When you and your fiance are planning out your wedding, there is a lot to plan and prepare for the when the two of you get married. We, as your wedding photographer want you and your soon-to-be new spouse to have many great photo memories of your wedding day. Therefore, we as your Washington DC wedding photographers have created a list of pictures that you and your fiance need to have taken on the day that you get married and all the important things that lead up to your special day.
Before your wedding day, our specialized Virginia wedding photographer team will have plenty of photo opportunities with you and your fiance. We would love to do an engagement shoot/love shoot with the two of you as a couple so you can get comfortable being in front of the camera, you will also get to know us as your wedding photographer, and you and your fiance will have uninterrupted and special, intimate moments without the crowd of your friends and loved ones that you are about to encounter. After the engagement shoot is over, it is time to move on to the pictures that will be taken of important pictures and special items before your marriage ceremony begins with a picture of your wedding invitation.
There are many special pictures that we as a professional Washington DC wedding photographer suggest you have taken prior to your wedding First of all, we suggest that you get a picture of your wedding invitation, a close-up of your wedding dress, your dress hanging up, the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages, your jewelry and shoes laid out, and pictures of your wedding rings. Then pictures of you and your bridesmaids getting your hair and makeup done and you putting on your dress and veil with the help of your mother or your bridesmaids. Other good pre-wedding picture ideas are a close-up of you holding your bouquet, individual pictures of the bride with her mother and father, family shots, and the bride and groom having precious moments alone. The next picture that should be taken is the bridal party leaving the home.
The last pictures that we as your Virginia wedding photographer will be taking before you and your spouse get married are the bridal party leaving the house/walking down the stairs and you and your father in the car on the way to your wedding/walking to your ceremony, and pictures of you and your parents going to your wedding, We should also take pictures of your fiance and his groomsmen getting ready for your wedding, your bridesmaids and flower girl(s) and their bouquets going to your wedding, and the groomsmen, groom, and the pageboys on their way to your marriage ceremony. As I previously mentioned, you and your fiance should consider having a first look wedding photoshoot.
First look wedding photo shoots are optional, but it is an opportunity for you and your fiance to have some special, quiet, and precious moments alone together before the two of you get married. Taking these pictures gives us as your wedding photographer the opportunity to capture intimate moments of you and your fiance when you look at each for the first time in your wedding clothes. Many couples prefer to have their first look pictures after the bride walks down the aisle, but a first look photo session want this photo session done in private so they can experience the emotion and intimacy away from all their guests. After the first look photo session, we now move on to the pictures that will be taken at your wedding ceremony.
There are a lot of pictures that need to be taken during your wedding ceremony. The first pictures that we will take are pictures of the church/venue before your guests arrive which will include the altar, flowers, interior, and exterior details. Then we will take pictures of the groom and his groomsmen waiting inside the venue/church, the ushers giving guests the wedding programs, and you arriving in your wedding car and getting out of the wedding car. After you enter the church/venue, we will take pictures of you and your bridesmaids in the back of the church/venue, the entrance of your bridal party, you walking down the aisle, and your fiance's reaction to seeing you. Then we will move on to you being escorted down the aisle.
The last pictures that we will take during your wedding ceremony are your mom or dad escorting you down the aisle, the exchanging of vows, the unity candle lighting (if this is part of your ceremony), and pictures of the ring bearer. Then we will take pictures of you and your spouse exchanging rings, the participants of your wedding (the readers, the musicians, etc.), and the first kiss you and your spouse have as a married couple and the moments after it. We will also take pictures of your guests signing your wedding register, you and your spouse and the processional leaving after the ceremony, a newlywed photo, you and your spouse greeting your guests after the ceremony, and you and your spouse in your wedding vehicle. Then it will be time to take the post-wedding pictures.
Prior to your wedding ceremony, you and your spouse and your wedding party need to make time for your post-wedding photo shoot. This photoshoot typically takes an hour or two depending on you and your spouse and what pictures that you would like to be taken. It is a good idea to make a list of who you want in the pictures and what all picture combinations that you want (i.e. you and your siblings, etc.). We will need the list in advance so we can discuss any problems that may arise. You should also delegate a family member, friend, or someone close to you to bring everyone together for the pictures. They need to be someone that will be in the pictures and they should also know the other people that will be in the pictures. You can create any list that you want for your post-wedding pictures, but there are pictures that we recommend.that you have us take.
As your wedding photographer, there are pictures that we recommend that you have as part of your post-wedding photo shoot. We think that you and your spouse should have pictures taken alone together and that you and your spouse have pictures taken by yourselves. The bridal party pictures should include you and your spouse with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the bride and groom with the bridal party, you with your bridesmaids and maid of honor, the groom and groomsmen and the best man, and the whole bridal party. When it comes to you and your spouse's families, you and your spouse should have pictures taken with both sets of your parents individually and then all of you together as a group. Then you and your spouse should have pictures taken with your siblings and other close family members. The informal pictures that should be taken after your wedding are pictures with friends, and you showing your ring off to your guests. The last set of pictures that we will be taking are pictures of your wedding reception.
Finally, we will be taking pictures of your wedding reception. We will start off by taking pictures of the reception venue all set up before your guests arrive. Then we take pictures of the decor and special items like the table settings, place cards, favors, candy buffet (if you have one), the centerpieces, etc. Then we will get detailed shots of your wedding cake and move onto you and your spouse arriving for your reception. The next pictures will be of toasts and speeches, the cake being cut, you and your spouse's first dance, and you dancing with your father and your groom dancing with his mother. Finally, we will take pictures of you and your spouse mingling with your guests, your guests dancing, chatting, drinking, and eating, pictures of the DJ, singers, and musicians, and finally you and your spouse leaving the reception and having confetti, birdseed, or rice thrown at your by your guests or your guests blowing bubbles at you.When you are deciding what pictures are must-have picture moments for your marriage ceremony, you need to consider what pictures do you expect to see? Then we will talk and determine your must-have picture moments for the day that you get married and the events leading up to it.