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Photo List. There are a lot of photo opportunities on a couple's big day. This is a common list of possible photos. No photographer will shoot all of these or even carry this list around -- there are too many things to do besides checking a list! However, look it over and talk with your photographer ahead of time so you can communicate what is (or is not) important to you. If you really must have a shot of the bride and mother, let the photographer know so he can be sure to get plenty of such shots just in case someone blinks or the light is bad in one of them...

Getting Ready

  • __ Dress hanging up
  • __ Dress hanging with arrangement of shoes, veil, garter, rings, necklace, etc.
  • __ Individual shots of shoes, veil, garter, rings, necklace, etc.
  • __ Candids of bride getting ready (hair, make up, etc)
  • __ Bride putting the garter on
  • __ Mother adjusting/helping put on Bride's veil
  • __ Bride pinning on mother's corsage.
  • __ Bride pinning on father's boutonnière.
  • __ Attendants helping bride with final preparations
  • __ Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
  • __ Bridesmaids primping
  • __ Bride and mother in the mirror
  • __ Brides maids in the mirror
  • __ Bride in dress
  • __ Bride with mother
  • __ Bride with father
  • __ Bride with both parents
  • __ Bride with honor attendant
  • __ Bride with each maid
  • __ Gift table
  • __ Bride leaving house
  • __ Bride, father get in car
  • __ Groom alone
  • __ Groom pinning on mother's corsage.
  • __ Groom pinning on father's boutonnière.
  • __ Best man adjusting groom's boutonnière.
  • __ Groom looking in the mirror
  • __ Groom with mother
  • __ Groom with father
  • __ Groom with both parents
  • __ Groom with best man
  • __ Groom with each groomsman

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Pre-Ceremony

  • __ Bride and father getting out of the car
  • __ Bride and father going into church
  • __ Bride and Groom on opposite sides of a door, unable to see each other before the ceremony
  • __ Guests arriving/waiting at ceremony location
  • __ Guest signing guest book
  • __ Guests at gift table
  • __ Ushers escorting guest
  • __ Candlelighters
  • __ Musicians or singers
  • __ Bride and father waiting to enter
  • __ Ceremony location from outside

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Ceremony

  • __ Wide angle shot of the whole interior of the church
  • __ Groom entering
  • __ Groom and groomsmen waiting at the alter
  • __ Grooms parents being seated
  • __ Brides mother being seated
  • __ Maid of honor down aisle
  • __ Brides maids entering
  • __ Flower girl, ring bearer
  • __ Bride and father
  • __ Groom meeting bride
  • __ Soloist, organist
  • __ Altar or canopy during ceremony
  • __ Father giving away the Bride
  • __ Lighting of the unity candle
  • __ Readings, singings or prayers
  • __ Exchanging Vows
  • __ Exchanging Rings
  • __ Sipping of tea or wine (Asian/Jewish)
  • __ Seven circles (Jewish).
  • __ Groom lifting the Bride's veil
  • __ The first kiss
  • __ Breaking the glass (Jewish).
  • __ Bride, Groom down aisle
  • __ Bride, Groom outside on steps
  • __ Receiving line
  • __ Bride alone in chapel
  • __ Bride, Groom alone in chapel
  • __ Bride and Groom leaving and guests throwing rice, seed, bubbles, rose petals, etc
  • __ Bride and groom leaving under an arch of swords (military).
  • __ Bride, Bride Groom getting in car or carriage
  • __ Bride, Groom in back seat
  • __ Bride, Groom in back seat, kissing

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Posed Photographs

  • __ Bride alone (full length)
  • __ Bride with her parents
  • __ Bride with Maid of Honor
  • __ Bride with bridesmaids individually
  • __ Bride with bridesmaids as a group
  • __ Bride with bridesmaids and flower girl
  • __ Bride with groomsmen
  • __ Groom alone (full length)
  • __ Groom with his parents
  • __ Groom with best man
  • __ Groom with groomsmen individually
  • __ Groom with groomsmen as a group
  • __ Groom with groomsmen and ring bearer
  • __ Groom with bridesmaids
  • __ Groom with mother
  • __ Bride, Groom together
  • __ Bride, Groom with parents
  • __ Bride, Groom in a silly pose
  • __ Bride, Groom with officiant
  • __ Bride, Groom with her parents
  • __ Bride, Groom with his parents
  • __ Bride, Groom with the wedding party, women and men split
  • __ Bride, Groom with the wedding party, attendants mixed together
  • __ Bride with Maid of Honor and Groom with Best Man
  • __ Bride, Groom with her grandparents
  • __ Bride, Groom with his grandparents
  • __ Bride, Groom with her immediate family
  • __ Bride, Groom with his immediate family
  • __ Bride, Groom and both immediate families
  • __ Bride, Groom with flower girl and ring bearer
  • __ Bride with __________________________
  • __ Bride with __________________________
  • __ Groom with __________________________
  • __ Groom with __________________________
  • __ Bride, Groom with ____________________________
  • __ Bride, Groom with ____________________________
  • __ Bride's parents
  • __ Groom's parents
  • __ Bride with children from family or wedding party
  • __ Groom with children from family or wedding party
  • __ Bride, Groom with children from family or wedding party
  • __ Close up of Bride's and Groom's hands/rings over her bouquet
  • __ Bride, Groom finally sitting and relaxing
  • __ Bride, Groom finally sitting and kissing
  • __ Bride and groom with witnesses and officiant signing the marriage certificate
  • __ Flower girl and ring bearer

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Reception

  • __ Bride, Groom arriving
  • __ Bride, Groom at car
  • __ Bride, Groom going into reception
  • __ The receiving line (posed)
  • __ The receiving line (candid)
  • __ Bride, Groom being introduced
  • __ Bride, Groom dancing
  • __ Bride, father dancing
  • __ Groom, mother dancing
  • __ Parents dancing
  • __ Best man and Maid of Honor dancing
  • __ Complete bridal party dancing
  • __ Guests dancing
  • __ Bride and groom lifted on chairs (Jewish)
  • __ The musicians
  • __ Emcee
  • __ Bride, Groom talking to guests
  • __ Buffet Table
  • __ The guest book
  • __ Ice Sculpture
  • __ Gift Table
  • __ Centerpiece
  • __ Other special decorations
  • __ Reception site from outside
  • __ Cake
  • __ Head table
  • __ Parent's table
  • __ Blessing before meal
  • __ Toast, best man
  • __ Other toasts
  • __ Cutting the cake
  • __ Bride, Groom feeding each other the cake
  • __ Parents table
  • __ All of the bides maids surrounding and kissing the new groom at once
  • __ Head table
  • __ Bride, Groom with parents
  • __ Bride, Groom with special guests
  • __ Throwing bouquet
  • __ Catching the bouquet
  • __ Taking the garter off
  • __ Throwing the garter
  • __ Catching the garter
  • __ Decorating the car
  • __ Going away clothes
  • __ Bride, Groom saying good-bye
  • __ Guests throwing rice/seeds
  • __ Bride, Groom getting in car
  • __ Rear of car speeding off
  • __ Guests waving
  • __ Bride's exhausted father with empty outturned pockets

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