10 must have photographs every bride should capture in her wedding dress

Knowing what type of photographs to capture at your wedding can be a minefield – here are 10 must-have photographs every bride should capture in her wedding dress… A guide to help you when you find your dream gown to get all the dreamy photos that will help you keep those precious moments of the day alive forever. This article has been made in collaboration with Gaby Bull, UK wedding and family photographer specialising in documentary style imagery that creates everlasting memories. We have combined some of the wonderful candid imagery from Gaby alongside some of the professional images from our dress collections. If you haven’t found your wedding dress yet, then make sure you book to come and see us at our Norwich bridal boutique where we would love to help you find your dream gown for your big day…

Let's dive in... Here are 10 must-have photographs every bride should consider capturing in her wedding dress:


A full-length photo of you in your wedding dress from the front and back, showcasing the dress’s unique features and silhouette is a must for your wedding album.

This is your classic bridal photo moment, and so you should choose a location where you fee comfortable and able to let your confidence shine through. Just before you are going to walk down the aisle can be a great place to choose for when you have that nervous excitedness building up.

Having that full length shot of your wedding dress from the front and the back gives you those iconic bridal images.

2. A close-up photo of the details...

A close-up photo of the details on your dress, such as lace or beading, or a detail shot of the decolletage is a beautiful image to capture. The detail shots are what create an overall roundness to your wedding gallery and help you to seal in those memories of the little things that made your big day so precious.

A close up photo of the details. This is the Melrose Zola - click the image to find out more...

3. A photo of you getting ready...

A photo of you getting ready, with your dress hanging in the background, or just your dress waiting to be worn. We love to see these types of photos from our brides when they have chosen a wedding dress from our Norwich bridal boutique. Getting ready is such an important part of your wedding day, and capturing those moments before you get to step into your gown can be magical – and very much cherished by your loved ones such as your parents.

4. A photo of your shoes and accessories

A photo of your shoes and accessories, such as your veil or jewellery, that complement your dress. We just love the detail shots, and having a set of images that depict the intricacies of how much you have thought about your overall wedding look are priceless.

5. A photo of your bouquet against your dress

 If your bouquet is your ultimate bridal accessory then you will want to make sure you get the “money shot” with your bouquet. Be careful with the placement of your bouquet however – you don’t want to hide the important elements of your dress, or hold the bouquet so low that it’s a trip hazard! For a handy guide on how to carry your bridal bouquet check out this guide from My Wedding Notebook.

The bouquet shot is a must for every wedding album. Image credit: Gaby Bull.

6. A photo of you with your bridesmaids...

A photo of you with your bridesmaids, showing off their dresses and how they complement yours. The squad photo is an essential for 2023/2024 brides. Whether you have a chosen couple of bridesmaids or a full on girl gang, getting those images which showcase your friendship, love and support for each other is massively important. Get creative with these images too – they don’t need to be too formal. You want to feel free to express your personality and demonstrate the fun and love you have with your bridal team.

The girl squad image - featuring one of our Jessica Couture gowns available to try on in the Boutique

7. A photo of you with your family members.

Families come in all shapes and sizes in 2023 and so we are not prescribing what family looks like – but don’t forget to capture those moments that you will want to refer back to time and time again. A wedding is one of the few times that you get all your family together so it can be a great opportunity to create memories that everyone can share. However – don’t feel a pressure! Work with your photographer to establish which group images you want to have included and what sort of composition would work best.

Get the family shots of you in your dress that you want! Image credit: Treseren Cornwall

8. A photo of your first look as bride and groom

A photo of your first look as bride and groom, capturing the reaction and emotion of the moment. There is something so magical about this as an image – seeing how you both react to seeing each other when there has been so much planning (and probably stress!) to get to this moment. It can all go by in a blur so having a photo to treasure forever is precious according to our rule book!

Those first looks can capture so much emotion - Image Credit Sergey Green

9. A photo of you walking down the aisle

A photo of you walking down the aisle, showcasing the beauty of your dress and the momentous occasion. From the smile on your face to the wonderous look of your guests watching you progress for first time as a married couple, this is a very special image to capture for your big day.

The walking down the aisle shot is so important! Image Credit: Gaby Bull

10. A photo of your first dance!

A photo of your first dance! Whether you’ve opted for a princess style for your Cinderella moment, or you’ve gone for an A-Line to give you all the room for busting those moves on the dance floor, getting the photos of the first dance give you the opportunity to be close for a moment, show the world that you’ve sealed the deal and can now enjoy the party…

First dance images can really capture real romance... Image Credit: Gaby Bull


Regardless of whether you opt for a full day of photography or have something more simple in mind, by capturing some of these essential photographs, you can look back on your wedding day and remember all the special moments and details that made it incredible.

Is it time for you to find that perfect dress for all those photos to be taken? Then why not come and visit us here in our relaxed, luxury boutique based just outside of Norwich. With exclusive use of the bridal suite and stocking exclusive designers such as Eva Lendel, Melrose Bridal and Jessica Couture, you will find your dream dress with a true VIP Experience. Open 7 days a week with plenty of free parking and delicious refreshments, book your appointment and let’s start your wedding dress adventure…


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I have over 10 years of experience in many photography genres, mainly documentary photography, which has taught me to capture a moment in time to give an everlasting memory. I specialise in wedding and family photography, as a candid photographer who blends into the background and provides you with photographs that highlight the energy and happiness from the day that you can relive forever. 

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