Some of my favourite Documentary Wedding Photographs – and why!

In this section of my website, I showcases individual images which stood out from a particular wedding and I love for one reason or another. They are not necessarily all award-winning wedding photographs (some are) but as ‘True’ Documentary Photographer, each one of them resonates with me in some way.
When shooting weddings, I am in my element while simply observing moments, and then capturing them naturally for my clients. In many cases, these moments are totally unexpected, but captured forever – in some, I also mention the technical issues behind the shot… I hope you enjoy looking through them…


Church Wedding Ceremony | Photography by Andrew Fletcher
Although my style is to shoot in a genuine documentary wedding style, I still take a few ‘traditional’ and ‘colour’ images at weddings. These images are needed to set the scene, the back story of what is happening, where it is happening and why it is happening – without these images the coverage lacks the storytelling and continuity of the day.
However, these particular images still need to be captured sympathetically without any fuss or intrusion (and definitely no flash), allowing the moment, the ceremony in this case, to happen as if I wasn’t there – and that’s how it should be…!
I just love the muted colours of this image – it’s almost monochromatic tones blend seamlessly with my black & white documentary wedding images… I hope you like it too.

Mirror, mirror

Weddings at Hodsock Priory | Photography by Andrew Fletcher

This particular image I shot in 2010 at the fabulous Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire, it’s a wedding venue I know very well – and is certainly one of my favourites for good reason. I had been covering the bridal prep as I do for most weddings, and the bride was pretty much ready for the ceremony at this point.
I was just about to quietly slip out of the room and as I turned around, I noticed one of the little flower girls looking at herself in a hand mirror – the direct sunlight from the window in front of her was perfectly lighting her face and with the brides reflection in the background – for me, there’s the image…!
This is a moment that needed to happen naturally (as always), as she had been avoiding me whenever she saw the camera pointed in her direction, and would have so easily been distracted had she spotted me.
In situations like this, I need to quickly and quietly get the image, without interfering with it in any way, as capturing the moment is more important than potentially losing the moment.
This is another perfect example of ‘simply seeing and quietly documenting’ – the backbone of what I do for my clients… I hope you like it.


This particular image was shot at the start of the ceremony at Doddington Hall Lincolnshire, back in mid 2014, and is one of my all-time favourite images. I really love this image for it’s simplicity, storytelling and the groom’s raw emotion of the imminent ceremony to come.
I remember just before I took the shot… I was concentrating on the bide and her father entering the room, then out the corner of my eye I noticed the best-man was looking at the groom, so I quickly recomposed the frame.
Technically it’s a bit noisy (grainy) as it was shot at 6400iso. However, the last thing I would ever do is blast this delicate moment with flash and ruin the moment.
Emotion….. is one of the main components I spend a wedding day looking for. It is present at every wedding, you just have to look for it. And it’s my job as a documentary wedding photographer to capture these moments.

Quiet time…

Hodsock Priory Weddings | Photography by Andrew Fletcher
This image of Kerry Andy at the fabulous Hodsock Priory. I love images like this because they are genuine moments that would not even happen if the subjects were being ‘directed’ by the photographer. If I remember rightly, they had wondered around the lake, as I waited for them to come into view – grabbed one quick image and made my escape unnoticed…!
This is often the type of image that my clients comment on – saying “I didn’t even know you were there”


Black and White Wedding Photography by Andrew Fletcher
I spend quite a lot of my time on a wedding day ‘people watching’ – after all that is what it’s all about, isn’t it? I love to see family and friends (some who haven’t seen each other for years) interacting with each other with hugs, kisses and laughter. However, this particular lady seemed to be doing exactly the same as me, watching people arrive in the church.
I watched her for a minute until she saw someone she knew and lifted the camera up to take a snap – then I got my shot. I love the the hat, the coat (it was cold), the flowers and even the confetti on the pew to the left… it all says ‘wedding’ to me… I hope you like it too.

The arrival

This ‘wedding’ image was taken on a warm July day – at St. Andrew’s Church in Ewerby near Sleaford. I had just arrived at the church after shooting the bridal prep for Louise & Andy’s wedding.
Some might say this isn’t a wedding image, however it’s what was happening outside the church while we were all waiting for the brides arrival.
I guess the subjects knew the bride in some way and just wanted to get a glimpse of her arriving for the ceremony. I still wonder whether the woman was reading ’50 Shades of Grey’, judging by the man peering over her shoulder, she probably was !!!

Mum’s kiss

I was in North East Lincolnshire, shooting the wedding of Danielle & Gary. They got married at the lovely St. Nicolas Church, Great Coates before heading over to the fabulous Newstead Priory – Cadney for the rest of the days celebrations.
In time I will blog some more images from this wedding as it was a lovely day, but I was quite taken by this candid image of Danielle and her mum at the church door just prior to the ceremony.
As I’m sure you are aware by now, my style of wedding photography is to capture and document these fleeting moments so easily forgotten. I love the composition with the vicar talking to the bridesmaid at the edge of the frame, but the important moment is right there to see…!
I really like the simplicity but importance of this image, and I hope you do too – please leave a comment and feel free to ‘Pin‘ it.


This image was shot back in 2007 during the best-man’s speech. The speeches are one of my favourite parts of the day, the images just make themselves with fun, emotion and laughter!
The image is a perfect example of timing, the best man was recounting an amusing story and my challenge was to anticipate the ‘punch line’ and grab the moment.
Try posing this !!!


The throwing of the confetti is always a hit and miss affair, as I don’t ‘stage’ it as many other photographers do, I just let it happen and get ‘stuck in’ with everyone else, capturing the reality of the moment.
This confetti shot is one of my all-time favourite wedding images because there is so much going on in the picture. I have a 30 inch print of this on my office wall – and the more I look at it the more I see.
And it’s my responsibility as a documentary wedding photographer to capture those moments – enjoy…

Love is all you need…

I remember taking this image at the amazing Hodsock Priory, during the bride & grooms ‘first dance’. 
Touch, Eye Contact and Emotion… is what I spend a wedding day looking for, they are what makes the difference between a snap and a documentary image. They are present at every wedding, you just have to look for them and react instantly. And it’s my job as a documentary wedding photographer to capture those moments.
This particular image has all three elements, the Touch, the Eye contact and the Emotion… you can feel the moment !!!
The American documentary photographer David Alan Harvey is quoted saying – “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like” 
I like to think I have managed that here…


This particular image was shot during the best-man’s speech…. about 10 years ago. The speeches are one of my favourite parts of the day, the images just make themselves with fun, laughter, emotion and the odd OMG moment!
The image below is a perfect example of timing, the best man’s speech was a rather ‘interesting’ one and again my job was to anticipate the ‘punch line’ and grab the moment.
At that exact moment in time, that’s where the story was leaving us all to wonder what on earth he said !!!
Try posing this.

The First Look…

In America, the ‘First Look’ at a wedding is often staged, and happens before the wedding ceremony. However, in the UK, the First Look, is when the groom first turns around to see his bride coming down the aisle, often on the arm of her father. 
For me this image from Suzanne & Mark’s wedding last year in Finingley church, captures the ‘First Look’ moment perfectly.
What makes me smile every time I look at this image, is the expression on the brides face. Eye-contact is a huge part in the success of any documentary wedding image.
As with all of my work, the lack of flash keeps the moment real. Flash would have totally ruined the moment, the image and my unobtrusiveness. All eyes (as it should be) are on the bride – not me !!!
I think what really brings it together for me though is the sheer look of elation on Suzanne’s face. We are unable to see Mark’s face but I’m sure his face was equally emotional.


This image was taken last September on Ellie & Peter’s wedding day at the fabulous Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire. Why I love this image is because they had no idea they were being photographed, they were just have a quiet moment to themselves while making their way from the back of the hall to the front.
I love images like this because they are genuine moments that would not even happen if they were being ‘directed’ by me. If I remember rightly, I was actually crouching behind a large flower pot on some steps waiting for them to come into view.
This is often the type of image that my clients comment on – saying “I didn’t even know you were there”

If you are getting married and looking for a ‘Genuine’ Reportage Wedding Photographer, one who document the real story of your day without any fuss – then please get in touch we’d love to hear your plans.

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