Church Wedding Photos

Church Wedding Photos

– Julie Oswin

 

Church Wedding Photos – Signing the Register

Capture the moment, not set it up!

As a photographer, I prefer to capture the signing of the Register as naturally as possible as it creates a more natural and believable image of the wedding day. As opposed to the ‘staged’ photograph of the signing of the Register.

This picture featured this week (above) is of the bride signing one of three marriage registration documents, completely off-the-cuff, natural photograph.

The image below, however, is of the Bride & Groom and a ‘staged’ wedding shot of the couple pretending to sign the Register with a false pen and a blank page.   Permission to photograph the signing of the registers is at the discretion of the Church or the Superintendent Registrar.  

As a professional photographer, you must always adhere to their instruction and wishes. Try not to sneak a quick snap. If a ‘staged’ photograph is requested by the Vicar or Superintendent Registrar, then this takes place after the official signing, or in some Churches after the wedding ceremony has been completed.  But, keep it as natural and ‘believeable‘ as possible. 

‘Staged’ signing shot
Signing Register
Barn Owl
Ring Bearer
Group Photographs
Can be fun

Weddings in the Rain

Weddings in the Rain

– Julie Oswin

 

Weddings in the rain!

 

Does it rain on a Wedding Day?

Yes, unfortunately, it does, and often!

After months of planning, there is nothing you can do about the British weather when the heavens open and the rain pours down. It always comes as a bit of a shock to everyone. But, as photographers we still create images of the day for you, capturing the memories, the tears, and the laughter. 

Many years later you will look back on your wedding photographs and share so many memories of the day with your children, family, and friends. The memories are what makes a wedding day so unique not the weather.  Don’t let the rain spoil your day, embrace it and enjoy what your wedding day is all about, marrying your best friend! 

This particular image always makes me smile when I look at it. I ran across the grass to capture the couple’s journey from the ceremony to the drinks reception, the torrential rain and wind were just awful but what makes this image come together is the best man. At first glance, you only see a couple of people in this picture, but actually, there are four. The groom, gallantly holding tight to the umbrella keeping the rain and wind off the bride’s face, the bridesmaid keeping the wedding dress off the floor as they take cover under one umbrella!  Then there is the best man, who is walking casually alongside the bride with one hand in his pocket and one hand on his umbrella. Priceless!

 

 

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Natural
Gifts for Bridesmaids
Gift Bags
Gorgeous Bridesmads
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Family Weddings

Family Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

Family Weddings

As a photographer, I am accustomed to capturing life events such as a wedding; creating a snapshot of a moment frozen in time. I am privileged to photograph not only the weddings but many of my couples’ babies, anniversaries, those ‘big’ birthdays and I am pretty sure,  that with time,  I will shoot some of the children’s weddings too!

This image of the Bride and her Gran was taken outside St Andrews Church, Prestwold in August. It is one of my all-time favourite photographs that I have taken in my career as a wedding photographer. I just love this image and the emotion of a very proud Gran. 

An image is about capturing expression and emotion, and this picture has it all.

Photography today has changed so much and is looked at today as something totally digital, something anyone can do.   The digital images are stored in the ‘cloud’ and are pictures that have been captured on a tablet or mobile phone,  rarely,  if at all,  printed or mounted into albums. Many images, in fact, millions are lost when hard drives break or computers crash. We should all try and print some of our pictures, frame a few cherished family members and put our favourite prints in a keepsake box. Just holding a photograph in your hands is rather magical and wow does it give a powerful trigger to our memories. Try it. But, don’t forget to pop the date on the back and where the image was taken!

 

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Hug from Gran
Place Cards
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Bride and her Gran
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Bride and Groom

Bride & Groom

– Julie Oswin

 

Bride & Groom

September is such a magical time of the year with the colour of the trees just starting to turn.   A captured moment of the bride and groom sitting quietly in the warm September sunshine.

This is a ‘time out’ moment during the wedding day that I feel all couples should take.  Just grabbing a few minutes together to catch up, talk about the last 24 hours, how nervous they were during the ceremony, and how excited they are and even better to share a glass of bubbly too!

 

Autumn Flowers
Details
Couple
Quiet Moment
Bride & Bridemaids
Autumn Wedding

Norwood Park Photographs

Norwood Park Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

Norwood Park Weddings

One of the images I particularly like to take at a wedding is a location photograph.  It captures the couple and their guests within the frame, but it does depend on the couple taking that little bit of direction from me of where I want them to walk.  And, more importantly for the couple to remember to walk in that direction!

This is a moment on a couple’s wedding day that captures their day, their venue and their guests as if the camera is looking through a window.

Image taken at Norwood Park, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

A great shot for the wall and album too!

 

 

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Signing Register
Confetti
Thank You Cards
Group Photographs
Can be fun

Prestwold Hall Weddings

Prestwold Hall Weddings

– Julie Oswin

Prestwold Hall Weddings

The morning of the wedding day and the excitement for the day is contagious particularly in the bride’s home.  A very special time for the bride and her Mother and not forgetting the bridesmaids.   To be honest, it can sometimes be pandemonium or completely calm; this is one part of the wedding day that you can never tell is going to happen.  Dad’s, on the other hand, just don’t know what to do with so many women in the house, so they tend to keep out of the way,  make lots of tea, wash the pots even though they have a dishwasher and some decide to dig the garden!

The photograph captures the bride peeping around the curtain catching a  glimpse of the wedding car as it arrived to take her and her Dad to Prestwold Hall for her wedding.  I particularly love the simplicity, and yet the elegance of a bride all dressed and ready to go to her wedding.

 

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Little Bridesmaids
Confetti & Champagne
Prestwold Hall
New Beginnings
Our Big Adventure

Wedding Blog – Norwood Park

Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

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Bride in the Mirror

The month was September with the colours of autumn just starting to appear.  Captured in the ladies loo at one of Nottinghamshire’s premium wedding venues, Norwood Park, as the bride checked her makeup and hair ready for the first dance.   I love the feel of this image, the shape of her dress, the Victorian photograph on the wall and the way the bride is making sure her hair and make-up is ok before the couple’s first dance. The lighting is via the window which lights the bride’s face and captures her face in the mirror.

Using the light from the window to light the bride and balance the image with her reflection in the mirror.

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The Courtyard
Norwood Park, Southwell
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