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CHAPTER 6 The Ceremony > Focus on What’s Important

Focus on What’s Important

Ceremonies can range from a five-minute recital of vows to a full day parade and feast. Most often, of course, they fall somewhere in between. It would be impossible to find two ceremonies that are identical in format, content, and tone. Religion, group participation, the venue, the officiant, the music, and the emotions of the couple will all contribute to the feel of the ceremony. All these elements are important to the couple and should be reflected in your images.

Ceremonial Elements

Having been to one wedding does not actually mean you have been to them all. It is crucial to understand the important ceremonial elements of the wedding you are shooting; otherwise, you could innocently make a big error.

For example, in a Jewish wedding, the bride and groom see each other prior to the wedding service in order to sign the ketubah (marriage contract). With the contract in place, the couple is technically married; the rest of the service is a customary and detail-rich embellishment of the deed already done. If you as the shooter were to show up simply for the service that the guests attend, the most important element would be lost.


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