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Wedding Vendors: Wedding Pictures Before the Ceremony?

Q.

My fiance and I have decided to take wedding photographs before the wedding ceremony so that we can have proper lighting. The obvious problem is that we will have to see each other before the wedding -- and I really wanted to have that great moment when my groom sees me for the first time walking down the wedding aisle. Any suggestion for how to get around this?

A.

There are many advantages to having photos taken before your actual wedding ceremony. For one, your makeup will be perfectly fresh, your guests will not be kept waiting after the ceremony to see you (and you are able to party with them sooner!), and, as you mentioned, the lighting will be better. Many couples are choosing to do things this way for these reasons. Being the romantic that you are, perhaps you can plan a special moment or two when you and your groom see each other for the first time privately just before the photos. This can be your own personal "first sighting" of each other, and may be even more special since you won't have hundreds of eyes watching. Also, remember that the moment you do actually see each other as you are about to walk down the aisle will be magical no matter how many times you see each other beforehand -- we promise.

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