Before, During and After the Wedding Breakfast

We are Steve and Laura, two wedding photographers that love wedding photography. We have put together a list of essential ‘Before, During and After the Wedding Breakfast’ that you should have taken on your big day.

1. Venue Outdoor Shot

  • Plan ahead: Scout out the location ahead of time and determine the best time of day for taking photos. Consider the weather, lighting, and other factors that may affect your shots.
  • Find a good vantage point: Look for a vantage point that offers a good view of the entire venue, such as a hilltop or rooftop.  We also use the a drone to capture this shot.
  • Include the surroundings: Incorporate the surroundings into your shots, such as the trees, flowers, or other natural elements. This can add depth and interest to your photos.

2. Reception Room

  • Arrive early: Arrive at the venue early, so you have plenty of time to take pictures of the reception room before the guests arrive.
  • Find the right angle: Look for the best angle to capture the entire reception room. Consider shooting from the doorway, the corners of the room, or from the center.
  • Use a wide-angle lens: A wide-angle lens can help you capture more of the room in your shots.
  • Focus on the details: Take pictures of the details that make the reception room special, such as the centerpieces, table settings, and decorations.
  • Include people: Take pictures of the guests as they arrive and mingle in the reception room. This can add a sense of energy and excitement to your shots.

3. Groom Party Line Up

  • When taking a photo of the Groom Party Line Up at a wedding, we take care to ensure that the composition of the photo is aesthetically pleasing. We consider each element in the photograph; being sure to include the groom and groomsmen, as well as any other members of the party. 
  • We look for symmetry in the image and make sure that all subjects are positioned evenly along the line-up. Ensure that everyone is well lit and check if their faces can be clearly seen. 
  • We also, pay attention to detail like clothing or accessories they are wearing.

4. Wedding Party Line Up

  • When taking a photo of an entire wedding party line-up, there are several key elements to consider to capture the perfect shot. First, it is important to ensure everyone in the group is standing in their designated place and that the group remains in place during the photo. 
  • To frame the photograph correctly, try to position yourself so that all people in line-up are visible with ample room on either side for cropping. 
  • Sometimes we use a pair of step ladders or stool as this will gives us a better angle from which to take the photo. 
  • Additionally, we try and make sure that no one is casting any shadows as this can disrupt the image quality. 
  • Finally, we take multiple shots as it is amazing how many people blink or look in the wrong direction.

5. Bride and Groom kissing

  • When capturing the intimate moment of the Bride and Groom kissing, it’s crucial to consider certain aspects to ensure the photo reflects the emotions and beauty of the moment. Pay close attention to the couple’s body language, ensuring they appear relaxed and natural, allowing for an authentic representation of their love. Frame the shot, taking note of the background, and choose a setting or backdrop that complements the couple’s attire and wedding theme, helping to convey a more cohesive, visually appealing image.
  • Lighting plays a significant role in photographing any wedding moment, particularly the kiss. Aim for soft, even lighting to highlight the couple’s features and minimize shadows, potentially using reflectors or external lights to achieve the desired effect. The golden hour – just after sunrise or before sunset – provides an ideal natural light setting, imbuing the photograph with warmth and romance.
  • Timing is everything when capturing the perfect kiss; do not hesitate to take multiple shots to guarantee the best picture. Being vigilant and prepared is vital, as the couple might share a spontaneous kiss throughout the ceremony or reception. Employing a shallow depth of field can create the impression of the couple being ensconced in their own romantic world, while still featuring some background elements that provide context.
  • Focus on capturing the emotions, chemistry, and genuine expressions of the couple while they share their first kiss as a married couple. Having a pre-planned cue or signal to ensure they hold the kiss long enough for the perfect shot can make all the difference in the outcome.

6. The Couple Under the Veil

  • Ask the couple to stand close together: Ask the couple to stand close together with their heads touching, and the bride’s veil covering them both.
  • Position yourself at the right angle: Stand directly in front of the couple and crouch down to their eye level. This will give you a better angle to capture the shot.

7. Bride and groom looking at ring

  • When capturing photos of the bride and groom admiring their wedding rings, it is essential to focus on several key elements to ensure the images showcase the emotions and beauty of the moment. Firstly, pay close attention to lighting, ensuring it highlights the rings and the couple’s expressions without creating harsh shadows or overexposure. Natural light is preferable, as its softness provides a warm, romantic atmosphere.
  • As the couple admires their rings, focus on capturing genuine emotions and expressions. Look for signs of love, joy, and excitement, such as smiles, tender gazes, and body language that reflects closeness and affection. It’s helpful to shoot a series of images to capture various emotions and reactions, which can be cherished by the couple for years to come.

8. Bride and groom’s hands with rings and flowers

  • Focus: Ensure that the rings and flowers are the focal point of your photograph. Apply a shallow depth of field to make the subject stand out and create a soft bokeh background. 
  • Hand placement: Capture the couple’s hands in a natural, relaxed position. Gently guide them to intertwine fingers or display their rings close together. Be mindful of their posture and make sure their hands aren’t clenched or stiff.
  • Attention to detail: Incorporate symbolic elements in the photos, such as the bride’s bouquet, the groom’s boutonniere, or the couple’s wedding bands, to create a visually rich and meaningful narrative.

9. Bride and groom in wedding door

  • Composition: Capture the balance and symmetry of the door frame to create a visually appealing backdrop that centers the couple within the image. Incorporate any architectural details or decorative elements that can elevate the overall aesthetic.
  • Pose and Interaction: Encourage the bride and groom to showcase their chemistry and love, whether through gentle touch, laughter, or intimate gazes. Aim to capture candid moments that reflect genuine emotions rather than relying solely on staged poses.

10. Bride and groom by a tree

  • First, choose a tree that captures the essence of the couple’s personality and theme of the big day. Consider selecting a tree with unique features, such as sprawling branches or blooming flowers, to symbolize the everlasting love, growth, and strength of the couple’s bond. The tree should enhance the image without overpowering it, so be mindful of size and scale.
  • In conclusion, capturing stunning photos of the bride and groom by a tree requires careful attention to the tree’s symbolism, lighting, angles, emotion, and minute details. By considering these factors, photographers can create visually rich and meaningful images that beautifully encapsulate the couple’s love and connection.

11. Bride and groom walking on beach

  • For beach settings, the golden hour, which occurs shortly after sunrise or before sunset, offers soft, warm light that evokes a romantic atmosphere.
  • Motion: Capture the natural movement of the bride’s dress and the groom’s attire as they walk along the shoreline. The ebb and flow of the waves and the swaying of the couple’s clothing conveys a sense of romance and serenity.
  • Footprints: The bride and groom’s footprints trailing in the sand symbolize their journey together. Emphasize this by capturing the couple walking towards the camera, leaving a trail of footprints behind them.
  • Background: Use the beach’s natural elements such as shells, seaweed, driftwood, or dunes to add depth and texture to the photograph. Additionally, avoid cluttered backgrounds or objects that can detract attention from the couple.
  • Reflections: Utilize the reflections of the couple on the wet sand or shallow water for an artistic and visually intriguing image.
  • By giving careful attention to the aspects mentioned above, you will undoubtedly create breathtaking photos of the bride and groom strolling along the beach, encapsulating the essence of their love and the enchanting beauty of their surroundings.

12. Bride and groom walking in woods

  • When taking photos of the bride and groom walking in woods, it is important to be mindful of the lighting conditions. Pay attention to how the sunlight is flowing through the trees and make sure that it is not too bright or too dim. Also be aware of any shadows being cast from the trees or other objects in the area. Additionally, consider the composition of your image – you want to capture a sense of movement while also highlighting the beauty of nature. Make sure that there are no distracting elements in your frame and incorporate interesting angles such as shooting from a lower perspective or using wide-angle shots. Lastly, make sure that you have ample space around your subjects so they stand out clearly against their backdrop. By keeping these considerations in mind when photographing the couple in woods, you can create beautiful and meaningful memories for them to cherish for years to come.

13. Bride and groom in ruins of old building

  • Structural elements: Be mindful of the building’s unique architectural features such as arches, columns, or textured walls. These elements can be used to frame the couple and create intriguing compositions.
  • Perspective: Experiment with different angles and perspectives to showcase the grandeur and decay of the old building. Capture interesting contrasts between the couple’s fresh and vibrant presence against the weathered background.

14. Bride and groom with wedding venue in the background

  • When capturing photos of the bride and groom with the wedding venue in the background, it is crucial to pay attention to various factors that contribute to the overall aesthetic and emotional impact of the images. Emphasizing the significance of the venue, while highlighting the couple’s love and connection, requires a careful balance of composition, lighting, and perspective.
  • Select a location that showcases the key features or architectural elements of the venue, such as grand staircases, sprawling gardens, or ornate chandeliers. Ensure that the venue’s splendor does not overpower the couple; balance the image by keeping both elements in harmony.

15. Bride and groom on bridge or looking over water

  • Pose and Interaction: Encourage the bride and groom to engage in natural and evocative poses that showcase their love and commitment. Candid moments, such as a shared laugh or tender touch, can infuse the image with emotion and authenticity. As the photographer, it is crucial to establish a rapport and make the couple feel comfortable and at ease, allowing them to express their genuine personalities.
  • Capturing Movement: Incorporate the movement of water to create a dynamic and visually engaging shot. For example, capturing the bride and groom standing on a bridge as a gentle wave laps the shoreline below or photographing them walking hand-in-hand beside a flowing river can evoke a sense of vitality and fluidity, symbolic of their ever-evolving relationship.

16. Bride and groom Side By Side Holding Hands

  • Background: Choose a backdrop that complements the couple’s attire and wedding theme, but doesn’t detract from their connection. Opt for serene, minimalistic backgrounds or soft, out-of-focus surroundings to create depth and add an artistic touch.
  • Natural Interaction: Encourage the bride and groom to engage in subtle gestures, such as a tender squeeze of the hand or interlocking fingers, as they express attachment and trust. These unscripted moments will add a candid and emotional layer to the photograph.

17. Bride and groom under an Umbrella

  • We always bring lots of umbrellas if there looks like there is any chance of rain on the day.  
  • When taking photos of the bride and groom under an umbrella during a rain shower, it is important to be aware of the surrounding environment and all potential hazards. If the rain is heavy, choose a spot that offers protection from strong wind gusts, otherwise the umbrella may be blown away. 
  • We create some stunning effects with flash lights reflecting the rain drops

18. Bride and groom Walking towards the camera

  • When taking photos of the Bride and Groom walking towards the camera, we look out for a strong sense of connection between the couple. Capturing their body language will be key to making an impactful image; by having them interact with each other – whether that’s through a gentle touch or an intimate gaze – you can create a powerful moment in time. 
  • It’s also important to ensure that the background is complementary to the subjects, as it can add context to the shot.

19. Bride and groom Forehead Kiss

  • When taking photos of the Bride and Groom Forehead Kiss, there are a few key features we look out for. Firstly, it is important to capture the emotion in their eyes and the connection between them. The photo should show the couple embracing intimately.
  • We also ensure that we don’t get too close as this can disturb or distract the couple and ruin the moment.

20. Bride and groom Nose To Nose

  • When taking photos of the Bride and groom Nose To Nose, we pay attention to composition, lighting, and timing. When composing the shot, we make sure that both the Bride and Groom are centered in the frame. 
  • The position of their noses should be slightly off-center so that their faces have more depth in the image. It is also important to pay close attention to the couple’s body language; they should appear relaxed and connected to each other without looking stiff or staged. 
  • Timing is key when photographing nose-to-nose poses; wait for a moment that feels natural and organic before capturing it with your camera. This will ensure that you get a photo with genuine emotion between the two lovebirds.

21. Bride and groom Hug From Behind

  • We make sure that the couple is centered in the frame and that they are close together with their arms around each other. It is also important to consider the angle of the shot; for example, you may want to take the photo from slightly below so as to capture their faces or have them standing on a higher surface such as a balcony or staircase. Additionally, it is important to ensure that there is some negative space in the frame around them; this will help emphasize the couple’s closeness and add emotion to the photograph. Finally, be sure that your lighting captures every detail of their embrace. A subtle rim or backlight can create an extra layer of depth and softness in your image.

22. Bride being carried by the groom

  • When taking photos of the bride being carried by the groom, it’s important to capture the emotion of the moment. Make sure to get close-up shots of both their faces, highlighting their expressions of joy and excitement. 
  • Pay attention to angles and composition too – consider framing them with other elements in the background for a more visually interesting shot. If it’s outdoors, make sure to use natural light as much as possible to create a romantic atmosphere.

23. Bride and groom popping a bottle of Champagne

  • We consider lots of details that could enhance the photo, such as having them hold hands or have celebratory confetti in the air. Additionally, it is important to think about lighting – using a flash can help create dramatic effects and add brightness to the photograph. Lastly, if possible, try to capture candid moments between them as they toast with their drinks – these will often be among the most meaningful images from their day.

24. Bride and groom Sitting Together

  • We look for moments when the couple are smiling, laughing, or looking lovingly at each other. We make sure that the angle is flattering, as well as capturing their connection and intimacy. 
  • Be sure to capture any details such as bouquets, rings or accessories that may add an extra layer of personalization in the photograph.

25. Bride and groom photo during Sunset

  • We start with being mindful of the direction and angle of the light. If possible, we try to position the couple so that they are facing the sun or at least getting some direct light from it. This will create a beautiful backlight that will bring out subtle details in their clothing and makeup. 
  • We try to capture the sunset and its vibrant colors in the background to add extra drama to your shot! 
  • We consider positioning as well; consider incorporating other elements such as trees or buildings into your frame to create interesting silhouettes.

26. Groom giving the bride a Piggy Back

  • When taking a photo of the Groom giving the Bride a Piggy Back, it is important to look out for a few key details. Firstly, make sure the Bride is securely sitting on the Groom’s back with her arms wrapped around his neck. 
  • Secondly, ensure that both their expressions are captured in the photo; this should be a happy moment that is memorable for years to come. 
  • Thirdly, be sure to capture any other people nearby – friends and family who may be laughing or cheering at the moment. 
  • Finally, pay attention to the location in which you’re capturing this moment – does it have any special significance or personal touches that can make it even more meaningful?

26. Bride and Groom Entrance To The Reception

  • Capturing the bride and groom’s entrance to the reception can be a great way to start your wedding photography coverage. It’s a moment filled with excitement and joy, and it sets the tone for the rest of the celebration. Here are some tips on how to take great photos of the bride and groom’s entrance to the reception:
  • Plan your shots: Think about the type of shots you want to take. You may want to capture the couple walking hand in hand, or focus on their faces as they enter the reception. Make a list of the different shots you want to take so you can be prepared when the moment arrives.
  • Be ready: Anticipate the bride and groom’s entrance and be ready to snap some photos as soon as they walk in.
  • Capture the reactions: As the bride and groom enter, make sure to capture the reactions of the guests as well. The joy and excitement on their faces can add a lot to the photos and make for a great memory.

28. Table Set-Up

  • Find the right angle: Look for the best angle to capture the entire top table. Consider shooting from the front, the side or from above.
  • Use a tripod: Using a tripod can help you keep the camera steady and ensure sharp images.
  • Consider the composition: Pay attention to the composition of the shot, and ensure that the top table is the main focus. Try to avoid cluttered or distracting backgrounds.
  • Take pictures of the details: Take pictures of the details that make the top table special, such as the floral arrangements, table settings, and decorations.

29. Top Table Backdrop/Flower Arch

  • Use a wide-angle lens: A wide-angle lens can help you capture more of the backdrop/flower arch in your shots.
  • Focus on the details: Take pictures of the individual flowers and the intricate details of the backdrop/flower arch. This can include close-up shots of the petals, the leaves, and the different textures.

30. Wedding Centrepiece

  • Find the best angle: Look for the best angle to capture the entire centerpiece. Consider shooting from the side or from above, depending on the size and shape of the centerpiece.
  • Use a macro lens: A macro lens can help you capture the intricate details and textures of the centerpiece.
  • Include the surroundings: Incorporate the surroundings into your shots, such as the table setting, the tablecloth, and other decorative elements. This can add depth and interest to your photos.

31. Guest Book

  • Find a good location: Look for a location where the guest book is displayed prominently, such as a table near the entrance to the reception area.
  • Include the surroundings: Incorporate the surroundings into your shots, such as the decorations or other elements that highlight the theme of the wedding.
  • Take close-up shots: Take close-up shots of the pages of the guest book, so you can capture the messages that guests have written.
  • Include the guests: Take pictures of guests as they sign the guest book. This can add a sense of energy and excitement to your shots.

32. Table Plan

  • Find a good angle: Look for a good angle to capture the entire table plan.
  • Focus on the details: Take pictures of the individual tables and names, as well as the entire table plan. This can include close-up shots of the names and other details.

33. Wedding Venue Signs

  • Consider how the sign fits into the overall aesthetic of the wedding venue, and try to capture it in a way that complements the surroundings.

34. The Wedding Cake

  • Choose the right time: The best time to take pictures of the wedding cake is when it’s set up and before it’s cut. This will allow you to capture all the details and decorations on the cake.
  • Find the right angle: Experiment with different angles to find the best one that showcases the cake’s features. A straight-on shot, an angled shot, and a close-up shot of specific details can all work well.
  • Consider the background: Make sure the background doesn’t detract from the cake. A neutral or complementary background can help make the cake stand out.
  • Focus on the details: Don’t forget to capture the small details that make the cake unique, such as the colors, texture, and decorations.

35. Sweet Trolley or Table

  • Create a focal point: The sweet trolley or table should be the main focus of the photo. Use composition techniques such as leading lines or the rule of thirds to draw the viewer’s eye towards the sweet treats.
  • Pay attention to details: Be sure to capture the intricate details of the sweet trolley or table, such as the colors, textures, and decorations.

36. Wedding Speeches

  • Choose your position carefully: Find a good spot to capture the speaker’s face, preferably with a clear view of their eyes and mouth. Avoid blocking the view of other guests or the couple.
  • Use a longer focal length: A longer focal length lens will allow you to zoom in on the speaker’s face and capture more detail. However, be sure to maintain a safe distance from the speaker and avoid disrupting the event.
  • Be respectful: Remember to be discreet and respectful during the speeches. Avoid using flash, which can be distracting and disruptive.

37. Wedding Favours

  • Arrange the favours nicely: Take the time to arrange your favours in an aesthetically pleasing way. You can create a pattern, group them by colour or size, or place them in a unique container.
  • Use props: Consider using props to enhance your photos, such as flowers, ribbons, or decorative items that match your wedding theme.

38. The Couple’s Reactions to Speeches

  • Be aware of the room: It’s important to know where the bride and groom are sitting in relation to the speakers. You should also be aware of the lighting in the room, so you can adjust your camera settings accordingly.
  • Use a telephoto lens: A telephoto lens will allow you to zoom in on the bride and groom’s reactions without being too close to them. This will help you capture more natural and candid moments.
  • Focus on the reactions: As the speeches are being given, focus on the reactions of the bride and groom. Look for emotions like laughter, tears, and surprise.
  • Be discreet: It’s important to be discreet when taking these types of photos. You don’t want to distract the bride and groom or the speakers. Be sure to turn off any distracting camera sounds.

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