Moments That Capture The Wedding

Freezing moments of the day, displaying the emotion and the underlying story, when looked back up become truly special. These are the elements that come together in our Documentary Wedding Stories. The only way we like to capture the wedding day.

Documentary Wedding Photographers

Documentary Wedding Photography that captures the emotion of the wedding day

For over twelve years, I have enjoyed photographing weddings in a documentary style.

A style focussed on telling the story of the wedding day, capturing the moments, the emotion, and the underlying story. Rather than wedding photographs that are staged and contrived, documentary photography is real and true.

Not merely candid photos of guests enjoying the wedding, it sees the broader story.

Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers

While initially a more traditional wedding photographer, it was with the documentary approach I both found my true love of photographing weddings, and also my real style. While I’m not a pure photojournalist, as I like to include gorgeous portraits and some traditional coverage within my stories, it is the natural moments that get me excited and set my work apart.

 Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

Capturing the Emotions of the Wedding Day

From the different moments of the day for the couple and the guests, the morning preparations and the building of emotion, the happy memories captured as the couple are joined in marriage, to celebrating with friends and family, the whole narrative comes together to form an exceptional and unique record.

Emma + Mark's Wedding Story from Staffordshire Wedding Photographer Stuart James

Documentary Wedding Photography – A Narrative of the Wedding Day

With the morning preparations of the bride and groom, I get to witness and capture the building of excitement. Not merely the applying of makeup and the styling of the hair, but the stories happening at the same time.

Here with the excitement on the bridesmaid as she descends the staircase with the dress for the bride, and the beautiful moments as the bride dresses in her gown, it’s the expressions that truly tell the story.

Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

Of course one of the most amazing moments to witness and capture is the reveal of the dress to the Father of the Bride, with Sarah’s father fighting away the emotions here, and Kate just holding it together ahead of her Moat House wedding to Tim.

Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

The progression of emotion for the groom from the relaxed preparations on the morning, to it all becoming real waiting at the aisle, to the beautiful reaction as the tears come out. It all becomes part of the narrative of the wedding day.

Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

From displays of emotion, as the day builds, the wedding indeed starts with the “I do”, and always a beautiful moment to capture, with the look between the couple being one to cherish and treasure.

Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart JamesMoments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

From the ceremony the celebrations can begin, first with the journey as husband and wife, then often bombarded by confetti, the looks of adulation on each couple is priceless to capture.

Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

The combination of laughter and tears, as stories of old shared through the speeches, are exceptional to reminisce.

Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

To the conclusion of the wedding day with one hell of a party, surrounded by your friends and family!

Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James Moments that capture the emotion of the wedding with Staffordshire Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James

This wedding story is the narrative that I like to capture.

Documentary Wedding Photography

To see more complete stories, and see how each wedding story comes together, please head to the links below, and feel the story of the day through the images.

If you would like to talk about having your wedding story captured by Documentary Wedding Photographers Stuart James, please do get in touch, and take the time to visit the about page to ensure the approach to photographing the wedding story is right for you and your day.

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