7 Tips for Wedding Photos You’ll Love


An exclusive interview with luxury wedding photographer Jacqui Cole  

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Destination weddings are the stuff fairytales are made of, which is why capturing each and every intimate moment is going to be absolutely *essential.* Unlike the work of your other vendors, you won’t be able to see, smell, touch or taste the final product until after a ways after your wedding date. We sat down with Florida-based luxury wedding photographer Jacqui Cole to bring to you expert-approved tips to ensuring every unique, authentic moment of your destination celebration is captured to your liking.

Crafting Your Timeline

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Even in the early stages of planning, it’s important to keep in mind what time of the day you will want photos taken. For example, if your ceremony is in the evening and you have your heart set on sunset photos, make sure you plan accordingly.

Time is Key

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Even if you think you’ve allotted enough time in your schedule, add another 15 minutes (as the rule of thumb)! With so many moving parts to a destination wedding, your timeline can start to get delayed quicker than you might think on a wedding day. If you dedicate an ample amount of time in your schedule solely to taking portraits, you’re guaranteed to avoid added stress.

Have Fun! 

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This sounds obvious, right? But, it’s easy to get carried away chit chatting and being a good host. Make sure you and your spouse jump on the dance floor or explore the town. Some of people’s favorite shots are the candid images of the happy couple simply enjoying themselves.

Lose the Idea of a “Pinterest Perfect Wedding”

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This is important. For months you’ve been scouring Instagram and Pinterest curating the most beautiful vision board for your wedding day. Keep in mind that those boards are often a collection of the best images from hundreds of different wedding days. You need to trust that your photographer will capture the most perfect representation of your day. You may not get that specific pose that you pinned, but that’s because your love was better showcased in a different (often better) way.

Instagrammable Moments

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Sparklers, confetti, smoke bombs—these are just a few of our favorite things! Do it for the ‘gram, but also make sure it aligns with your wedding personality (and venue rules & regulations). As mentioned above, it’s easy to get lost in the idea of what you feel others think your wedding should look like. At the end of the day, the only IG like that matters is yours and your spouse’s.

Communicate with Your Photographer

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On your wedding day, you’re going to bond more with photographer than your own MOH. If you’re self conscious about something, don’t hesitate to let your photographer know. Hate the way your arm looks from a certain angle? They’ll keep this in mind when shooting your portraits. Similarly, if you’re tired of taking group photos at cocktail hour or there are tricky family dynamics, don’t be afraid to disclose these situations to your photographer. The more they’re in the know, the more they can help resolve issues. This will allow you to sit back and really be in the moment.

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