When it comes to shot lists, I hate for the couple to have to stress over the images they want captured, so I do everything in my power to capture every detail of the day. I will include a list below of typical wedding day shots plus a list of the detail items needed for those essential shots that I feel like complete your gallery. Of course if there are specific shots you want or details I may not know about, let me know! But I don't think it should be your job to have to type up and organize a shot list for the day.

I also have a family photo list most of my couples find useful here.

Typical Wedding Day Shot List:


  • Invitation suite (including invitation, envelopes, stamps, wax seal, etc), program, special signs, & gifts
  • Wedding rings
  • Wedding dress
  • Outfit accessories like shoes, cuff links, or jewelry
  • Bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres 


  • Bride(s) getting hair and makeup done
  • Zipping of the gown
  • Wedding party having fun (mimosa shots, PJ pics, etc)
  • Groom(s) mother or father helping him get ready (boutenniere pinning, tie adjusting, etc)


  • Couple alone for first look
  • Bride(s) and bridesmaids
  • Groom(s) and groomsmen
  • Gifts, letter readings, etc
  • Any first looks- couple, parents, bridesmaids, etc


  • Venue shots including ceremony site, flowers, interior, and exterior details
  • Guests
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Bride(s) walking down the aisle
  • Groom's reaction
  • Father/mother giving the bride away
  • Exchanging of vows
  • Exchanging the rings
  • The first kiss as a married couple 
  • Signing the marriage certificate (just please inform me of where this will take place!)
  • The recessional and second kiss/dip (couple walking back up the aisle)


  • Details and room décor shots, including table settings, centerpieces, etc.
  • Wedding cake shots
  • Grand entrance
  • Toasts and speeches (bride and groom, guest reactions)
  • Cake cutting (my favorite!)
  • The first dance
  • Bride(s) dancing with father/groom(s) dancing with mother
  • Couple mingling with guests
  • Guests dancing
  • Musicians, singers, DJ
  • Grand exit


Detail Items List

Please have all wedding day details in a box on wedding day, this way I don't have to disrupt you or your bridesmaids as you are getting ready and I can immediately get to work as soon as I arrive! These details include:

  • Shoes (bride and groom)
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Invitation
  • Rings
  • Any jewelry
  • Dress plus hanger
  • Loose fresh flowers from your florist (these make a flat lay shot!)

I do have a collection of ring boxes in an array of colors, plus silk ribbons, an assortment of wax seals, and other flat lay items, but if you prefer that I use yours that is not a problem.