Project Description

My one-and-only wedding shoot

I’ve never really had the urge to shoot weddings.

The thought of shepherding dozens of half-cut wedding guests into photos they don’t really wanna be in is my idea of hell on earth.

But when I was asked if I’d be the unofficial second shooter at the wedding of close friends, I thought I’d give it a go. All of the fun of shooting candid portraits without the stress of being the sole photographer.

My brief was dead simple: shadow the groom and tell his pre-ceremony story.

I started at the family home, and arrived just as the speeches were being mentally rehearsed.

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…as the groom’s proud father did his best to wind them both up.

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A few incidentals to set the scene.

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And then it was time to get ready. Ties can be tricky, so it’s best to concentrate.

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Inevitably, the champagne soon started flowing.

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An alcohol-soaked theme soon developed. A bit of Dutch courage?

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And, because I don’t do formal portraits, this happened.

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Although I can do nice if needed.

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All was going swimmingly, so we had time to time to sneak in another quick pint or two before the ceremony began.

I wanted to get an informal shot of the groomsmen, and found a great backdrop in the pub.

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11.53am – seven minutes till blast-off. Let’s do this.

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And so to the ceremony. I kept my head down and let the main man do his thang, but did manage to get a few shots in.

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And here they are: the happy couple.

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And finally, my favourite shots from the day.

Firstly, the obligatory confetti shot.

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I saw the mischievous twinkle in the eye of the bride’s father’s, realised he was up to something, and managed to catch this triptych.

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The best man and guests reflected in the groom’s shades. And some booze, naturally.

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And finally, because old habits die hard and all that, I couldn’t resist a couple of shots of the Roller.

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What a day.