Through the viewfinder, the scene gradually came into focus. The young couple were seemingly oblivious to the photographer’s intrusion during this private moment together in the midst of a busy and exciting wedding day.
The photographer wondered what they were saying to each other as he clicked off a shot, then moved to reposition himself so the sun formed a halo behind the heads of the couple.
Over the years he had heard many different conversations between brides and grooms in the period between ceremony and celebration.
For many this day is planned in the finest detail and can involve considerable expense and worry. The weather, arguments with relations, or a veil that refuses to sit right, are sometimes seen as the reasons the whole wedding day will be wrecked. So finely tuned are the strategic plans.
The photographer can tell when a couple are moved by the significance of the promises they have made to each other. The lens can easily capture a serious commitment, but requires a pose when the major concern is for the day and not the future.
Jesus must have thought marriage was important. It was at a wedding He chose to perform His first public miracle.
A wedding day is a beginning, not an end in itself. Let’s make sure we get the picture right.