Few wedding traditions are as sacred as the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle. It can be a symbol of her transition from his little girl to an independent, full-grown woman. It is often also a beautiful moment between a two people who share a special bond.
Yes, the custom is a bit old-fashioned. Many see it as a relic from the days when a woman lived with her parents until she got married and began living with her husband. But as many a Washington, DC, wedding photographer can tell you, it is a tradition that endures. Even the most modern of brides often still like to have their dad walk them down the aisle. The special relationship between a father and a daughter is something that is eternal and transcends societal changes. So the ritual can be a lovely way to recognize the importance of that bond. And at a very minimum, this ritual gives a bride and her dad few one last chance to share some time together before the exchange of vows.
The bride in this image obviously wanted the tradition to be part of her Washington marriage celebrations. She asked her father to escort her down the aisle towards the altar to her husband-to-be. It was a beautiful moment — one that these DC wedding photographers loved!
But there was one element of it that the couple’s wedding guests found particularly moving. It was something the father of the bride did before presenting his daughter to her groom. He put his hands gently on her shoulders, pulled her closer and gave her a kiss on the forehead. It was a very sweet and touching gesture. It underscored how much he loved her. It communicated without words that he would always be there to protect and watch out for her. The look of joy on her face was also the perfect nonverbal response. It told him that she will always love him and always be her little girl. The resulting image was one that any bride would want to grace her mantel. It would also make any Washington, DC, wedding photographer proud to have taken it.
What really made this shot that sort of picture was the angle from which we took it. We were standing behind the officiant and the bridesmaids when we captured the image. That allowed us to capture the looks on both their faces from a close distance. At the same time, the wedding guests still had a clear view of the proceedings. They were not distracted by the presence of a Washington, DC, wedding photographer. That we were able to accomplish all this was thanks to the excellent venue where the marriage celebrations were held.
The bride and groom in this photo tied the knot at Raspberry Plain Manor in Leesburg, Virginia. They had originally wanted to get married outside on the venue’s lovely lawns. Sadly, the weather did not cooperate. The sky over Northern Virginia that day was gray and rainy. So instead, they had their nuptial ceremony in the venue’s beautiful and timelessly elegant Grand Ballroom. That part of Raspberry Plain Manor is spacious enough to easily seat 200 guests. It was also big enough for the couple’s DC wedding photographers to get some really great angles for our pictures. This image is an example of the results of that freedom of movement. As we mentioned above, we had the ability to go around and behind the wedding party. That gave us unique views of the couple at the altar.
The photos we took of the wedding ceremony also look great because the venue has huge Venetian windows. The latter let in plenty of natural light. As long as said light is not too direct or harsh, it is extremely flattering to the bride, groom or anyone else appearing in the wedding pictures.
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