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. If it is an element that you and your intended plan to include in your marriage celebration, you will undoubtedly love how the moment looks on film.
For newlyweds who do choose to make it a part of their ceremony, the first kiss is also often 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 can be such a special moment for you and your future spouse not only because it is literally the first thing the two of you do as a married couple. It is not only because it is a beautiful moment that touches the hearts of all your wedding guests. It is not only because it is a manifestation of how much you love each other. It is not only because it makes for such great images. Though that will make you quite happy when you see them!
No, what really sets a first kiss apart are the emotions that come out at that moment. In our careers as DC wedding photographers, 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 your nuptials. You will likely spend a lot of time and energy in the early part of the day attending to last-minute issues. You will have to make sure every detail is perfect and prepare yourselves for the ceremony. It is fun, of course, but not necessarily relaxing!
So when you and your intended get to the ceremony and exchange your vows, it means the pressure is finally off. All the months of planning and worrying have paid off and worked out for the best. You are finally married and joined together for a lifetime. And that, of course, is the whole reason that you are there in the first place! The kiss seals that commitment and celebrates your 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 to you when we photograph a wedding. We aim to capture a single moment that sums up how you and your future spouse feel about each other. We want to give you at least one photograph that shows what has drawn you together. We want to produce an image that demonstrates to the world why you are getting married. If we do that successfully, then we feel like we have done our jobs right. And we are sure that you will bet happy with the results.
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