The Wedding Photo Checklist: Part 3 – The Ceremony

posted on 25 March 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Photography

Couple Under Chuppah

The ceremony is the one part of the wedding day where the photographer has the least control. There is no yelling for a time out or asking if the bride can please move a little to the left.  During the ceremony it is the photographer’s job to capture all the right moments while being as invisible and unobtrusive as possible. This is a significant job considering just how much goes down during a wedding ceremony and there is very little time for a photographer to catch a breath between moments.

Here are a few of those must-be-captured moments:

  • Exterior and interior shots before the guests arrive
  • Detail shots of any wedding details.  Guest book. Altar décor. Pew decorations
  • Groom exiting groom’s vehicle
  • Groom walking down the aisle with his mother / father
  • Groom standing at the altar or staring out the window waiting for the bride to arrive
  • Close up of groom’s expression while he waits
  • Shots of some of the guests arriving
  • Both sets of grandparents as the go down the aisle to take their seats
  • Guests sitting down waiting for the ceremony to start
  • Bride exiting bridal vehicle
  • Bride waiting to walk down the aisle
  • Bridesmaids and flower girls walking down the aisle
  • Wedding party at the altar
  • Close up of bride just before she walks down the aisle
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom’s face as he sees the bride for the first time
  • Groom’s reaction as she makes her way towards him
  • Back of the bride as she walks down the aisle
  • Bride’s escort giving her away
  • Handshake / hug between groom and escort
  • Bride and groom at altar or chuppah
  • Shot of bridesmaid bouquets lined up as they hold them at the altar
  • Bride and grooms interlocked hands
  • Back shot of bride and groom with the marriage official between them
  • Both sets of parents and other close family members as they watch the ceremony
  • Wide shot of guests as the watch the ceremony
  • Close up of anyone doing a special reading. Poem, scripture, etc
  • Any cultural or religious traditions.  Lighting candles, breaking glasses etc
  • Close up of the bride and groom as they recite their vows
  • Close up of bride’s face taken over the groom’s shoulder
  • Close up of groom’s face taken over bride’s shoulder
  • Close up of each hand as rings are exchanged
  • The kiss! Make the kiss a nice long one so that your photographer definitely doesn’t miss it!
  • Happy couple walking up the aisle together
  • Bride and groom as friends as family hug and shake hands in congratulations
  • Bride and groom as they are showered with confetti / bubbles / birdseed etc
  • Bride and groom as they leave the ceremony hand-in-hand

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