Are you ready to shake up your bridal party portraits at your wedding? Wave bye-bye to awkward groupings and say sayonara to “jumping” shots. Try some of these unique wedding poses and portraits on for size!
Have your bridal party members write down where they first met you on chalkboard, telling the story of your friendship in the resulting picture. Photo: Wedding Photography by Vince and Carla
Keep It Classy
A refined Annie Leibowitz-style portrait (think: Vanity Fair) is a nice twist on the group shot and will remain timeless. Photo: Robert Evans
Groomsmen vs Bridesmaids
Any two cities with a great sports rivalry will love this one which works well for hockey, football, basketball and baseball. Photo: Tanya Plonka Photography
Turn, Turn, Turn
For a real twist on an action shot, get everyone to twirl. This style of photo works especially well with colorful bridesmaids gowns that flare out. Photo: Sean Marshall Lin
Frame The Bride
Perfect for larger groups wearing the same color, the symmetry and way the bride is framed in this photo is perfection. Photo: Sam Hurd Photography
Take To The Balcony
Use architecture to your advantage while getting a really cool vertical group shot. Photos: Marlayna Photography
Use sparklers to capture a long exposure message from your bridal party. Hearts, “LOVE” or initials are all options. Photo: Beyond the Well Photography
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A German couple engaged in Jamaica and married in Spain: it doesn’t get much more international than that! Raquel and Marco were married in a Spanish hacienda that just oozed style. A dramatic courtyard entrance, party-ready music playlist and a couple so in love all add up to one totally magical wedding!
The Ceremony Both my husband and I were born in Germany, but our parents are from Spain. I’m half-Irish, half-Spanish and although we both live in Germany we feel more like Spaniards than Germans. A great part of our hearts belongs to the Spanish city Seville. And for me it was always clear that we would get married in Seville.
We wanted a short ceremony because I was very nervous having to speak up in front of everybody and was afraid of getting very emotional. So we had a lot of music during the ceremony. When I got out of the car and was led to the altar by my dad, one of my husband’s cousins played “November Rain” on the keyboard: Guns n’ Roses is one our favourite bands! For the exchanging of rings a song by Muse was played, and after the ceremony we had Bob Marley “Is it Love.” We got engaged in Jamaica, my husband loves Bob Marley and when we were in Seville looking at wedding locations a street singer came to our table and sang the song for us – brilliant!
The Reception After the ceremony we had Spanish tapas accompanied by a Spanish band that played our favourite Spanish songs. After the appetizers all our guests were lead to the dinner, and as soon as the guests were all seated we made our entrance with our favourite Lenny Kravitz song. Our entrance was spectacular, with the music, all the cameras, the lights and everybody looking at us. It made me feel like a celebrity.
Raquel’s Dress Search I tried on about 10 dresses. But “my” dress was one of the first and I kept looking at similar dresses so in the end I decided on “my” dress. And the decision was easy for me as I loved it from the start! I chose my dress because I loved the back of it and I felt really comfortable in it. It was important to me to feel really comfortable and to be able to move.
How Raquel Felt in Her Wedding Dress Princess, grown-up, magical
Why Raquel Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress I want to have another woman feel the same way I did that day and enjoy the dress one more time, instead of it hanging in my closet. My memories will always stay the same with or without the dress.
Laura and John have an extraordinary story to tell when people ask how they met. They spent one summer evening together as teens at the local rodeo in their home town of Hunt, Texas, staying up all night talking and dancing. Following a kiss goodbye, they were separated for a decade until John found Laura on Facebook. A few weeks later at Laura’s family reunion in Hunt they met up again, and the couple was engaged less than a month later. They were married and celebrated in the very town they met and re-met, surrounded by friends and family in this ranch wedding with a glamorous black tie twist.
The Ceremony Our ceremony took place on the river where John and I stayed up late and talked when we were kids. Guests arrived at my grandparents’ home and were greeted with appetizers and cocktails in the backyard before the ceremony began. When it was time for the ceremony, all of the guests were escorted to the river. The ceremony felt so personal and sweet because my bishop who married us spoke about each of us individually and as a couple. We were married right as the sun went down and when we were finally pronounced husband and wife, it was the best moment of my life.
The Reception The reception was in a big tent beside the river. We opted for a clear tent so you could see the stars at night and I loved how the tent looked from the outside looking in. We also had a big, white balloon that looked like the moon when you were inside the tent. Besides wanting to look beautiful in my dress, I really cared about having a great band and food. We had a really funky western band from Austin, “Mike and the Moon Pies”, and everyone danced the night away. The food was delicious and we served peach cobbler and ice cream in mason jars for dessert.
Laura’s Dress Search I went wedding dress shopping with my grandmother and my dress was the first dress that I tried on. As soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one! I love how romantic and feminine the lace looks and the hourglass silhouette and open back made me feel sexy. Monique Lhuillier creates gowns that feel and look so luxurious that there wasn’t anything else that came close to comparing! I just knew that John would love the way that I looked. My very favorite picture from the wedding day is a close up of John’s face as he watched me walk down the aisle. There is so much love on his face and I like thinking that he felt that way when he saw me in my dress.
How Laura Felt in Her Wedding Dress Beautiful, happy, and loved.
Why Laura Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress I decided to sell my dress because I want to surprise John with a trip for our anniversary. We recently had a friend of ours pass away who had only been married for eight months and it made me realize that I would rather create good memories with John than collect and hold on to things. I hope that whoever buys my dress feels as beautiful and happy as I felt on my special day.
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