What's a wedding day without a stunning photograph of the bride and groom?! Whether it's a first-look photo, a snapshot of the vows, a posed picture, or a candid from the first dance, there's nothing like seeing the love between a brand-new husband and wife in a picture. When we scroll through our Instagram, those are some of the first images that catch our eye! Naturally, we asked our Instagram followers to share some snapshots of newlyweds. What we got in return were professional photos of brides and grooms in front of some pretty spectacular scenery. We gathered four of our favorites here to show you how to take a perfect picture for your wedding.
1. Pick a landmark, any landmark. Photographer Coco Tran assembled this couple, who had just eloped, in front of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco for a photo shoot. You can't plan for palpable affection (though this couple has it in spades), but with a gorgeous landmark in the background and some romantic fog, there's no way this wasn't going to turn out perfectly.
2. Have some fun with it. This photo is from an engagement shoot, but it's still proof of how a little playfulness goes a long way when it comes to a posed picture. The cute VW bug and whimsical balloons in this snap, shared by Seray's Photography, add spunk to an already-adorable shot of these soon-to-be spouses.
3. Go rustic. If you're having an outdoor wedding, go wild with your photos — really! Take advantage of your gorgeous natural surroundings to take a picture that embodies the rustic beauty of your day (and you as a couple). Photographer Jessica Fairchild wisely brought these newlyweds into a field in the mid-afternoon, and the results are, of course, awesome.
4. Be yourself. This photo, shared by photographer Vero Suh, not only shows the stunning back of this bride's wedding dress, but it also captures a cute, stolen moment between the couple. Their candid smiles show that even though they knew they were being photographed, they were so happy to be together that the whole thing feels totally spontaneous.