Twelve days of christmas | Day One

The Wedding Ceremony

I have decided to take a little look at some of my favourite parts of the weddings I have photographed this year and thought why not do one for each of the twelve days of Christmas :)

Despite the many other fun and moving parts of a wedding, the wedding ceremony is the reason for everything so it seems like the best place to start. It is also the most dramatic and most moving part of the day, I have seen even the most relaxed and unflappable bride become nervous in those moments before the wedding ceremony, and learnt that not all grooms are tear proof either, one of my favourite images being of Jonathan at Maunsel House.

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I love to shoot the ceremony from the front, while trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. The subtle looks I get to capture between the bride & groom are worth it; I loved all the smiles between Laura & Alan at Colehayes Park.

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I always start in the middle, trying to switch between bride and groom as the procession moves down the aisle, before moving to the groom’s side to make sure I get a good shot of the ceremony with the bride in clear view. amazing wedding photographer

If I get the chance I will nip over the other side to grab some with the groom in full view. It’s touching little moments I love to capture like the one below between Berry & Roberto in their ceremony in a castle in Naples, Italy, and I love this image of James & Jo’s wedding at Bailbrook House in Bath, as James encapsulates calm and confident sophistication.

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When the ceremony is over I will go to the other end of the aisle to get a beautiful image of the newlyweds exiting.

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It’s easy to think all ceremonies are the same, but I remember my wedding ceremony as its own unique, special event and I try to see everyone’s ceremony in that same light. I don’t care how many times I have heard 1st Corinthians 13 or “The Lovely Love Story” by Edward Monkton, if it means something to the bride & groom it shines through, and this mixed with the nerves and excitement always makes for great photographs.

1 Corinthians 13