The Sweetest Moment Of Any Wedding Day

Photo: Courtesy of Annie McElwain.
There are so many benefits to capturing a first look — when the betrothed see each other before the ceremony — that it has pretty much become standard in wedding photography. I prefer a subtle, not overly-choreographed first look, with only the couple shot in an area that's as private as possible. 

I’ve found people tend not to react as honestly when they feel they are being watched. The groom is usually positioned first, set up to look away from where the bride will be entering the room. In this case, I loved the white wall at Ojai Valley Inn, which provided a clean, neutral background. Click on to see the sweet moment for yourself.      
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I told Jen, the bride, that she could do anything she wanted to get his attention.
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The anticipation is so sweet.
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I love how he’s smiling before he even sees her.
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He knows she's there now...
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Just a second after he sees Jen, he gets emotional; the raw beauty of that moment is captured perfectly here.
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After another moment, Jen gets emotional, too.
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This may be the moment when all nerves about the day disappear.
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After a few lovely words are exchanged, Jay ends the moment with a kiss (which, of course, you can’t do if your first look is when one of you is walking down the aisle!).
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