Few wedding traditions are as sacred as the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle to meet the person with whom she will spend the rest of her life. It is a symbol of her transition from his little girl to a full-grown woman, and a beautiful moment between a two people who share a special bond. Yes, it is a bit old-fashioned, a relic from the days when a woman lived with her parents until she got married and began living with her husband, but 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 generations, and 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 asked her father to escort her down the aisle towards the altar and her husband-to-be. It was a beautiful moment, but what we (and all the couple’s wedding guests) particularly loved about it was what the father of the bride did before presenting his daughter to her groom. He put his hands gently on her shoulders, pulled her a little closer and gave her a kiss on the forehead. It was a very sweet and touching gesture that underscored how much he loved her and and that communicated without words that he would always be there to protect and watch out for her. The look of joy on her face says that she will always love him and always be her little girl.
What really made this shot the sort of picture that a bride wants to print and put on her mantel was the angle from which we took it. We were standing behind the officiant and the bridesmaids when we captured the image and were able to capture the looks on both their faces from a close distance without blocking the view of the wedding guests. That we were able to do that 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, but unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. Instead, they had their nuptial ceremony in the beautiful and timelessly elegant Grand Ballroom. Spacious enough to easily seat 200 guests, the Grand Ballroom was also big enough for us, the wedding photographers, to move around and get some really great angles for our pictures. This image is an example of that. As we mentioned above, we had the freedom to go around and behind the wedding party to get unique views of the couple at the altar. Te photo also looks great because the venue has huge Venetian windows that let in plenty of natural light that is extremely flattering to the bride, groom or anyone else appearing in the wedding pictures.