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The time has come for your wedding ceremony to begin. The music is playing, your bridal party has made their entrance and now you stand there with your father (or brother, mother, or other significant person in your life) ready to walk down the aisle. Butterflies might be fluttering in your stomach...from nerves, excitement, or both.
Every ceremony I have ever photographed is different. Sometimes the bridal party walks in together. Other times the bridesmaids and groomsman make their own entrances. It isn't always the father walking the Bride down the aisle. The vows aren't always the same. The Minister or Justice of the Peace never say quite the same thing. Sometimes there are unity candle ceremonies and other times there are rope tying ceremonies. It really all depends on what is important to the Bride and Groom on their special day. How they share their love and commit themselves to one another is entirely unique to them. Your photographer should be ready and able to photograph all of those unique moments of your ceremony. The photographer should be able to capture the tears and the laughter of the bridal party as you and your significant other take your vows.
Keep in mind, some vendors do not allow the photographer to move around, use a flash, or even shoot during the ceremony.
If you can, have someone record the ceremony. It will all feel like such a blur later on and no one wants to forget the little details of their wedding. But, it's a lot to take in and there are a lot of eyes focused on you. It's difficult to remember every little thing. What will stand out is the memory of holding your partner's hand and feeling reassured that you are truly loved.