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.

"I often suggest that couples bring another garment or accessory to switch up the look and add variety," says Diana Bezi of Di Bezi Photography. "I then help put the outfits together. I used to shoot fashion, so I like to style and have a lot of input." And don't forget about your fiancÚ! "You don't want to be matchymatchy, but try to wear colors that complement each other," says Melissa. "His bright red shirt and your pale lavender cardigan are going to clash in photos."

Photo: Di Bezi Photography