One of the most important parts of your wedding is the ceremony. During this time there is so much to photograph. And you must not forget what is happening before and after the ceremony too. Here is my list of ‘must have’ photos to capture during the wedding ceremony. Here is my list of ‘must have’ wedding photos to look out for during the ceremony that couples will want to look back on after their special day.

1. Arrival of the Wedding Party.

The day may begin taking photos of the guests arriving at the church (or ceremony location). Guests waiting in anticipation for the ceremony to start, children handing out the order of service, and flowers being fastened to buttonholes. These are just a few moments you’ll want to capture prior to the ceremony.

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2. Groom & Groomsmen Taking their Places.

The groom and his groomsmen will take their places at the front of the aisle before the ceremony. The groom may check his watch and chat nervously with his best man and / or groomsmen before the bride makes her entrance.

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3. Arrival of the Bride & Bridesmaids.

Take photos of the bride arriving, getting out the car, having her veil adjusted and making her way towards the church. Then rush to the front of the aisle to capture the bride walking down with her father or significant other. Make sure you don’t miss the expression of the groom as he glances at the bride for the first time!

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4. The Congregation & Location.

Regardless of where couples get married, wide angle photos of the congregation and those taking part in the ceremony showcase everyone attending the wedding (and the location). These types of photos capture the atmosphere.

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5. Wedding Traditions & Rituals.

Some weddings may include traditions or rituals performed during the ceremony that are personal to the bride and groom. Do not forget to capture these significant moments. These photos reflect people’s personality and the effort they put into planning.

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6. Expressions of the Wedding Party.

You’ll want to capture the facial expressions of the bride and groom during the ceremony, the father as he presents his daughters hand to the groom, and the tears and joy of the wedding party as they take part in the ceremony. Weddings make everyone laugh and cry (not just the groom!).

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7. Candid Moments.

Keep one eye on what is happening around you (as well as in front). Sometimes the unexpected happens during the ceremony (e.g., the ring won’t fit) or something candid happens (e.g., altar boy taking a nap). Capturing these unexpected & candid moments provides a record of events that the bride and groom may have missed.

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8. Exchange of Vows.

During the exchange of vows, taking photos of the reaction of the person receiving the vow is often more valuable than the reaction of the person speaking them. The reactions of the bride and groom during the vows are a must have moment to capture.

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9. Exchange of Rings.

Photos of the exchange of rings, and the people handing over the rings, are key moments to capture, and often involve laughter (especially if the best man can’t find the ring!).

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10. The First Kiss.

You need to be ready to take photos of the kiss, because it can be fleeting (sometimes the person conducting the ceremony will ask the couple to repeat the embrace!). Afterwards, take a quick look at the congregation. Their expressions are worth photographing too.

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11. Emotional Reactions.

After the first kiss, the newlyweds may punch the air or jump for joy. So, watch out for an emotional reaction after the embrace.

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12. Walking Down the Aisle.

Next, the bride and groom will walk down the aisle, and the wedding party will congratulate them as they pass. Set up your camera in advance to take photos with a fast shutter speed, because the newlyweds may walk faster than you think (and churches can be dark too!).

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13. Signing the Register.

After the bride and groom have walked down the aisle, they will make their way into the vestry to sign the marriage register. This act will be witnessed by at least two other members of the wedding party. Look for candid moments once the register has been signed. Someone often says something humorous worth photographing!

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13. Confetti Throwing.

Confetti Throwinghe vestry to sign the marriage register. This act will be witnessed by at least two other members of the wedding party. Although photography is not usually allowed during the signing. Watch out for candid moments once the register has been signed. Someone will make a humorous comment worth photographing!

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