It seemed appropriate in the week that I published my long considered article on wedding photography within churches, that I should enjoy the welcome bestowed by Canon David Winter near my home town of Thatcham for the wedding of Mike and Nichola. I do hope that Canon David will afford me some more time, to answer the questions posed within that article if he happens upon this. His response is particularly interesting as upon the morning of this wedding, he’d broadcast Radio 4′s Thought for the Day piece. A regular contributor for the BBC, he’d even mentioned this wedding! That aside, you can see the wondrous results that emerge when you’re trusted to subtly photographically document a church service within the pictures presented in this article. Now to Nichola, our bride. I wasn’t quite expecting to be the reason your wedding day was moved so as to allow me the absolute privilege to cover your day. Pressure on! I hope as you preview some images from your day here that you feel I have delivered the honest storytelling experience you were keen to commission. And Mike, you are the reason that I intend to start audio recording within the next twelve months, so I can add a further dimension to wedding coverage. Your speech, as I said on the evening, and genuinely meant, is one of the best I have heard. Big hearty man slap in a rugby style fashion on the back Sir. Some of my favourites from the service and the reception, hosted at Berkshire’s famous Cheam School.
My wife went for lunch today with a friend and was asked; “Does Neale enjoy just doing wedding photography?” If third party statements alone drove one’s ambitions, that one account surely reinforced why I have specialised in the field of nuptials capture. Life’s plans may alter direction for sure, but in my World, in the here and now, I am practically giddy with ideas for new styles of wedding capture, new forms of albums and ways to breathe (no pun intended) increased credibility into an industry that seems frequented by too many ‘visitors’ fielding couples as a ‘fall back’ opportunity during flailing day to day professional activities. The answer to my wife’s friend is therefore yes, a thousand times. A thousand thousand times. And then some. Every time I attend a ceremony I’m acutely aware that I’m witness to someone’s most sincere private occasion. I believe I share real life changing moments. Maybe not on a World scale no, but the significance for the couple who stand before my lens is as magnificent as makes no odds, and that is why I enjoy ‘just’ being a wedding photographer. Nick and Zoe summed it up for me recently as they wed within the four walls of Windor’s Harte and Garter. Watching emotions unfold before you and being part of a story may sound rather cliche, but I wouldn’t swap it for all the platitudes proffered during a Wedding Photographer of the Year acceptance speech.