Focus on… magical moments before and after your wedding ceremony

Hello again! I have a question for you today: when you imagine your wedding day, is it the moments before or after the ceremony which give you that amazingly tingly feeling of excitement?

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Magical moments – my favourite image from dozens submitted by UK wedding photographers. The final moments for a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids, minutes before the wedding ceremony. The photograph captures the anticipation felt by all the girls. Photo credit Martin Hambleton

I can only imagine the excitement and nerves as you both arrive at your venue and prepare, knowing there’s moments to go… but it must be amazing to look forward to the ‘kiss the bride’ moment, or to walking back down the aisle hand in hand and grinning at your guests…

Here are my favourite 10 wedding photos capturing those magical moments before and after your wedding ceremony…


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Magical moments – the bride’s excitement is pain to see. Guests smile and admire the dress; Dad’s arm is strong for her to hold and we all watch over the groom’s shoulder. Photo credit Phil Drinkwater

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I love this image because it’s different: a bride and her flower girl make their way to the ceremony. Sharing something this special is what it’s all about, and neither the bride or her little girl will ever forget their moment together today. Photo credit Martin Hambleton

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This wedding photograph captures the solemnity and nerves of the moment as a bride walks into the church with her Dad. They’re moments away from the groom as he waits, and both are feeling in awe of the occasion. A beautiful moment, once again shared by Martin Hambleton

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Magical moments – after the ceremony. Guests applaud, the bride grins, the groom smiles shyly but as if he is just about keeping a lid on how hugely happy he’s feeling! I love this! Photo credit Neale James

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Magical moments – a very clear and straight to the point signal of triumph from the groom! All the nerves of the day so far turn into delight as you join hands and walk down the aisle as man and wife – this is fab. Photo credit Neale James

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I find myself smiling every time I look at this image – it’s happiness, and relief, and love all rolled into one. The bride and groom’s smiles as they turn and see their guests celebrating with them are magical. Photo credit Martin Beddall (mcbweddings)

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Another image of a bride and groom within moments of getting married – the bride’s delight as she sees a friend in church; the groom’s smile to a friend on the other side of the aisle; the guest with an iPhone capturing her own photograph of the happy couple… I love this! Photo credit Emma Billsborough

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Magical moments – in this image it’s the expressions you see at first, and then the hands… there’s a definite “yay” from the bride, a huge grin from the groom, and hands held tightly with the last few nerves from the build up to the wedding just slipping away. Love it! Photo credit Simon Hudspeth

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Magical moments after a wedding ceremony. The excitement and love is plain for all to see – and nothing beats a little touch of foreheads… this is so romantic! Photo credit Steven Carter Hewson

This is the third episode of my ‘Focus On’ series of wedding blog posts. I really want to show that wedding blogs aren’t all about quirky, vintage details. As a blogger I love the romance and magical moments of a wedding day as much as I do the special touches you create to personalise your wedding. Today, English Wedding Blog is all about the magical moments before and after your wedding ceremony.

Imagine those last few seconds with your Dad and your bridesmaids outside your church or ceremony room, straightening your dress and arranging your veil, or taking deep breaths as the door opens for you…

Imagine waiting for her at the front of the room, with all of your guests behind you, eyes on you. The whisper of sound as everyone turns to see your bride, and your heart in your mouth as the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen begins her walk down the aisle towards you…

And within a matter of minutes you’re married. Together forever, rings on fingers and sealing the moment with a kiss. You turn together to applause and happy smiles from all of your guests – close family at the front, friends and relatives lining the aisle… and ready to celebrate with you. A moment of triumph and purest happiness. What could be better?

You’ll get to see the venue styling and decor later. For now, it’s time to focus on the magical moments that really make a wedding. Because it’s all about the love, the friendship, and the moments that count.

With thanks to these lovely wedding photographers for sharing such fabulous images which captured the special moments:

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Sara
    8 years ago

    This is a brillant post. The love and romance is really the main event at any wedding! Have a good Christmas xx

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