Young boy in a grey suit and orange tie delivers the rings to the groom at a wedding ceremony

a beautiful candid 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 at the famous Old Marylebone Town Hall in the heart of London.

If I had to choose a single word to describe this wedding, it would be fun. Cecile and Roger have an amazing family and group of friends and there was laughter from the moment I got there till the end of the day. 

I love this particular photo because it’s just so sweet! The page boy was responsible for the rings and I had noticed how seriously he was taking his new responsibility. I love how Roger, the groom, is ready to help him as the bride and officiant look on. As you can see, I am very close to the action here. This is always a tricky balancing act. For most of the day, especially during the ceremony, I want to be invisible - getting great shots but not “disturbing the scene”. I can stand back and use a zoom lens, but when you see the photos, you can tell you’re not close and a part of the action. This is why I carry two cameras with me for a wedding, each with a different lens. At this moment, while everyone’s attention was on the boy, I was able to get very close and take this shot from over the officiant’s shoulder. 

I also think it’s a good example of documentary wedding photography, and that's 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 describe such photos as those I can almost "smell." They take you back to the very moment, allowing you to sense the room's atmosphere and feel the energy that filled it. For 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 go through their wedding album in the coming years, 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 spirit of your day with the unique moments that will make it special for you. Let's connect and explore the possibilities of documenting your unique love story.

Wedding Photographer Gary Williams


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