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The 30 Must-Have Shots From The Wedding Ceremony

On their wedding day, the bride and groom are wrapped up in wedding festivities, such as exchanging vows, celebrating with family and friends, and dancing the night away. Because the bride and groom have many roles to play on their wedding day, there are many moments that the couple might miss out on. However, as a wedding photographer, you have the unique opportunity to freeze those moments into memorable photographs with your camera. As you prepare your image list for your next wedding, check out these 30 must-have wedding ceremony shots that you can take to include every important moment of their day.

30 Must-Have Wedding Ceremony Shots

1. DETAILS OF THE CEREMONY SITE

A silhouette of a couple standing in front of a window at the wedding ceremony siteImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @erinm_photography

Before the guests arrive and the ceremony begins, be sure to take photos of the ceremony site with no one in it. These are great shots for the bride and groom to see all of the details that went into their wedding ceremony site, and you can also share these images with the vendors to network with them for future projects!

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2. GUESTS ARRIVING AT THE CEREMONY

The bride and groom’s friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances arrive first. During this time the couple is behind closed doors, so they do not always get to see what is happening at the ceremony site. So be sure to capture the guests as they arrive since this will allow the bride and groom to see the guests waiting in anticipation for the ceremony to begin.

3. BRIDE AND BRIDAL PARTY’S ARRIVAL

Whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors, this could be a perfect shot to capture for your couple. If the bride arrives in a limo, take shots of the bride and her bridesmaids exiting the limo. This unique shot will show the emotions of each member of the party before the ceremony starts.

Related Read: 35 Must-Have Bridal Party Photos

4. WEDDING PARTY WALKING DOWN THE AISLE

The bride and groom carefully chose each member of the bridal party, who walks together, and how these individuals fit into the wedding as a whole. Capturing the wedding party walking down the aisle will showcase the bride and groom’s selections, and it could also highlight the bridesmaid’s dresses and the groomsmen’s tuxes. Don’t miss out on this walk down the aisle!

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5. BOTH SETS OF PARENTS WALKING DOWN THE AISLE

The wedding is a big deal for your couples and the same goes for their parents. Thus, making it a big day for the parents of the bride and groom too. So try to make it a special memory by including shots of them as they walk down the aisle. It is likely that you might get some teary-eyed moments to capture.

6. BRIDE WALKING DOWN THE AISLE

It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for - and it is important to keep yourself and your gear ready for this shot! Everyone stands, the bride appears, and she looks glowing and gorgeous. Capture the moment that everyone will talk about for months after the wedding. Also, glance through the guests to capture them in absolute awe as they get a glimpse of the stunning bride.

7. THE DRESS DETAILS

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The bride probably selected her dress because of the beautiful details that make it one of a kind, or perhaps it was handed down by her mother or grandmother. Getting out of the limo with a 7-foot train is not an easy feat, so be sure that you highlight the unique details of the wedding dress - be it a gorgeous veil, the train of the dress, or just the lacework.

Related Read: Wedding Dress Photography Ideas And Tips

8. BRIDE AND HER FATHER WALKING DOWN THE AISLE

Walking down the aisle is typically all about the bride, but it is also a traditional and special moment for the bride and her father. Be sure to capture this moment for your bride as she and her father might cherish this image for years to come.

9. GROOM’S EXPRESSION AS BRIDE WALKS DOWN THE AISLE

In addition to bringing the focus to the bride, also have a second shooter or yourself to capture the groom’s reaction. Sometimes, this could be GOLD! And everything your bride might be waiting to see in the photographs. As everyone admires the bride and her dress, turn to the groom waiting at the altar. He is likely to be gazing at his bride’s beauty and his expression will be worth focusing on (quite literally)!

10. BRIDE’S FATHER GIVING HER AWAY

Another huge moment for the father of the bride is handing his daughter over to her new soon-to-be husband. Shoot the handshake or hug the father of the bride and the groom share, and the kiss on the cheek the daughter receives from her father. Priceless!

11. WIDE SHOT OF THE ENTIRE CEREMONY

A bird's eye view of an outdoor wedding ceremony site as the bride walks down the aisleImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @dannydong

Now that the bride and groom have joined together to officially begin the ceremony, take advantage of the stillness of the moment and get a shot of the entire ceremony. You can try to experiment with various angles and perspectives. If it is an outdoor wedding ceremony, you could also try a bird’s-eye view.

Related Read: Wide-Angle Wedding Photo Inspiration From ShootDotEdit Customers

12. BRIDE OVER THE GROOM’S SHOULDER

When shooting over the groom’s shoulder, you are allowing the bride to see everything from the groom’s perspective. The bride will see how she looks as she stands before her new husband, how her bridesmaids are reacting, and how the groom must feel taking all of it in. Be sure to capture a shot of the groom over the bride’s shoulder as well!

13. BOTH SETS OF PARENTS OBSERVING THE CEREMONY

The bride and groom are wrapped up in the events of the wedding ceremony, so they are likely to miss a lot happening around them. When you take shots of both sets of parents as they watch their children, you are showing the couple how much joy their parents had on this special day.

14. VIEW OF THE GUESTS FROM THE COUPLE’S POINT OF VIEW

Have your second shooter stand from an angle that will not interrupt the ceremony, but will allow for a shot of the guests watching the happy couple. It will be exciting for the bride and groom to see how their friends and family respond during the ceremony.

15. DETAILED SHOTS OF THE BRIDE AND BRIDESMAID’S BOUQUETS

A detailed shot of a bride holding her bridal bouquetImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @looyengaphoto

Details matter! The bride and her bridesmaids are holding flowers that were specifically chosen for this occasion - get a close-up of bouquets and use the dresses as a blurred backdrop.

16. GRANDPARENTS OR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS

A wedding brings together families of all ages. A couple who is fortunate enough to have grandparents or other elderly family members in attendance should be reminded of the joy through the shots you take.

17. CLOSE UP OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM DURING THE VOWS

As the groom begins to say his vows, zoom in on the bride to capture her reaction to his kind words. When the bride starts on her vows, switch over to the groom to capture his smile and his loving gaze.

18. HAND-HOLDING

Depending on the ceremony’s length, the couple may hold hands for a long period of time. Every couple holds hands in a way that shows their love to one another, so be sure to take some hand-holding shots during this time.

19. DOCUMENT TRADITIONS

Different weddings could introduce you to different wedding traditions that represent the bride and groom, as well as their families. Be sure to cover the traditions that your couples celebrate, whether it is stomping on glass or lighting the unity candle, these make for some of the must-have shots!

20. UNEXPECTED MOMENTS

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Did the glass not break the first time or did the lighter not work for the unity candle? Sometimes these unexpected moments can lead to merriment and laughter, and capturing those reactions could provide you with something more to give to the couple (other than the usual wedding images). However, these moments, when they actually happen, could be brief and pass by in a blink. So try to be vigilant and keep an eye on whatever is unfolding!

21. BRIDE WITH BRIDESMAIDS WATCHING

The bridesmaids watch the bride say her vows and hold her husband’s hands, and they are most likely smiling at the joyous occasion. Capture the genuine excitement on each of the bridesmaid’s faces as they observe the ceremony.

22. GROOM WITH GROOMSMEN WATCHING

Some of the most candid pictures come from groomsmen who are trying to be patient during a long ceremony. Take some shots of the groom and his groomsmen and hope that one of them is making a face that the groom can tease him about later!

23. RING EXCHANGE

Ring shots are very important at the wedding ceremony, so be sure to get pictures of the groom taking the rings from his best man, the groom putting the ring on the bride’s finger, and the bride putting the ring on the groom’s finger.

Suggested Read: 10 Creative Wedding Ring Photography Ideas

24. CLOSE UP ON THE COUPLE RIGHT BEFORE THEY ARE ANNOUNCED HUSBAND AND WIFE

It’s similar to being a kid on Christmas morning, because the couple knows that the big moment is coming where they will be announced husband and wife. Zoom in so that you get the couple looking at one another with true excitement before the exciting announcement.

25. THE KISS

The shot that will be plastered all over Facebook and Instagram minutes later is possibly that of the kiss. It’s what seals the deal for a new chapter of the couple’s lives - make sure you get up and close for a great shot!

26. “WE DID IT!” CEREMONY SHOT

A bride and groom walking down the aisle after the wedding ceremonyImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @brianbossany

As the couple turns to the audience, they will likely put their hands up for the “we did it!” shot. This is a fun and candid moment that your couple will want to have in their photo collection.

27. BRIDE AND GROOM WALKING UP THE AISLE

Now that they are official, the bride and groom walk down the aisle to clapping friends and family. The bride and groom will be smiling from ear to ear, so be sure to snap plenty of pictures of this moment.

28. WEDDING PARTY WALKING UP THE AISLE

After the ceremony is over, the wedding party will likely relax and the pictures of them walking back down the aisle will have a more genuine feel - you’ll get more candid shots, as they will be laughing and celebrating with the bride and groom.

29. CONGRATS SHOTS

The bride and groom may stay around the wedding ceremony area until everyone heads to the reception. Family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances will line up to congratulate the couple, sharing hugs, handshakes, laughter, and tears. Capture them so that after the wedding frenzy is over, the bride and groom can sit back and cherish all the love bestowed upon them on their wedding day!

30. BRIDE AND GROOM LEAVING CEREMONY AS HUSBAND AND WIFE

After everyone has gone to the reception, the bride and groom may begin taking their portraits. Once the shoot is over, take an image of the bride and groom leaving the ceremony hand-in-hand as husband and wife. This signifies the celebration of the bride and groom’s new life together.

Further Read: Ceremony Photos Inspiration By ShootDotEdit Customers

"It goes by in a flash," they (couples) all say. As a wedding photographer, your client has entrusted you with the responsibility to capture one of the most important days of their lives. And to capture it in a way that retells the story in the most charming way possible. Therefore, coming up with a must-have shot list could be an important action item on your wedding photography planning schedule. As your 101 guide, we have put together the aforementioned shot list of the must-have moments to capture - from the pretty detailed shot of your client’s wedding day jewelry to the table settings and invitation suite. Of course, you don't have to get all of these wedding photos in order to create the perfect album, but this list can provide you with some interesting ideas and help you stay prepared to capture every special moment of your couple’s big day!

Here at ShootDotEdit, we look forward to providing you with creative ideas and useful photography tips that help you take your wedding photography to the next level. If you want to explore more such blogs, take a look at our blogs section. In addition to providing resourceful information, we also love to help wedding photographers with their post-production workflow by taking editing off their plates. To learn more about it, check out our pricing plans.

 


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