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Think Details. When putting together your shot list, think about the small things. Think about all of the little details you added to your wedding. That hair clip that you absolutely LOVED that matched your shoes. Your ring that you are in love with. The old necklace that your grandmother gave you. The tiny little gemstones you added into the boutonnieres. All of it matters. If you took the time to add it into your wedding, add it to your shot list. No detail is too small. In fact, I love the details. They are my favorite photos. They show how unique you are. They tell your story.


I have found out that the getting ready shots are some of the most cherished pictures. The couple can look back at the photos and see a whole different perspective of what getting ready entailed. These are memories that will be cherished forever.

Bride Getting Ready


  • Bride and bridal party getting hair and makeup done
  • Details and accessories
  • Stationery
  • Perfume
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Wedding rings
  • Something old, new, borrowed, blue
  • Wedding dress (close-up)
  • Wedding dress (hanging)
  • Bridesmaid dresses
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Bridesmaid bouquets
  • Bride putting on dress (helped by MIL/mother of bride)
  • Bride putting on shoes and jewelry
  • Bridesmaids reacting to bride in her dress
  • Father of the bride first look/reaction
  • Bridesmaids together
  • Bride and bridesmaids together
  • Bride and parents
  • Bride alone
  • Bridal party leaving the house
  • Bride in wedding car
  • A first look can also happen in this time if wanted.

Groom getting ready


  • Groom wedding details
  • Shoes
  • Tie
  • Boutonnieres
  • Cologne
  • Cufflinks
  • Watch
  • Jewelry
  • Groom suit
  • Groomsmen suits
  • Groom and groomsmen getting ready
  • Groom and Groomsmen messing around
  • Mother of the groom attaching boutonniere
  • Groomsmen together
  • Groom and groomsmen together
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom alone

The Ceremony

These are the shots that most people think of. These shots are the big moments.


  • Exterior
  • Interior (before guests arrive)
  • Flower arrangements
  • Arbor and furniture
  • Signage


  • Groom and groomsmen arriving
  • Guests arriving
  • Groom and groomsmen waiting at altar
  • Parents seated
  • Grandparents seated
  • Bride and bridal party arriving in wedding car
  • Bride stepping out of car
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom reaction
  • Couple standing at altar
  • Wide shot
  • Close-ups
  • Exchanging of vows
  • Exchanging of rings
  • Unity ceremony
  • Other ceremony participants
  • Flower girls/page boys
  • Musician
  • Guest readings
  • First kiss
  • Guest reactions
  • Signing of the register
  • Recessional/walking back down the aisle
  • Confetti/rice throwing

After The ceremony

Post Ceremony

  • Candid photos of newlyweds with guests
  • Greeting/embracing guests after ceremony
  • Guests mixing and mingling
  • Family photos
  • Newlyweds together
  • Bride with parents
  • Bride with immediate family
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom with immediate family
  • Newlyweds with bride’s family
  • Newlyweds with groom’s family
  • Newlyweds with bride’s parents
  • Newlyweds with groom’s parents
  • Newlyweds with both sets of parents
  • Other significant groups of family/friends
  • Group photo (all guests)

After family photos have been captured at the venue, you might choose to have a portrait session with your wedding party at a separate location. These photos are generally a mix of candid and posed shots, including:

  • Portraits of bride/groom individually
  • Portraits of bride/groom together
  • Bride with bridesmaids 
  • Groom with groomsmen 
  • Bride with groomsmen
  • Groom with bridesmaids
  • Wedding party together

The Reception

The reception is a great time for candid photos. Capture the raw emotions of the wedding party and all of the guests. These are photos that should truly capture the energy of the wedding.


  • Venue exterior 
  • Venue interior (without guests)
  • Styling details
  • Centerpieces
  • Floral arrangements
  • Stationery
  • Signage
  • Place settings
  • Guest favours
  • Wedding cake
  • Bridal table
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Newlyweds entrance
  • Toasts and speeches
  • Plated meals
  • Signature drinks/cocktails
  • Newlyweds sitting at bridal table
  • Newlyweds mingling with guests
  • Guests mingling with each other
  • First dance
  • Father daughter dance
  • Mother son dance
  • Musician/entertainment performing
  • Guests dancing
  • Newlyweds dancing with guests
  • Cake cutting
  • Bouquet toss
  • Newlyweds leaving the reception

There you have it!

I know that planning a wedding can be a lot of hard work. Hopefully, this helped take a little bit of stress off your plate. Your day is going to be amazing. Don't stress out too much. Just remember the point of the day; you are marrying your best friend. For more tips and wedding advice, follow along! We are going to have a great time together.