One of the most important parts of any wedding is the wedding ceremony. As a San Antonio wedding photographer, Red Photo has photographed many weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portrait sessions, but there is something special about photographing a wedding ceremony. The big elaborate wedding ceremonies that we see today did not always exist. Maybe they existed amongst the aristocracy, but for the most part the average person could not afford this luxury. In many societies the wedding was a communal events which began with special quilting circles that grew into more structured events. Gift giving began with society families. They were so enamored with it that they began the traditions of photographing gift tables and the public opening of the gifts for some to be praised and others to be humiliated. The large wedding and many of its components as we know it today grew as the middle class and consumerism grew. Advertising and magazine photography help to create the modern wedding style. Wedding photography began more simply in the 1840’s as just a wedding portrait of the bride and groom and maybe one of them with their families. You can read more about the 5000 year old history of wedding here.
Being a San Antonio wedding photographer, I am usually photographing somewhere around Texas. When I am photographing a wedding I always work to get the reactions and emotions of the day. I want a photograph of the bride and her father as they enter the ceremony and walk down the aisle. I always photograph the groom’s reaction when the bride first appears at the door of the ceremony venue. As a wedding photographer I have the chance to get up close and to see the real emotions of the bride and groom on their special day. Their emotion is true emotion and this makes for memorable photographs that the bride and the groom will have forever. Of course you cannot neglect the importance of the first kiss photograph. This ritual comes from ancient times when the bride and the groom would have to consummate the wedding. The modern day remnant of that ancient consummation process is the first kiss.
I continue to be fascinated by the history and rituals of weddings. I will be exploring more on these areas in future posts.
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