There is nothing like a phenomenal photography session that portrays the love that you and your groom have for each other. Looking for some fresh inspiration for an upcoming shoot? Here we cover the hottest wedding photo trends of the past year.

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1. A Posture of Prayer – Last year a photograph of US Marine Josh Curtis and his bride Bre praying together before a ceremony went viral, and for good reason. The photo did what all great photos do, it stirred up the emotions of those who viewed it, and captured a moment in time that the couple will forever remember. For those who choose to involve God as the foundation of their marriage, shots of couples, bridesmaids, and groomsmen praying together before or during the ceremony are more than just great photos, they serve as reminders of how sacred the couples' vows are, and that they are never alone in anything that their marriage may face. So we give the place of the #1 photo trend of 2013-2014 to the ‘posture of prayer’.

2. Photo Booths – What better way to capture all of the emotions of the day than with a photo booth at your wedding? Let your guests pose in their own fun, creative ways, and give them an instant copy of their own memoir of the day while you keep a copy of your own. This is a fun low – stress solution that you can even ask a friend or family member to oversee – no professionals required!

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 3. Disposable Cameras – Put a  disposable camera or two at every reception table, and let the  guests snap away and capture any moments that your professional  photographer may miss, but beware! You never know what you will  get out of this one, so it is for the brave of heart! When it is all said  and done, you end up with a fun random set of shots to look through  when you get back from your honeymoon. Also, make sure that  your guests know what the cameras are for, and leave a basket at  the exit for them to drop off the camera as they leave the reception.
 4. Vintage Themes – The vintage look is making a big comeback  in weddings. Many couples are returning to churches, in particular older churches that hold a certain amount of ‘yesteryear’ in their structure and character. Some other settings of vintage style photos include fields or wooded areas, and vintage automobiles. Many vintage shots are finished off as black and whites, or focus on soft, neutral colors. The fun thing about vintage is that you can add your own twist whether it is vintage city, vintage country, roaring 20’s wedding or 1960’s vintage mod. We all love looking at those photos of grandmother and grandfather in their younger years – it reminds many of us of a time when marriage had no other option but to last. I suspect that for many couples, placing themselves in a setting of the ‘good old days’ reinforces their dedication to each other and somehow transports them to a time and place where humble beginnings were made to last.

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5. Washing of Feet – Many ceremonies are now including a portion where the bride and groom wash each other’s feet. It is the ultimate expression of serving each other, which is exactly what a strong marriage is about. Capturing this moment on film is becoming a popular way for couples to remember that marriage is about taking care of each other, no matter what that may entail.

Wedding photography shown here by L Newell Photography.

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