A shot list is usually used by couples who prefer having posed pictures on their wedding day. They would give the list to their photographer, and the photographer would take photos of all the items on the list. But even if you're the type of couple who likes to keep things natural, we think that a shot list is something you should have. This way, your photographer will know the kinds of pictures you want to have in your wedding album and deliver them accordingly. It's also a great way for you to explore your preferred photography style, something that would help you decide on the right wedding photographer in the first place.
The bride and groom are the focal points of any wedding celebration, therefore it's important not to miss any romantic moments that might occur between the two on that day. We've scoured our vendor's projects, the blog, and the internet to put together this inspiration. Today's shot list will focus on couple moments; some are classic shots that should be part of every wedding album, while others might inspire you to capture your special moments in unexpected ways. Read along carefully, brides, and add your favorite moments to your inspiration board right away.
Photography: Angga Permana Photo - Sally Pinera
The bride and the groom
Before delving deeper into the ceremony, celebration, and other intimate couple moments, we think it's a necessity to have individual shots of the bride and groom clad in their wedding attires.
Photography: Jordan Brittley - Coco Tran
The first look
Many couples do this tradition on their wedding day. The first look is the moment when the bride and groom see each other in their wedding attires for the first time. As you can see, first looks can get very emotional, and both the bride and groom's expressions are very natural and honest that we dare say that you should not miss out on this one.
The groom waits, while the bride walks down the aisle
Another lovely moment is when the bride walks down the aisle as the groom awaits at the altar. Some grooms get emotional, others grin with happiness, while the bride always looks as radiant as ever.
Photography: Elisa Bricker
The "I do"
The solemn vow, the lifelong promise, the "I do". This is the time when couples share that unmistakable look of love. What could be more romantic than a shot of you declaring your love for one another in front of your loved ones?
Photography: Davy Linggar Photography
The ring exchange
After the "I do" comes the ring. You can do it in this manner, showing your facial expressions, or just do a close-up of your hands and rings.
The wedding kiss
The most memorable moment of the whole ceremony, the wedding kiss! Some shots are romantic, some are fun, some are simple and pretty. Whatever it looks like, this is one moment you can't miss.
Photography: Matt Reed Photography
Marriage certificate signing
Okay, this might not be as emotional as the first look or the "I do", but this moment is essential nonetheless, as it marks the time the state considers you legal as husband and wife.
Photography: Samie Lee
As the couple walks out of the wedding ceremony area, traditionally the guests will throw rice grains or flower petals to shower the couple with good luck. Another moment you can't miss out on your shot list.
Couple walking into the reception site
After the ceremony, comes the reception. To get great pictures of you walking into the reception venue, spice up your entrance! You can sing with the groom, add dancers to escort you, or take notes from this photo and have a gate of sparklers held by your guests.
Photography: Lacie Hansen
The first dance
Imagine having a picture of you and your husband twirling on the dance floor as if the world belongs to the two of you. What do you think? Sounds perfect to us!
The wedding toast
How about having a picture of all your guests toasting along to your happiness? Be sure to not leave this one out. Cheers!
Photography: Greg Finck - Jose Villa
Cutting the cake
In traditional weddings, the cake-cutting ceremony has been held to symbolize good luck and prosperity for the couple and all the guests. This tradition has carried on to this day and wedding cakes have become mandatory for any wedding celebration. So be sure to take a picture of the cake-cutting ceremony. After all, a party without a cake is only a meeting.
Photography: via Southern Weddings
A moment of anticipation. The flower bouquet toss is done by the bride to spread her good luck to all the singles attending her wedding, hoping they'll be next to get hitched. Fun and sometimes dramatic, be sure your photographer gets a shot of this one.
Photography: Love and Light Photographs
The sparkler is back! Just as you used it for your reception entrance, you can also have your guests hold sparklers to make your exit merry.
Photography: Van Middleton Photography
Getaway car shot
Before you leave your reception venue, don't forget to take a photo in the wedding car for your album.
Photography: Cinzia Bruschini
And then as you ride to the sunset (or just down the road), ask your photographer to take a picture of your moving car.
Now we're moving on to cultural processions. Siraman, which means "bathing" in English, is an Indonesian wedding ritual many couples take part in, especially in Javanese and Sundanese culture. The ritual is meant to be a cleansing bathe for the bride and groom to rinse them of any impurities before entering the sacred marriage processionals.
Sungkeman is another Indonesian wedding ritual that involves the bride and groom kneeling and bowing to ask for their parents' forgiveness over past mistakes as well as blessings to enter marital life.
Photography: Fotologue Photo
This ritual, roughly translated as "chicken tug-of-war" is a part of the Sundanese wedding tradition. It has been believed that whoever pulls larger parts of the chicken will be the backbone of the family.
Another Indonesian wedding ritual from Javanese culture, wiji dadi is a ritual in which the groom has to break an egg with his right foot, followed by the bride cleaning his feet. This represents a husband's readiness in becoming head of the family as well as the wife's dedication to her husband.
Other cultural ceremonies
We think it's crucial to take detailed pictures of any wedding traditions. Indonesia is a very diverse country, and though we can't mention each ethnicity and culture one by one, we think they're all as important to be documented forever in your wedding album.
Photography: Angga Permana Photo - Elizabeth Messina
The same also applies to other cultural weddings, such as Indian and Chinese wedding traditions, which are all very unique and must be immortalized in images.
There you have it, the shot list of romantic couple moments during your ceremony and reception. Below is a slideshow of more awe-inspiring pictures of couple moments that we've collected just for you. Spot any of your favorites? Mention them in the comment box below!