The best wedding photographs are those that capture the emotion and style of your entire day, from start to finish. Here are some of the essential moments you might like to consider adding to your must-have photographs list.
Getting ready shots
We all love those informal, reportage shots of the bride, the groom and their attendants preparing for the day ahead.
If you’re getting ready at Mythe Barn, ask your photographer to capture you getting ready with your bridesmaids or friends in our elegant Bridal Preparation Room. Your photographer might take shots of your dress hanging up and details such as your shoes, jewellery and bouquet.
Once you’re ready, be sure to ask your photographer to take photographs of the front and back of your dress, and to capture fun and heartfelt moments with your bridesmaids, as well as the moment you walk down the stairs to your ceremony.
A few shots of the groom and his ushers preparing for the wedding are a must, along with some close-up details of his accessories from his shoes, to his watch and wedding ring.
Top tip – Consider hiring a makeup artist. While it seems like something of a luxury, it leads to a relaxing morning and means that your makeup stays looking great throughout the day, and in all of your photographs. Always ask your makeup artist what you should carry in a handbag throughout the day to keep your makeup fresh – your ‘touch up’ kit – it might be nothing more than some powder and lipstick.
Venue Detail Shots
While photographs of you, your family and friends are key, it’s also important to capture the details of your day. With your flowers in place and the venue dressed for your special day, it’s lovely to take a few photographs, both inside and out, before guests arrive.
Detail shots could include stationery, your wedding cake, table centrepieces and the ceremony space.
If you’re getting married at Mythe Barn, be sure to ask your photographer to take beautiful shots of The Oak Barn before your guests arrive and when they are seated. Flooded with natural light, The Oak Barn is the perfect setting for romantic photographs, and the minstrels gallery is a great spot for taking photographs from above.
Walking down the aisle
Every couple needs a photograph of a bride or groom walking down the aisle accompanied by a treasured family member, and the reaction of your partner as they see you. It’s a moment you’ll always remember.
I do moment
These wonderful photographs capture the emotions between a couple as they say their vows and exchange wedding rings. There’s no reason why there can’t be a few light-hearted moments leading up to the all-important first kiss.
The confetti moment
The moment you leave the ceremony and are congratulated by family and friends makes for truly memorable photographs. Add a sky filled with confetti for truly impactful photographs.
The Wedding Party
It’s essential to have some photographs of those beautiful ladies and handsome chaps you both love so dearly, and we love seeing alternatives to the more traditional, posed photographs. Gather your friends together and have a good laugh together. Those are the moment you won’t want to forget.
The Two of You
Some of the best photos are taken when you’re able to escape for a romantic stroll with just your photographer to keep you company.
As your guests enjoy drinks and canapés, spend a little time alone and head outside if the weather allows. At Mythe Barn, our beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside provide an exquisite backdrop, and even if you’re not using the gazebo for your ceremony, it’s a great spot for photographs.
Take a walk down the picturesque driveway with fields on either side for some relaxed, romantic and intimate photographs of the two of you.
Friends and Family
It’s great to get large group shots of friends and family but, all too often, they are rather unimaginative and purely functional.
The drinks reception provides a great opportunity to take relaxed, reportage style pictures of your guests mingling and chatting. It’s also the time to get elegant photographs of your delicious canapés and cocktails. These detailed photos will really build a picture of your day.
Dining and Speeches
As well as capturing The Grain Store dressed for your wedding, it’s important to take shots as guests sit down to dine. We love to see happy photographs of the newlyweds walking into the room to the applause of loved ones.
As day turns to evening, your photographs should highlight the excitement of the party. You’ll want to capture your first dance in a way that feels fluid and emotive. It’s also lovely to see your guests on the dancefloor – particularly family members and groups of friends singing along to floor fillers.
Top tip – Ask your photographer to take a photo from the outside looking in, through the characterful barn windows at Mythe Barn.
Alas, all good things must come to an end! If you’re ending your wedding night with sparklers, fireworks or even confetti cannons, you’re guaranteed to secure spectacular photographs, marking the perfect end to a magical day.