Here is a sneak at the wedding still to be posted. These images are from their First Look, which I LOVE when my couples do this!! Not all of them do, but I think that more and more are starting to do it this way and that old tradition is slowly slipping away. Or am I just hoping??!
I have heard that the only reason couples did not see each other before the ceremony was because back in the days of pre arranged marriages, they did not want the groom to have a chance to call it off before he saw who was selected for him!! I don’t think we have prearranged marriages anymore, so that is not a worry any more.
Here are some reasons again, why I love to have my couples see each other beforehand:
No, it is not like they are running around chatting, seeing each other while doing hair/makeup or whatever. It is a very special, SET UP time, when both are ready! We will bring the groom to a pre-determined spot, could be the ceremony location, so you can still have the “walking down the aisle” experience, or any spot at the venue.
Here she chose to have him at the bottom of the stairs:
He then turned around and Ta-Da there is his beautiful bride for the first time on their wedding day coming down the stairs!
So much emotion during this short private time with me on the sidelines and just the two of them! You would not be able to do this during the ceremony. Sharing a few minutes without any guests, not worrying about tripping as you walk nervously down the aisle, or smiling just right for the camera, trying not to cry too much, etc. And I will tell you, from the amount of times I have had couples seeing each other before hand, there is still PLENTY of emotions from both the couple and the guests as the bride walks down the aisle! Some couples feel that if they see each other before, they will be missing out on something, but my couples have said, that they still feel that great emotion, because it is still her walking up to become his wife!
After they have seen each other, it is a huge stress relief and they can relax and share time together as we wander around the grounds capturing images of just the two of them before the bridal party joins in.