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The Wedding Photo Playbook: Essential Formal Shots for Your Big Day

As a wedding photographer, it's not only about capturing moments; it's about creating them. our lens bears witness to the joining of two souls and the gathering of two families. At the core of this celebration are the formal group shots that encapsulate the joy, the love, and the unity of this remarkable occasion.


Let's delve into the various formal group shots that every couple should consider to document their special day.



1. The Immediate Family Shots

These photos create a snapshot of the intimate circle that has been instrumental in shaping the bride and groom's lives. These typically include:

  1. Bride/Groom with their parents.

  2. Bride/Groom with their siblings.

  3. Bride/Groom with their parents and siblings.

  4. Both families together with the bride and groom.

  5. Bride and Groom with each set of parents.

2. The Extended Family Shots

A wedding often brings together relatives from near and far, making it an excellent opportunity to capture extended family photos. These might involve:

  1. Bride/Groom with grandparents.

  2. Bride/Groom with aunts and uncles.

  3. Bride/Groom with cousins.

  4. Group shot of the entire extended family.

3. The Bridal Party Shots

These are the friends and family members who have been chosen to stand by the bride and groom's side during their special day. Don't miss out on these combinations:

  1. Bride with bridesmaids.

  2. Groom with groomsmen.

  3. Bride with maid of honor.

  4. Groom with best man.

  5. Couple with the entire bridal party.

  6. Bride with groomsmen and Groom with bridesmaids, for a fun switch-up.

4. The Couple Shots

Of course, you can't forget about the stars of the show! The bride and groom should be in a multitude of shots, such as:

  1. Exchanging vows.

  2. The first kiss as a married couple.

  3. Leaving the ceremony venue.

  4. The first dance.

  5. Cutting the cake.

  6. Any other significant wedding traditions they choose to include.

5. The Special Guests and Friends

Every wedding has a unique mix of special guests and friends who are integral to the couple's story:

  1. Bride/Groom with best friends.

  2. Couple with special guests.

  3. Couple with college friends or coworkers.

  4. Couple with any clubs or social group members they might be part of.

While this list is comprehensive, it's also flexible. It can be adapted to fit the specific needs and desires of each couple. After all, every wedding is as unique as the love story it celebrates, and the photos should reflect that individuality.


As wedding photographers, our role is to guide you through this process, offering our expertise while listening to your wishes. our images will live on in your hearts and homes, serving as tangible memories of a day filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after.


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