Like the technology of photography itself, the practice of wedding photography has evolved and grown since the invention of the photographic art form in 1826. In fact, an early photograph, recorded some 14 years after the fact, may be a recreation for the camera of the 1840 wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert.
However, in the early days of photography, most couples of more humble means did not hire a photographer to record the actual wedding itself. Until the later half of the 19th century, most people didn't pose for formal wedding photos during the wedding. Rather, they might pose for a formal photo in their best clothes before or after a wedding. In the late 1860s, more couples started posing in their wedding clothes or sometimes hired a photographer to come to the wedding venue.
Here is a good mix of different types of wedding images to get those creative juices flowing. You might find an idea for your wedding photo in these example.
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