Traditionally a wedding day is perceived as being predominantly the bride’s day. Generally, grooms tend to prefer to take a less prominent role during the day as a whole, insisting on less fuss. It’s also worth remembering that these are important moments at the beginning of the groom’s wedding day that the bride will never otherwise see.
A bride likes to see how her groom’s day began and it’s wonderful for the couple to be able to sit together after the wedding and reminisce about their thoughts, emotions and actions during those crucial pre-wedding moments.
The bride and groom have quite different perspectives on – and approaches to – their wedding day and it’s probably during the getting ready stage that the differences are most apparent.
Many grooms believe the getting ready stage is all about the bride and her preparations. And, whether to limit the prominence of their role, due to reticence or simply because they feel they are less interesting photo-fodder, grooms often opt not to capture ‘getting ready’ photographs.
While there is a tendency to think that the boys’ preparations are less ceremonial and therefore less photographable, this is absolutely untrue – both the bride and the groom have pre-ceremony rituals and they’re equally camera-worthy!
In terms of wedding attire a groom has a variety of options, whether he chooses a traditional morning suit, a tuxedo, an elegant suit, or something more casual or unusual. Jackets, trousers, waistcoats, ties and bowties, suspenders and pocket squares, cufflinks, jewelry, socks and footwear are all means for the groom to express his personal style and place his own unique stamp on the day through his chosen wedding outfit.
Aside from the groom’s attire, there can be lots of other wonderful details to capture such as perfume and grooming gear, buttonholes , gifts for groomsmen and family members, a gift or letter from the bride, cards and gifts from family and friends, cigars, unusual ties, an many other special elements that pertain to the day.
Capturing the groom’s preparations can be a roller coaster ride, and you never know what may happen, but one thing is certain, the mix of emotion, anticipation and fun makes for priceless moments and fabulous photographs. And we are there, cameras at the ready, and let the story unfold!
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Just some of the wonderful Groom getting ready shots we love to capture are:
- Suits hanging up
- Perfume, grooming gear, accessories
- Shoe putting on
- Getting suited up
- Cufflinks and watches
- Pinning on the buttonholes
- Last mirror checks
- Male bonding