Your wedding photography
Congratulations on your engagement, welcome to the world of wedding planning!
Weddings are a unique experience and whilst there is a tradition to a wedding or civil ceremony that is required by law, there are so many other aspects of the day that can be completely tailored to reflect your personalities.
I have seen grooms take their vows in flip flops, brides with five pairs of shoes, brides with three dresses (not the same as the bride with five pairs of shoes!), bare foot brides, red bridal gowns, kilts, castles, barns, manor houses, royal palaces, beeches, ostrich feather bouquets, bouquets made from personal pieces of jewellery, horse and carriage, sports cars, helicopters, Henry the VIII master of ceremonies, fairground carousels, ghost tours and plenty more. Suffice to say that if I had a standard photography style, all my wonderfully unique couples would have the same photographs.
Please see below my approach to your wedding photography on your special day.
From the moment we exchange our first e-mail or phone call, it will be all about understanding you and your wedding day, from your wedding venue, guide times for your day, flowers, style of dress, number guests etc. These details and stories help me understand you as a couple and how best I can document your day.
I include an engagement session with all of my wedding collections. These are a perfect opportunity to take some relaxed, fun professional pictures and get to know each other prior to your wedding day. Popular locations for engagement sessions are central London and quiet beeches. However you may have a favourite place special to you, maybe where he or she proposed, where you first met or just somewhere you enjoy visiting.
One week before your wedding day I will contact you to answer any final questions and help settle any last minute nerves.
Your Wedding Day
I will arrive for your bridal preparations, photographing the finishing touches of make-up and hair, the details of your wedding gown and accessories and document the excitement and anticipation of your bridesmaids and wedding party. This is a great part of the day to photograph, there are so many emotions which leads to great storytelling pictures.
I usually leave the bride 30 minutes before the ceremony to find the groom for some relaxed pictures with him and his grooms men. During this time I photograph the ceremony venue and details, and the arrival of guests. Some of the best groomsmen pictures are taken during this time, usually nervous laughter and teasing from his groomsmen.
Your choice of wedding ceremony will define on the kind of photography suitable for your wedding day. I always ensure that care is taken to photograph your ceremony in a respectful and unobtrusive manner. While some churches prohibit photography during the ceremony, there are others who are happy for a limited number of photographs to be taken. It is advisable to clarify your church’s preference prior to the wedding. With civil ceremonies, photography is usually allowed, providing it is carried out in an unobtrusive manner.
I use the time straight after your wedding ceremony for documenting the natural love and interactions between you and your guests as they come to congratulate the new Mr & Mrs. This is also a great time for confetti (please check beforehand if this is allowed at your wedding venue). If married at a church, some couples like to have a few bride and groom pictures here with their parents.
How I photograph the remainder of the wedding celebrations depends greatly on you. Some couples prefer formal group shots and are happy to take 10-15 minutes for some relaxed bride and groom pictures. Other couples opt for an unposed wedding, with all photographs taken in a pure documentary style, photographing their wedding day as it unfolds with little or no prompting toward formality. It’s your day, your choice; I am there to photograph your day in the style that best suits you.
The wedding speeches are an amazing part of the celebrations. The wedding meal is over, your guests have enjoyed the food and drink supplied and are ready to be entertained. Listening to stories of much loved children growing up, fathers (and sometimes mothers) of the bride sharing their precious memories, a slightly nervous groom who inevitably finishes his speech with a few tears in his eyes, through to the usually humorous and slightly risque anecdotes provided by the nest man. Each one of these speeches resulting in a range of emotions just waiting to be photographed.
The day after your wedding I will create “sneak peek” of your wedding photographs for you to view before you head off on your honeymoon. Your reaming images are usually delivered via a Digital Download link within 4 weeks of your wedding day. Your Digital Download can be shared and downloaded by family friends an unlimited amount of times and can be viewed on a desk top, laptop, tablet and smart phones and smart TV’s. Once downloaded you can print at your leisure.
I sincerely believe a wedding album is not just a memory of your wedding day, it’s a small piece of family history to be treasured. I offer luxury wedding albums supplied by Folio Fine Art. These albums are hand printed onto smooth fine art papers, with soft leather covers in a range of beautiful colours.