If there’s one thing that can make or break a wedding, it’s the photographer you choose. After all, you can spend a fortune on flowers or a dress, but if they end up being immortalized in cheesy lighting or a bad angle, all you’ll have left to remember them by is a set of unflattering pictures. In order to avoid any photo regrets, we’ve rounded up a list of some of our very favorite wedding photographers working today. A number of those featured have shot weddings highlighted on Over The Moon, and all of them are amongst the best names in the business—so, remember to leave plenty of time for booking!
When Prince Yoel, the great-grandson of the last emperor of Ethiopia, married in Maryland last fall, he and his bride turned to Ayodeji to shoot their special day. (The wedding may ring a bell, considering that it was covered in The New York Times, Vogue, and Over The Moon.) So if you want a royalty-worthy set of wedding photographs, or just happen to be engaged and living in the D.C. area, look no further.
Barlow was most recently a part of the four person photo team that shot Serena Williams’ fairytale wedding to Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans. But if star power like that isn’t enough to convince you that she’s the dream photographer for you, just take a look at Barlow & Co.’s stunning portfolio.
James Christianson and Otto Schulze
For this duo, their love of photography is matched only by their appreciation for travel. Christianson and Schulze each honed their eye with years of global exploration—a talent they now bring to their wedding photography work. If you do decide to book them, Christianson and Schulze can either send an individual photographer or a full team to your big day.
Nathan Coe is the photographer that wedding stylist Cynthia Cook Smith turned to for her wedding weekend. In other words, you won’t get a better endorsement than that. The icing on the cake? He’s also willing to travel, as the wedding of Smith’s sister in Italy shows.
Cuneo’s wedding photography has been featured by a number of outlets, including Over The Moon. And it’s really no wonder, considering she holds a Masters in Fine Art Photography from the prestigious Savannah College of Art & Design. Trust Cuneo with your wedding if you are looking for beautiful and joyful photographs.
If you’re getting married in Philadelphia, Sarah DiCicco should be your go-to woman. DiCicco is a veteran photographer in the City of Brotherly Love, and has an easy-going temperament to prove it. She’s also willing to travel throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, specifically to New York, New Jersey, Washington, Delaware, and Maryland.
John Dolan is as experienced as a wedding photographer can get. He’s all about the stolen moments that make beautiful pictures and his work has a fine art feel. Back in the mid-nineties, he even founded the “I’m Proud to Be a Wedding Photographer Club.” Since then, he’s shot a number of celebrity affairs, including the weddings of Kate Bosworth and former Martha Stewart Weddings Editor in Chief, Darcy Miller. So if you do decide to book Dolan, rest assured, you’ll be in good hands.
If you’re a big wedding fan, you may just recognize a nuptial or two while taking a look at Sarah Falugo’s website—like Je t’aime Tarlo, the chateau-set destination wedding of Chanel Dror. Falugo captured golden rays of sunlight on Dror’s dress that day, as well as guests partying late into the night. And while she may be based in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, if you reserve her for your own destination wedding, have no doubt that she’ll go the distance for you.
Southern belles and beaus, look no further for your wedding photographer. Gattuso, who specializes in weddings, engagements, and lifestyle shoots, has been in the business since 1997. Want to see some of her work? Click your way through this recent New Orleans affair.
This photographer shot one of our all-time favorite weddings ever and should be the go-to if you’re planning a wedding in Mexico. His vibrant, cinematic images are beautiful, and he has an uncanny ability to capture the emotion of the day.
Olivia Rae James
Based in Charleston, S.C., Olivia Rae James’s photos capture the raw beauty in real moments. Her photos just feel really authentic—and while she is willing to travel for jobs, her images also often seem to depict the essence of the Lowcountry, which we love.
Based in San Francisco, Ken Mendoza takes stunning photographs of couples who get married at City Hall. Yes, it helps that San Francisco happens to have a beautiful and historic building to call it’s municipal and legal home, but Mendoza’s excellent understanding of light clearly also goes a long way.
Kate Upton’s Italian nuptials were one of the most gorgeous weddings of 2017. But the fall florals were made all the more spectacular thanks to KT Merry, who captured the couple’s happy day on film. Ready to book Merry for your own special day? You’re in luck since Upton’s La Dolce Vita wedding in Tuscany proves she’s up for traveling anywhere.
Joe Mikos, who works with two additional photographers, has a knack for capturing couples in their happiest moments. If you need to get a sense of his eye, look through this gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard-set wedding he shot last year.
Donna Newman is based out of New York and Florida, but is available to travel as need-be. She’s known for photographing countless celebrity weddings, including the nuptials of Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo. To see some of her more recent work, take a look at this idyllic farm-set wedding in Connecticut.
Taveras’s business goes by the name Sincerely, Emelia—a fitting choice, given Taveras’s take on a couple’s big day. Taveras goes above and beyond when it comes to emotional support and therefore has an uncanny ability to nab that great shot.
Another member of the incredible team behind Serena Williams’s fairytale wedding, Zepeda has repeatedly been named one of the best wedding photographers working in the U.S. by a variety of outlets. Our first hand experience there with him completely solidified his stellar reputation in our eyes.