I have a mantra, ‘Your Wedding, Your Way’ to remind newly engaged couples that these days you can totally re-invent the modern wedding, rip up the rule book and throw traditions out the window. Anything goes, you’re in control and you really don’t have to ‘do weddings’ like everyone else does…
"Most couples really think through every element to ensure they and their guests have a memorable day."
As a wedding photographer, what I really like to see are the details that make the wedding stand out for me, so that ten years down the line I can fondly recall the really special moments that made the wedding day even more of a privilege to photograph.
There’s been a definite trend away from the formal and structured day, less of the posed, more of the reportage; and most couples really think through every element to ensure they and their guests have a memorable day.
So in no particular order I give you some recent examples of really well-thought through details from weddings that took place in Camden in 2016:
This was a cute moment when a Dad was asked to sew something into his daughter’s bridal dress using blue thread (‘something blue’):
A bridesmaid – who also happens to be a rather talented florist - added a special silver heart to the bride’s bouquet:
I loved these personalised coat hangers for the bridesmaids - all six of them + flower girl and page boy, all lined up in a row (glad the curtain rail was strong enough!):
Not only did little Louis look super sweet in his three-piece suit, he also sported a “ Daddy here comes Mummy” love heart sign when he walked up the aisle to give Daddy the rings…
One romantic Groom-to-be organised for a Gospel Choir to sing to his girlfriend to ask for her hand in marriage. Two years later, with the Bride having said a resounding yes, the same choir came back to help punctuate the Grooms incredible speech with songs for his wife, friends and family.
The First Dance is sometimes nerve-wracking, sometimes just a quick symbolic twirling hug in front of the guests, but one couple left not a dry eye in the house after their first dance. Dancing to "God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts was lovely enough, but then the Bride danced with Dad to "I Loved Her First" by Heartland, followed by the Groom dancing with his Mum to " Because You Loved Me" Celine Dion. Still brings a tear to my eye…I defy anyone to not be moved!
One couple provided flip flops for their guests so there was no excuse not to party deep into the night!
And to finish, one couple specifically wanted their departure photographed. At 1am we lined up their (hard core) guests along the stairwell, photographed all the kisses and goodbyes and even followed the couple back home to take a carry over the threshold photo!
From Sam Lane Photography