A bride in a white dress is spilling a drink while pouring it into her mouth at an authentic wedding reception, surrounded by guests in a tent adorned with string lights.

Authentic Weddings – Non-picture perfect, perfect pictures

Embracing Authenticity in Wedding Photography

Wedding photography has evolved dramatically over the years. Gone are the days of stiff, posed portraits that fail to capture the true essence of the day. In their place, a new trend has emerged that celebrates the candid, authentic moments that happen between the traditional shots. These are the moments that make your wedding day uniquely yours—the funny, the cute, the emotional, and the downright WTF moments that tell your story in a way posed pictures never could. Welcome to Authentic Weddings - Non-Picture Perfect, Perfect Pictures, where we celebrate the raw, unfiltered beauty of wedding photography.

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The Beauty of Imperfection

The Funny Moments

One of the best parts of wedding photography is capturing the humour that naturally unfolds throughout the day. Whether it's the ring bearer making a funny face, a bridesmaid tripping over her dress, or the groom's nervous laughter during the vows, these moments add a touch of light-heartedness to your wedding album. They remind us that love is not just romantic—it's also fun and full of laughter.

The Cute Moments

Weddings are filled with adorable interactions that often go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle. The flower girl peeking out from behind the bride's dress, the groom stealing a quick kiss when he thinks no one is watching, or the couple’s pets dressed in wedding attire—all these moments are priceless and make for heartwarming memories.

The Emotional Moments

Weddings are emotional events, and it's these raw emotions that make the day unforgettable. Tears of joy, heartfelt hugs, and the look of pure love between the couple are the moments that truly matter. These are the pictures that will bring back a flood of memories every time you look at them.

The WTF Moments

No wedding goes off without a hitch, and sometimes, the unexpected happens. Maybe it's an unplanned wardrobe malfunction, a child throwing a tantrum, or an unexpected guest appearance by a friendly neighbourhood dog. These moments, while unplanned, add a layer of authenticity to your wedding story. They’re the moments you’ll laugh about for years to come.

Why Authentic Photography Matters

Authentic wedding photography is about more than just taking pictures. It's about telling a story—your story. It's about capturing the essence of your relationship and the unique dynamics of your wedding day. It's about the imperfectly perfect moments that make your wedding truly yours.

By embracing these candid moments, you create a wedding album that truly reflects your day. These photos have the power to transport you back to those moments, make you feel the emotions all over again, and remind you of the love and joy that surrounded you.

Tips for Capturing Authentic Wedding Photos

  1. Hire a Photographer with a Candid Style: Look for photographers who specialize in documentary or photojournalistic styles (like me). They are skilled at capturing spontaneous moments without being intrusive.
  2. Be Yourself: The more comfortable and natural you are, the better your photos will be. Don’t be afraid to show your emotions and let your personality shine.
  3. Focus on Interactions: Some of the best photos come from genuine interactions. Focus on your partner, your family, and your friends rather than posing for the camera.
  4. Embrace the Unexpected: Don’t stress about perfection. Some of the most memorable photos come from unplanned moments.
  5. Have Fun: Enjoy your day and let the joy come through in your photos. Laughter and happiness are incredibly photogenic.

Conclusion

Authentic Weddings—Non-Picture Perfect, Perfect Pictures is about celebrating the real, unfiltered moments that make your wedding day uniquely yours. It's about capturing the funny, cute, emotional, and WTF moments that tell the true story of your love. Embrace authenticity, and you’ll end up with a wedding album that is as beautiful and unique as your relationship. If you like this approach and like the below photos, then why not contact me about documenting your wedding or elopement?

The Photos!

Below are just some highlights of my favourite authentic moments altogether. Feel free to have a look or head to my wedding blogs to see each wedding story in full. If I've photographed your day and you have a photo you think fits this blog, then why not add it in the comments or send me it to add?

Bridal and Groom Prep

First Looks

Ceremony

Post-Ceremony Celebrations

Portraits

Speeches and Toasts

Cake Cutting

First Dance and Parent Dances

Party and Dancing

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