It takes a lot of people to come together to make a wedding day special for the bride and groom. As a wedding photographer I am in a privileged position of being to record all of the different elements of the day, and I hope that the photographs I take will bring back the memories of all of the details otherwise lost in time. After all, the cake will be eaten and the flowers will wither, but the photographs will always remain.
I have photographed weddings in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, Durham, Gateshead and Carlisle, and wherever I go I am always amazed at the skill and creativity that the florists put into the bride's flowers. By the time I come to take the bridal portraits, we could easily be four or more hours into the wedding day, so the flowers need to be able to withstand being carried, dropped and even thrown, and then still look good for the photographs.
The bride's bouquet fulfils many functions on a wedding day. The tradition of carrying flowers on the wedding day began hundreds of years ago, and one of the main reasons was to mask unpleasant body odours! Many bridal bouquets would include herbs and spices, and even garlic, and then be added to the guest's food later in the day.
Today, flowers are carried largely because they are beautiful. The shape and colour of the bouquet can match or set off the wedding dress. Brides often pick flowers that carry a meaning; perhaps a deceased loved ones favourite blooms, or flowers that are associated with everlasting love (roses), Ivy (fidelity) or lilacs (first love).
Whatever the reasons for choosing a specific bridal bouquet, I think that it is an essential part of my job as a wedding photographer to capture a good photograph of them for the bride in order to remember then in the months and years following the wedding.
Here are a selection of my bridal bouquet photographs for inspiration.