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For me, wedding photography is SO important...these are the images you're going to look back on for the rest of your life so you want to make sure your day is captured perfectly (please do not attempt to budget by relying on your guests to take images for you on disposable table cameras - criminal!) There are several photography styles, and whilst some photographers will do a range of looks, others have their distinct style so get a feel for what you like; the most common styles are reportage, traditional or contemporary. If you're not familiar with these, a simple Google search will help answer your initial questions. Regardless of your photography preference, I think there are a few key shots you want to capture:

 Photo by Mario Feliciello

Photo by Mario Feliciello

1) The Getting Ready

Getting ready is a big moment in any bride's life - months, maybe even years worth of waiting and anticipation is finally here; it's a mixture of nerves and excitement shared with your closest girls - including bridesmaids and mum. It's nice to look back on your last moments as a Miss.

 Photo by Rosie Photography

Photo by Rosie Photography

2) The Look On His Face

When any bride walks down the aisle it's not her that I'm watching. As beautiful as she no doubt looks, there's nothing as special right there and then as seeing the groom's face when he finally gets a glimpse his bride, for the first time, walking down the aisle towards him - make sure your photographer captures it!

3) The Proud Father

For every father of the bride, his daughter's wedding day is a big deal to say the least. There's no doubt he'll be beaming with pride at his little girl all grown up (and a little bit sad about it too!). There are some very special, intimate moments between a father and daughter on the wedding day; you don't want your photographer to intrude on these, but you do want them to spot them.

4) The 'We Did It'

The more nerve-wracking bit of the day is complete, you're now husband and wife and it's time to celebrate it! These moments are usually spontaneous, and do tend to come from the groom!

 Photo by Rosie Photography

Photo by Rosie Photography

5) The Veil

Your veil is a fabulous accessory, and not just to your outfit. If you have a veil, particularly a cathedral length one, then a little breeze can help create the perfect, impactful image.

6) The Group

Group shots tend to be associated with more traditional style photography; however you don't have to make these too formal if it isn't your style. Have fun with it and be yourselves, but make sure you get a few images of all the most important people at your wedding together.

7) The Children

Don't try to stage shots with any children involved in your wedding - kids will be kids after all! Ask your photographer to capture the natural excitement and awe that's oozing out of them.

 Photo by Cecelina Photography

Photo by Cecelina Photography

8) The Naturals

Throughout your wedding day there will be endless intimate glances, touches, smiles and tears. These are the perfect natural reflection of your wedding day. This type of image is best suited to a photographer who is big on reportage photography - there to document your day, without you even knowing.

Don't try to stage shots with any children involved in your wedding - kids will be kids after all! Ask your photographer to capture the natural excitement and awe that's oozing out of them.

9) The First Dance

The first dance is another iconic wedding moment, whether you have your routine planned to perfection or even the thought of it is filling you with dread, it will be worth catching on camera.

10) The Black and White

 Photo by Rosie Photography

Photo by Rosie Photography

Finally, no wedding album would be complete with out the black and white image. I absolutely LOVE a black and white shot, but be careful when choosing your photographer; as striking as black and white images are, colour ones can sometimes be a better reflection of how good a photographer is so be sure to check those out too.

Photographers tend to have a preference, so make sure you also discuss your preferences with your photographer before they spend a lot of time editing - if you want a several black and whites then let them know, similarly, if you're happy with just one or two striking ones then tell them!

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