They feature the classic white bridal gown and church-based ceremony, as well as a reception filled with speeches, toasts and dancing. The final single days of the bride and groom are marked by merrymaking with their friends before the tradition of preparing separately for the wedding day itself.
While in some Christian weddings the couple will wait until the ceremony to see one another, in others they will opt for a first look session to get their first peek and enjoy this emotion-filled moment in privacy. Elements of old English weddings are still incorporated into some modern-day Christian celebrations, which often draw on a range of influences to create a wedding day that reflects the couple’s individual style and religious traditions.
Steeped in old English traditions that have been fused with modern-day celebrations, Christian weddings are one of the most popular ways that new couples decide to unite.
In Christian weddings, the bride traditionally wears a white dress that symbolizes her clean heart and the righteousness of Christ, as described in Revelation 19:7-8. She also wears a veil as a sign of modesty and symbolic of the temple veil that was torn in two during Christ’s crucifixion on the cross. In most Christian wedding ceremonies, the veil is removed by the groom to allow the couple direct contact with one another as they exchange vows in their House of God.
Some brides also opt to honor the Old English wedding tradition of "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” and will incorporate each of these four things into her wedding attire as good luck charms. Often they are given by female family members to the bride, although she can select them herself. Something old represents continuity and family traditions; something new heralds in optimism for your married life; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; and something blue is representative of love and purity.
A Christian ceremony usually begins with the groom sending a car to pick up his bride and deliver her to the church where he waits at the altar. On the arm of her father, she walks down the aisle to be welcomed at the altar and given away to her groom.
The proceedings that follow differ between Christian religions but normally involve a sermon from the priest describing the sanctity of marriage and the role of the wedding guests in observing and supporting the couple’s union. The vows will then be read, either by the priest or the couple themselves (in the case of personalized vows), after which the priest will then unite them in holy matrimony as the couple exchange rings. Numerous prayers, hymns and readings also take place throughout the ceremony, with close family members and friends playing a prominent role.
After the priest announces that the couple are now “husband and wife”, the marriage is normally sealed with a kiss before the couple makes their recessional walk back down the aisle. The marriage register is also signed, either at the altar or after the ceremony has taken place.
After the formalities of the Christian wedding ceremony, the reception is a time to celebrate with feasting, drinking and dancing. A couple will traditionally make a grand entrance into their reception to be welcomed by their wedding guests before toasts and speeches from those closest to them.
A couple will usually perform their first dance to a sentimental song and this is then followed by the parental dances as the bride and her father take to the dance floor, followed by the groom and his mom. The cake cutting ceremony is another integral part of Christian wedding receptions, with the couple making a champagne toast, then feeding one another a bite of their wedding cake.
Other Christian wedding reception traditions include the bouquet toss as the bride throws her bouquet to a groom of awaiting women, with the one who catches it believed to be the next to get married. At some weddings, the groom will playfully remove the bride’s garter and toss this to a group of men in a similar fashion.
After the formalities have taken place, the reception continues into the night with open dancing as the couple and their wedding guests celebrate together before flying off on a honeymoon!
• From the getting ready sessions to the religious rituals and stunning reception details, we love the classic elegance of Christian weddings and the opportunity to capture this through beautiful photography.
• We know that the elements you decide to incorporate into your Christian wedding are a reflection of your beliefs and family traditions, making your special day a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
• We love all the sentimental moments of Christian weddings and special exchanges between the couple and their parents, particularly when incorporating family heirlooms and father-daughter first looks.
• Whether you’re opting for a whimsical garden wedding or exchanging vows in your family church, we love that the style and ambiance of a Christian wedding can perfectly reflect the couple.
We know that Christian weddings can be large events or intimate celebrations, so we can easily tailor a team of photographers to capture it in the style and manner you desire.
We always have a meeting with our bridal couples before their wedding to ensure we understand all of the elements included in their Christian wedding plans and are ready to photograph them through gorgeous imagery.
From the special moments with your mom and bridesmaids while getting ready to the reactions of your groom as you walk down the aisle, we know that Christian weddings are filled with emotion and will ensure we’re in the right place at the right time to capture each and every moment.
We understand the time (and money) you’ve invested in your wedding dress and details, as well as any sentimental elements in your bridal attire, and are equipped with high-end lenses to capture them evocatively during your getting ready.
Our high-quality camera equipment and state-of-the-art lighting techniques are also ideal for photographing in dimly-lit church environments, ensuring we capture each and every ritual beautifully.
We understand that some Christian churches have strict rules when it comes to photography and will not only respect them, but also come equipped with zoom lenses to capture all the moments of your ceremony from afar.
• If you’re having a church wedding ceremony, make sure you check on their photography rules and relay this to your photographer so they can plan ahead if there are restrictions on where they can and can’t go.
• Some churches have rooms designated for the bride and groom to get ready but we highly recommend you consider the space and lighting available, as this will affect the quality of your getting ready photos. If the space is small and dark, perhaps consider getting ready at a nearby hotel if photography is a high priority.
• Even if you’re having an intimate Christian wedding, we highly recommend you hire a wedding planner to take care of all the logistical details, ensuring everything runs as smoothly as possible so you can enjoy each and every moment.
• If photography is important to you, make sure you schedule in plenty of time during your wedding day for portraits and family formals, as well as letting family clearly know where they need to be and when so portrait sessions don’t get delayed.
• Make sure you convey to your wedding photographer all of the traditional elements you have planned throughout your Christian wedding. This will ensure they can be in the right place at the right time to capture them from the best vantage possible.