This photograph of the wedding dress was from a recent Coombe Abbey wedding that and I wanted to share with you.

This is part of my ongoing “Art of Observation” series. This is about images I saw and chose to photograph that could have gone unnoticed were it not for a careful eye.

To find the perfect dress can take months, or in some case years. Everything about the dress has to be understandably perfect.

The dress can’t be too long or too short. It certainly must have delicate, fine detail, but not too delicate else you can’t see it. If there’s a train, it can’t be too long or too short either. It must be fitted, but it can’t be too figure-hugging otherwise the bride can’t move…the list goes on and on.

But when you’ve found THE one, it’s all you’ve ever dreamed of and more.

Capturing The Coombe Abbey Wedding Dress

Now comes my job: To make sure I capture it in all it’s beauty, highlighting the features that made you fall in love with it in the first place. That’s the challenge I love, as every wedding has a different dress, with different features that make it THE dress.

This is where my observation has to came in, especially with this dress. I must admit when I first saw it, I fell in love with it straight away. As this wasn’t my first Coombe Abbey wedding, I knew from past experience that the lighting there would be perfect for this challenge.

My aim was to highlight the beautiful detail and fine embroidery, and all I needed was side lighting for a perfect study in light and shade to show it off.

As a documentary photographer, I’m not into posey, posey photos. So instead of posing the bride in the best light, I chose to wait and watch for the right moment when she naturally positioned herself in the right light.

I stepped forward, took my photo then moved on. That way she’s not interrupted but allowed to enjoy the flow of the day while chatting with friends and family. With my unobtrusive style of coverage I was still able to capture the image that tells the story!

Coombe Abbey wedding dress detail

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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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