God is focal in weddings. Marriage is a religious institution dating back to the beginning of civilization. Although societies have changed greatly over the past millennia the importance and prominence of marriage has perdured. Even now newlywed husbands and wives invoke God’s blessing over their union and the rest of their lives together while at the altar. Friends and family offer prayers and blessings for the couple and their future family in toasts and conversations. The bride and groom pray for courage to steady their nerves before the wedding. The pastor or priest presiding over the ceremony anoints the marriage in his final steps before declaring the man and woman to be husband and wife.
God is befittingly everywhere in a wedding. Devotion to Him and adoration of Him can be found in many areas of the wedding ceremony and reception. When photographing the wedding, you will want to capture each of the important components. For most, faith is deservedly paramount. There are many ways to capture the role of faith in weddings. Many brides and grooms pray alone or with their wedding party, parents or close ones before the ceremony. Some make covenants with God as part of their wedding vows. The pastor or priest often lead all of the wedding guests in a prayer before the ceremony and the meal at the wedding reception. Guests quote Bible verses in toasts.
Each of these moments are heartfelt appeals to the highest power for courage, love, devotion, happiness, peace and prosperity. They bring groups of people together. Because Mathew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them”, these are powerful moments that are worth capturing on camera. Nothing shows the love of the wedding guests for the couple like groups of them praying the future of their marriage and family.
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the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony
the first dance