This is one of those five star moments in wedding photography, where you look skyward to thank whoever charmed you enough to bring that moment and lens together. I look at this capture and it represents everything I enjoy most about reportage or documentary wedding photography. Taken at Hampshire wedding venue Rivervale Barn during the civil ceremony I’m gifted this opportunity by the relaxed nature of the registrars. Thought process is changing to embrace photography everywhere, but there are still some counties where even the most skilful negotiator would struggle to gain permission to enjoy this camera position. There are two versions of this picture, taken through the glass of the excellent Canon F2.8 70-200mm. In the first capture, I concentrated upon the ring exchange. As it became clear the children had happened across the giggles, the focal point changed. But it’s not just the children in the front seats that engage my interest, the adults two rows back seem to castigate with their eyes the behaviour unfolding during this important ceremonial moment. It works on many levels.