Elegant, heartwarming wedding portraits are now outpacing the awkward, snicker-inducing pictures of the recent past. Upon closer inspection, we found that most extraordinary images fit one of seven distinct, possible-to-replicate archetypes. Here's how to get a portrait that won't make your future grandkids point and laugh.

Lindsey and Jake were photographed at Jake's old high school. "Because it was a familiar place, he felt really comfortable," explains Melissa O'Connell of Fresh in Love Photography. "He shared a lot of high school stories with Lindsey that she'd never heard before—hence the happy and adoring looks."

Photo: Fresh In Love Photography

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