A female vicar holding a clear umbrella in the rain in front of the threshold of St. Andrews Church in Wraysbury

a beautiful (rainy) wedding day moment

This is one of my posts talking about “why I love a particular wedding photo”, from my point of view as the photographer. 

As a documentary wedding photographer, I love to capture authentic and spontaneous moments as they happen throughout the day. I spend a lot of time looking and anticipating special “moments”.

This shot was from a wonderful wedding in Wraysbury in the marquee in a large family garden. This was a very relaxed, fun wedding. 

The bride and groom were both pretty laid back, so they weren’t too phased when the weather turned. She was fashionably late, and while we all waited in the church, ominous thunder cracked and the heavens opened. I wanted to capture the arrival of the bridal party. I headed to the door and the vicar asked if she could borrow my umbrella. I didn’t have the heart to say no, so I actually went out and got pretty soaked! One of the rewards was this photo. I love it because it captures a real moment from the day, the rain, the anticipation, and it’s something that neither the bride nor groom (or anyone else at all) would have seen. 

I also think it’s a good example of documentary wedding photography and why I love it. You couldn’t set something like that up, and, for me, it’s much more meaningful than the obligatory family group shots. There’s a place for those, for sure, but for me, these kinds of candid moments are the most precious. 

I often describe such photos as those I can almost "smell." They transport you back to the very moment, allowing you to sense the room's atmosphere and feel the energy that filled it. To me, this is what defines a great wedding photograph – the ability to evoke the laughter, the love, and the unique ambiance of that singular moment. As my couples flip through their wedding album in the years to come, it’s these kinds of photographs that will undoubtedly bring back memories of their wedding day and the genuine moments that made it truly special.

If you're planning a wedding filled with moments like these, I'd love to discuss how we can capture the essence of your day with the unique moments that will make it special to you. Let's connect and explore the possibilities of documenting your unique love story.

Wedding Photographer Gary Williams


If you're looking for more than just posed photographs, if you want your wedding day to be documented authentically, capturing real emotions and heartfelt connections – then you've found your documentary wedding photographer. Get in touch and let's create memories together. If you want to know more about me, click here.