In a world full of wedding blogs, Pinterest and bridal magazines, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and consumed by the “prettiness” of the event. While details do matter and planning is necessary, it’s important to never lose sight of the real purpose of this amazing day.
The music is playing, the room is filled with the people you love, the bridal party is lining up, and you’re about to walk down the aisle to the love of your life where you will freely and wholeheartedly join your lives to one another before God.
Pope Francis summed it up when he said, “Marriage is the most beautiful thing that God has created. The Bible tells us that God created man and woman, created them in his own image (cfr Gen1:27). That is to say, the man and woman who become one flesh, are the image of God.” This is as true for YOUR marriage as it is for marriage as a whole.
Plan in 30 minutes of “out of sight” time into the timeline that is a break from pictures with you prior to the ceremony.
We do this for several reasons:
Our first objective is to capture your wedding ceremony with the utmost reverence for the liturgy! Each church as their own unique set of restrictions that they ask photographers and videographers to follow, and we happily oblige! Please obtain a copy of these and send it for us to review!
If there are certain pictures that you’ve seen and hope to recreate on your own day, they may or may not be possible during the mass based on the church’s guidelines. While we always want to honor your requests, be sure to read through the list of restrictions for your specific church and ask us about any concerns you have so we can explain what kind of impact it might have on your wedding images.
Full Catholic nuptial wedding masses are upwards of 75 minutes. These ceremonies always run longer than a traditional Sunday mass due to the addition of the vows, the length of the homily, the number of guests receiving communion, and other elements that take place during the service.
The Rite of Marriage (without a mass) often lasts closer to 30-45 minutes since it takes place outside of the mass and is composed of the procession, readings and gospel, homily, vows, prayers of the faithful, nuptial blessing, first kiss, and recessional.
Extraordinary Form weddings (traditional latin mass) can run upwards of 90 minutes with the vows happening outside of the mass. Confirm with your celebrant and wedding coordinator to get a more updated estimate based on the form you’re choosing.
These optional traditions are a way to infuse additional elements of your faith or culture into the liturgy.
When the celebrant introduces you as husband and wife and you go in for your first kiss as newlyweds, our advice is to go BIG with it!!
Savor that sweet moment as the claps and cheers from your loved ones fill the church in their excitement for you.
Our favorite first kiss moments include:
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