Essential Wedding Day Pictures

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life and your want to make sure your photographer captures every little detail that is important to you. A good wedding photographer will sit down with you in the weeks before your wedding day and go through a wedding day photography check list. Every couple will have their own essential photographs they would like captured on the day. Recently couples have requested we capture relics of a loved a one that is no longer with us, a precious pocket watch that has been handed down through the generations, pictures of special details in the room. These are all added to the pre wedding photography check list. Wedding photographers will be able to structure your day for you from the list of essential photos. Bernard Ward Photography have developed a check list of essential photos that is discussed with every bride and groom before their wedding so that they feel at ease and know what to expect on the big day. Your wedding day is a story that has a start middle and end and each part is photographed. Here is some of our essential wedding photos.

Bridal prep

Your wedding day is of course all about the bride and the main photographer on the day will shoot your bridal prep. Check out my checklist for the bridal prep and some photos below. We cannot forget about the groom and if we have time we can cover the groom prep too. We also offer a second shooter meaning more of your day can be captured including more detailed groom prep.
  • Bride portrait
  • Photos with the father and mother of the bride
  • Bridemaids toasting with champagne
  • Fine details such as order of service, wedding cards, shoes, jewellery, handbags, hats, etc.
  • The brides engagement ring
  • Photography of wedding invitation
  • Hair and Makeup shots
  • Bouquets
  • Family and Bridal party candid shots
  • Putting on vale and jewellery
  • Mother and bride portrait
  • Father and bride portrait
  • Bride alone time and portrait
  • Bride coming down the stairs or leaving her home
  • Bride and her father in the wedding car
  • Groom and Groomsmen getting ready
  • Best man helping the groom with his tie
  • Alone moments with the groom and portrait
  • Photos of the best man with the ring and close ups of the wedding rings.
fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-001 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-020 bride portrait bride and mum at the bridal prep enjoying a moment together before the wedding bridesmaids toasting with the bride in their dressing gowns Bride before leaving the house with her parents

Before the ceremony

This would be anywhere between the bride/grooms home to outside the ceremony location such as the church or hotel
  • Bride portrait in the car
  • Bride with father in the car
  • Bride and Groom alone for first look (this is becoming more popular. Lots of brides and grooms are now choosing to have the first look before the ceremony.) This can make for excellent photos with the bride and groom showing lots of emotion seeing each other for the first time away from the guests of the wedding
  • Bride with Bridemaids and flower girls
  • Bride with her parents
  • Groom with his best man and grooms menbride arriving at the ceremony in the car Bride in the car on her wedding day. Photography by photographer Bernard Wardfiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-224
Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-173 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-223 flower girl before ceremony      

The ceremony

  • Detailed shots of the Church or venue. Close ups of details and decorations
  • Nervous groom waiting on his bride and shots of the grooms men
  • Guests arriving at the venue and also inside
  • The bridal party walking up the aisle then the bride walking up the ailse
  • The groom looking back anxiously waiting
  • Brides father/brother/mother giving her away
  • Exchanging of vows and reaction of the bridal party and family
  • Lighting the candles
  • Bride and groom exchanging rings
  • Readers, musicians, gift bearers, priest ect anyone involved in the ceremony
  • First Kiss
  • Signing the register
  • Bridal party on the alter or at the front of the venue
  • Bride and groom walking out of the church or venue and kissing half way down or at the back
  • Greeting or receiving line at the back or outside the church
  • Bride and groom shot inside the wedding car
Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-306Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-304Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-536 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-499 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-394 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-364 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-338 Sandra & Rory_0150 Sandra & Rory_0088 Annie and Matt wedding Roe Country Park_0017      

After the ceremony

After the ceremony is time to start getting ready for group shots and portraits. I always try my best to get family shots here before everyone heads off to the reception. This is where the best man and chief bridesmaid can help gather up the immediate families. If these shots are missed after the ceremony the can be got later at the reception. I always ask the bride and groom at the pre wedding meeting to give me a list of family members they would like to include in the family shots. This way everyone who is needed in the group shots can be quickly rounded up after the ceremony. After the family group shots we will head to the location of the bride and grooms choice to get the bridal party photos, bride and groom photos and bridal portraits.
  • Bride and groom group shot with her parents
  • Bride and groom group shot with his parents
  • Bride and Groom with his and her parents
  • Bride and Groom with brothers and sisters
  • Bride and Groom with their kids if they have any
  • Bride and Groom with close family members
  • Bride and groom with the whole bridal party
  • Bride and groom kissing in the wedding car
  • Groom with grooms men
  • Bride with her bridesmaids
  • Fun shots with the bridal party as well as candid photographs between posed shots.
  • Bride and groom portraits alone
  • Bride portraits on her own
  • Groom portraits on his own
fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-822Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-274 Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-811 Fiona and Glen Silver Tassie wedding Letterkenny - Happy couple fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-785-edit fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-658 Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-963-EditAn Grianan wedding photos by bernard ward Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-778      

Wedding reception

After the group shots have ended it is time to head of to the reception. The reception is a more relaxed part of the wedding for most including the bride and groom. The guests have started to drink and mingle and there is a party atmosphere. This is the perfect time to capture some natural candid photographs of for the wedding album. Often the second shooter will be there before the main photographer capturing guests mingling and chatting and capturing any moments of the children playing.
  • The reception space and details of the wedding room and cake before any guests enter
  • details in the hotel or venue including table arrangements, cards, candy carts, etc.
  • The bride and groom arriving at the venue and the guests reactions
  • All speeches, gifts, and reactions of the guests
  • Photographs of groups of guests at the tables
  • Cutting the cake
  • The bride and groom's first dance
  • The bride dancing with her father or groom dancing with his mother.
  • Natural candid shots of guests talking dancing and the bride and groom
  • The band, DJ or any dancers that have been organised
Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-1790 Inishowen gateway hote wedding - Photography of Grace and Ruairi wedding day_-1382 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-1052 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-1053 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-728 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-684fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-1147 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-1142 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-989 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-988 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-904 Annie and Matt wedding Roe Country Park_0040 Annie and Matt wedding Roe Country Park_0032 fiona-glen-wedding-silver-tassie-21st-october-2016-letterkenny-900
Choosing the right photographer is an essential part of your wedding planning. You need to make sure that both you as a couple and the photographer will be a good partnership before handing over any money. All photographers have a a different style and approach and how they interact with your guests is vitally important. This is why a pre wedding meeting or two, or three... is essential for both the photographer and the couple to get to know each other. Getting to know a bride to be and groom to be is one of my favourite parts of the wedding journey. I hope this is helpful to any brides planning their wedding day. If you would like to get in touch please click here or email info@bernardwardphotography.com. you can also check out our wedding portfolio by clicking here. Some of the wedding venues included in this article included Inishowen Gateway hotel  An Grianan Hotel  Slieve Donard Hotel