While all your wedding photos are important, the wedding couple portraits are especially meaningful. These images are your first photos as a new family and may decorate your home for years or even decades.That’s why the right wedding poses—along with details like exposure and lighting—are so essential for your wedding photographer to get right. A professional photographer will know just how to pose you and how to frame each image so that you get photos you will look back on fondly and maybe even show to your children in the future.

Posing in wedding photography is much more of an art than it is a science, as it requires so much judgement and interpretation. With the wrong pose, you can make an otherwise attractive couple look awkward, clumsy, and even unattractive. On the other hand, with the right pose and the right angles, you can conceal blemishes and “flaws” and even make your clients look skinnier. Furthermore, with odd posing, you can make a very affectionate and natural couple seem awkward and distant. With the right pose, you can make even the most stiff and stoic couples seem undeniably fun and in love.

While every couple is different, these are some classic poses that can be adjusted and adapted to create stunning images of you and your partner. Below are 10 wedding poses for the happy couples.

The V Up Pose

This is your most classic, basic wedding pose. Couples touch at the hips with hands anywhere but dangling at the bride and groom’s sides.

Wedding Poses - V Up
Wedding Poses - V Up

The Open Up

From the “V Up”, the couples open up their feet towards the camera and this is the “Open Up”. It can be modified in a number of ways, whether turning in for a quick kiss or looking outward. The most important part of this pose is to make sure you stay connected by holding hands or gently leaning against each other. Even a gentle touch on your partner’s cheek can turn this simple pose into an incredibly romantic photo.

Wedding Poses - Open Up

The Closed Up

The most common wedding pose is what we call the “Closed Up” pose. We call it this because their bodies are closed off and they are facing each other. Not only does it demonstrate your love and connection, but facing each other can even reduce your wedding day stress. Stand close together, leaning into each other, and even hold hands or wrap an arm around your partner for an additional point of connection.

Wedding Poses - Close Up


This sweet and intimate pose creates a sense of closeness and affection, resulting in a romantic image that you’ll be sure to love.

Wedding Poses - Stacked
Wedding Poses - Stacked

The Swing

The Swing pose adds in action into a scene. The groom life the bridge up and the bridge life one or two legs.

Wedding Poses - Swing

The Carry

Like the Swing, the next pose, “the carry,” adds some interesting action and motion to a scene. It’s a bit more traditional than the “swing” and might require a little more strength from the groom.

Wedding Poses - Carry

Meet in the Middle

The “Meet in the Middle” is a cute pose. The couples face each other and have a space between them. They will bend their hips and “Meet in the Middle” with a kiss.

Wedding Poses - Meet in the middlle

The Walk

If your venue is picturesque, a simple stroll down a path or across a field makes for beautiful images. It also gives you some extra time with your partner, just holding hands and chatting while your photographer captures authentic images of you enjoying each other.

Wedding Poses - Walk

The Dip

Nothing says romance like a dip kiss! The dip is like “The Swing” and “The Carry” in that they are dynamic poses with motion.

Wedding Poses - Dip
Wedding Poses - Dip

Drape your veil

Nothing says romance like a dip kiss! Just be sure to practice a few times before going for the shot. Your photographer can offer you guidance on the best—and safest—way to execute the perfect dip.

Wedding Poses - Drape the veil
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