All brides know that photos are one of the most important parts of the wedding day. These are the memories you're cherish forever and even look back on the very next day ("It goes by in a flash," they all say). That's why you want to make sure your photographer nails every photo op, starting with the getting ready photos all the way through your (sparkler) exit.
Step one to checking off this to-do list is to hire a photographer you're excited about—and put your trust in the professional! You are hiring just that—a professional—who should know what they're doing, after all. But even so, it's nice to have some general knowledge of wedding photography yourself. As your 101 guide, we put together a list of the must-have moments to capture—from the pretty detailed shot of your wedding-day jewels to the table settings and invitation suite.
Of course, you don't have to get all of these images in order to create the perfect photo album, but it's nice to think about them. (They'll put you in the detail mindset at least as you buy those special bridal shoes and design your custom invitation suite.) So before you get shopping and pinning away, scroll down to see some of our favorite images from real weddings on Brides.com. Once you make a mental checklist of your own, feel free to chat about these photo op moments with your photographer—or better yet, send a link to this article!—but once you do that, leave it to your photographer. From there, all you can do is put your trust in them, have fun, and be present in your big day. After all, the prettiest brides are the happiest ones, right?!