July 14th, 2014 | Rachel Parry
Images in this set by S6 Photography
Wedding photographs have come a long way over the years. When my grandparents got hitched in 1960 they had just a handful of black and white photographs taken by my Granddad’s uncle. Fast forwards several years to when by parents tied the knot in 1982 and things had moved on a fair bit.
They hired a professional photographer to take their wedding snaps and there were plenty of lovely coloured images to create an album. That said wedding pics at that time tended to be more structured so there was the standard bride getting out of the car, groomsmen outside the church, confetti shots and traditional family and friend line-ups.
Today however, almost anything goes in wedding photography. You can have a mixture of both black and white and coloured images, you can hire a photographer from the morning preparation right through to your guests passing out on the dance floor – you can even hire a team of photographers if you so wish.
Better still, there is the option of an engagement shoot, so you can learn to relax in front of the camera ahead of your big day to avoid an album full of coat-hanger style smiles. The bride can also have another bite at the cherry if she likes in the form of a trash the dress shoot, giving her another excuse to don her dream dress in front of the camera.
It is the big day itself though when the most important images are taken. For this reason some brides and grooms are requesting additional shots to ensure they have lots of lovely memories of their wedding day and some snaps that go beyond the traditional album.
One idea to secure super special images is to travel to, or stop off at, a place that is dear to the couple for some extra shots, just as long as the chosen location is not too far away from the venue. So, for example, a couple whose real wedding I featured on Brides Up North recently, stopped off at Ladybower in the Peak District for some stunning shots with breath-taking backdrops as the picturesque destination was on the way to their reception venue from the church. Another couple (whose lovely images are shared in this feature – hello James and Kate *waves*) stole the opportunity to sneak off with their photographer for some sensational shots at Padley Gorge in Derbyshire, which was close by to their rural wedding venue.
While some couples do like the idea creating a bumper album of wedding day memories, they worry that taking time out on their big day to get the extra shots will take them away from their guests for too long and will mean they miss out on some of the action. But there is an alternative – be it a slightly controversial one – have more images taken at a later date.
Yes, that means both the bride and groom can put on their wedding attire once again and pretty much have free reign on the location for the shots as they don’t have to be rushing back to guests. While some couples will find this an odd suggestion,others love the idea of another moment in front of the lens.
Images in this set by PH Weddings
But when to do it? A couple whose wedding photos are featured in this post braved to go where few others couples would and had their extra shots taken the day after the wedding. If you just groaned at the thought, you’re not alone. I imagine I will be looking far from my best the day after getting hitched, no doubt emerging from the honeymoon suite with remnants of makeup around my dark, sunken eyes and my hair in somewhat of a disorganised crow’s nest style while my dress will be in desperate need of a deep dry-cleaning session. But for careful couples, having extra shots taken the next day can be a nice way to extend that just-wed feeling and escape for a few precious hours as a new Mr and Mrs.
If that all seems like a bit too much hard work, there is the option to leave it a few days, weeks or even months, in a sort of “rock the dress” fashion (just as long as you can both still fit into your wedding day get up that is).
And it’s not always the bride and groom requesting extra images as creative photographers are helping couples to push the boundaries. A northern couple, whose stunning extra wedding images feature here, had an evening ceremony in mainland Ibiza so their clever photographer suggested getting some fabulous coastal shots the following day. The very same photographer is also shooting an urban wedding later this year and has organised a second shoot with the bride and groom the next day to get some contrasting yet completing rural shots to create the perfect package.
Images in this set by S6 Photography
So what do you think Brides Up North? Would you be up for a double exposure? We’d love to know.
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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