Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bad Luck to See the Bride?

We've all heard the wedding day superstition that it's bad luck to see the bride before she walks down the aisle. Did you ever wonder where the superstition came from? Years ago, marriages were often arranged and the bride and groom had never met. The bride was still considered to be her father's "property", hence the "giving away" aspect of the wedding. Many grooms would leave at the first sight of the bride! Because of this, both bride and groom were separated until the ceremony.  The sheer and delicate veil that modern brides wear today was a heavier, yellow material that neither the groom or even the bride could see through. The bride's face wouldn't be revealed until she was already at the altar and the nuptials were complete. 

Today, couples have adopted a spin on the age old tradition. The "First Look" as photographers call it, is a private moment for the Bride and Groom before the ceremony. This time together helps relieve pre-wedding jitters but remains an exciting and anticipated moment for the couple. Despite traditional beliefs about it's bad luck, opting to see each other before the ceremony is ultimately a magical and very emotional moment. One that should be captured on film or in photographs. Photographers favor the idea of the "First Look" because it allows them to capture the essence of the day and the majority of the couples' portraits. 


Some might ask if the dramatic entrance of the bride at the ceremony will be compromised, considering the groom has already seen the bride. Absolutely not! If anything it is enhanced and swells with emotion. Nothing can take away from a bride's climatic entrance into a chapel, father on one arm, proceeding down the aisle to the man she will spend the rest of her life with. The processional is always a special time for the groom especially. I find that every wedding I attend I catch myself doing the same thing repeatedly. The doors open and everyone stands to gaze at the beautiful bride coming down the aisle. I, however, turn to glance at the groom. It's his face that will show the most expression and I give credit to any photographer who remembers to snap that photograph at a wedding. 

**Are you considering a "First Look" for your wedding day? Tell us about it!

               The Emily Weddings Team

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