A great wedding photograph is a treasured keepsake of one of the most special days of your life. In most cases, couples have a clear plan of what they want: flattering poses, smiling faces — and definitely no vomiting.
But sometimes the wedding photos don’t go quite as planned, which doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of a place in the photo book. Some of the following images might bear the hashtag #weddingphotofail, but we’d argue that they’re actually winners.
The veil can be one of the most unpredictable parts of the wedding. This shot, taken by NYC elopement photographer Sascha Reinking, shows a bride in a potentially precarious position. Hopefully the elevator wasn’t going anywhere.
Here’s some more proof of how challenging it can be to photograph children. Well, it’s better out than in, right? The bride’s expression is everything in this image taken by Sascha Reinking.
Hands In Wrong Places
California-based Shawna Henrie of Bleudog Fotography is used to capturing all aspects of a wedding day — including those behind-the-scenes shots that don’t make it into the album. In this photo, the groom needs to work on his hand position. Several inches lower would be perfect.
You might be able to control what your subjects are doing, but as for everyone else … well, not so much. New York City-based photographer David Perlman had all the elements of a stunning image, until a woman, a baby and a stroller got in the way. Still, at least she seems to be doing her best to get out of the shot as quickly as possible.
What’s The Story?
We’re not quite sure what’s happening in this photo from Shawna Henrie of Bleudog Fotography. Is the groom trying to sit on the bride’s knee? Is her garter caught on her cowboy boot? Whatever’s going on, it’s one of those unscripted moments nobody plans to capture on camera, but it sure adds personality and humor to a collection.
Dogs, Dogs And More Dogs
Those middle-of-the-road photographs are bound to be difficult to nail. They’re made even trickier when a pack of dogs needs to cross. But the grooms in this photo from Sascha Reinking Photography loved their canine interlopers, making for a truly sweet, spontaneous image.
Run, Bridesmaid, Run!
Bridesmaids have lots of jobs during the big day. They need to make sure the bride has everything she needs, and they can sometimes become photographers’ assistants, of sorts. David Perlman managed to capture one bridesmaid mid-flight, racing to get out of the shot after ensuring the bridal gown was just right.
This image from Sascha Reinking Photography shows a stunning bride, perfect veil placement, a beautiful backdrop … and a couple of gate-crashers. You might be able to control what you do when your photo is being taken, but you can’t account for other people. However, this sometimes leads to the pictures that make you smile the most.
On Your Bike
Here’s another road-crossing shot that took a little while to get right — because you just can’t account for rude cyclists. If you can forget about the guy on the bike, you can appreciate the fabulous city backdrop in this Sascha Reinking image, not to mention the dapper groom and exquisite bride.
Cool Off However You Need To
A wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, sounds pretty magical … and hot. Del Sol Photography captured this bridesmaid making smart use of a fan! Del Sol has caught tons of funny wedding moments, and you can find more of them on their website.
When The Umbrella Fails
This was almost a sweet shot of a bride underneath her umbrella. Hey, they say rain on your wedding day is lucky. It looks like this bride, shared by Del Sol Photography, luck overflowing in her marriage!