The Top 12 Must-Have Wedding Photos for New England Weddings

October 25, 2022


The Top 12 Must-Have Wedding Photos for New England Weddings

As you are putting together your wedding day timeline with your photographer, it helps to keep in mind the must-have wedding photos. My top piece of advice to my couples is always to create intentional moments with each other and your loved ones on your wedding day. Make time during your wedding day for these quiet, real, and incredibly meaningful moments. You will cherish those images for the rest of your lifetime! That being said, here is a list of the must-have wedding photos:

  • Getting Ready Photos
  • Flat Lay/Bridal Detail Shots
  • Portraits
  • First Looks
  • VIPs During the Ceremony 
  • First Kiss
  • Group Portraits
  • Sunset Photos
  • Wedding Day Details 
  • Candids
  • Special Dances and Toasts 
  • Last Kiss, Last Dance, or Special Exit

Here Are The 12 Must-Have Wedding Photos for New England Weddings

1. Getting Ready Photos

To me, getting ready photos don’t just include the dress in the window shot. My goal is to capture the true excitement that you and your loved ones are feeling as you are getting ready! This moment is filled with so much joy, it’s my honor to capture that for you.

2. Flat Lay/Bridal Detail Shots

It’s important to schedule enough time for detail shots in your timeline. I suggest allowing at least 30 minutes for your photographer to creatively capture all of the small details that are really important to you. It’s also helpful if you gather up all of the items you would like in your detail shots and have them ready to go ahead of time. This can include items such as your rings and jewelry, petals or flowers from your florist, your invitation suite, your perfume, your shoes, and anything else that is significant to you!

3. Portraits

After you’re finished getting ready and before the ceremony, we’ll get a few portraits with you each all dressed up and looking beautiful and/or handsome! This is another moment filled with excitement and anticipation, so it’s really nice to capture on camera.

4. First Looks

I always suggest adding a first look to wedding day timelines. This moment is so much more than a staged photo op. It is a time for you to be with your fiance, maybe read your personal vows to each other, and really soak in this valuable alone time.

[Still deciding if a first look is for you? You might like this related post!]

5. VIPs During the Ceremony

It goes without saying that your photographer should capture you during your ceremony, but it’s also important to capture your parents and the wedding party. Those special family members and friends that care about you the most are so excited and full of emotion as well – let’s capture that!

6. First Kiss

I suggest kissing twice at the altar. This is for you to have a moment to truly enjoy, but it also allows your photographer to get a variety of photos. I also ask my couples to kiss again down the end of the aisle with their guests behind them, as this creates a beautiful and memorable photo.

7. Group Portraits

This is where my project management background comes in handy! Before your day, we’ll create a list of the must-have family groupings so that we can efficiently get through this part of the day, and so that you can be immersed in the moment. Allotting plenty of time here allows for more than just the standard in-a-line portraits.

8. Sunset Photos

For two reasons, I always suggest incorporating sunset photos for my couples regardless of whether we’ve taken photos of you two together during the day. First, the lighting is always stunning and unique. Second, you have a different energy at that point in the day because you’re finally married and can just enjoy the excitement and love now!

9. Wedding Day Details

You chose your wedding venue for a reason, so capturing the details of your venue and reception design is essential! This is where having two photographers can really be handy. While the details of your reception are being photographed, we can also capture candids during cocktail hour of you and your guests enjoying yourselves.

10. Candids

As a Boston wedding photographer, I pride myself on capturing moments that you know are happening, as well as the ones you don’t! The beauty of wedding photos is the fact that you can feel the emotion in them even long after your day, and candid photos play a large part in that.

11. Special Dances and Toasts

As your photographer, not only will I be capturing these significant moments, but also the reactions of your loved ones during this time as well!

12. Last Kiss, Last Dance, or Special Exit

As the night comes to a close, I love to capture your energy leaving the party. Whether that’s with a final kiss or a last dance with just the two of you, or a grand exit with all of your family and friends, let’s preserve the love and pure joy you feel in that moment for you forever.

Ultimately, talk with your photographer and communicate the points in your day that are truly important to you. But, making time during your day for all of these meaningful moments will leave you with wedding photos that tell a story and that you will cherish forever. They are all significant moments that I am honored to capture and preserve for you.

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ABOUT kelly

At home near the sea. Ever-focused on finding beauty in intimate or grand moments; found in the love stories that leave me breathless and in awe. 

Kelly  deeply values connection by being intentional in knowing her couples and their love stories. Through her organic and natural photography style, she creates timeless images that allow you to relive your moments and remember how you felt. Kelly began her professional career in 2015 and has since been delivering skillfully crafted images and an elevated experience for every couple she works with. She will help you feel natural and relaxed in front of the camera by knowing when to give guidance and when to let the moments naturally evolve, focusing on your unique and unforgettable celebration from start to finish. Based in Boston, she would love to document your authentic love throughout New England and beyond.