When it comes to the images captured of your wedding day, your wedding photographer likely has an idea of the types of shots you'll want in your wedding album: your "first look" – should you choose to have one, your first kiss as husband and wife, the first dance, as well as all of the décor you worked so hard to plan. With the busy timeline of the day, some details – such as the wedding invitation you spent weeks deciding on and other seemingly small details – can get left on the back burner. All of these elements helped to create your special day, so it's important to have them featured in your album.
Of course making sure you get photographs with the family members you rarely see, shots of the bridal party all dressed up as well as getting ready, and the rest of the must-have images are important; however, what will really allow you and future generations to experience the day all over again when looking through your album are those smaller elements that worked together to make your wedding what it was! On their own, they may seem minute, but they help to tell the story of your nuptials, and it's important to stress to your photographer that you want them captured on camera.
While you'll likely have other must-have photos on your shot list, take a look at 15 detail shots you don't want to have your photographer miss, below! Since every couple has their own story, there may be other details not on this list that you want to have on film, and it's up to you to communicate this with your photographer.
Photo by Thisbe Grace Photography; From Real Wedding: Outdoor Wedding with Pink + Gold Décor at a Vineyard in California
Photo by Erika Delgado Photography; Planning & Design by Posh Parties; From Real Wedding: A "Theater in the Round" Performance-Focused Wedding at The Breakers
Photo by The Day by Ira Lippke; Bridal Salon: Mark Ingram Atelier; From Real Wedding: Opulent Luxury Wedding with Timeless Color Palette in New York City
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios; Planning & Design by International Event Company; From Real Wedding: Romantic Jewish Wedding with Lush Ivory Flowers & Rose Gold Details
Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography; From Real Wedding: Modern, Elegant Wedding with Warm & Inviting White + Gold Décor
Photo by Walters & Walters; From Real Wedding: Classic Country Club Wedding in North Carolina
Photo by Tec Petaja; Floral & Event Design by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design; From Real Wedding: Childhood Friends Celebrate Wedding at Marriott Family's Lake House
Photo by Studio This Is; From Real Wedding: Traditional Catholic Ceremony + Classic Country Club Reception
Photo by Maya Myers Photography; From Real Wedding: Whimsical Wedding with Colorful Flowers in Brooklyn, New York
Photo by Jodee Debes Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Outdoor Ceremony + Reception with Bright Color Palette at LA Ranch
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography; From Real Wedding: Church Ceremony + Colorful Tented Reception at a Private Residence
Photo by John Cain Photography; From Real Wedding: Fall Destination Wedding on the Beach in Key West, Florida
Photo by O'Malley Photographers; From Event: A Sweet, Springtime Tablescape with a Soft, Neutral Color Palette
Photo by Vue Photography; From Real Wedding: Southern Lake House Wedding with Ivory and Green Color Palette
Photo by Tec Pataja; Floral & Event Design by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design; From Real Wedding: Childhood Friends Celebrate Wedding at Marriott Family's Lake House
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Opening photo by XO and Fetti; From Real Wedding: A Whimsical, Vintage-Inspired Outdoor Wedding in California