Creative Documentary Wedding Photography
I met Rachel quite a few years back when doing some photots for Rock’n’Roll Bride. She is beautiful, full of style and personality and someone I have wanted to photograph for a while. When she dropped me an email to tell me she was engaged and ask if I was available to be her wedding photographer, I jumped for joy. I was excited about their wedding from the start but as we talked more about their plans, the vintage bus, the handmade dress, the family dog and the tiki bar, I knew it was going to be a good day.
Rachel greeted me with the biggest smile when I arrived and her dad did all he could to make sure I was comfortable. I think he was just as excited as Rachel to have me there photographing the wedding.
On the morning of the wedding, Rachel’s mum presented her with something borrowed. A beautiful charm bracelet which her mum has had for years. It contains all their family history, charms from all the family holidays and advenutres. To say Rachel welled up a little is an understatment and we had to try all the tricks to stop her from full blown tears, for fear of ruining the perfect eyeliner. To me, moments like that are what weddings are all about. Getting to witness and document the little moments that don’t always get seen.
Due to some traffic, Rachel was a little late for the ceremony but the only people this made nervous was the registrars. Adam stood, proud and confident whe was on her way and when she did arrive, she made a real entrance, a beautiful vintage car and a stunning vintage bride. She looked amazing and as her dad stood, watching her get out of the car, I could see the tears welling up in his eyes. He was so proud of her and in that moment I may have shed a little tear.
After the ceremony Rachel, Adam and I headied to Southend Pier for their portraits. Rachel’s family used to spend a lot time on the pier so it was the perfect place for their portrait shoot. These two braved the cold and wind for their shoot and it was totally worth it. They snuggled up together, Adam kept Rachel warm and I just let them do their thing. After their portrait session, we headed back to the B&B to carry on the celebrations. Every room was filled with laughter as family and friends came together, sinking into comfy sofas, with glasses of prosecco in hand. I always say at weddings that its the people that have a real effect on the celebrations and this wedding was no exception. There was such warmth and love in each of the little rooms and it was wonderful to watch the older generation, pick and corner and just tlak the night away. Stories were told, memories were shared and marriage advice was given. It was wonderful to watch and document and was a little reminder of why I love my job so much!
‘The photos are amazing. We’re quite overwhelmed! You captured the day so perfectly it was like being there again as we went through them. You are in the perfect profession. Thankyou so much for everything.’
I’d love to hear all about your plans and get to you know you guys.