This image of Lauren being helped with her dress by her flowergirl is the first in a series of documentary wedding photography images I’d like to share as part of my ongoing series of “Why I Love This Photo” blogs.
This photo was taken at Lauren and Mark’s wedding at The Morrit Hotel & Spa near Barnard Castle, County Durham. The grounds of the Morritt are lovely, with some wonderful tunnels like this one in the gardens. This shot was actually taken during Lauren and Mark’s bride and groom portraits. Lauren’s nieces and nephews spent much of the time photo bombing them and racing up and down the path! This shot was taken just after we had finished and the little flowergirl came up behind Lauren to help her lift her dress to walk up the path.
It was a lovely moment and the fact they were walking into the bright sunshine at the end of the tunnel really helped add an ethereal quality to the image. I also chose to frame them centrally to add impact. It was an image I was actually torn between leaving in colour or converting to black and white. I opted for the latter as I prefer the tones of the dresses and the more “stripped back” nature of the mono conversion which places more emphasis on the moment.
It’s an image which tells part of the story of the day, as documentary wedding photography should do, but it also has a certain dreamlike quality which allows the viewer to let their imagination wander. Plus it was a lovely wedding for a super lovely couple so this will always be a special image for me.
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