This shot was from a winter wedding I shot last December at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcester.

As a documentary wedding photographer I’m always looking out for capturing the story of the day. But also I love to document the build up to the story behind the story. This photo is an example of the latter.

I love this “before the wedding” photograph of the men trying to get ready on their own, but requiring the woman’s touch to get it done correctly. Everything should have gone smoothly as the Bride’s mother had already printed out full instruction on how to tie a cravat and laid out each cravat with the instructions nearby. But even that wasn’t enough!

It tells an important part of the story of the day that wouldn’t normally be captured.

It’s all hands on deck to make sure the day goes smoothly. Here the men know when something vital needs to be done correctly to let the expert take over.

Getting the men's cravats right before the wedding at Stanbrook Abbey

I hope you like the story-telling of this image as much as I do. Feel free to share this post or make a comment below if it brought a smile to your face too.


What Is a Documentary Wedding Photographer?

This is an often asked question. In simple terms it means being an observer and recorder of your wedding, with little interference. If you’re familiar with Star Trek, think of it in terms of The Temporal Prime Directive: To visit, to watch, not to interfer and to bring back a record.

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