This image was captured in the church just moments before the ceremony began. I like to stay with the bride and her father during this time exactly for moments like this. It can be an emotional time as the father prepares to give his daughter away and, if she is close to him, she realizes the gravity of the moment for him. That is exactly what happened here as Sarah's father, a somewhat emotional guy who keeps it close to his chest, got very serious as they had a moment to themselves off to the side. You can see the rest of the bridal party in the background getting ready to lead the way down the aisle.
Earlier in the summer I had photographed Sarah's brother's wedding in Polebridge, Montana, so I had already photographed this family once this year. That gave me a heads up as to who was going to be emotional. Moments like this don't come along very often, but it's important to have a little background knowledge on the family so I'm prepared. As I always tell my couples, I will prioritize these 'images of feeling' over anything else that is happening. Like right now the groom is standing at the front of the aisle and the bridal party is getting ready to walk down, but I'm staying with the bride and dad because this is the type of image that completes a wedding. This is the one they will put on their walls and share between each other 30 years from now.
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