Your Wedding Day
To have and to hold, from this day forward…
An early start
Christina (my wife and second shooter) will have started shooting the first images, the ‘establishing’ shots of the venue inside and out and the setting up; the florist putting the finishing touches to all the displays, the table decorations, the detail shots.
I then find my bride and start to capture all of those wonderful ‘bridal prep’ moments – we need lots of time for these!
Then comes a key moment, when a father sees her daughter for the first time as a bride. It is a moment filled with emotions that only a picture can convey. It is also a very close and personal moment and one where the presence of a photographer should not be sensed in the picture, so I choose my position with care. Capturing these moments is one of the greatest pleasures of my job!
Groom prep is a good example of when a second shooter is invaluable: I can give all my attention to the bride as she prepares and Christina is able to focus on the boys. Moments come and go in the blink of an eye and that is why two pairs of eyes are better than one!
The ebb and flow of emotion in a couple’s expressions is something I’m always looking for, in fact it would not be an exaggeration to say that I notice an inner radiance between the bride and groom as they focus entirely on each other. At the same time, I’m capturing the reactions of family and friends as is Christina who also captures the newly-weds walking back down the aisle.
Confetti & Drinks Reception
Of all the thousands of images taken throughout your day, the confetti (or bubbles or rice) shot is probably the one that captures most, the joy, the relief, the love and the style not only of the couple, but also of the guests. Did you know, for example, that certain types of petal float in the air longer than others (thanks @shropshirepetals!)? Or that confetti colours can be accurately matched to the bridal party’s colour scheme to compliment the bride and groom in the confetti shot? I love detail!
The drinks reception gives me the chance to properly mingle amongst your guests catching those great images of happiness and celebration. As before, with two photographers we can capture more of these lovely guest moments.
The formal photographs (often requested but never compulsory!) still have great relevance and I for one enjoy taking them. These images are great for framing and parents and grandparents always love them. Christina’s help is invaluable as she rounds up a stray uncle or the page boys who are trying to start the bridal car…
Wedding Breakfast & Cake Cutting
One of the most eagerly anticipated (and most worried over) moments of a wedding day must be the speeches, being a time of emotion and also much laughter. For a photographer this is a great opportunity to capture everyone’s reactions. As a bit of a romantic, it’s hard not to get swept up in the speeches – but sadly I must focus not on what is being said but on how that makes you and your guests react.
You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned the breakfast itself – because who likes to be photographed eating! There is one exception to that rule; the wedding cake… Cutting the cake is a bit of a ritual and can have its moments, but the anticipation of a mouthful of cake being offered to your newly-wed is most tempting to a photographer…!
Once the cake cutting is over I will want to whisk you off for some ‘couple’ shots. Again these are not compulsory, will feel very natural plus they are fun and it gives me a chance to capture you both looking super-stunning in the setting of your venue. I promise not to keep you from your guests for a moment longer than is necessary!
Into the Evening
The day moves into the night and all too soon into treasured memories. I try to tell your story just as you imagined it and perhaps to add a little extra magic too, so that when you look back on the images on screen and in an album you don’t so much see it as it was, but feel it as it was.
You were magnificent…
I have the proof!