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10 Unique Wedding Photoshoot Ideas

By Amy Wright | Jan 17, 2018

When you think of beautiful wedding photos, you think of: the white flowing dress, the gorgeous scenery and the beaming smiles from the newly wedded couple. Those shots are always a treat for the eyes, but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up with more unique wedding photos that you don’t always see in bridal magazines. Get inspired by these 10 unique wedding photo shoot ideas.

1. It's all in the details

Get a shot of the bridesmaids and groomsmens hidden details only you and your wedding party know about.


2. Puppy Love

Your pet is such a huge part of your life, include them in your big day by having a friend bring your pup for a couple shots before the fun begins.


3. Dance the night away

The first dance always allows a couple to take a step back and have a romantic, intimate minute to themselves after a busy day. Capturing a photo is great as the first dance might just be one of the most important moments of a wedding.


4. Take it to new heights

Many wedding photographers have added a drone camera to their must-have wedding shoot equipment. Capture a beautiful aerial shot of the wedding dress in its entirety, your guests as they cheer you on down the aisle or a creative photo of you and your partner taking a second to soak it all in.


5. Rainy day magic

Rain or shine, some of the best shots are taken when Mother Nature may not be cooperating. Capturing unexpected weather can make for an incredible unexpected wedding photo.


6. Make a splash

Water you waiting for? This brave aquatic shot created an unparalleled and frame-worthy wedding photo.


7. A beautiful mess

There’s always beauty in the chaos. This is perfect to get your photographer to get a candid shot of your guests celebrating your new beginning as a couple.


8. Unveil your love

Capture the true essence of partnership as you stand bonded together under your veil for a romantic and timeless wedding photo.


9. Seeing Double

A reflection of the beautiful wedding that is to come. Have your photographer play with reflective surfaces and light by taking a truly unique photo alongside a body of water, glass window or mirrors.


10. Just Married

Couples often forget to snap a shot in the getaway car. Capture a candid shot before embarking on the beautiful, long road ahead.


11. Embrace Mother Nature

Take advantage of the natural beauty around you. Whether it’s a serene forest, a blooming garden, or a stunning beach, nature can provide a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding photos.


12. Geek Out

Showcase your personalities and shared interests by incorporating themes you both love. Whether it's a favorite movie, book, or hobby, adding these elements can make your photos truly unique.

canvas print of a couple with star wars decor Photo cred. [Casa Santoro]

13. Capture the Feels

Ensure your photographer captures the emotional moments. A heartfelt hug, a tearful smile, or a burst of laughter can tell a beautiful story. These genuine emotions are the heart of your wedding day.

wedding day print Photo cred. Wirken Photography

14. Quirky Floor Shots

Don’t be afraid to get creative. Take some fun, quirky photos on the floor with your wedding party or just the two of you. These shots can be playful and memorable.

wedding day print Photo cred. Don't Say Cheese

15. Get Silly with the Wedding Party

Let loose and have fun with your wedding party. Silly, spontaneous photos can capture the joy and excitement of your special day.

wedding day print Photo cred. Alex M Photography

16. Adorable Flower Girl Moments

Capture the innocence and cuteness of your flower girl. These moments are heartwarming and add a sweet touch to your photo album.

wedding day print Photo cred. Bobby Earle

17. Cake Smash Winner

Document the playful moment of the cake smash. It’s a fun and messy tradition that results in unforgettable photos.

wedding day print Photo cred. Del Sol Photography

18. Romantic Kisses

From the ceremony kiss to a spontaneous smooch, capture the love between you and your partner. These photos are timeless and romantic.

wedding day print Photo cred. Craig Obrist Photography

19. Candid Shots

Encourage your photographer to take plenty of candid shots. These natural, unposed photos often capture the true essence and emotions of the day.


20. Epic Backdrops

Find an epic backdrop for some of your photos. It could be a dramatic landscape, a historic building, or a stunning sunset.

wedding day print Photo cred. Miss Paris Photo

21. Bridal Reveal

The moment the bride reveals herself in her wedding dress is a magical one. Capture the reactions of the groom and the bridal party.

wedding day print Photo cred. Nyk + Cali Photography

22. Sunset Moments

A sunset photo can add a beautiful, warm glow to your wedding photos. The golden hour is perfect for capturing romantic moments.

Sunset Photo cred. Tim Larsen Photography

23. Unique Angles

Switch up the angles and perspectives. Overhead shots, low angles, and creative compositions can make your photos stand out.

wedding day print Photo cred. Javier Sánchez Photography

24. Wedding Parties Primping

These are your last moments as a single person, so capture your wedding parties getting ready, perhaps sharing a bit of champagne before the ceremony.


25. Bride Walking Down the Aisle

The bride walking down the aisle is a significant and emotional moment. Make sure this is captured from multiple angles.


26. The First Kiss

Your first kiss as a married couple is a moment you'll want to remember forever. This romantic shot is a must-have.


27. Walking Back Up the Aisle

Capture the joy and elation as you walk back up the aisle after the ceremony. This “we did it” moment is priceless.


28. First Dance

Your first dance as a married couple is a special moment that deserves to be beautifully captured.


29. Say yes to the dress photoshoot.

Capture that amazing moment you find the perfect dress.

wedding day print Photo cred. Sean Weekly Photography

30. Classic Portrait

The traditional wedding portrait is a staple. It’s a timeless keepsake that you'll cherish forever.


How to Use Your Photos During the Wedding

There are plenty of ways to incorporate your special memories into your wedding day.

Tabletop Photo Display

Create a tabletop display by placing your favorite wedding photos in elegant frames on each reception table. You can mix and match between canvas prints and framed prints to create a unique and beautiful display that reflects your personality, style, and wedding theme.

Oversized Canvas Prints

Create a custom oversized canvas of your favorite photo as the focal point. You can use your engagement or pre-wedding photos to create the perfect backdrop for your entrance. This is a great way to welcome guests and make a memorable first impression. An oversized canvas print of the special couple can also double as a personalized guestbook well worth hanging long after your big day.

wedding guest book

Create a Wall of Frames

Turn a wall into an art installation with multiple photo frames. Choose different sizes and image contrast to create a unique and interesting layout. Your guests can take pictures with the frames as a fun activity, admire your photos, and reminisce about your special day as they look around.

What to Do with the Pictures After the Wedding

After the wedding, you have hundreds, if not thousands, of stunning wedding photos of you and your partner, the guests, the decor, and even the food. While you can always keep them in an album or on your phone, why not make them even more memorable?

Create a Photo Collage

Fill a wall with photos from different moments of your big day and create a beautiful photo collage that captures the beauty of the event. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy your memories every day.

Create a Gallery Wall

Turn your favorite wedding photo into a stunning gallery wall. Make this a centerpiece of your home and create a unique and beautiful display that reflects your personality, style, and wedding theme.

Canvas print gallery wall with wedding photos

Tips for Capturing the Best Candid Photos

Candid photos bring your wedding day to life by capturing the small, magical moments. Here are some tips to ensure your photographer gets the best candid shots:

Brief Your Photographer

Discuss your vision and preferences with your photographer. This ensures they know what moments to look out for and how to capture them best.

Get to Know Your Venue

Spend time walking through the venue with your photographer. This helps them understand the layout and lighting conditions they’ll be working with.

Photo of wedding venue

Do a Mock Shoot

A mock shoot can help you see how the venue and decor will look on camera. This is a great opportunity to make any adjustments before the big day.

Walk Through the Day’s Events

Go over the schedule with your photographer. This helps them anticipate and prepare for key moments throughout the day.

Find Inspirational Examples

Look for sample photos that fit your vision. This can help you communicate your preferences to your photographer more effectively.

Canvas print of bride with flowers

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and capturing it in unique and beautiful photos will help you cherish those memories forever. By incorporating these ideas and tips, you can ensure your wedding album is as special and unique as your love story. Turn your wedding photos into stunning wall art with Canvaspop and keep those memories alive for generations to come.

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