Bride of a London wedding getting cooled of by a guest with a portable fan on the dance floor

a beautiful candid moment

In this post, I'm sharing my thoughts on "why I love a particular wedding photo" from my perspective as a London-based documentary wedding photographer.

Being passionate about candid wedding photography, I love capturing genuine, unplanned moments as they happen throughout the day. My focus is always to observe carefully so I am ready to capture those unique "moments."

This was a Christian wedding at a community church in London.

If I had to choose a single word to describe this wedding would be love. I know that sounds obvious for a wedding, but the love here wasn’t just between the bride and groom, it was from the whole congregation. There was so much joy and happiness throughout the day, for me it was such a pleasure to be there amongst it all. Photographing a full day wedding can be very tiring, it’s full on with little chance to sit down, so when there is such a great energy it spurs me on and helps me push through and keep giving my best. 

As you can see below, I have included some of the other lovely photos from this wedding, but the reason I love this particular photo is that it captures the joy of the bride and her guests. I was in the middle of the dance floor when this happened and just caught sight of it out of the corner of my eye. 

I also think it’s a good example of documentary wedding photography and why I love it. Technically it’s not the best picture in the world - 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.

As if you're right there in the room

I often describe such photos 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 power 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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