Three weeks ago my cousin Victoria got married in one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve ever been to, and I’m not being biased because she’s family. I wasn’t the official photographer for the wedding but that didn’t stop me taking my camera and clicking away. I still regard some of these as portfolio work and I hope you enjoy them.
The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. I’ve never been to a church ceremony before so I was very excited!! Unfortunately we were not allowed to take images of the ceremony itself. This is the first wedding I have been to where I couldn’t take images of the actual ceremony itself. Dan had to pry the camera out of my hands. It felt odd not taking images and creating memories for the couple, they had soo many cute moments which are now lost because I (nor the photographer) could document it. I hope the photographer recreated the service so at least they have some form of memory, I mean that’s what they usually do, or that’s what I would’ve done. Regardless, the service was beautiful, the choir sang beautifully and there was many tears…mostly from the groom.
I loved and I mean I LOVED the reception!! I’ve never felt so chilled in my life!! Every table was covered with wasabi peas, sweets as well as crisps (which I didn’t eat, so proud). Everybody was sitting around chatting while the bride and groom and immediate family went to Park Howard to take the official wedding images. They had a sweet stand which was adorable!! They had cola bottles and bon bons and flying saucers. Once I filled my tummy with some snacky snacks I was ordered into the dining area to take images of the cake.
Well well well and who baked and created this fantastic, beautiful piece that would Mary Berry proud? Well…my mother of course!! My mother is one hell of a baker and Victoria asked her if she could make her wedding cake, which, of course my mother was more than happy to do. Isn’t it an awesome bride and groom topper?! It was made personally for Victoria and Neil and it’s the cutest thing ever!! Neil is a massive cycling lover and they both own a cat!!
As you all know I LOVE my food and the food at this wedding was perfect!! They were safe yet good choices. For starters we had Tomato and Basil soup, a favourite with everyone. Of course bread roll was provided too!! We had a mini Sunday dinner for the main course, always a firm favourite and for dessert; profiteroles! You can’t go wrong with profiteroles.
The speech that really stood out for me was the father of the bride speech which I should’ve taken images of since the photographer disappeared and never returned (who has ever heard of a photographer who leaves before the speeches honest to God). The father of the bride’s speech was off the cuff, he didn’t want to write it before the wedding as he wanted it to come from the heart. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
The First Dance
I was asked to photograph the first dance since the hired photographer was leaving before the first dance began ( something I still can’t really believe to be honest). The lighting was just right and there was quite a bit of light. The first dance for me is always the trickiest part of the wedding to photograph since there is constant movement and some images get really blurry so it is, whether digital of film a hit and miss. I tend to cross my fingers and hope for the best.
I’m really happy with how some of the images turned out. You can definitely see how much they both love each other and that emotion is what I aim to show in my photography. I don’t mind the staged images such as the official wedding images but I personally feel that candid images are ten times better since they genuine emotion.
All in all, a lovely lovely day and I’m glad I attended I got to be a part of it.
If any of you like my images or believe you know a way I could improve please don’t hesitate to comment below, I’m always looking for ways to improve my wedding photography.