10 Wedding Photos I Needed

Even though my recaps are dunzo, and I’ve probably overstayed my welcome here, I do have a few posts left to share with you guys. By far, my most popular post according to Pinterest is the 10 Wedding Photos I Need post. It caused a bit of controversy in the comments, but my photographer seemed very grateful for the guidance. I wanted to show you how the vision compared to the reality:

1) The groom’s reaction as the bride walks down the aisle:



Image via Danielle Hartland Graphic Design and Photography



Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict: There were so many pictures of Mr. Unicycle waiting for me to come down the aisle, so I could tell my photographer made it a priority. It would have been nice if he’d teared up a little when he saw how devastatingly beautiful I looked, but you can’t have everything. He told me he almost cried but then when he saw me crying he just thought it was cute and smiled instead.

2) The “dad first look” and “bridesmaids first look”:



Image via Mrs. Balloons on Weddingbee / Photo by Audrey Hannah Photography


Photo by Meredith Perdue Photography



Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict: I love how they turned out! Again, it would have been better if my dad had been aware that I expected him to cry about how beautiful and grown up I was, but I didn’t communicate that to him.

3) A group shot of all the guests:



Image via Mrs. Lox on Weddingbee / Photo by Chad Lippiatt Photo

Reality/Verdict: You all convinced me in the comments that this would be a logistical nightmare, and there’s nothing I fear more than logistics, so we nixed it.

4) Sassy drinking picture:



Photo by Miller + Miller



Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict: Again, my photographer delivered, but my bridesmaids were just a little too drunk. I still love this picture though! And I love how none of us are actually drinking those drinks. We just grabbed people’s abandoned drinks and put fresh straws in them. Nast.

5) A picture of us holding a “thank you” banner:



Image via Intimate Weddings / Photo by Our Labor of Love



Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict: We used this photo for our thank you notes, and I think it’s a success! It may actually be better than the inspiration, because the sign is easier to read. I only used purple paper for it because that’s all I had, but it ended up working out. I also love that we took the photo in our photobooth, because our backdrop rocked.

6) A photo of the sparkler send-off:



Image via National Geographic



Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict:..fail. That’s okay though, because I was high on life, and my guests were high on alcohol, so everyone enjoyed themselves at least. Note to future brides: If your venue has a round driveway instead of a straight path to exit, make sure your guests pick a side!

7) A backseat kissing shot:



Image via Mrs. Earrings on Weddingbee / Photo by Jane Sanders



Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict: #Winning

8) The bridesmaids in sunglasses:



Photo by Bella Pictures



Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict: Success! These are some of my favorite photos of the day. I was so close to not buying the sunglasses because I put it off until the last minute and was having trouble finding sunglasses I liked, but now I am so glad I bought these. We look so funky fresh I can’t even stand it.

9) Informal bridesmaid pictures:



Image via Green Wedding Shoes / Photo by Deidre Lynn Photography



Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict: I love these too, and we didn’t even have to lie down in the dirt. I love how we look like the kind of friends who just randomly decide to lounge in a row like this.

10) A candid pic of the Unicycles PDAing:



Photo by Oh Darling Photography



Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Verdict: I may not be copping a butt-grab, but I love this photo anyway.

In short, my photographer really nailed it and I’m glad I gave her a list of must-haves, because these are some of my favorites. Like I said before, “I make my own luck.”

What are/were your must-have photos?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    mrscash 729 posts, Busy bee @ 5:34 am

    I did a First Look with my dad too and also hoped he might cry, instead he just smiled and I’m the one who burst into tears!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:54 am

    These are awesome! I agree, your thank you version is better since you can actually read it. And, love the one of you and your bms lounging!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:53 am

    I love it too. Photographers are talented, but a little direction is never a bad thing! Especially if you’d be disappointed if you DIDN’T have those pics. That’s what matters!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:32 am

    I love how all of your photos turned out, you can see the inspiration, but they’re still your own!

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    iadornyou 494 posts, Helper bee @ 10:14 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these! It’s fun to see the inspiration next to the ‘real life’ photo. I LOVE the photo of you and your bridesmaids in sunglasses, and the one of you guys on the bed. So cute!! I also agree with you on the Thank you photo – yours is better than the inspiration!

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 10:43 am

    <3… you are now my pic inspiration. Favorite is bridesmaids on the bed. LOVE!
    And yes, I'm going to have to tell people what their reactions should be as well. My fragile ego needs some tears, damn it.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:07 pm

    I love how your photos turned out.
    I never gave my photog an actual list of my “must haves”, thinking I’d just direct him the day of, and ended up forgetting about the pics the day of, but at the end I didn’t care, we had great pics.

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    seabeeny 68 posts, Worker bee @ 12:15 pm

    So cool! This makes me wish I’d thought more about the “must have” photos. We went more for lists of people we knew we needed, and a few ceremony/reception moments we’d want, but we weren’t this specific.

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    sinfulli2sweet 320 posts, Helper bee @ 1:37 pm

    Definitely good to give a little direction. I will definitely be providing a “must-have” shot list to my photographer. I definitely know that I want a First Look with my dad, First look with FH which will take over the shot of him looking at me walk down the aisle for the first time, and a kissing shot, I definitely want a nice shot with bridesmaids but I have a lot of ideas :)

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:52 pm

    I see nothing wrong with requesting this list ahead of time and I’m sooo happy you got all the shots you wanted!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 8:06 pm

    It was really cool seeing your inspiration vs. the reality. Glad you got so many of your must-have pictures!

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    riverbride13 678 posts, Busy bee @ 4:26 am

    All your photos turned out SO well! Thank you for sharing this because I think we all (especially me) have an image of what we THINK it will look like versus what it will ACTUALLY look like. Thanks!

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    Amanda B, Guest @ 5:35 pm

    You have the BEST wedding bee posts… no offense to the other bloggers. But seriously. THANK YOU!

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    abbygaile, Guest @ 2:00 pm

    Uni- You will never wear out your welcome on WB! WE <3 YOU!! I stole your sunglasses idea b/c it was awesome and it turned out that most of my fav. pix were of us wearing them! Even my dad & step mom put them on for a pic! It was hilarious!

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    Gabby O, Guest @ 7:15 am

    Looove seeing the inspiration and then your own twist on it between you and the photographer. This is why I think it’s paramount to try a bunch of different things because you never know what will truly translate smashingly in a photograph. The yellow and pink = amazing!!

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    Mrs Christopher 2807 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:22 pm

    These are nice!!

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