7 Must-Have Wedding Photos You Might Not Think Of

After many weeks and months of agonizing and planning over all the little details of your wedding day, and not it’s finally almost here! You have all your RSVPs returned, you found the perfect dress, and your vendors are all lined up. You’ve hired the perfect photographer to capture the story of your day. But what does that mean? What do you want them to capture?

A professional wedding photographer is an expert at catching all the important moments and details of the ceremony and reception, but there may be some specific details that you’ve taken a lot of effort to pull of and you want to make sure they capture them. After all, you want to remember every part of your wedding day, and once everything is said and done, your photos will be one of the few things you’ll have left. That day goes by in such a whirlwind it’s easy to forget each piece.

Whether you plan to decorate your home with photos from your wedding or create an album – or both – we’ve put together this list of images that we think you shouldn’t miss out on!

Invitations and wedding accessories.

YOUR INVITATIONS

These may seem a little odd to photograph, but think about how much energy and thought you’ve put into them and all the details of your day. Your save-the-date cards, invitations, and RSVP responses all match and look great together, but after you’ve sent them off, you won’t see them again. Set aside a set to have your photographer snap a photo of you on the wedding day, so you can appreciate how they matched the tone of your special day.

Wedding rings close up photo on a yellow sunflower. Photographed by March81 Photography

THE RINGS

Your wedding bands and engagement ring are a symbol of your love and commitment to one another. Capturing this detail, especially if you have engraved bands, is the perfect moment of your wedding day.

THE LITTLE THINGS

From jewelry to shoes to the garter, the details of your wedding are things others may never see and you may forget. Did you purchase or borrow something extra special? Is there something particularly meaningful about what you have chosen to use? After all the planning you’ve put into the details of your day, you’ll want images of each little thing that made your wedding extra special. Be sure to give your photographer a list of things you don’t want them to miss.

Bridal party dresses hanging.

GETTING READY

Your wedding day isn’t just about the ceremony and the reception. It is a WHOLE DAY event! One of the best parts about a wedding is the opportunity to get all dressed up and looking your best, even far beyond what you normally would for special occasions. Why not capture those moments as you prepare to walk down the aisle? From makeup to hair, it will be fun to look back on the photos of your transformation into a bride.

First look by a barn

JUST BEFORE THE FIRST LOOK

While the first look is a beautiful, intimate moment between you and your soon-to-be spouse, there’s something particularly sweet about the moments just before that look. Whether you’re sneaking up on your partner or peering around a doorway, those feelings of anticipation and joy are ones you’ll definitely want to be captured.

Ceremony Details, sayings in crates along the aisles. Rustic barn wedding ceremony venue. The Red Shed in Hudsonville, MI

THE CEREMONY SETUP

Just like the details and invitations, photos of your ceremony space are a perfect way to capture all your hard work. Whether you’re getting married in a gorgeous venue or with a stunning natural backdrop, photos of the space before the ceremony will give you a chance to look back on your decor and venue choices in the years to come.

Barn wedding reception. Best man giving his toast underneath paper cranes draped on the ceiling. Farmhouse tables and sunflower decorations.

PARTY FAVORS & RECEPTION DETAILS

After all your planning, you’ll want photos of your reception details just as much as your ceremony details. From the dessert table to the party favors, be sure to have your photographer capture all the little things that delight your guests.

Of course, you’ll still want images of the big moments of your wedding day: the ceremony, the first kiss, your first dance, and everyone partying the night away. But don’t forget all the little moments you’ll also want to look back on in the years to come!

The Images featured in this blog post are from the wedding of Beth & Greg at The Red Shed in Hudsonville, MI.

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MIchael and Jennifer at the beach portrait of West Michigan Wedding Photographers, owners of March81 Photography