Bride's father giving a speech at the wedding reception in a white tent with everyone laughing

a beautiful candid moment

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

As a documentary wedding photographer, I enjoy capturing authentic and spontaneous moments as they happen during the day. I spend a lot of time looking for and anticipating special “moments."

This shot was from a wonderful wedding in Wraysbury in the marquee in a large family garden. 

If I had to choose a single word to describe this wedding, it would be relaxed. Amy and Richard enjoy the outdoors and the rain before the service, the muddy field, the wellington boots didn’t phase them at all. By the afternoon, Amy’s beautiful white wedding dress was filthy with mud, but she didn’t care - she was just doing her thing with the people she loved. 

As you can see below, I have included some of the other photos from this wedding, which are beautiful, for sure, but the reason I love this particular photo is that it captures the fun of the day in a single image. 

This is the father of the bride making his speech. I love the reactions from the other people on the table. You can just imagine being there and the jokes he was making.  

I also think it’s a good example of documentary wedding photography, and that's why I love it. Technically, it’s not the best picture in the world. The people on the ends are a little cropped, and it’s not what you’d call beautiful or fine art, but it is fun, real, and natural and captures the mood and feeling of the day. 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 photos like these as ones that you can almost "feel." They transport you right back to that exact moment, allowing you to absorb the energy and atmosphere of the room all over again. For me, this is the essence of a great wedding photograph – the ability to elicit the joy, the love, and the distinctive ambiance of that singular moment. As my couples go through their wedding album over the years, it's these photographs that will allow them to relive memories of their special day and the authentic moments that made it truly remarkable.

If you're planning a wedding filled with such moments, I'd be happy to discuss how we can capture the essence of your day through those unique moments that are special to you. Let's connect and explore some ideas for documenting your one-of-a-kind 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.

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