Often, context is everything
This image is from the wedding of Astrid & Mark last year in Hadnall at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, the village where she grew up, and her parents still live
Bridal preparations were at her parents house with 5 bridesmaids and a flower girl, plus of course her parents, that needed to get to church.
They'd also told all their guests that transport had been laid on from the church to the reception at The Moat Shed in Wem.
What no one knew though was that the transport they'd arranged was an old Routemaster Red London Bus!!
So when the bus squeezed its way into the cul de sac where her parents live we had some very surprised and excited bridesmaids. After the wedding ceremony there was a similar reaction from all the guests when they followed the newlyweds out of the church and into the spring sunshine
Parked up outside, gleaming in the light, was their vintage transport
After some photos in the churchyard it was time for everyone to climb aboard ready for departure and that was when I took this shot
I think that taken out of context it's such an incongruous site, a smiling bride sitting on a bus, apparently in amongst some random strangers.
Of course in previous generations this wouldn't have been an uncommon site, in fact I think my parents made their way by bus from the church their wedding reception
But in the 21st century you don't expect to see a bride, resplendent in her dress and veil, using public transport after her wedding ceremony. That's where the context is important with this shot
It's a moment captured, an excited bride sitting amongst her guests, about to enjoy their shared journey to their wedding breakfast
I often talk about documentary wedding photography as being about telling stories and this is the perfect example. It's an illustration from just one paragraph of one page of one chapter of their story.
But every image adds to the next so that as a whole they bring the story to life and give a visual record that can be enjoyed for years to come
There were so many wonderful moments at their wedding which you can enjoy in another blog about their
Moat Shed Wedding
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