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A trusted photographer will capture every precious moment of your big day. But when you page through your wedding album, photographers say these are the eight images you'll be especially glad to see.
1. You slipping into your dress.
This isn't any ol' image of you getting dressed. It means so much more, says Brianna Caster, owner of Brianna Caster & Co. Photographers, and you'll want this image so that it can remind you of the symbolism behind it. "The bride getting into her dress and glancing over at her mother as she buttons up the back is a sort of a passing of the torch from mother to daughter," she describes. "She's buttoning up her daughter to send her off to begin her life and potentially to start her very own family."
2. The flower girl helping the groom with his cuff links.
Or any other adorable kid-filled moment, for that matter. "There's an undeniable energy that young kids bring to a wedding," explains Kerem Hanci, owner of Kerem Hanci Photography. "They speak to the future, the couple's new adventures and a feeling of hope. Capturing a kid's joy, even with the simple task of helping with a cuff link, inserts an earnest feeling of love into every frame."
3. The first moment you see each other.
Whether you catch your first glance of your groom during an official first look or as you walk down the aisle, this is one moment you'll be glad you can relive again and again. "The couple's expressions, although they can sometimes be subtle, are huge," says Caster. "When you see that photo, you remember your heart pounding in anticipation and excitement to see your spouse in a way you never have before."
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4. Your vows.
It's popular to hire a wedding videographer to capture those special soundbites. But the moment you say your vows is something you'll want in 2D, too, says Brielle Kaschak, owner of Brielle Kaschak Photography. Why? Because "vows are one thing that get cut [from your film] because of budget," she says. "If this is the case for you, the emotion in those up close shots while reciting your vows and exchanging rings will bring those memories flooding back long after the day is over."
5. The moment after your first kiss.
After you've had your first married smooch, you'll turn and head down an aisle, smiles all-but-bursting across your faces. "This moment is often understated, but it's a huge moment," says Caster. "You've just come together in a bond unlike any other and everyone is cheering for you, this is probably the most exciting moment of your entire wedding day."
6. Post-ceremony sunset portraits.
Whether you've done a first look or are simply eager to get to cocktail hour, these portraits are often rushed or skipped. "But these are a must do," says Kaschak. "It is the time you took snuck away from all your guests and shared a few moments for romantic portraits at sunset that will make you remember the nerves, the joy, and the excitement of being officially married. Not to mention those will be the photos you blow up to hang on the walls of your new home, not the end of the night crazy dance shots."
7. The whispers and giggles during the first dance.
Says Caster, "Now that you're married, you share your first intimate dance, and while there are possibly hundreds of people staring at you, somehow you're still in your own private world." You'll want a photo or 10 to jog your memory about how he made you laugh in that moment, and just how your cheek rested on his shoulder in complete and total contentment.
8. Grandparents slow-dancing to a Sinatra song.
You'll want photos of all your family members, of course. But "grandparents hold a special place in our hearts," says Hanci. "Whether they are sweet angels or spicy spitfires the feeling of gratefulness that they are still here with us to share in our momentous events leaves us with warm fuzzies in our tummies."