10 Wedding Photos I Need

Must Have Wedding Photos List

I trust our wedding photographer to get all the major must have wedding photos for us—the bride getting ready, the bride and groom saying their vows, the best man’s speech, etc. I also trust that she’ll be good at getting everyone in natural looking poses. She did a great job at alleviating my anxiety and awkwardness during the engagement session by giving us poses to try and tweaking them when we looked awkward. This is essential in a wedding photographer, because sometimes you think you look great/cute/hilarious/adorable in a photo, but really you just look strange.

couple hugging tightly

Personal pic

When we posed for this, I thought it looked cute. But seeing the picture, I am confused at the angles. What, exactly, is going on here?

I probably won’t give our wedding photographer a comprehensive list of all the photos I want taken, but I do have a running list in my head (which is to say, Pinterest) of photos that might not be standard for every photographer—photos that I absolutely need to have. Here are my top 10 must have wedding photos.

1) The groom’s reaction as the bride walks down the aisle. Obviously, there will be pics of me walking down the aisle, but my favorite part of wedding ceremonies is seeing the groom’s reaction to it. (OK, maybe I stole that from 27 Dresses, but it really is a great part of wedding ceremonies!) A lot of weddings I see online omit these must have wedding photos (it’s possible that they took them but just didn’t include them in the blog posts), but I want to make sure I get Mr. Unicycle’s reaction! And he better cry at my devastating beauty!

groom making silly faces

Image via Danielle Hartland Graphic Design and Photography

groom crying with hand over face

Image via Joielala Photography

2) The “dad first look” and “bridesmaids first look.” I’m sensing a trend here. Maybe I’m being vain, but I want a reaction shot of my dad and bridesmaids too. This makes the top of my must have wedding photos list. Ever since I saw Mrs. Balloons’ post on the “dad first look,” I’ve wanted one of those too. I think parents always imagine what their daughter will look like on her wedding day, and my mom won’t get to see the reveal since she’ll be there to watch the transformation.

father of bride first look

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

bridesmaid first look

Photo by Meredith Perdue Photography

3) A group shot of all the guests. I was inspired by Mrs. Lox, among others, and I would really like to see this logistical nightmare come true. It sounds like a headache for everyone involved, but the pictures are so amazing.

large group wedding photo couple kissing

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

large group wedding photo

Image via The Knot / Photo by Gruber Photographers

4) Sassy drinking pictures. I don’t know why, but I love these two pictures and I want to copy them. Except I don’t drink beer, and nothing else seems as badass and as throw-back-able as a glass of beer. Can I do these poses with wine?? Or maybe a shot…

bride groom kissing with beer glasses

Image via Mrs. Zebra on Weddingbee / Photo by Sara Zarella Photography

bride and bridesmaids drinking beer

Photo by Miller + Miller

5) A picture of us holding a “thank you” banner. We held a date banner for our save the dates, and it would be kind of cool to continue the theme with a thank you banner to use for our thank you cards.

bride groom holding thank you banner

Image via Intimate Weddings / Photo by Our Labor of Love

wedding party holding thank you sign in street

Image via Intimate Weddings / Photo by Three Blondes and a Camera

6) A photo of the sparkler sendoff. We’re basically doing a sparkler sendoff because I want the cool must have wedding photos from it. I also like the drama of the couple leaving in a special way. I’m sounding kind of vain again, aren’t I?

couple kissing in front of sparklers

Image via National Geographic

sparkler sendoff

Image via Martha Stewart Weddings

7) A backseat kissing shot. I love wedding pictures taken in cars. It seems so romantic and classic, perfect for our retro theme! We’ll be hopping into a limo after our sparkler sendoff, so I’m not sure if this will work, with the tinted windows and all.

bride and groom kissing in limo

Image via Kiss the Groom / Photo by Thayer Hearts Weddings

must have wedding photos

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

8) The bridesmaids in sunglasses. I love cheap sunglasses (the song and the accessory), so I’m thinking of buying a few pairs for me and my bridesmaids to don in an ironic/hipster photo. Plus, it’ll be sunny out, so we might need them.

bridesmaids in pink wearing sunglasses

Photo by Bella Pictures

bridesmaids on beach

Image via flowersbythevase on Etsy

9) Informal bridesmaid pictures. I don’t want the bridesmaid pics to be overly posed and cheesy. I like the ones that just look like a group of friends hanging out. Because it’s totally natural for my sister-in-law, college roommate, grade school BFF, and high school BFF to all hang out, right? Cute pics like the one below make my list of must have wedding photos.

bridesmaids lying in grass with heads together

Image via Green Wedding Shoes / Photo by Deidre Lynn Photography

10) A candid pic of the Unicycles PDAing: Hey, it’s our wedding day! Sue me! A good PDA shot is definitely on our must have wedding photos list.

bride grabbing groom's butt

Photo by Oh Darling Photography

romantic wedding kiss

Image via Snippet and Ink / Photo by Aaron Delesie

What are your must have wedding photos? What’s your favorite moment of every wedding?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
These Bacons Are Taken: Tea Time
When Rings Make You a Ding Dong
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    Robbin Colandrea, Guest @ 8:09 pm

    LOVE this list, and YOU are paying the PHOTOGRAPHER you decide…group shots, might be a pain and not always come out, but they are a treasure…certain shots are SO worth taking the time for, and a good photographer will gladly set it up and work for your special shots…and these can be ideas to jump off from and you make your own, like we had all our guys feet in a shot due to steel pennies in their loafers, special to us…

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    Pin Perfect: Making Memories | Oh, What Love Studios | The Blog, Guest @ 9:08 pm

    […] group shot 2. best friend 3. sparkler kiss 4. ring bearer 5. cheers 6. heart hug […]

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    Norm Deplume, Guest @ 10:30 am

    I love a candid shot of the bride, after the formal photos are taken, when she has that precious few moments to “relax” before the ceremony. There’s an ease and a beauty in those pics that is hard to match.

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    Ms. Suzy, Guest @ 6:54 pm

    Being the parents of the bride, really wanted one picture of both of us (mom and Dad) together, one with bride’s elderly grandparents, and one with grandmother, mother and bride with wedding rings and flowers in background, as in a “hand shot”! Didn’t get any of those, and can’t go back and re-do. So if there is something you really, really want, make sure the photographer knows!

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