Olivia and Tyler – A Reveal Moment at Minus 15 C

Traditionally, the bride and groom do not see each other until the bride walks down the aisle. However, many couples are choosing to have a private reveal moment before the wedding ceremony. I love it because it relieves nervousness even if, like Olivia and Tyler, it happens at -15 C ( for my US audience that is 5 F).


Many traditionalists say it is bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony on the day of the wedding. Certainly, I’ve seen grooms have their breath taken away at the sight of his bride as she enters the venue. Often both of them are brought to tears as the pent up nerves release. There have been those brides and grooms who are sobbing messes, even before I utter a word.

To avoid this situation, there are more couples are who opting for a first look or reveal moment before the wedding ceremony. Sometimes it happens fairly early when pictures are being taken during the afternoon. Others like Olivia and Tyler have the moment just before the ceremony.

The wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Nepean Sailing Club. All the boats are out of the water as the crisp snow glistened on a sunny cold January Saturday. It was -15 C as Tyler stood outside waiting for her with his back to the clubhouse.

I looked at the icy walkway. Seeing that Olivia had high heels on, I escorted her on my arm to her groom. I didn’t want the moment to be ruined with her falling.

And there it was… she reached out tenderly for Tyler, he turned, they both smiled and shared a tender kiss. A moment to remember for eternity. I love witnessing these because that is when I see the true love between a couple.


After a few more pictures, I walked Olivia back inside. Tyler had his corsage put on by his mum with Olivia overlooking. I lined everyone up… went to the front and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Olivia and Tyler’s wedding…” and it was perfect.