There’s something magic about wedding parties.
One of the main reasons I actually got into wedding photography – was largely due to one of the best parties I’d ever been to. I had enjoyed photography as a hobby for years, photographing people and places I love in my spare time. However it wasn’t until I attended a wedding in Cyprus as a guest, that I started to seriously consider pursuing it as a profession.
My good friends who were getting married had hired a professional for the whole day – up until just after the wedding speeches. Once the speeches were over and the photographer had left, everyone took to the dance floor to begin the slightly more debaucherous part of the evening. I can genuinely say that photographing the party that night was one of the most fun evenings ever. After a happy and emotional day (as weddings often are) it was so lovely to see everyone let their hair down.
When we got back to England, I sat down with my friends and we went through the photographs I had taken. As cheesy as it may sound – seeing their reactions to the photographs made my day. Back then, my equipment was certainly not of the the quality that I take to weddings now – but that didn’t matter.
As we went through the images, there was so much laughter as we got to re-live some of the moments that we had forgotten about.
So – why exactly are wedding parties so great and why do I think it’s important to capture them on camera?
Well when you think about it… how many times have you been dancing with your best friends alongside your closest family members?
On what other occasion might your fun work colleagues end up doing the YMCA with your grandparents?
You might be lucky and attend a party like that with some frequency. However, in my experience, weddings are fairly unique in this respect.
They are unique because they are an opportunity to have a dance with the people that you care about the most… and they are magic because the reason everyone’s dancing is to celebrate you and your partner being in love.
Call me an old romantic – but that makes them pretty special in my opinion.