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must-have wedding day photos

One of my closest friends is getting married late this year (or maybe early next year, they haven't decided on the exact date yet, LOL) and she's been asking me for wedding tips that applies to Davao weddings. I even accompanied her to some wedding reception venues as she checked it out. Anyway, one of the stuff she kept asking about was the wedding photography and video. Even though I love to take photos and a bit creative, I'm not really an artist in the real sense of the word. So when she asked me if my wedding photographer takes artistic shots, I couldn't answer her. LOL! I mean, what constitutes an artistic shot? I really have no idea! o_O

So I told her what's important is that the wedding photographer will be able to take the neccessary wedding shots. By "neccessary" I mean the pictures of the bride, groom, both families, the entourage and guests PLUS the moments that define the wedding ceremony and reception. Because we had 200+ guests, I thought that 1 wedding photographer wouldn't suffice. Maybe s/he will but he'll be fatigued and rushing to & fro to get good angles. A rushed photographer is definitely not good so I hired a second photographer. You might want to get one too if your wedding is quite big. Below is a list of photos that your wedding photographer should definitely take. (SOURCE: 50 ‘Must Have’ Wedding Photography Shots)

Wedding Photography Shot List (shots we have are italicized)
Prep Shots - Bride & Groom
The Dress - Hanging or Draped
The North Window Shot - Bride facing out northern most window
Bride walking down stairs (in my case, walking in the hotel lobby, LOL)
Bride looking out ( window or door )
Maid of Honor & Brides Mom - Zipping Dress
Bride Applying Make Up
Grooms Father & Best Man - Attaching Boutonnière to grooms lapel
Groom Checking the Time
Groom with Grooms Men & Fathers (the dads were nowhere to be found, sigh)
Bride with Bridesmaids & Mothers
Bride with Mother & Father ( also grandparents )
Groom with Mother & Father ( also grandparents )
Bride Limo - Groom Limo
Bride & Groom - Exiting Limo ( Bride being helped out )
Church Wide Shot ( with & without guests )
Bride walking down aisle ( side Profile & front )
Father giving away bride
Groom over the shoulder shot of bride ( & vice versa)
Bride & Groom Leaving Church ( receiving line)

Reception/Banquet Hall Outside shot
Food Shots ( cocktail hour, drinks, etc )
Shot of each table full of guests
Shots of Bride & Groom with & without family
Bride & Groom with Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
Bride and Groom Hand & Ring Portraits
Bride & Father Dance
Groom & Mother Dance (we didn't have this)
Bouquet Toss
Garter Belt Toss
Cake Cutting, Bride and Groom Feeding each other
Misc. Guests Dancing
Bride & Groom Eating
Best Man & Maid of Honor Toast/Speeches
Bride & Groom Toast/Speeches
Centerpieces & Flower/Decorations (see pic above)
Guestbook Signatures
Small Children Dancing with Bride & Groom
Bride & Groom’s Parents Dancing ( plus grandparents )
Venetian Hour Photos ( coffee, ice cream, etc )
Bride & Groom giving away wedding favors
Groom Giving Coat to Bride
Bride & Groom “Just Married” Vehicle - Driving Away