Newlywed bride twirling around in her dress at a wedding at Chelmsford Registry Office in London

a beautiful candid moment - just as it happened

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

Being a documentary wedding photographer, I love capturing authentic and spontaneous moments as they occur throughout the day. I put a lot of energy into looking and anticipating special “moments.”

This was an intimate wedding at a Chelmsford registry office for Michael and Jurgita.

If I had to choose a single word to describe this wedding, it would be joy! It was a very small wedding with only six guests. The bride’s mother and daughter had flown in from Lithuania for the event. 

As you can see below, I have included some of the other photos from this wedding, but this one stands out to me because it captures a real moment of joy from Jurgita, the bride. She loved her dress and her funky boots. We had just finished with the couple’s shoot and were walking back towards the cathedral when she started playing with her dress and basically just having fun with it. I always have two cameras on me during every wedding, each with its own lens, so it was easy for me to lift one up and capture this spontaneous moment of Jurgita. 

I also think it’s a good example of documentary wedding photography and why I love it: it’s fun, real, and natural and captures the mood and feeling of the day. 

I often describe such photos as those I can almost "smell." They take you back to the very moment, allowing you to sense the room's ambiance and feel the energy that filled it. This is what defines a great wedding photograph to me – the power to evoke the laughter, the love, and the unique atmosphere of that singular moment. As my couples go 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 authentic moments that made it truly special.

If you're planning a wedding filled with moments like these, I'd love to speak with you and see 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


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