun and sentimental shots. The most important people in your life are helping you get ready for the most important DAY of your life! So sweet!

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6. Notes and Gifts

I love this tradition!  Many brides and grooms exchange little love notes or gifts the morning of the wedding.  The moments you open and read these sweet notes are definitely ones you will want to cherish and remember!

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7. The Bride's Glamour Shot

Once your hair and makeup is perfectly done and you are dressed and ready for your walk down the aisle, you’ll want to take a few moments to get some of those high fashion styled shots of just you.  This is YOUR day, and your moment to shine! :)

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8. The First Look

There is nothing quite like the look on your soon-to-be husband's face when he sees you in your wedding dress for the first time. While in the past this was left for the moment when the bride walks down the aisle, a first look can really enhance this moment! The first look allows you to see each other for the first time without having to keep your composure in front of all your guests. It allows you to get a genuine and natural reaction to seeing each other and can result in incredibly beautiful moments you won't want to miss!

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9. Children

These are so CUTE!  The flower girls, the ring bearer or just some of the adorably dressed children of the guests attending your wedding will make for such sweet images!  They are sure to bring a smile to your face. :)


10. Reception Details

You've spent a lot of time choosing your centerpieces, floral arrangements, and tableware.  So you'll want to have pictures of all of these at your reception site! It is a good idea to allow your photographer to get into the reception prior to your guests arriving - so they can capture the table settings, escort cards, guest books and more when they are still untouched.

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11. The Speeches

Not only will you want pictures of the person giving the speech, but you will also want your reactions and your guests’ reactions to the speeches! There are sure to be some great stories you won't want to miss. :)

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12. The Farewell

There are so many ways to capture your departure and this is one thing you don’t want to leave out. Whether you are running out the door as your guests throw flower petals, or headed to your car under an arch of sparklers, you’ll want to have your farewell captured to remember how you ended your big day.

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As your wedding photographer, my job and my passion is to document every piece of your wedding day! So every item on this list is something I am so excited to capture.  I hope this post has been helpful, and I can't wait to share in your special moments!