Reportage Photography - The Candids

When you look back after your wedding day, you might remember the excitement and nerves you felt on your way to the ceremony venue, or the way your hands shook as you walked arm-in-arm with your dad down the aisle. You might remember how terrified you felt at the thought of getting nervous giggles as you say your vows (if you do, don't worry - people will think your shoulders are shaking with emotion, not laughter, trust me ;) ) You'll perhaps remember a few moments during the speeches when your new husband said the most romantic thing he's ever said before, or the first dance when it's just the two of you and the guests melt into the background. But there is so much more that will just escape your memory - the excitement on your bridemaids' faces when they see you in your dress, completely ready, for the first time; the way your grandmother's eyes welling with tears as you walk down the aisle; your best friend laughing during the speeches; your best man and his wife kissing during the first dance, caught up in the romance of the day. These moments are what makes the day so very special, and these are the moments I love photographing. The little moments that make the story of your day. 

I got married 11 years ago next week (4th June 2005) and I still remember vividly the thought on waking the next day, of wanting to be a fly on the wall, seeing everything that I'd missed from the day before, and wanting to re-live the day all over again. That feeling is what motivates me on your wedding day, I want to give you the photos that will make you feel like you can, at any time, re-live your day again.

90% of the photographs I take on the day of your wedding are reportage or journalistic style photography, capturing the true moments that make your day unique, and will bring back not just memories but the feelings of the day every time you look back at your photos, in the days, weeks and years to come.

These are the moments that I love most about wedding photography.

Tracy & Pete's Scottish Borders Wedding

...AKA the one that makes me cry... Wow! This wedding! I first met Tracy and Pete over a year ago, in London, when they told me about the time they booked a holiday and arrived to find they'd booked the wrong dates - by a YEAR! For some couples, this would be the source of blame and digs for years to come, but for Tracy and Pete, it's a funny story that sums up their relationship with organisation. It also sums up their relationship with each other - they laugh. A lot. In fact, I don't think I've ever photographed a wedding in which there was so much laughter. It makes the tender moments so much more tender, and I think that's why, as Pete's dad walked Tracy down the aisle, I was totally overwhelmed - and I wasn't alone, so many guests said the same thing. Tracy and Pete make the people around them feel happy, feel special, they have the amazing gift of making people comfortable and relaxed when around them, and their day was just perfect. But enough words - it's not what I'm good at! Instead, I'm going to share their day in images.

And if you want to see it set to music in a little slideshow, look no further

 

Karen-Anne and Owen's Perfect Vintage-Styled Wedding

Gaynes Park is such a fantastic venue, and being not far at all from Karen-Anne and Owen's home town, it was the perfect setting for their gorgeous wedding. I spent the morning with Karen-Anne and her friends, getting make-up tips from her amazing make-up artist Tanny and comparing Facebook friends with gorgeous hair stylist Lynnette (we know many of the same photographers!) before heading off to Gaynes Park. I didn't get to Gaynes Park at all last year, and I was amazed at the changes that have taken place - always a stunning venue, they now have fantastic guest accommodation as well. The getting ready space is so full of light, it's stunning.

And so onto the ceremony. I was so emotional - nothing gets to me as much as seeing a groom waiting at the top of the aisle for his love to walk towards him, and the emotion showed so clearly on Owen's face that I could feel the emotions in the room - it was so moving. They both smiled, giggled and laughed through their ceremony. The readings were gorgeous too - so personal, so perfect.

Karen-Anne and Owen's family and friends really made their day perfect - they were so welcoming to me and my assistant, and they were just so full of fun, of joy, of love. The speeches were heckled, the dance floor was full all night. I've said it on my Facebook page and I really mean it - weddings like this make my heart happy - this is what a wedding is about - celebrating your love, surrounded by friends and family, but wrapped up in each other. Forgetting the details, the flowers, the dress, the venue even - all of which are utterly gorgeous as you can see below  - what makes it special are the people. And Karen-Anne and Owen are the best kind of people. I know they'll be incredibly happy together. Thank you both for having me at your wedding <3

 

A Vintage Style London wedding at The Peasant Pub, London

I met Kayleigh and Steve for the first time over coffee in Lewes and immediately loved them! They are funny and engaging, they have a great connection and I knew that their wedding would be something really special. 

Kayleigh got ready at the Zetter Townhouse, one of my favourite places in London for bridal prep photos - the gorgeous light, classic setting and vintage styling suit my photography style perfectly - and her bridesmaids were so bubbly. I heard some great stories during the getting ready which I couldn't ever repeat!

From there, they walked the very short distance across the road to the Museum of the Order of St John - I hadn't photographed a wedding there previously but I fell in love with the place. It's simply stunning. After the ceremony (and the gorgeous bubble 'confetti' - a great alternative if you're not allowed confetti!), we all walked to The Peasant pub, just a 10 min walk away. One of Kayleigh and Steve's friends plays bagpipes and he lead the procession, which had a real carnival feel about it. That mood stayed all day and, as you can see from the photos, the most perfect day was had by all.