18 wedding photos with the wow factor

13 Jun 2017

Showcasing the significance of wedding photography, here are some stunning examples of impactful images which capture a moment

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1. Beautiful landmarks

Wherever you're getting married - be it in the UK or abroad, make sure you request a picture by any iconic landmarks or sights. When paired with the expertise and meticulous attention of a professional photographer, this will create a breath-taking photograph that will be given pride of place in the marital home. 

2. The floral arch

Romantic floral arrangements, billowing fabrics and atmospheric lighting adorning an archway is the perfect backdrop for a wedding photo to treasure forever. 

3. Spectacular venue

This shot was taken by wedding photographer, Andy Gaines. He says: "Creating this image was a combination use of the awesome venue chosen by the couple, the Left Bank in Leeds, and use of light. I saw the potential for this shot on arrival at the venue. I kept an eye on the sun moving a cross the sky and once it started to line up centrally, I grabbed the bride and groom for two minutes. I climbed up a disused spiral staircase to the top of the building to get to the perfect vantage point, and from here I managed to get this shot just as the sun moved into position."


4. Raw emotion

The moment when the groom first lays eyes on his bride, the father/daughter reveal, or even a tender unstaged kiss can all make for amazing photograph opportunities. Here, you must rely on the eagle eye of your photographer to work their magic. 

5. Bridal focus

A lone bride set against sensational scenery and a well-timed whip of her veil makes for a photograph that all brides will want to recreate. 

6. The dress shot

Ask your photographer to capture your dress from every angle, such as this bird's eye view which harnesses the sheer beauty of the bride's gown.

7. Frozen in time

Shutter speed photography can create truly dazzling results. Wedding photography is all about freezing and preserving those special moments and this image harnesses this concept in spectacular fashion.


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8. Natural light movement

While many think nature is a photographer's burden (and at times it can be), natural elements can serve to instantly enhance a photograph. The sun's rays breaking through the clouds is one such way of adding drama to an image without the need for Photoshop.  


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9. Intriguing illuminations

Jay Emme took this photo at Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham. She says: "Alex and Dane Nutting had just started their evening celebrations with friends and family after a gorgeous vintage wedding in the main hall. They had a selection of photos in the surrounding park immediately after the ceremony, as well as photos throughout the day. They loved the idea of having a single stunning dramatic photo, so I took them outside after their first dance, made sure they were standing still in the dark, and then took this photo from some distance away. It was incredibly effective and very easy to do."


10. Simple silhouettes

Silhouette effects look mesmerising against a moody sky at sunset. 

11. The confetti exit

A signature shot for most weddings, the confetti exit never fails to deliver a wow moment - just like this image captured by Mark Seymour. He says: "Whether you supply a basket of rose petals or guests arrive with their own little box of confetti, it always forms a magic moment in your special day and is perfect for a 'wow' shot in your wedding album. The key is to get your best man and maid of honour, or toastmaster if you have one, to prepare the guests to keep their confetti excitement until the photographer is ready. Don't worry you won't end up with a 'staged' looking photograph, it just means that your photographer can get into position and the confetti forms a beautiful light shower of colour rather than one heavy downpour."


12. Awe-inspiring scenery

A phenonemal backdrop - such as the dramatic topography and spell-binding scenery of Iceland (pictured below) - is an quick and effective way to secure a 'wow' shot.

13. Colours of the rainbow

While it is easy to request a perfect rainbow to be Photoshopped into your wedding photos, a subtle hint of the real deal is far less contrived and much more beautiful. 

14. Sealed with a kiss

From the sunset reflecting on the water's surface to the couple's natural embrace, everything about the arrangement of this photo is picture perfect.

15. Sparkling raindrops

While you are most likely to be wishing for no rain on your wedding day, there is no denying that it makes for showstopping photographs.


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16. Black and white

Old school romance is resurrected with a black and white photograph, proving that you don't always need colour to create timeless wedding images.

17. Magical lanterns

Chinese lanterns amid a dark night's sky are an enchanting addition to a wedding photo, offering just the right amount of illumination to capture the expressions of you and your wedding guests as you set the sky alight. 


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18. Fabulous fireworks

With the couple in the foreground of a firework shot, a wedding moment is made and secured forever. 

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