Cher Charest Photography - Wedding Photo Checklist
This is a light review of photographs ( shots or scenes ) that will be taken throughout your entire Wedding day.
If you need to add to the list, please print this list out and make any notes for additional shots. You can also (Copy & Paste) and send it to us in an email. This way we will have your extra requests with us and handy during your day of wedding photography.
The pre-ceremony will have detail shots of all main Wedding items and bridal party photos. During this time, I photograph with the ladies first then the gentleman. If a second photographer is booked then that person will be able to photograph the groomsmen or directed to photograph the reception if it is ready.
Wedding Still-life Photos -
This is everything that is in your space while you are getting ready. Please try to keep one area clear so that the gown can be photographed without clutter.
- Bride's Wedding Gown and Vail
- Bride's shoes, earrings, necklace, etc
- Any sentimental items (handkerchiefs, family rings, etc)
- Rings with Flowers
- Bride's Flowers, alone and with all other arrangements
- Bridesmaid dresses together
- Gown and all dresses together
- Groom's Tux or Jacket
- Groom and groomsmen ties, socks, cufflinks
- Wedding stationary
- Any Wedding gifts or letters to one another
- Bridesmaids plus bride group shots
- Groomsmen plus groom group shots
- Bride and mother of the bride
- Groom and father
- Candid shots of everyone and everything present.
Getting Ready -
Things that we will be photographing while getting ready. Candid in the moment shots of the Bride and her Bridesmaids, flower girls, and or Mothers of the Bride and Groom.
- Hair & Make-up "Finishing" touches.
- Giving gifts to one another.
- Bride with Mother, giving or pinning flowers.
- Dressing Bride in Gown.
- Assisting with shoes, jewelry, etc.
"First Look" Photos
These are photographs that will capture just the two of you all dressed up and your first look to one another. Generally these are created at a near by park away from the Ceremony or Venue where guests could see you.
- Groom waiting alone for Bride
- Bride walking up behind Groom
- Bride taping Grooms shoulder or hands in front of his eyes
- Groom turning to see Bride
- Bride & Groom Kissing and embracing.
- Bride & Groom Portraits
- Bride & Groom interaction and emotions
- The Family watching the First look if attending
Reception Venue Photos
Depending when the reception will be ready, we can photograph all of the finished details that you have for your Wedding. It is preferred that we photograph the room empty so that everything is perfectly in place as arranged.
- Entire Room
- Place Cards
- Flowers & Arrangements
- The Bar
- Gift Table
- Pictures of Family
- The Wedding Cake
- Details of the Cake
- Groom's Cake or Desert Table
- Engraved Glassware
- Thank You Gifts
- Guest Signs
The Ceremony Photos
If having a larger Wedding, a second photographer can focus on the Groom while the lead can photograph the Bride.
- Guests being seated
- Grandparents and family seated
- Groom, best man, and minister walking into venue.
- Bridal party walking down aisle
- Bride and father walking down aisle.
- The Groom’s reaction of seeing the Bride for the first time.
- Father of the Bride “giving her away”
- Any ceremonial specifics ( candle lighting, sand ceremony, special requests )
- Anyone speaking during the ceremony.
- The priest, someone telling a story about the couple, scripture reading, etc.
- The exchange of rings.
- Each other's reaction of vows spoken
- The First Kiss!
- Exiting the venue.
Signing The Marriage Licence
We also want to photograph you with the ministers or the person who married you both.
- Signing of the Marriage Licence
- Together and with your two witnesses
- Wedding couple with Minister.
- Signing of any other Religious documents
Please tell who ever you want photographed that family formals will take place immediately after the Wedding ceremony and to please not leave. We will photograph family first then the Bridal Party. When Photographing family, we typically begin with the Brides, following the Grooms, then all together as one family.
- Bride with Bride's Parents
- Bride with Bride's Grand Parents
- Bride with Bride's Family
- Bride with Siblings
- Groom with Groom's Parents
- Groom with Groom's Grand Parents
- Groom with Groom's Family
- Groom with Siblings
- Bride & Groom with Both Sets of Parents
- Bride & Groom with Both Sets of Grand Parents
- Bride & Groom with All Siblings
- Bride & Groom with special relatives or friends
- Bride Portrait Alone
- Bride with Maid of Honor
- Bride with Bridesmaids
- Groom with Best Man
- Groom with Groomsmen
- Bride & Groom with All Bridal Party
- Bride & Groom alone.
- Bride & Groom with Flower Girls
- Bridal Party Children
- Ring Shot - Together
- Ring Shot over Flowers
Time to enjoy and share your moments with your guests! Your reception's timeline is usually carefully planned with your D.J or Band. Depending on the location of the cake, sometimes it is placed on the dance floor. If that is the situation then cake cutting will happen first so that dinner can be served as well as the First Dance.
- Bridal Party entering the venue
- Shots of all couples entering Reception
- Bride & Groom Entrance
- Guest's Reactions
- Cutting of the Cake
- Bride and Groom eating Cake
- Bride & Groom Toast and Kiss by Cake
- Guest's Reactions
- Bride & Groom’s First Dance
- Bride & Her Father Dance
- Groom & His Mother Dance
- Bridal Party Dance.
- Anniversary Dance ( All couples )
- The toast with Bridal party.
- Bride & Groom Kissing
- Bride & Groom Table
- Bridal Party Table
- Maid of Honor Speech
- Best Man Speech
- Father of the Bride Speech
- Dinner Blessing
- Pictures of the food served
- Bouquet toss
- Bride with whomever caught the bouquet
- Garter toss
- Groom with whomever caught the garter
- Candid photos of people dancing, talking, eating, etc
- Photos of All guests before dinner
- People using Photobooth
- The Wedding Couple Exit.
After Reception - Night Portraits
This is a great option for venues near a night life or may have outdoor lighting and or features that you want captured in your Wedding Photography.
- Bride & Groom Portraits
- Holding Each Other