Ah, the first kiss. It is an iconic part of weddings in many cultural traditions. It is also the subject of some of the best pictures that these DC wedding photographers have ever taken.
For many newlyweds, whether they are in Washington, Philadelphia or Northern Germany, their first kiss is the highlight of their wedding day. That is not a huge surprise to any Washington, DC, wedding photographer, of course! What is interesting is one of the hidden reasons why.
The first kiss is such a special moment for brides and grooms not only because it’s literally the first thing two people do as a married couple. It is not only because it is a beautiful moment that touches the hearts of all their wedding guests. It is not only because it is a manifestation of how much they love each other. It is not only because it makes for such great images. Though that does make their Washington, DC, wedding photographer quite happy, of course!
What we love as DC wedding photographers about the first kiss is the emotions that come out at that moment. And more importantly, we love how those feelings always look great on film! In our careers, we have noticed that a newly married couple’s first kiss often comes with a visible sense of relief on both their faces. As joyful as a wedding day is, it can also be a little stressful. This is especially true during the getting-ready portion of a couple’s nuptials. Brides and grooms often spend a lot of time and energy in the early part of the day attending to last-minute issues. They have to make sure every detail is perfect and prepare themselves for the ceremony. It’s fun, of course, but not necessarily relaxing!
So when the couple gets to the ceremony and exchanges their vows, it means the pressure is finally off. All the months of planning and worrying have paid off and worked out for the best. They are finally married and joined together for a lifetime. And that, of course, is the whole reason that they are there in the first place! The kiss seals that commitment and celebrates their union. It also, however, acts as a signal that the serious part of the wedding day is over and that it is time for the fun to begin.
We could tell that these lovely same-sex newlyweds felt that relief as they kissed for the first time after getting hitched. That they are ready to start enjoying their time as a married couple is evident on their faces. They had just exchanged rings and vows on East Lynn Farm’s expansive lawn and were psyched to move to the venue’s barn for the reception.
What really sets this image apart for us is how it communicates without a single word how the brides feel about one another. We love the tenderness with which one bride gently caressed the other’s cheek as they kissed. That touch was a clear nonverbal indication of how deep their love is. Having that sweet and gentle moment preserved forever meant something to them as well. It was hardly a surprise that this was one of their favorite images from the wedding.
As we have mentioned elsewhere on this site, these are the pictures that we strive to deliver every time we photograph a wedding. We aim to capture a single moment that sums up how a couple feels about each other. We want to give them a photograph that shows what has drawn them together. We want to produce an image that demonstrate to the world why they are getting married. If we do that successfully, then we feel like we have done our jobs right.
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