Wedding Day Photo Checklist

We've been Montreal Wedding Photographers for over 20 years -- we know which photos are essential and which ones are never chosen in wedding albums. Here is a list of our "Must-Have" shots for the wedding day.

Groom getting ready   

For a full day package we usually spend 1.5 hours with the groom and his entourage. We ask the groom to be ready at the start and his groomsmen to be present as well. Parents can be ready 1 hour after our arrival if they need more time to get ready.


  • Details of the suit and accessories
  • Candid photos of the groom getting ready
  • Formal and Candid shots of the groom and groomsmen
  • Formal and Candid shots of the Groom alone
  • Groom with ring boy

Bride Getting Ready

At the Bride we like to schedule 2 hours. We prefer shooting with natural available light, as we come in we take a few minutes to scout the rooms and most importantly we gauge the available lighting

  • Details of the wedding dress, bridal shoes, bridal accessories
  • Dress hanging alone and/or bride carrying the dress
  • Bride getting ready
  • Bride with bridesmaids
  • Bride with flowergirls
  • Bride with mother
  • Father seeing bride for the first time
  • Portraits of the bride alone
  • Family photos
  • Bride with bridesmaids outside
  • Bride exit


  • Bride arriving at ceremony location
  • Bride coming down the aisle
  • Groom seeing bride for the first time
  • Shots of important guests and family members
  • The promise exchange
  • First kiss
  • Couple leaving down the Isle
  • Exit of the church
  • Group shot

After the Ceremony

Immediately after the religious ceremony we can either take the family shots on location if there is an interesting spot we can get creative or we bring the family at the park. Taking the pictures at the religious venue has it's advantage; Parents and grandparents can leave earlier, they can then get to the reception earlier to prepare for guests arriving. If we we take the pictures at the park or other pre-selected location we usually take care of shooting the parents, grandparents, ring boy and flower girls right away so they can leave earlier. We then continue the rest of the photoshoot with the couple and bridal party. At any location we like to put aside 1.5 hour so we can do the best work.

  • Couple with their respectful extended family - all possible combinations to make sure nobody is left out.
  • Couple with the Ring boy and flower girl(s)
  • Bridal party candid shots
  • Couple with bridal party - a mix of  classic poses and candid natural shots
  • Couple with Best man and maid of honor -  a mix of  classic poses and candid natural shots
  • Couple alone
  • Couple with their rental car ( if they rented a fancy antique car )

The Reception

At the reception many of the photos are candid and natural except for a few shots, i.e. cutting of the cake. We make sure to catch all the important main events and also the little candid moments in between, i.e. Bride and groom at the bar having shots with their friends.

  • Décor of the venue before guests enter
  • Details, i.e. Place cards, cake, etc...
  • Let the party begin ... Tons of candid shots of guests having fun, on and off the dance floor.