Your Must-Know Guide to Great Beach Wedding Pictures

Marissa Siebert photography Marissa Siebert Photography

Your beach wedding pictures are one of the most important parts of your wedding planning. You’ll treasure these images of your wedding day for years to come so, read through the following for tips and ideas on creating beautiful beach wedding pictures.

Selecting a Wedding Photographer

If you’ve decided upon a beach wedding at a resort, chances are there’s a list of wedding photographers for you to choose from. Some of the larger resorts that specialize in destination weddings even have wedding photographers on staff.

I’ve seen some beautiful wedding pictures taken by resort staff photographers. After all, how can they screw up a gorgeous beachside backdrop you might ask?

Well, it can and does happen if you end up with an inexperienced wedding photographer.

Be sure that you ask to see examples of the photograher’s work. You certainly want someone who specializes in wedding pictures such that they know exactly what poses should be taken.

Checklist of Beach Wedding Pictures

You’ll not want to forget some of the following must-have poses for your wedding album:

Before the Wedding Ceremony

  1. You and any bridesmaids, flower girls, or ring bearers getting ready
  2. You and your maid or matron of honor
  3. You preparing to walk down the aisle
  4. A full length of the back of your wedding dress
  5. Your bouquet
  6. Your groom and his groomsmen getting ready
  7. The wedding ceremony location prior to anyone arriving

Wedding Ceremony Photos

  1. Guests arriving
  2. Ushers seating guests
  3. Parents and grandparents being seated
  4. The groom walking down the aisle or entering
  5. Closeup of the groom as you walk down the aisle
  6. The wedding party watching you walk down the aisle
  7. You walking down the aisle
  8. Flower girls or ring bearers walking down the aisle
  9. You and your groom exchanging your wedding vows
  10. Your first kiss as husband and wife
  11. You and your groom leading the recessional

Portraits following the Wedding Ceremony

  1. You and your groom
  2. You and your groom with the wedding officiant
  3. You and your groom with your side of the family
  4. You and your groom with his side of the family
  5. Signing of the wedding certificate
  6. Your hands together displaying your wedding bands

Reception Photos

    1. The wedding cake
    2. The reception site
    3. Guests awaiting your arrival at the reception
    4. The banquet stations
    5. First dances
    6. Toasts to you and your husband
    7. Guests dancing
    8. Cutting of your wedding cake
    9. Feeding each other the cake
    10. The bouquet toss
    11. The garter toss
  1. Your departure from the reception as husband and wife