Be prepared for the speeches – the speeches can provide you with some of the best and most uninhibited photographs of the wedding. Outside of the service itself I believe the speeches are the centre-piece of the wedding day.
As we are all aware your speakers will either dread the speeches or relish them – either way they will normally deliver a performance packed with humour and pathos.
If you have good speakers and believe me there are many, they can play their audience like a musical instrument – get your speech right at a wedding and you will never find a more receptive audience.
A wedding is a highly charged and emotional day and it only takes a few well chosen words to have the bride, groom, bridal party and even the guests rolling in the aisles with laughter or more often than not swallowing hard in an attempt to try and prevent the inevitable flood of tears that accompany a Dad in the act of finally relinquishing a much loved daughter into the care of her new husband or the best man who reduces the assembled audience to a sobbing mess with a few well chosen words about how stunning the beautiful bride is looking.
Capturing these emotional moments are a key priority for the day – you must be alert - it is important to ‘get the picture’ and not get so caught up in the emotional moment that you forget that you are there to capture and create those images that will, at sometime in the future, rekindle all those emotions again and allow the viewer to relive these special moments.
I always make a point of capturing each speaker in the throes of their speech and it is a trademark of ours to shoot head and shoulders of as many guests as possible reacting to the speeches – this makes a fabulous double spread in the album.
As a final tip be especially prepared for the best man’s speech – anything could happen they may even stand on their chair and deliver their speech in a pair of orange furry trousers – unlikely I know but it could happen!