Weddings come in many guises, big, small, intimate, short, and long, however one major way to differentiate is the civil ceremony verses a church wedding service.
As a photographer, (and no doubt the guests!) it is certainly easier to have the whole day take place under one roof so to speak, however there is a certain ‘something’ about a church wedding.
Images of the newly married couple coming out of the church accompanied by church bells is a tradition I for one really enjoy. There are also of course the pictures of the service itself (if the vicar allows them!) nervous brides and grooms, Mums and other relatives shedding a little tear, and all within what is usually a wonderful old building just made for photographs.
In 2017 just over a quarter of weddings in the UK were held in a church or other religious building. This percentage just about ties in with my own analysis.
A church wedding helps divide the day between the serious business of the marriage and the later celebration of the marriage.
Of course, there are many wedding venues other than churches that are spectacular, although they often come with a hefty price tag!
I have put together this short video of a typical church service wedding, in this case it is the beautiful St. Augustines in Hedon. It covers the wedding from the bride walking in to the church through to the walk down the aisle as a married couple.
For those who care all images taken on Fuji XH-1 with the 16-55 f2.8 lens.