After months of planning, your wedding will flash by in hours, which is why photos are the best way to remember everything about your big day. But what moments will you most want to look back on? Jess Levin, founder and CEO of Carats & Cake, asked a few of the wedding industry's leading photographers to share their must-have shots to capture at any wedding.
Don't Forget to Capture the Emotion
"Weddings are gorgeous events and it's very easy to get caught up in all of the details that make the atmosphere unique and reflect the couple's personalities. I think it's just as important to remember what the day is all about: the union of two people, the love that they share, and the start of their journey together as a family. My favorite moments of a wedding are those that express the pure joy and celebration of the day."
—Sara Wight, Owner & Lead Photographer, Sara Wight Photography
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Channel the Excitement into Your Photos
"The moments directly after the ceremony—a rush of happiness on the couple's faces as they recess down the aisle, petals in the air, and excitement of the family and friends!" —Sheila Griffin, Photographer & Owner, Amaranth Photography
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Make Time for the Pre-Ceremony Moments
"Just before the ceremony: From finishing touches to hugs and warm wishes, there's so much to capture in those moments just before the ceremony, which often seem to pass by so quickly." —Edward Winter, Photographer, READYLUCK
"I love the moments my brides spend with their mothers or closest friends while they're getting ready. There is a sense of quiet happiness and peace that I could photograph all day long!" —Ashley Kelemen, Photographer, Ashley Kelemen
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Find the Perfect Dress Shot
"The bride getting into her dress. The day has finally arrived and she gets to wear her wedding dress that she's spent months dreaming about. It can be a very overwhelming and powerful moment for the bride." —Jainé Kershner, Owner & Photographer, Brklyn View Photography
"Contrary to what I hear from most photographers, I love crazy weather on wedding days for the amazing texture, light, and extra charge of emotion it brings to a couple's day. I tell all my clients this in my first meeting with them, both to reassure them that their day is going to be incredible regardless of their "luck" with weather, but also to prep them for being a little extra adventurous with me on the day of wedding and to get out in the weather a bit for some amazing moments to capture." —Nathan Smith, Photographer, Ira Lippke Studios
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"Sometimes the cake cutting is such a welcomed, playful moment amid the seriousness of the wedding day. It seems to shift the energy and signal everyone that it's time to cut loose and celebrate. So much fun."
—Britt Chudleigh, Principal Photographer & Owner, Chudleigh Weddings
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Don't Overthink It
"Bliss moments. These take place with your new spouse. A moment where you think the camera isn't rolling, and you behave just as yourselves, as if no one is watching." —Elisa Bricker, Owner/Lead Photographer, Elisa Bricker