Photos create lasting memories of a wedding for the happy
couple, as they capture unique moments that can bring the emotions
and feelings of the day flooding back even years later.
Whilst posed family photos are still on the list of things to
capture, they've been overtaken by a number of must-have
Instagram-inspired photos, as brides aim to inspire others with
their creative ideas.
QHotels' expert wedding coordinator, Andrew Foster, compiled a
list of the 10 must-have pictures based on his experience of the
hundreds of weddings at QHotels each year. He also shared his
top tips to help brides and grooms prepare their wedding photo
checklist in advance, ensuring they don't miss a single moment.
Getting ready is a special part of the big day to look back on
as it reminds couples of the intimate and personal time spent with
their closest friends and family before the arrival of any
And, as bridal parties opt for matching dressing gowns and
accessories in true Pinterest style, the moment now makes for
really beautiful photo opportunities of the coordinated wedding
We always advise couples to ask their photographers to arrive
early, to capture those behind-the-scenes moments of joy and
laughter like these matching bridesmaids shared.
Photo credit: Neil Jackson
There's no doubt that the wedding dress is the star of the show
on the big day and we're seeing plenty of show-stopping photos of
bridal gowns before the wedding, so the bride can remember what it
was like seeing it for the first time.
One of the more traditional photos is of the dress hung from a
wardrobe door, mirror or window but, for something more creative,
we've seen closer shots of the detail on a particular element of
the dress, such as a lace neckline.
Another quirky photo trend is to capture the dress surrounded by
nature or against a floral backdrop.
Photo credit: Nick Pumphrey
Shoes are becoming a key item of the bridal attire and focus for
We're seeing brides get creative with shoes, wearing converse,
wellies or customised shoes hidden under the dress. We've even had
brides with messages or prints on the sole of their shoe to
communicate a romantic or funny message.
Photo credit: Chiyo McMillan
There are so many 'first looks' to capture, from the moment the
father of the bride sees his daughter in her dress for the first
time, to when guests see the bridesmaids walking down the
Couples should ensure their photographer is prepared and ideally
positioned to capture each of these special moments throughout the
day. They also need to know who the key people are, so that they
can move around accordingly to get the best photos.
One particular trend for first look photos is incorporating
different relationships and emotions, such as a father giving his
daughter away and a groom seeing his wife-to-be.
Photo credit: Aden Priest
A gentle flutter of confetti has always been a key photo, but
Instagram and Pinterest have taken the iconic shot to the next
level, with flurries of confetti used to create a full-on action
shot or close up.
Speak with your wedding venue in advance to find out the best
spots for confetti photos and, for full effect, leave a bag of
confetti on each seat to ensure the guests have it to hand on the
Stationery shots are an increasingly important element of the
wedding photography and a great way of showing off a chosen style
We've seen wedding stationery, such as menus, guest name cards
and favours, carefully positioned side by side on table place
settings in the popular 'unpackaging' style made famous on
Instagram, YouTube and with bloggers.
Possibly the most emotional photo of them all - the kiss.
We've seen this done in so many romantic ways, both inside and
outside of our venues. Some of the most creative shots have been
outside in the rain with the bride and groom under an umbrella or
with fireworks as a striking backdrop. These types of shots are
best achieved away from all the guests in a private area in the
grounds of the venue.
We're seeing more and more brides and grooms taking advantage of
the scenery on offer in the grounds of their venue.
We're increasingly seeing shots of the cake on its own, such as
on top of a wooden table for a rustic wedding theme.
For those opting for an unusual choice of cake, such as a cheese
masterpiece, naked cake or stack of pancakes, they should consider
a quirky choice of angle or close-up shot to capture it in all its
For many brides, the wedding is the culmination of months of
prep, so they want to know they'll have plenty of pictures of them
in their gown to look back to.
Plus, a posed shot worthy of a fashion magazine can make brides
feel extra-special as a model for the day.
If the dress has a train or a puddle, the best way to achieve
this photo is from behind with the back of the dress perfectly laid
out to capture any embellishments and lace
Shots like this are typically taken earlier on in the day, but
it's essential for brides to speak with their wedding venue about
the best time, particularly if they're hoping to incorporate
sunsets or particular areas of the venue into the background.
Perhaps one of the most memorable aspects of the wedding, the
first dance is something all couples should include in their
wedding photo checklist.
The photographer should have a good view of the couple during
this time, to photograph the twists and turns as they move across
the dance floor. We think photos taken from above offer a
particularly magical look.
Photo credit: Aden Priest
Have you taken any creative wedding photos? Enter them into
QHotels' Wedding PhotoAwards, a national search forBritain's best
wedding photos on Facebook.co.uk/QHotels and QHotels' Instagram
page (@QHotelsGroup). For more information, visit: QHotels.co.uk/Weddings/WeddingPhotoAwards
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