For many brides, the dress is one of the most important parts of the wedding day. It also tends to be something guests will remember clearly when thinking back on the event. Since it’s presumably a garment you will only wear once, the best way to guarantee that your gown will be properly remembered once you are part of an old married couple is by making sure your photos show it off in all its glory. Unfortunately, some brides only have standard portraits on their shot list and forget to capture the details. An especially common mistake is to always hold your bouquet at the waist, which ends up covering the beautiful bodice!
In addition to taking a few photos without your bouquet (or with it off to the side), we have a few other poses we recommend adding to your shot list. Any unique features of your dress should be showcased, so a close up of a detailed back or unconventional straps is a must. Twirl your skirt, lay out your train, and if your gown has pockets, we want to see you use them!
Below are some of our favorite examples of real brides showing off their bridal gowns. Click each photo to see more from their weddings, and browse through our wedding dress gallery for further inspiration.
Photo by Crystal Stokes Photography; Bridal Gown by Monique Lhuillier
Photo by Judith Rae; Bridal Gown by Legends by Romona Keveža
Photo by Arden Photography; Bridal Gown by Liancarlo
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