Looking to jump-start your inspiration board? Here are 10 unique shot ideas that will get the brainstorming wheels turning for your big day.
1. Have individual portraits of each of you taken in an editorial style, as if they were going to be on the cover of a magazine. Your unique personalities will shine.
2. Take a photo in your pristine gown and tux in front of a grungy, edgy backdrop-such as a brick building in an alleyway-for some contrast. The portrait will pop.
3. Incorporate locations that are familiar and special to you, whether it's the site of a first kiss, an old neighborhood hangout or your favorite date-night spot.
4. Think about the details that are exclusive to your celebration, like a handmade reception decoration or personalized accessories. Make sure to get shots of these details, too.
5. Allow the photographer to witness the private reveal (if it happens before the ceremony). Capturing the moment the couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that produces some great sentimental shots.
6. Have the groom and his groomsmen don sunglasses and walk toward the camera, looking confident. "Guys love to look cool," says Chad DiBlasio of DiBlasio photography.
7. Take photos with the bridesmaids as you strike different poses on command. Photographer Nicole Dixon of Nicole Dixon Photographic yells out "go, go, go!" to signal each new shot.
8. For a sentimental connection, recreate a photo taken on a parents' or grandparents' wedding day.
9. Flip the angle on a typical photo taken at a typical spot (like at the Statehouse rotunda) for a different perspective.
10. Shoot multiple generations of couples: the newlyweds, the parents and even the grandparents. For a sweet touch, try one with all pairs kissing.