The Bride and Groom kiss, and they exit the building, or go hide behind something if its outdoors, and you follow them. Right? Those moments right after being officially married are some sweet ones for sure. And, I do think they should be captured if possible! Sometimes lighting or actual space can hinder the quality, but I do think either the main shooter, or the 2nd shooter should follow the couple. Most of the time, I send the 2nd shooter. I stay behind and photograph the recessional. Why? Because I love being able to offer my clients images of sweet moments throughout their day that they didn’t necessarily see in person. Some of those moments happen during the recessional. Mothers of the Bride and Groom are traditionally escorted in by a Groomsmen or Brother of the Bride or Groom. But, on the way out? They are escorted by their spouse or another important family member.
Some of my favorite images of wedding day are ones of the Bride and Groom walking back down the aisle after the ceremony. There is such joy, shock, relief, and wonder in those moments. There are similar emotions coming from the people that walk out after them, especially the parents! I LOVE capturing these moments during the recessional. I also love knowing that my clients will love them. Who doesn’t want fun, loving, and candid images of their parents on their wedding day?! Even better, ones that they didn’t get to witness themselves!
I’ve written about this kind of attitude before, but we cannot forget the family that surrounds the couple on wedding day. Take pictures of them. Engage in conversation with them. Say goodnight and thank you to them at the end of the night. Of course, the day is about the union of the Bride and Groom, but its also about their family and friends joining them in their journey. We have a wonderful opportunity as photographers to provide images of these emotions and parts of the day. Don’t miss those moments!
**P.S. Thank you so much for your sweet comments and words of encouragement on my Dry Spell post! I appreciate them more than you know!**