After yesterday’s blog about my preference to focus on spiritual aspects of weddings, it may seem strange to now admit that I photographed the groom, Ayrton, before the wedding, at his tailor, P Johnson.
I did this for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, I had photographed the bride, Emily, at her fitting (more on that tomorrow).
Secondly, I think it strange that the groom is often seen as an accessory at weddings and I thought if a wedding is going to be the most important day, then it should be of the couple’s life, not just of the bride, so by photographing the groom, I hoped I was signalling to the groom that I thought his role wasn’t secondary. Not sure if Ayrton actually needed this signal but I needed to convey it, if only for myself.
Thirdly, I am fascinated by how people prepare themselves for significant events in their lives.
Fourthly, I had only previously met Aytron briefly so photographing Ayrton allowed me to learn more about him.
Goodness, a lot of reasons, but hopefully the photos below make more sense as a consequence of spelling out how this photographic session came about.