As an experienced wedding photographer one learns to look for certain moments that occur fairly much at each wedding. These tend to happen wherever the wedding is, whoever the couple are and fairly much irrespective of what sort of wedding they are having. One of my personal favourite moments is just before the bride is about to walk up the aisle and she takes the arm of her father. Now it could be because I am the father to two girls myself (I will potentailly be a snivelling wreck if they get married and I give them away!) but I always find this moment extremely moving. There is always a glance between bride and father, a smile or a tear – sometimes this is just as they link arms or sometimes before or after but, more often than not, it happens and makes a great photograph.
The image below is one of my particular favourites. It was heavy snow and very cold outside, the church and churchyard were beautiful and I remember the bride having to arrive by Land Rover as the church was at the bottom of a very slippery hill. When we went into the service the sun was setting and the church was extremely full and extremely warm! This type of situation presents numerous challenges for the photographer not least that as soon as I brought the camera in from the cold outside the lens steamed up! However, working with a “cold camera” and a “warm camera” I managed to get this lovely moment – I particularly like the way that the shape of the bride and her father is echoed by the bridesmaids behind. For me that lifts the image from being good to rather special!