Nerves – One Of Our Favourites
As we’ve been photographing weddings together as a team since we first started, we have always tried to accommodate ‘groom preps’ as much as possible. To us, there is no reason why the groom’s morning should not be photographed in the same way as that of the bride. It adds extra dimension to the coverage of the day and the results are nearly always worth it.
Kathryn and Andrew’s wedding was in August 2014 and held at St Nicholas’ Church in Codsall with the reception at Pendrell Hall. Andrew and several of his groomsmen got ready at his family home nearby and Sarah was there to document the proceedings.
Covering the groom preparations isn’t just a case of getting pictures of ties and cuff links being fastened. Although men on the whole tend to be a bit more reserved than the ladies, given the opportunity there is often much capture in the hours before the wedding service.
This picture was one of many that Sarah took which illustrate how nervous Andrew was prior to the church service. It’s an understandable reaction and one we see quite often but in this case the groom really was very nervous indeed!
Sarah’s capture here is discreet. By keeping a bit of distance, she’s allowed the moment to play out without interference and also taken in the context of the surroundings (the family home). Also, by keeping the focus on the men’s backs rather than their faces in the mirror, the real subject of the picture is maintained. You can still see the expressions, but they are secondary compared to the reassuring hug from the groom’s friend.
This is a very simple image but one which works extremely well within the context of the morning coverage. It’s a very real moment and if we had to pick out just one picture to convey Andrew’s morning, this would probably be it. I’m glad to mention though, that the wedding went perfectly and following the service he was much more relaxed!
The full blog post for Kathryn and Andrew’s wedding can be seen at: