The scene may be fiction, but the emotion behind it is real. Throughout the wedding day, parents and their children walk a delicate line between past and future. Letting go is never easy, but it can make for dramatic photographs full of heart. Through experience and instinct, wedding photojournalists capture tender moments many bridal couples typically don’t see, giving them windows into the hearts of the people they love.
As our WPJA member photographers have mentioned, at some point during the wedding day the parents are suddenly hit with the realization that their children are grown up and beginning lives of their own. Sometimes this moment occurs after the father walks the bride down the aisle, sometimes during the parents’ dance, and oftentimes it’s immediately after the ceremony. Either way, these moments are full of different, raw emotions and make for wonderful photos.