Tradition states that the bride and groom should not see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day. This tradition holds true here in Mid-MO : we have only covered 3 weddings out of over 15 where the bride and groom saw each other before the ceremony. Two of these in particular actually worked out quite well, with the bride and groom being fully dressed for the ceremony and not seeing each other until they arrived at the ceremony location, though still several hours before the ceremony.
One of these was Omair and Christine. Summer followed Christine around that morning, taking pictures of her getting her hair done and getting dressed, while I took some background shots at the ceremony location. Omair arrived, and we were able to take some formal shots of him and his groomsmen while Christine relaxed for a little while.
When we were done with the guys, we moved outside and placed the two on sides of one of the corners of the building. They gradually moved closer and closer to the corner, eventually holding hands. We had them cover their eyes, turn around the corner and face each other, and then open their eyes. We were able to capture a very touching moment of love between these two, and they were able to relax and enjoy some time together. After the reveal, we took pictures of the couple outside, as well as some individual pictures of Christine with Omair looking on.
Our job as your photographer is to give you the pictures you want and to respect your wishes. We respect those who want to not see each other until the ceremony, and will gladly set up a reveal shot if you choose to see each other early. If you do choose to go that route, not only can we get some very touching pictures, but from what we have heard from our clients who wen this route is that they found it to be very stress relieving and special.
I did say we had two recent couples that tried this and it worked out great for them – I will follow up shortly with more about our next couple, Laura and Keith.