18/12/202020: A Review of the Year
Overcoming the challenges of weddings in lockdown
Usually at this time of the year I start thinking about writing a review post for the blog, taking in highlights of the year’s weddings – you may have noticed I haven’t added any new posts for some time.
For a long time it was hard to know what to say – it’s been a difficult year for all of us and the world of weddings has been no different, with weddings allowed, then not allowed, then with up to 30 guests and finally as I write this with up to 15 including the Bride and Groom.
It’s been a difficult year for all of us and the world of weddings has been no different…
Throughout the year I have been asked what weddings are like under the current restrictions – what do they look like and how do they photograph? A lot of potential Brides and Grooms are unsure about what to do and if they do want to set a date when would you choose?
Getting married during a global pandemic
Interestingly of those who did get married in ‘lockdown’ restrictions the overwhelming majority were looking at a two phase wedding, with a small ‘legal’ wedding now followed by a big party in ’21 or ’22 when hopefully the virus is all behind us.
What follows is a selection of four very different moments from the year, starting with my only ‘normal’ wedding of the year in February when Covid was a possible nightmare on the horizon, followed by a wedding when the ’30 guests’ rule applied, and then a smaller wedding within the rule of 15 – where we are now.
My last wedding was for just two, the Bride and Groom, and what I would mention is that weddings with smaller numbers are nothing new – every year I photograph weddings at all the different sizes I have mentioned.
In every wedding here you can see the happiness that shines throughout the day, restrictions or not – and see why photographing such magical days is such a huge responsibility and privilege.