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.

Starting off in a familiar location—anywhere from your kitchen to a favorite bar—is one way to quickly acclimate to the shoot.

Photo: Di Bezi Photography

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