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.

For natural, beautiful photos, you need to loosen up

You might be understandably a little tense or nervous if it's the first time you're being photographed by a pro, but that will probably wear off quickly. "Couples naturally become more relaxed as the session progresses," says photographer Kristina Carter of Vrai.

Photo: Kristina Carter - Vrai

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