"When you love and laugh abundantly, you live a beautiful life"
Trina and Chris were married at the lovely Frimley Hall Hotel. If you haven't been here before, it's definitely worth checking it out!
I was once again second shooting for Dan, from DM Photography, which meant he was able to stay with the Bride and her Bridesmaids, while I headed over to Chris's parents house in Sandhurst, to capture some pictures of Chris, his Best Man, his Grandmother and his Parents, all getting ready together at the home he grew up in.
People often ask me, " Do I need a second photographer at my wedding? ", so perhaps this blog post, where I was the second wedding photographer, may be a good place to have a chat about whether or not you need one at your wedding.
My honest opinion would be, do you NEED one? No, you don't. You don't NEED many of the things you have on your wedding day. You don't need flowers on every table, you don't need to have speeches, you don't need to have a first dance or throw your bouquet. However, if you want them, then why not?! It's your day and you want to make it as special as possible.
Would I advise you to have a second photographer on your wedding day? Yes, absolutely. I love working with a second photographer, and I love working as a second photographer. When there are two of us, you have the advantage of seeing your day through the eyes of an extra person, as well of course, as having a photographer in two places at the same time.
You can have one photographer with the bride and her bridesmaids, and another photographing the groom and his groomsmen. Don't want groom prep? Then why not have one person photographing the bride, while the other takes care of the shoes, dresses and other little details, really making sure that not a second of your day is missed.
Think about when you are getting ready to leave for the church or wedding venue.. One photographer can remain with you, while the other can be there to photograph your, (undoubtedly nervous), husband to be, while he greets your guests as they arrive to see you get married.
Ceremony? With one photographer at the front of the church, and the other at the back, we have every angle covered. Exchange of rings, first kiss? We've got it!
How about all the candid photographs of your guests? Your main photographer may easily spend half an hour, usually more, photographing all the group photos on your list - especially if you have a large family or a lot of friends. Meanwhile, the second photographer is mingling with your guests, catching moments that you may well miss in the excitement of the day.
Let's move onto the speeches, a part of the day that's almost guaranteed to produce both laughter and tears. With two photographers, one of us can concentrate on the top table, while the other catches the, quite often hilarious, reactions of your guests. Large amount of guests? No problem at all - we can cover both ends of the room without getting in anyone's way.
So you see, you don't NEED a second photographer, but I would always recommend that, budget allowing, you should try to have one.
So, I thought I would share with you, some of the images I took while working as a Second Wedding Photographer for Dan.
A huge thanks to Chris and Trina for letting us share your special day! xx