Talk about a coincidence!

Talking to my mum the other day about one of my closest friends getting married we got to talking about her wedding to my dad many moons ago. I’ll not say how many as she won’t be impressed.

Anyway, it turns out that their reception was held where my friend is considering having her wedding. Out of the thousands of places she could choose I have to say that it gave me goose bumps. Coincidence or what!

It also made me realise that apart from one or two I’d not seen any of my parent’s wedding photos, so out came the album. I got to thinking about photography and how much it had changed through technological advances – film to digital being the biggest one.


Wedding photography of the past

1826 is universally accepted as the invention of photography as we know it. In years gone by, most couples didn’t actually hire a photographer for the wedding itself, they’d actually pose before or after in a studio.

It wasn’t until the 1880’s that wedding albums became more commonplace and the wedding gifts would be photographed too.

Until the beginning of the 20th century, most wedding photos were black and white, while the concept of photographing the wedding itself as an event didn’t come along really until after the 2nd world war!

I find it fascinating how far we’ve come with technology and equipment in such a short space of time, I personally feel we’re really lucky to be in the digital photography age as it affords us so much more creativity and flexibility when it comes to taking photos.

So I thought I’d share my family’s wedding photos of yesteryear with you here, I hope you enjoy looking at them. It was so strange seeing the striking family resemblance to my relatives who I never even got the chance to meet. Perhaps this has inspired you to look at your family’s wedding photos. I’d love to hear your stories if it has!


Sarah x

Grandma and Grandad getting married in Scarborough

I LOVE this shot of grandma and grandad getting confetti thrown over them, it really makes me smile.

Annie and Horris in the 1920's!

Annie and Horris in the 1920’s posing in the studio

Sheila and Norman in the 1960's

Sheila and Norman in the 1960’s

Harry & Dorothy in the 1940's

Harry & Dorothy in the 1940’s

One of my uncle's wedding from the 1970's

One of my uncle’s wedding from the 1970’s





Ever wondered what a documentary style photographer does?

Documentary wedding photography is often referred to as professional photojournalism or reportage style.

It is a truthful, objective and sometimes candid way of capturing an event.

It’s looking at the photos as a way of telling the story of your day, rather than posing people for a false version.

As a child, dad would make us stand in a family row squinting at the sun while he messed about with his camera for what seemed like an eternity all the time telling us to smile. I hated it, and I hated the photos. This is where my passion for documentary came in – no fake smiles, no posed and uncomfortable looks. Just genuine moments that last a lifetime.