So….. We've photographed the pre-wedding preparations, the rings, the flowers, the arrival of the guests, the arrival of the bride – it's now time for the main event………. the wedding ceremony itself.
This is a very important time for the bride and groom. Months of planning will have gone into this moment. The bride and groom turn to each to exchange their vows – and BANG…… off goes a flash gun on the camera of the photographer stood just a few feet away. It completely ruins the romance of the moment. So….. we stay quite a distance away when we photograph during a ceremony and never use flash. (This does mean we have to use some very expensive cameras and lenses, as wedding venues are often dark, but it is worth it – and vicars, priests and registrars approve of our 'at a distance' approach as much as the wedding couple)
This doesn't mean that we can't get some great photographs – just that we have to use our great skill and expertise to achieve that from a distance and without intrusion.
After the ceremony and signing of the register the crowd are on their feet applauding as the new husband and wife exit the ceremony. This is a proud moment for the family of the happy couple and so we leave the bride, groom and close family to greet their guests as they leave the ceremony (none of the guests will have had chance to speak to the bride until this moment).
After everyone has met the bride and groom we set up a 'confetti' shot if required – the bride and groom being covered by thousands of pieces of coloured rice paper! This makes a fantastic photograph.
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