You would be forgiven for thinking the wedding album is all about the bride, but to leave out the groom is to leave a huge gap in the story. Some of my shots of the groom, and his supporting gents, are among my favourites. And after a month or so of compiling albums and blog posts which didn't represent this so much, I decided to do something a little different for the New Year. So.. Here comes the Groom...
I always encourage my clients to include the grooms-party in the photos, especially in the lead up to the ceremony. It often requires lots of planning, and extra hours on my part, but every single couple has been chuffed to bits with the results, and enjoyed seeing both perspectives of the day represented.
When I'm with the groom and his party getting ready, the atmosphere is often full of banter and jokes, but with an undercurrent of loving support-
be it a moment of helping the groom with his tie; a hug at the top of the aisle before the bride makes her entrance;
perhaps a nervous check of the watch. These shots create such an integral part of the narrative.. plus, everyone loves to photograph a suit! Yes, the bridal gown, the flowers and the shoes are all super gorgeous details, but there is just as much romance in group of lads all dressed dapper and sharp- just ask any girl.
"...A well tailored suit to women, is what lingerie is to men..."
Of course, not all weddings are comprised of a bride and groom. Photographing two grooms, dressed equally sharp and looking awesome, whilst being quietly wrapped up in each other and the romance of their day, was a highlight of my working year. It was the perfect example of how the choice of backdrop, for the gents, can really lift the photos; a Georgian London Square; an on old village pub; a golf course with it's view stretching into the distance.. Whatever it is, the photos deserve as much attention and thought as any ladies might in the same context.
Remember to consider this in your wedding photography, and be sure to ask your photographer about it. Even if the Groom is not keen on being a focus, you will both be so glad you set aside the time to capture each side of the story.