Coverage starts with the bridal party preparations. Now before you recoil in horror at the thought of a photographer being there while you are getting ready, just go with me on this one. We’re only talking about the last bit of preparations (about an hour and half) – this is generally the fun bit where everyone is putting finishing touches to hair and make up and getting all dressed up and ready to go. I won’t be there first thing in the morning when you get out of the shower. I just mix in with you girls – I can help out with doing up fiddly necklaces and shoe buckles, fetching and carrying, providing advice and reassurance where required, and generally joining in the fun. But I do it all with a camera in my hand and capture the story unfolding. I am not scary at all. I promise. That said, if you really don’t want coverage of this time, it’s not obligatory.
Then I leave the girls alone and shoot off to meet the boys at the ceremony venue, to capture guest arrivals, and of course be waiting for the arrival of the bridal party. I capture the ceremony as it happens (well obviously) and then any photography you would like at your reception – a mix of formal groups, traditional shots, reportage / candid photography of your guests having a great time and a little time alone with the two of you to get some great pictures of you as a couple. We finish off with a ‘fake the cake’ shot just before your wedding breakfast is due to begin, where we pose and stage the cake cutting. Then I leave you be to enjoy the rest of your day without me (sniffle).