There are few moments in the wedding more iconic than the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle. This tradition transcends many centuries and cultures carrying on today. Some people have mixed or negative feelings about this tradition, but possible significances in preceding centuries are not carried over to the significance of the act today.
Today, the moment of the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle holds many feelings. For many brides, this moment means the end of a period of the father as the ‘main man’ and the beginning of putting the other first. Some believe that tradition signifies the act of passing the responsibility of caring for the bride passes from her father to the groom. However, many fathers would argue that that duty is carried out for the entirety of his life. These and many more sentiments are possible.
However one feels about this moment, the act of the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle is one of the special moments shared by the two on the bride’s big day. With this tradition, the bride honors and brings attention to her relationship with her father in front of the onlooking wedding guests. The first man in her life walks her down the aisle to the man with whom she will spend the rest of her life. It is a moment with both of the most important men that she has in her life. One she was born to and the other she chose. No other men will ever love her as much as these two, yet in distinct ways.
This is a an ideal photography moment that any photographer worth his salt would not miss. However, there are many angles that you can capture the act as it occurs. The photographer can stand in the back of the ceremony capturing the backs of the pair walking down the aisle with guests turned toward them. The photographer can also capture the opposite effect from the altar. He can also blend in the with the crowd and get the moment from the onlooker point of view. With the availability of opportune positioning, he can also capture the full view of the scene from an aerial view.
Regardless of how you are able to capture the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle, be sure to capture the love of the father of the bride, his daughter and her groom. These are the most important factors that will hold any significance years after the wedding and hopefully for the rest of their lives.
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