Meeting with future spouses prior to their nuptials is an important part of a Washington, DC, wedding photographer’s job. Chatting with the couple before the marriage celebration is doubly critical for documentary DC wedding photographers like us. That is because we focus so heavily on capturing the most important moments that happen on a wedding day. To ensure that we do not miss anything significant, we have extensive discussions with brides and grooms about their plans. Ideally, we want to know what is happening at their wedding down to the minute. That way, we will be ready with our cameras anytime something significant occurs.
Our wedding and engagement photography services are the main topic of conversation with these brides and grooms, of course. But as these fiancés discuss their photo coverage needs, we also hear a lot about things unrelated to photography. Spouses-to-be tell us a lot about the Washington-area location they have picked. The brides also talk about which makeup artist they will use and where they bought their wedding dress. The grooms sometimes discuss any pre-wedding plans they have with their groomsmen.
The complete schedule for their marriage celebrations is often not fully formed when they first start talking to their Washington, DC, wedding photographer. For that reason, many brides and grooms will ask us for our opinion about some element or another. One question that arises a lot is whether spouses-to-be should do a first look before the wedding ceremony. Our answer is always yes, provided that the schedule of the day allows for it. The first time a groom or bride sees his/her bride in a wedding dress is always a lovely moment. It is a source of some of the most genuine and beautiful emotions that we are able to capture on film. First look photographs are frequently among those newlyweds value the most when they look through their wedding album years later.
We also recommend that Washington-area spouses-to-be do a first look for another reason. As DC wedding photographers, we have seen and photographed a lot of couples tying the knot. We have also become very familiar with the ebb and flow of a wedding day. Unfortunately, a bride’s or a groom’s time on the day of their marriage is not entirely their own. There are so many details to attend to and friends/relatives to greet. As a result, the two people getting married often have very few chances to enjoy one another’s company. During the first look, however, they usually have some time alone. That makes it a great thing to have on a wedding-day schedule. The first look gives future brides and grooms a few minutes to enjoy being by themselves. They can take a deep breath and relax. They can also whisper a few words of love and encouragement to their beloved before heading to the altar together.
We took this picture of a lovely couple enjoying their first look before their traditional Indian matrimonial ceremony. Their wedding was at the William F. Bolger Center in the Maryland portion of suburban Washington, DC. After the groom finished getting ready, he went out to the wedding venue’s expansive lawn and waited for his bride under a shady tree. His bride came out a few minutes later, dressed in a vibrant red Indian wedding sari. She walked down the hill and slowly crept up behind him. Her groom could hear her and his anticipation grew with every step. The bride-to-be finally got close enough that he could feel her presence. She then tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around, saw her for the first time and gaped in delight at how beautiful she looked. They smiled at each other and embraced. And we captured that moment on film and created a memory that will last forever.
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