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Capturing the Moments That Matter: Your Wedding Day Photos-Lovestruck Portraits

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories. As a photographer, it's my job to capture all of those special moments, so that you can relive them for years to come. Your day goes by so quickly it can be hard to know what your photographer is capturing. And this is a question I get asked often.... do you capture this shot?

In this blog post, I'll share some of the wedding photos that I capture with every couple on their wedding day! Of course you get ALOT more then what is listed below, but this is my MUST always shoot shot list. These are listed in order of the day, if applicable has been added if your timeline doesn't include or allow for a set of images.


The getting ready photos are some of my favorite to capture, as they show the anticipation and excitement leading up to the ceremony. From the bride getting her details all together and into her dress, to the groom putting on his tie, these photos help tell the story of your wedding day from the very beginning.

  • Invitation, program, special signs

  • Wedding rings ( captured later on during the day)

  • Wedding dresses/suits

  • Outfit accessories like shoes, cuff links, or jewelry

  • Bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres

  • Getting into your dress/ suit

PRE-CEREMONY (if applicable )

The first look is a special moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony. This intimate moment can be captured beautifully, with emotions running high and the love between the couple on full display.

  • Couple alone for your first look

  • Bride & groom portraits


Of course, no wedding day would be complete without photos of the ceremony itself. Whether you're having a traditional ceremony in a church, or a more relaxed outdoor wedding, the ceremony is one of the most important parts of the day.

  • Venue shots including ceremony site, flowers, interior, and exterior details

  • Guests

  • Bridal party entrance

  • Bride(s) walking down the aisle

  • Groom's reaction

  • Father/mother giving the bride away

  • Exchanging of vows

  • Exchanging the rings

  • The first kiss as a married couple

  • Signing the marriage certificate

  • The recessional (couple walking back up the aisle)

  • Couple with bridesmaids/groomsmen

  • Couple with the entire wedding party

  • Bride(s) with bridesmaids/maid of honor

  • Groom(s) and groomsmen/best man

  • Bride individual

  • Groom individual

  • Bride & groom portraits

  • Couple with any children

  • Couple with a full family shot from their list

  • Couple with each set of parents

  • Couple with individual parents/ siblings

  • Couple with siblings


The reception is where the real party starts! From the first dance, to the speeches, to the cake cutting, there are so many special moments to capture during the reception. These photos will help you remember all of the fun you had with your friends and family.

  • Details and room décor shots, including table settings, place cards, favors, centerpieces, etc.

  • Wedding cake detail shots

  • Grand entrance

  • Toasts and speeches

  • Cake cutting

  • The first dance

  • Bride(s) dancing with father/groom(s) dancing with mother

  • Couple mingling with guests

  • Guests dancing

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and it's important to capture all of the special moments so that you can relive them for years to come. By capturing all of these must-have wedding day photos, you can ensure that your wedding album tells the complete story of your special day. As a photographer, it's my pleasure to help you capture these memories so that you can cherish them forever and you can feel confident and stress free knowing these are on my must capture list.

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