Evening Wedding Photography

January 10, 2019
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… better get this party started.

I know you just sang that. I did a little chair dance too!

This part of the day (like most of the rest of it!) is all about the natural photos while everyone is enjoying themselves and having fun.

Post-dinner chills

There’s usually a bit of time between dinner and your first dance. Oddly, it’s the only part of a wedding that doesn’t have a name. Let’s call it ‘twixhour’. (Because I’m writing this at twixmas!)

During twixhour, you might be enjoying a balmy summer evening with coffee and cake outside, indulging in a dessert table or trying every flavour at the ice cream cart. Or maybe you’re doing something more active like a highly competitive game of drunken rounders. Whatever you’re up to, it’s time to chill out for a while and I can capture some relaxed photos showing a different side of your guests as they let their hair down!

Bridesmaid catching the wedding bouquet
Wedding guests enjoying coffee after dinner
Wedding guests playing rounders
Guests exploring the wedding venue grounds after dinner
Ice cream van at a wedding
Mariachi wedding band performing outside at Kilworth House
Relaxing after the wedding breakfast
Evening wedding guest greeting the bride
Evening wedding guest arriving
Smoking a cigar at a wedding
Smores at a wedding
Toasting marshmallows at a wedding

The dancefloor is calling

Before you know it, everyone will be cheering you on to do your first dance. Whether you’re going for a simple shuffle, a money dance, being bound together with streamers or an all-out choreographed routine to rival Strictly, I’ll capture it exactly as it happens.

That’s usually followed hotly by your guests joining you and showing off their moves. There’s a lot of energy to be burnt off by now so there will inevitably be an abundance of silliness. Not to mention some disastrous dad-dancing!

If the dancefloor is busy, I’ll stay until about half an hour after your first dance. By this point, I’ll have a good variety of photos from the evening so it’s time to put the cameras down. And that way anyone who was wary of being photographed as they danced can join in for the rest of the evening.

Starlit first dance
First dance surrounded by guests
Choreographed first dance
Romantic first dance
Bride and groom laughing during first dance
Groom dipping the bride at the end of their first dance at Woburn Abbey
Lively first dance
Scottish themed first dance to I would walk 100 miles
First dance at Woburn Abbey
Wedding guests dancing
Wedding guests dancing
Bride's parents dancing
Wedding guests dancing
Wedding guests dancing

Firework finale

Boom! Hiss! Crackle! If you’re planning fireworks later in the evening I’m very happy to stay and photograph that. There may be an additional fee for this depending on the timings.

Did you know? The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.

Wedding fireworks at Stowe School

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