Church wedding photos can be quite a different experience for a wedding photographer. At one stage all weddings would take place at a church and the only alternative was a local registry office. Both would then be followed by the reception meal at a local venue.

These days, in my experience of church wedding photography, is that most couples (for whatever reason) tend to get married and host their reception and evening reception all at the same venue. Occasionally, I attend church weddings and asked to produce church wedding photos.

Although in decline, most churches can offer great opportunity for taking church wedding photos. The biggest difference that I find when attending a church wedding is around the formality of the service as opposed to that of a civil ceremony.

One advantage for the photographer is that events tend to always happen in the same order and present a set sequence for taking church wedding photos in addition to the usual candid photos expected. Very briefly, I’ve set out below some examples of the order in which things happen at a church wedding.

Groom, Bestman and Ushers arriving.

Some examples are shown here.

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Groom

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Groom

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Groom & Bestman

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Groom, Bestman and Usher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Groom, Bestman and Ushers

 

 

Although there is more formality, there is still the opportunity to capture the fun candid photos.

 

Bridesmaids arriving

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Bride & Bridesmaids

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Bridesmaids

Details in the churchDorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Wedding Flowers

 

During the ceremony

This is where in a church wedding the vicar or who ever is officiating can be very strict and not allow any wedding photography to be taken at all. This may be due to soChurch wedding photos - stained glass windowme past experiences of a photographer being too disruptive. From my experience, there is the occasional photo to take which shows the splendour of the stained glass window that you see in most churches. This is an example.

 

Bride and Groom after the service

Church wedding photos – Image of Bride & Groom

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Bride & Groom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confetti is normally strictly asked to be away from the church.

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Bride & Groom confetti throwing

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Bride, Groom & Family

Dorset Wedding Photographer – Image of Bride

and…away to the reception.

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