Same sex Weddings
The heart of a wedding is about two people in love standing up and affirming their love to be enduring. It should be a day of tremendous joy and unbounded fun.
You can cast tradition aside … if you want to
There are so many customs and expectations surrounding a straight-sex wedding, but with a same-sex wedding there are no expectations, other than two people saying ‘I do’. Instead, it’s all about creating your own traditions to start married life with the perfect combination of the old and new. Want to walk up the aisle unaccompanied? Or accompanied by your mother? Go for it. Want to throw a silk tie instead of a garter? Entirely your call. Feel absolutely free to claim it in your own special way.
Two tuxes? Two dresses? Other choices? The question of what to wear for your same-sex wedding is one you’ll need to consider because there are no ‘rules’. Which of course is very exciting. You can look and feel exactly how you want, so the sky is the limit, be it goth, glam, grunge or something that is uniquely and unquestionably you.
Gender roles may need re-definition
A traditional straight-sex wedding has many roles and moments that are classically defined by gender. For example, a groom may wait at the altar for his bride to walk down the aisle, the best man may be expected to carry the rings, a photographer may pose a bride and groom in a certain way, there may be a garter toss and bouquet toss, or the groom might look to give a speech on behalf of himself and his new wife. So with the breaks from tradition an LGBT wedding can offer, it’s worth nothing that your vendors, MC and other involved parties may welcome some clear and early communication about how you envisage your big day running, especially as it allows for some professional input. For example, in a straight-sex wedding the photographer might focus most of their pre-wedding time on the bride and less on the groom, but with two brides they might suggest using a second snapper to do both women equal justice.
This points to the need for a detailed pre-wedding conference with us, the photographers. We need to know what you want and how you want it.
Wedding Photography Styles
Choosing who will photograph your wedding is its own style decision—just like picking your colours or venue. Consider the look of your photos. Like the ones in your grandparents or parents’ wedding album, classic images are those that stand the test of time—striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. These photos are infused with the shooter’s artistic license. "When things happen naturally, it’s the best." Love this style? Ask to have the simple moments captured. "It’s a photographer’s job to turn your ordinary into beautiful," "If you like a classic look, let them know you’d love a modern take on the shots you’ve seen for years."
Not all portraits have to be a couple in full frame looking at the camera," Photos look too similar if shot this way. We aim to deliver unique and artistic moments that are only for each couple, it becomes very special." A couple’s willingness to have fun and enjoy the moment can take a photo to the next level.
Another style is candid, yet done with some direction and styling—it has an approachable feel and a relaxed result." A good photographer will look for moments but also set the scene, and this is what we aim to achieve.
Rather than posed or highly styled shots, documentary photography captures candid or spontaneous pictures of people, décor and action—in the moment. Look for an intimate space for group portraits. "You get more interactions with everyone and you’ll create better moments," Lewis says.
We at Margaret Zommers Photography usually aim to take about 80% of the images in an informal candid way, revealing the feelings of love and good will guests and bridal party have for each other. The traditional aspects will be covered formally, as you wish. This has to be thoroughly discussed at the pre-wedding conference.