We strive to always be prepared. This wedding photo checklist is designed to help you think about the images you want and expect to see long after the day is done. Avoid disappointment and help us get you the pictures you want.

Wedding Day - Pre-Ceremony

Getting Ready

• Shot of wedding invite

• Bride and Bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done

• Dress Hanging, jewelry laid out, shoes etc.

• Bouquets and buttonholes/corsages

• Bride putting on dress/veil with help from Mother of The Bride or Bridesmaids

• Groom tying tie.

• Pinning of boutonnieres.

• Bridal party having fun

• Close up of dress details

• Putting on jewelry

• Putting on shoes

• Close up of bride holding bouquet

• Mother and bride portrait

• Father and bride portrait

• Family shots

• Bride spending moment alone

• Bridal party walking down stairs/leaving the house

• Bride and Father in Wedding Car/ Walking to ceremony

• Groom and Groomsmen getting ready

• Best man adjusting Groom's tie • Groom spending moment alone

• Wedding ring shots


First Look (optional)

Some couples choose to see each other prior to the ceremony and to have their photographer capture this special moment when they first see each other.


• Bride and Groom alone for first look

• Bridal Party reaction if couple enter together


Trip to the Ceremony/Venue

• Bride and Father/Mother

• Bride and Bridesmaids/Flower girls

• Groom and Groomsmen/Pageboys


Wedding Day - Ceremony

• Shots of empty venue/church - altar, flowers, interior & exterior details

• Groom and Groomsmen waiting inside venue/church

• Guests outside and inside church

• Ushers handing out program

• Bride arriving in wedding car

• Bride stepping out of car

• Bride and Bridesmaids at back of venue/church

• Bridal Party entrance

• Bride walking up the aisle

• Groom's reaction

• Father/Mother giving bride away

• Exchanging of vows

• Lighting of unity candle or other symbolic gesture

• Ring bearer

• Exchanging of the rings

• Participants such as readers, the officiant, musicians etc.

• The first kiss as husband and wife, and the moment after

• Signing register

• The Recessional/Bride and Groom walking back down the aisle

• Newlywed shot

• Confetti throwing

• Greeting guests outside venue

• Bride & Groom in back seat of wedding car


Wedding Day - Post Ceremony

After the ceremony you need to make time for the wedding portraits - this usually takes 1-2 hours depending on the couple and the list of specific shots you require.  Prepare a list of all the people you want in the portraits - family members and friends - and the specific combinations you require e.g. a shot of just you and your siblings or a shot of all your first cousins together etc. Please provide this well in advance so we can prepare and discuss any issues. Also assign a close friend (not a bridesmaid or groomsman who will be in the images), someone who knows all the people on the list, to work with the photographer on rounding people up.


 Couple Shots

•Portraits of the couple alone

• Portraits of Bride on her own

• Portraits of Groom on his own


Bridal Party

• Bride and Groom with bridesmaids/groomsmen

• Bride and Groom with bridal party

• Bride with bridesmaids/maid of honour/flower girl

• Groom and groomsmen/bestman/ring bearer

• Entire wedding party Family

• Bride and Groom with her parents

• Bride and Groom with his parents

• Bride and Groom with both sets of parents

• Bride and Groom with siblings

• Bride and Groom with close family members

• Bride and Groom with Grandparents


Informal shots/Reception

• Shots with friends

• Bride showing her new ring to the guests

• Shots of Guests eating, drinking, and chatting

• Bride dancing with father/Groom dancing with mother

• Bride and Groom mingling with guests

• Close up of centerpieces and place cards

• Guests dancing

• Cake cutting

• Musicians, singers, DJ

• Garter Toss/Bouquet Toss


This list is a tool and can serve as a starting point for thinking and talking about what your must-have wedding photographs are. Not all of these will apply to all weddings depending on the wedding and the amount of photographic coverage you have chosen. There may be moments you wish photographed not listed here so feel free to add on your own ideas.

Please also let us know if you plan to include any pets in your wedding day.


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