The whole time Mr. Wallaby and I were planning our wedding, I’d been stockpiling a small folder of must-have photos. Wedding photos are generally gorgeous and swoon worthy, but after spending too much time browsing wedding blogs for inspiration, pictures started to blur together. Except every once in a while, I stumbled across a photo that took my breath away.
Here are a few of my all-time faves:
I’m not crazy about bridal-party photos with everyone standing up in a row…this picture has so much more visual interest. And we happen to be renting a pink velvet couch, too. / Photo by Gabe Aceves / Image via Ruffled Blog
I ALWAYS look at the groom’s face as the bride walks down the aisle; it’s invariably filled with heart-melting emotion. This picture captures it all. / Photo by Audrey Hannah Photo
A groom excited to show off his new bling? Yes! / Photo by Amelia Lyon
Soon after we mailed in our contract and deposit, our photographers sent us an über-pretty packet (wrapped up in kraft paper packing!—you all know I’m a sucker for kraft paper!) with tons of information: what to wear for an engagement session, how to get the most out of your wedding photos, etc. They recommended bringing a “photo list” for our wedding day to ensure that they photograph everything that is a priority for us. I spend a good amount of time working on that list, but you can guess that all of these inspiration photos made the cut! If your wedding is getting closer and you need some resources to help you develop a “must-take” photo list, here’s a couple resources I’ve found helpful: the Frugal Bride’s photographer’s checklist, the “Offbeat guide to the wedding photo shot list,” and Real Simple’s must-take wedding photo checklist.
I will share our photo list with y’all after we get back from the honeymoon, but I will add one more thing: our list is probably not as detailed as the suggested lists on any of those websites. Mustard Seed Photography is super professional, and I’ve been impressed with every single wedding album of theirs that I’ve seen. We didn’t give them any guidance at all before our engagement session, and the photos turned out ahh-maz-ing. So by creating a photo list for the wedding, I was not trying to micromanage our wonderful photographers. The list was more to ensure that we took pictures with every family member (parents photo, siblings photo, grandparents photo, etc.), since the photographers don’t know our families, and to share some inspiration I’ve found on the internets. And also, I wouldn’t mind a silhouette photo like the one above.
Are you providing your photographer with a must-take photo list? What wedding photos make you swoon?