I often hear comments about many wedding albums being stuffed full of photographs of the bride and groom, the flowers, table decorations and little else. Often, looking at many wedding photographer’s portfolios there is a proliferation of bride a groom shots, signing the register shots, standing by the car shots and cutting the cake shots etc etc etc. All of these hark back to the wedding photography tradition of last century when these key moments were posed, photographed and became one of the stock wedding images. Very rarely do you see photographs of the wedding guests and even more rarely photographs in the church of anything other than the couple saying their vows.This seems to me to be a great shame because the wedding ceremony itself can be a rich opportunity for interesting storytelling images and the front pew is often where most of the drama occurs!!
I have included a few of my favourite front pew images below prompted by a rather lovely moment at Ellena and James’s wedding last Saturday. Ellena and James got married in the same church as Ellena’s parents and, during the sermon, the priest handed Ellena’s parents a surprise copy of their marriage certificate. The image is in the selection below.