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10 Candid Wedding Photos you must capture of the Bride

Updated on February 2, 2015

Getting married is an emotional event, not just for the bride, but for all those who are close to her. After all the hits and misses, the one-sided crushes, the Mr. Wrongs and “Just Friends,” she finally walks down the aisle, arm-in-arm with a man who is deserving of her. So, on the day she ties the knot, her mind is like a tempestuous river, her emotions, volatile and powerful. For a photographer, the bride’s face is like an ever-changing, mesmerizing canvas. Every tiny expression holds so much meaning and being able to capture these candid outbursts is immensely rewarding. If you are a wedding photographer, or a close friend of the bride, here are 10 such candid wedding photos you must click. Gift the bride a collage of these uncontrived poses and watch her face light up as she relives those memorable moments through your photographs.

The getting ready photograph:

On this special day, the bride is treated like a princess. Her bedroom is transformed into a royal boudoir and all her soul-sisters flutter and fuss around her. A hook is fastened, a stray lock of hair is pinned, a ruffle is smoothed and a blemish is quickly hidden. The room is filled with cooing, compliments, hushed whispers and giggles. Capture the soon-to-be bride revelling in all the attention as she slips into her bridal splendour.

Image courtesy: beirut meszarovits
Image courtesy: beirut meszarovits

The “I look amazing” photograph:

In the days leading up to the wedding, the bride spends many sleepless night worrying about her dress, her makeup and whether or not she’ll be able to shed those pounds in time. There are dress trials, innumerable parlour visits and harrowing gym sessions to undergo. Finally, on the day of the wedding, after she slips on that ethereal, pristine white dress and has her hair and makeup done, she glances at herself in the mirror. Voila! She beholds perfection, a breathtaking beauty stares back at her!

If you’re a to-be bride and are reading this, you’ve surely realized that the amount of attention you’re going to receive on your wedding day, especially from the photographer, is going to be abundant and unbridled. Hence, it’s important that you put your best foot forward, in terms of style and makeup. Here is a comprehensive bridal makeup tutorial to help you get your makeup right, especially if you’re taking things into your own hands, so that you look your gorgeous best even in the most candid photographs!

Image courtesy: theweddingcommunityblog
Image courtesy: theweddingcommunityblog

The ‘with my girlies’ photograph:

Ever been lucky or unlucky enough to hang out with a bunch of super-happy women? There’s high pitched giggling, very crass jokes (yes, women are capable of these, in fact much more than men) and more giggling. Capture the bride goofing around with her besties and surprise her with some pictures that capture all the camaraderie and madness!

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Image courtesy: beautymovesme

The ‘I’ll always be daddy’s girl’ photograph:

Every girl is a daddy’s girl. He carried her around on his shoulders as a kid and today he holds her hand as he leads her down the aisle. He was her pillar of strength, her guide, her shoulder to cry on for all these years and today, her fingers slip away from his hold and fall gently into the hands of her to-be husband. It is an emotional moment for the bride, and her life-long super hero, her dad. Capture the love, the protection and the undying affection on film as the bride bids farewell to her father.

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Image courtesy: brides

The ‘Mother: my pillar of strength’ photograph:

Maybe not as a kid and definitely not as a teenager, but as a girl grows up, her best friend really is her mother. She taught her how to walk with her head held high, how to be resourceful, patient and kind. It was from her mother that she learnt that good manners, a good heart and intelligence trump good looks. She was her confidante, her teacher, her comfort, her friend and today, she bids farewell to this woman of strength. Capture those reassuring smiles and hand squeezes the bride shares with her mom on this very special day.

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Image courtesy: benessamy

The walk down the aisle photograph:

This short walk, from the church door to the altar, is one of the most memorable and emotional walks for a bride. As her dad leads her down the aisle, every step takes her closer to her prince charming and the new life that awaits her. Family, friends and well-wishers look on and marvel at her beauty as she takes these tentative steps. These moments are extremely special for a bride and she’ll never forget the way she felt as she walked down the aisle. Capture the smile, the excitement and the nervousness on film and preserve forever this momentous walk for the bride.

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Image courtesy: kevinweinstein

The lost in prayer photograph:

For most of us, the wedding ceremony is a very spiritual ritual, one wherein we ask the almighty to bless the bond between the couple and to strengthen their love and commitment as time passes by. For the couple, the ceremony is extremely sacred and special. They promise to accept each other, faults and all and to give the best that they can to their relationship. Catch the bride lost in prayer, head bowed, eyes closed and hands joined as she places her new life in the Lord’s hand and asks for his divine guidance and protection.

Image courtesy: coryparris
Image courtesy: coryparris

The lovestruck photograph:

All couples go through ups and downs. But, today, the bride knows that she can put those quarrels and disagreements behind her because the man of her dreams is standing by her side, promising to love and support her for the rest of her life. All those sometimes-happy, sometimes-sad, sometimes-angry, sometimes-sorry moments they shared run through her mind and suddenly, she throws her husband a look, one that says ‘we made it, and I love you so much.’ If you’re lucky enough to spot this moment and quick enough to capture it, you’ll be one happy photographer!

Image courtesy: samhurdphotography
Image courtesy: samhurdphotography

The hearty laugh photograph:

Preparing for the wedding is stressful and you’ll often see the bride with a worried expression on her face. But, once the rings have been exchanged and the marriage has been solemnized, relief sweeps in. It’s then that the bride indulges in happy banter and smiles. Then, suddenly, she bursts into laughter. It’s infectious and glorious. Capture this light-hearted moment that puts a big smile on the bride’s face, and by looking at her, on many others!

Image courtesy: polkadotbride
Image courtesy: polkadotbride

The ‘I’m such a cutie’ photograph:

On the day you get married, everybody looks at you as a grownup. You’ve made a very important decision and your life is going to be a lot different. But, deep down inside, every bride is still a little girl at heart, who pulls faces when no one’s watching and bursts into giggles when a plump aunt does a humpty-dumpty. But, to capture these fleeting childlike glimpses, you have to look sharp. So, eyes on the bride all the time. Watch out for those petulant pouts, fishy mouths and puppy faces and when you spot them, click!

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Image courtesy: thomasbeaman

Well, these were 10 candid shots that are sure to make priceless additions to the wedding album. Compile these adorable pictures and create a memorable gift for the bride!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This is a good, concise list of what brides need to have in their photo album on the big day. I sure wish I had had it! Pinning!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great moments and so well presented.