Newlywed husband and wife in a suit and wedding dress side by side and looking at each outside of Beauvale Abbey

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 beautiful Beauvale Abbey in Nottingham. 

The ceremony was over and we had a few minutes for a quick couple’s photoshoot. Though my thing is documentary photography and capturing candid moments as they happen, I still enjoy setting up shots with the couples. That said, I am always looking for natural and candid moments, as I think they are the best shots. Leanne and David were following me across the field to a lovely spot I found in the Abbey ruins to do the photo shoot. I purposely ran ahead so I could turn back and photograph them as they walked. I knew this was actually the very first moment they had had alone together since being officially married. This is such a precious, private moment when they can check in on one another as a new Mr and Mrs. So, I am far enough away not to “disturb the scene” and interfere, but close enough to capture that special moment. We got some lovely posed couple shots, for sure, but for me, this is the best of the lot. 

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.