Church wedding ceremonies have a certain gravitas to them, perhaps even sentimentality as some couples choose the ceremony at the specific church that is dear to their heart – a place perhaps they attended since childhood. We’ve had brides who dreamed of getting married since little girls in the church that they are now taking the sacred vows. There is certainly a more rigid formality with indoor church ceremonies than with ceremonies outside – an organ for the wedding march of the bride and her father; opening prayer; worship song or hymn; lighting of the unity candle; Communion – married couple’s very first act; closing prayer. Of course, indoor or outdoor weddings may have a lot in common, whether religious or not: seating of the parents and grandparents; bridal processional with the walking of the groomsmen, bridesmaids, and flower girls and ring bearers; wedding march of the father and bride; opening remarks; giving away of the bride; the pledge and wedding vows; exchanging of the rings; the kiss; presentation of the couple; recessional.
Indoor church wedding ceremonies can be a challenge to photograph. These spaces are usually dark with high ceilings, and may be further challenged by the requirement to not use flash. The fact that these are moments that happen only once (ie, first kiss) make this even more difficult.