Once upon a time weddings were all about tradition but lately that seems to be fading, and I actually think it's a great thing! Couples are more and more making their wedding day about them and what they want to do. Gone are the days of having to follow in your parent's footsteps and participate in the wedding formalities of their generation. Don't get me wrong, some brides still find wedding day traditions romantic and sentimental and I think that is so sweet! However, things are definitely shifting in the wedding world. Here a few fading traditions that I often run into to:
Seeing each other for the first time as the bride is walking down the aisle.
This tradition is still holding on the strongest out of all of them I think, but first looks are quickly taking over. This one tradition in particular is one couples have very strong feelings about. They know exactly when and where they want this moment to happen. When I was a bride ten years ago I had never even heard of a first look and I wouldn't have even considered it. As a wedding photographer today, I always try to encourage my clients to have a first look whenever possible. I am never pushy about it and ALWAYS respect their choice because it's their day and not mine. The thing with a first look is that you still have that moment of seeing each other for the first time, but it's in a private setting without all eyes on you. You know how a lot of guys have that thing where they don't want other people to see them cry? When it's just the two of you, you're both more free to really let your feelings roll. Another bonus is that it gives you more time for portraits, which I'm always a fan of ;)
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