5 Reasons you should love your photographer more than your fiancé

 Photo credit:  Earl Christie

Photo credit: Earl Christie

We could bang on about this until the cows come home, but have instead picked 5 reasons why you should love your photographer more than your fiancé.  You might not be too fussed now, but you may regret your blasé approach later down the line….

1. Weddings are expensive, your photos are proof that it actually happened

 Photo credit:  Angelo at Carlo Carletti

By which we mean expensive relative to your average Saturday afternoon spend. Whatever your situation and priorities you will undoubtedly put a dent in your savings, and it’s all ruddy well over in somewhere between 12 and (if you’re milking it) 72 hours. All you are left with, other than a new husband or wife, are the memories of a hopefully awesome day, so getting at least some of these memories professionally documented in a style you love is just good sense. 

2. Looking through the photos is as close as it gets to going to your own wedding as a guest

 Photo credit:  Lyndsey Goddard

Photo credit: Lyndsey Goddard

I am less embarrassed than I should be to say that when looking though our own photos for the first time, we both cried. We literally talked about nothing but the wedding on our honeymoon and for several weeks after. We (and all our friends no doubt) truly felt that we had talked about it to death, and then we looked through 444 images of the day from our photographer’s point of view. It was like getting to go to our own wedding as a guest (which we’d all love to do), and there we had the fuel to talk about the blessed day all over again.

3. Professional photos can make you look like movie stars

 Photo credit:  Angelo at Carlo Carletti

Let’s not beat around the bush, you, your guests and your surroundings will look a lot better in the professional shots. Their skill and amazing cameras are worth their weight in gold and should make you look like you’re on the set of a classic movie.  A friend's shot of the same thing could make you look like you’re playing dress up at a barn dance.   

4. You will need high quality images for printing out

 Photo credit:  Lyndsey Goddard

Photo credit: Lyndsey Goddard

Contrary to the above, your friends and family will take some fabulous shots, and you will probably be able to get your hands on all of them.  However it is highly likely that the majority of pictures will get taken on phones. It might look great on a teeny screen but if you don’t have a decent quality image you can forget commissioning the life size cut outs and re-enacting the day in your living room. 

5. You will forget a lot about the day as the years go on

 Photo credit:  Silver Tree Weddings

Photo credit: Silver Tree Weddings

After just five years, a lot about my own wedding day has been sadly forgotten. Speaking such blasphemy seemed impossible to imagine in the weeks following the best weekend ever. Maybe it’s having two children in less than two years and not really sleeping  properly since 2013, but you really do forget things. Every so often, possibly around the time of your anniversary when you are desperately trying to think of a non-offensive gift made of leather, you get the album out for a bit of nostalgia. Do not underestimate the number of times you will say ‘oh yeah! I forgot that happened’ or something to that effect.  These snaps will serve as happy memory triggers for the years to come so you need loads of good ones of every part of the day. No pressure!

 Photo credit:  Earl Christie

Photo credit: Earl Christie