Which Parts of Your Wedding Should be Photographed?

Your wedding day will undoubtedly be one of the most significant events of your life, and therefore it’s invaluable to have every moment captured by a skilled and experienced wedding photographer. Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, Meachen & Shorey Photography offer a natural, documentary-style approach to wedding photography, offering a unique and artistic vision for your wedding memories. 

With this in mind, let’s explore the essential components when deciding which parts of your wedding day should be photographed.


Prioritising Key Moments

Every wedding has its defining moments that you’ll want to be captured above everything else. Work closely with your chosen wedding photographer by communicating to them what’s important to you. These may include:

  • The Preparations: The excitement and nervousness of the hours before your ceremony is a special time that’s spent with your closest friends and family. When you have two wedding photographers, it allows for you to see what your partner was doing hours before you got married which can be great to look back on together.
  • The Ceremony: Your wedding ceremony is a poignant moment you will both want to remember. From a grand entrance to sharing your first married kiss, these are memories your photographer should be including as a minimum.
  • The Group Photos: Despite not changing for many years, formal photos with your friends and family members are still commonplace at most weddings. Allocate specific time, perhaps after the ceremony and before the wedding breakfast, for group photos, ensuring your photographer is aware of your desired combinations. Completing these within a dedicated time frame allows you to capture some intimate photos of just you and your partner which you won’t want to rush. Depending on the time of year you’re getting married, you may be able to get some lovely sunset photographs later on in the day.
  • The Speeches: The speeches can provide wonderful candid and natural photographs, not necessarily of the people delivering the speeches, but the reactions of your guests to the speeches themselves.
  • The Party: Including the evening of your wedding can provide a great end to your photographs. This may include the intimacy of your first dance but also the energy of the dance floor where you and your guests can enjoy themselves with all the formalities out of the way.

Capturing the Personal Touches

Photographing the carefully curated details of your wedding will complement the abundance of human interaction captured by your wedding photographer. The following will provide context when you look back at your wedding photographs:

  • Venue and Décor: From extravagant centrepieces to delicate floral arrangements, these elements are integral to the atmosphere and overall theme of your wedding. Include wide shots of finished ceremony and reception rooms to look back on
  • Personalised decorations: Part of what makes your wedding uniquely yours are the personalised items, such as the favours, custom table plans and bespoke stationary
  • Outfits and flowers: Include close details of a dress or suit, shoes, buttonholes or important rings, all of which make the photographs more meaningful

Embracing the Expertise of Your Wedding Photographer

A key consideration when selecting your wedding photographer is their expertise and ability to capture your wedding in the style you imagined. Working with professionals like Meachen & Shorey Photography will ensure that genuine emotions are captured which  add depth and authenticity to your photographs. By communicating your thoughts on the above points effectively and trusting in their expertise, you can be confident that even the smallest moments and details will be beautifully preserved.

Meachen & Shorey Photography, a wedding photographer in Hertfordshire, covers weddings across the South of England and beyond, capturing your moments in a natural and unposed style results in timeless photographs for you to cherish.

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