Talk to most women and they’ll say that time practically flew by on their wedding day. Between celebrating with loved ones, tasting your wedding cake after months of torturous waiting, and—oh, yeah, promising your undying devotion to your fiancée, we don’t blame you for feeling like your wedding day went by in mere seconds.

That’s why this Snappening blog post will focus on how you can remember every detail of your impeccably planned, fairy tale wedding forever—with wedding photography, of course.

We talked to three local wedding photographers and asked them to share their advice on how good wedding photography can steal a few of those precious moments back, long after the honeymoon phase.

Tiffany Stoner of Indy-based Nathaniel Edmunds Photography gave us some of her top tips for great wedding photography. Here are five of them:

1.    Hire a wedding planner. This takes the pressure off of you and allows you to enjoy every moment, soak up every detail and hear every compliment on your special day. If that’s not the epitome of how you want to come across in your photos, we don’t know what is.
2.    Do not hire a “friend of the family” to photograph your wedding. It will only put both of you in a sensitive position—you’ll be secretly hoping they catch every moment and they’ll be nervous to make sure you are satisfied.
3.    Consider taking photos before the ceremony. We know it may be somewhat non-traditional to take photos prior to the ceremony, but when the bride and groom are under a tight timeline, having only an hour to be photographed could be a mistake.
4.    Match your attire to the party venues you have selected for your wedding. This is especially true for the wedding reception venue. Let your personal style along with the location be the guide to selecting the most appropriate attire.
5.    What might seem strange at first might just turn out to be a gem. We love to find unpredictable locations for images that inspire us. Give the photographer the time and creative freedom to capture the event as it unfolds while you and your family enjoy the day!

Sara Ackerman of Indy-based Sara and Mallary Photography knows that her job as a wedding photographer is to tell a love story through her photos. She said the best part of this process is capturing that one quintessential moment in a photo.

“The most amazing image that I can leave a bride and groom is one of them together,” she said. “A photo of the newlyweds that shows soul, location and passion with absolute ease [is] powerful. It’s the photo that makes you stop, makes you stare, and just makes you look at the graceful collaboration of love and surroundings.”

Even though the photographer takes the shot, the bride and groom are the ones in control of it. Don’t let this stress you out; getting the shot is easy—just let your love flow. For one day, set all of your reservations aside and even try to forget that the camera is there. Getting the shot is as simple as just enjoying the moment that you’re in, newly married, and letting your passions play out to create the illustrations of your own story book.

Molly Connor, owner of Molly Connor Photography, doesn’t just consider herself a photographer. She’s a collector of moments.

As the bride, you don’t have to go crazy day-of hoping you got every photo that you put on your shot list. Connor’s job, along with every other good wedding photographer, is to get the shots that you want—the bridal party, the first kiss as man and wife—but also the shots that just “happen.”

In her experience, those are the photos that brides love the most, causing them to reflect on the day and say, “Wait, when did that happen?”

Also, Connor stresses that you stress to your photographer that it’s important to never put the camera down. Wedding days get hectic, and it’s critical to capture the moments that the bride and groom planned, as well as her fastening a shoe, him adjusting a cuff link, or even a sneeze during their vows.

With these tips, by the time you’re eating your last slice of frozen cake while looking over your wedding photos in the arms of your “dearly beloved,” you won’t be beating yourself up for not remembering the order your bridesmaids stood in at the alter—because you won’t have to. Your photos will do the reminiscing for you.