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20 Stunning Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas for a Picture-Perfect Wedding Album

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Pre-wedding photoshoots are one of the rare moments for couples to capture raw emotions felt leading up to their big day—making it for essential for both of you to invest time and effort into planning a creative shoot that uniquely encapsulates the two of you as a couple.

It pays off to start planning and envisioning your pre-wedding photoshoot as soon as you can, so here’s a dedicated list of amazing wedding photoshoot ideas to help you get started.

1. Secret garden

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Image credit: Stories with Ryan

Take your love on a wild, secret adventure among lush greenery.

Using nature as an idyllic backdrop is an idea that hardly goes wrong. Pro tip: a sunset can add extra glow and warmth to highlight your emotions and expressions.

2. Foodies for life

couple eating pizza on beach

There’s just something so precious about eating with someone you love.

Are both you and your partner extreme foodies? Why not relive some of your epic, drool-worthy food adventures and let it take centerstage?

3. Theme it up

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If you and your partner are huge fans of Harry Potter or bonded over video games like PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), letting your pre-wedding photoshoot revolve around a common theme is not only unique, but extra meaningful.

Plus, who doesn’t want to hear a cute backstory?

4. Traditional bliss

couple in traditional chinese costume wedding

Who said traditional elements had to boring? Reminding yourself of your distinct heritage and incorporating it into your photoshoot is a beautiful way to capture your timeless love (and not to mention, earn a thumbs up from your older folks).

5. Shifting perspectives

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Looking for something more special instead of standard “studio” shots?

Drone or aerial shots can provide a really unique and magical angle to your love story that will leave others in awe.

6. Beach vibes

couple sunset beach

Think wind in your hair, shoes off and sand in your feet.

Pristine beaches set you up for the most intimate photos that come with a picturesque backdrop, free-of-charge—no additional props required!

7. A dose of vintage

couple drinking retro diner cafe

There’s just something charming about vintage photography that will never go out of style.

Think polaroids, film cameras and retro diners to instantly transport you back to the ’80s and evoke feelings of nostalgia.

8. First date

couple smiling on a date

Still remember every sweet (or hilarious) little detail about your first date?

Recreate and capture the romantic moments you first shared with your partner—after all, that’s where your whole journey began. This #throwback down memory lane is sure to set you up for beautiful, heartwarming photos.

9. Out of a K-drama

couple korean themed house wedding

Who doesn’t love dreamy, romantic scenes from Crash Landing on You or Descendants of the Sun?

Pre-wedding photoshoots are the perfect opportunity for you to be the star of your own show, just like this couple

10. Furry friends

couple kissing picnic with dog

Have pets that are more than eager to join in on the fun?

Let your pup or feline friend make a cameo appearance to ramp up the cuteness quotient. Warning: be prepared for a never-ending flood of oooohs and awwwws when people eventually see the photos.

11. Gather the squad

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Celebrate the friends and loved ones that have never once left your side and have played pivotal roles throughout your personal journeys.

Have them join the photoshoot, and consider adding a splash of cheeky humour with dynamic poses!

12. Common interests

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Are you both gym junkies, extreme sports enthusiasts or avid backpackers?

Be it a shared love for rock music or sci-fi novels, as long as it’s something sacred and special to your relationship—you’ve got yourself a winning idea.

13. Illuminating dreams

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Image credit: Stories with Ryan

Instead of relying on golden hour to get your shots, use your creativity to design a set that perfectly illuminates you and your partner.

This idea is perfect for close-up, intimate shots, or for creating beautiful silhouette photos.

14. Picnic for two

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A picnic for two in grassy plains or a field of flowers naturally paves the way for romantic, stunning photos with your soulmate.

Plant that forehead kiss, pop some bubbly and lie blissfully on your partner’s lap.

15. Road to paradise

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Feel the wind in your hair and throw some shades on with a picturesque road trip-themed photoshoot.

Think about it: you’re literally heading towards a brighter future, hand-in-hand. It’s just you and your ride-or-die against the world!

16. Walk down memory lane

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This pose works exceptionally well on a tall bridge with scenic views and a sunset to boot.

For extra brownie points, carry the bride or piggyback her as you waltz into an exciting new chapter.

17. Reflections

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A simple trick to add a touch of magic and visual intrigue to your photos is to use reflections to your advantage.

Try take photos by pools of water for that naturally stunning shot.

18. Dancing in the rain

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What do romantic, climatic scenes in movies and TV dramas have in common? Answer: rain.

Huddle under an umbrella or sneak a shared kiss under the the pouring rain and capture those intense, perfect moments.

19. Feels like home

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Home photoshoots radiate authenticity and allow you and your partner to showcase your playful and loving personalities in your natural habitat.

Simply throw on some sweatpants and get into a pillow fight; bask freely in your element!

20. The little details

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The secret to brilliant wedding photoshoot ideas is in the little things.

Every tiny element of your relationship can be captured to tell a full story. This means putting the focus on subtle things like tattoos, shoes or even your engagement rings.

Keep calm and snap those shots

Your pre-wedding photoshoot should be a curation of your fondest memories that perfectly captures both you and partner’s unique styles and personalities.

Remember to keep it as natural as possible for best results; the last thing you’d want is for your photos to come across as awkward or trying too hard.

If you feel like taking it a step further, pre-wedding videography can also add a compelling layer to your love story—and make for a memorable keepsake, too.


Featured image credit: Douglas Fun Photography