We have already looked at how the special relationships of the father of the bride, father of the groom and the grandparents of both the bride and the groom deserve some devoted camera time. Today, we move to the important relationship between the mother of the bride and her daughter. The mother of the bride can prepare her daughter for her wedding day and impending marriage like no one else. A mother knows her daughter’s flaws, tendencies, hopes, insecurities and fears most intimately. She has watched her daughter flourish into the person that she is today longer than any other woman. Most importantly, she loves the bride more than any other woman will. A mother’s love is hard, if not impossible, to match. All of these reasons and more make it imperative to capture the mother of the bride alone with her daughter bride on the big day.
As we said before, it is a great idea to capture the very special moment of the ‘first look’ of the father of the bride. It is equally important to capture the ‘first look’ of the mother of the bride. Unlike the father of the bride who will most likely appear to walk his daughter down the aisle, the mother of the bride will be with the bride most of the day. The mother of the bride may help her daughter get ready or simply get ready beside her. This gives many opportunities to capture on camera the mother of the bride passing down sage advise, something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue. She may also help her daughter during integral moments such as putting on her veil, shoes, sash or buttoning her wedding dress. Like the father of the bride, though, it is imperative to capture the ‘first look’ of the mother of the bride once the bride’s ensemble is complete. Unlike the father of the bride, the mother of bride will likely have helped get the bride achieve her look by providing accessories or a helping hand on the day of the wedding.
Capturing the mother of the bride with her daughter involves capturing many momentous things in one photo. You capture the paramount relationship between a mother and a daughter on one of the most important days of their lives. You also capture the beginnings of a new generation of the family lineage beginning with this marriage. For these reasons and more, it is wise to devote some deserved camera time to the mother of the bride and her daughter on this special day.
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the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony
the first dance