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.

Thoughtful fashion choices can take your photos from good to great

When selecting your attire, think about the location. "If you want to shoot in a woodsy area, high heels are the wrong choice," says photographer Kimberly Hurst. The colors should also play off your location—bold hues work well in a gritty, urban environment, while softer shades are at home in a rustic setting. "It's not about dressing to play a part," says Kimberly. "If you wear something you feel amazing in you'll be that much more confident." Be sure to have a change of clothing on hand so there's some variety in the photos.

Photo: Kimberly Hurst Photography

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