Photographing the various stages of a wedding (part 2)
2.Waiting for the Bride to arrive
3.The Arrival of the Bride
4. The Ceremony
5.The Church/Ceremony Exit
6. Portraits of the Bride & Groom
8. The End of the Party
2. Photographing the wait for the Bride to arrive
From the house, hotels or other locations where the bride and groom get ready, we then head to the ceremony location. Whether a religious or civil rite or simply a symbolic ritual, the ceremony is one of the most special moments, and one often full of tension and nerves.
As a rule, the groom arrives at the ceremony location before everyone else, in order to welcome the guests as they arrive. The bride, on the other hand, makes everyone wait. This wait, which is not always planned or deliberate, serves to increase the sensation of suspense, excitement and anticipation, typical of the beginning of a big event.
In my opinion, it is both good manners and good taste for a bride not to arrive too late and as a rule, a delay of about 20 minutes is considered acceptable. Even though I have photographed weddings where the bride was more than an hour late, I believe this isn’t particularly elegant and shows little respect for the guests. Everyone awaiting the bride’s arrival reacts differently to her lateness. Some people joke, some are tense, some ‘break the ice’ by chatting with other guests they haven’t seen for a long time or haven’t met before. Photographs of the groom anxiously awaiting the arrival of the bride in the church or other venue that has been chosen to celebrate the wedding are absolutely not to be missed!
3. Photographing the Bride’s arrival
Whether by bridal car, horse and cart or helicopter, the bride’s arrival is the culminating moment of a wedding day. The long awaited moment where emotions and adrenaline are at their highest. This is a moment that should be carefully planned. A wedding photographer is often delegated the task of coordinating and making sure that everyone and everything is in place for the arrival of the bride. This is that moment when having a wedding coordinator or a wedding planner is very useful.
In the absence of a wedding planner, it always falls to the photographers to coordinate everything. I would also say that, if a large part of a wedding can be easily photographed by one person, this is perhaps the only time where the presence of a second photographer is almost essential. Having a second photographer at this time gives you the ability to shoot from different perspectives and from different angles. It is possible to take pictures from inside and outside the structure, take wide angle overarching shots to capture both the context and the general atmosphere while also concentrating on small details.
Photographing the bride walking towards the groom, usually accompanied by her father or the person she considers dearest, is, without doubt, absolutely the most important wedding photograph. All eyes will be on the bride’s dress, and, especially if it has a train, it is the main focus of the photographs. This is that moment when you can photograph the guests, whose eyes are full of emotion. Equally important is the ‘delivery’ of the bride to the groom by her companion. Here, too, having a second photographer makes the job a lot less stressful, making it possible to have two different views and perspectives of this special moment.
published on 28 Gennaio 2013 by Gianni
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