6 Must-Have Moments in a Bridal Photoshoot

By ryan | June 17, 2022 | Weddings,

bride poses for her bridal photoshoot

A bridal photoshoot is a unique opportunity to capture your look from the biggest day of your life. It can be a fun, relaxed experience, or it can be more formal and traditional. Some brides choose to have their bridal shoot done in a studio, while others prefer an outdoor location. 

There are many options to consider when planning your bridal photoshoot, but here are six moments that you definitely don’t want to miss!

What is a Bridal Photoshoot?

close up of a bride holding her wedding shoes

A bridal photoshoot is a photo session that takes place before the wedding day. It’s an opportunity to capture beautiful photos of the bride in her wedding dress. Traditionally, this photoshoot has only been for the bride, but recently it has become much more common to include the groom in this session. The bridal shoot can be done in a studio or on location, and it’s up to the couple to decide how formal or relaxed they want the shoot to be.

There are many reasons to have a bridal photoshoot. For some couples, it’s a chance to slow down and get some great pictures without the chaos of the wedding day. For others, it’s a practice run to make sure your hair, makeup, and final look are exactly what you want them to be. And for some, it’s important to have some formal portraits printed ahead of time and on display the day of the ceremony.

No matter what your reasons are for having a bridal photoshoot, there are some moments that you definitely don’t want to miss. Here are six of the most important ones:

The Dress

This is one of the most essential shots of the whole shoot. The dress shot is focused on capturing the beauty of the bride in her dress, so make sure you find a location that really shows it off. You’ll want a photo that allows you to see the full dress on display.

If you’re having your shoot outdoors, choose a spot with pretty flowers or an interesting background. Keep in mind that you don’t want to put your dress through significant wear or tear before the ceremony outdoors. If you’re shooting in a studio, ask the photographer to use some creative lighting to make the dress really stand out. 

The First Look

bride and groom pose for the first look

Some couples don’t want to see each other in their wedding attire before the ceremony. But if you want the best photos of your first look at each other, the bridal photoshoot is the time to do it! You have much more control over the background, lighting, and positioning than you will if you’re trying to capture this moment during the ceremony.

This shot is all about the emotion of seeing each other for the first time in your wedding clothing. You will want to capture the groom’s face when he sees the bride for the first time, so set this shot up carefully so as not to spoil the surprise!

The Kiss

bride and groom kissing under the bride's veil

Of course, no wedding photo album is complete without a shot of the bride and groom kissing!  This is a classic moment that you’ll want to remember forever.

There are lots of ways to capture this moment, so get creative! You can focus on a close-up shot of the kiss or you can step back and capture the whole landscape.

The Rings

black and white image of wedding rings

Another essential shot for the wedding album is one that captures the rings. The bridal photoshoot is a great opportunity to get a close-up shot of the rings, as well as some beautiful shots holding hands.

For this moment, you’ll want to make sure the rings are clean and polished. You can take photos of the rings by themselves or on your fingers.

The Bouquet

vibrant wedding bouquet

The bridal bouquet is one of the most important elements of the wedding, so you’ll definitely want a photo that captures it. Not only does the bouquet add a fresh and natural touch to all of your photos, it ties the entire ceremony together by representing the color scheme and overall style of the couple.

Talk to your florist about having a wedding bouquet ready on the day of your bridal photoshoot. You can use it in the dress shots, the up-close pictures of the rings, and in a variety of other ways your photographer suggests.

The Venue

Marinaj veranda

Wedding venues like Marinaj Banquets and Events will allow you time to take your bridals on location before everyone arrives for the ceremony. Because the venue is where your wedding will take place, it’s a good idea to take some bridal photos there too. This is especially true if your venue has an area outdoors because you can take advantage of the natural lighting. 

Ready to start planning your wedding? Contact Marinaj Banquets and Events today and tour one of our all-inclusive venues!