In every job you do, you will end up with a funny story or two, but being a wedding photographer you often have one or two from each wedding, some of which you can't repeat in polite company.
Like many professionals that we are, we carry an emergency bag with us just in case any of our couples or their guests have an emergency, however, even that can't cater for every situation.
M & B's Wedding
During this wedding, I was simply a walking disaster zone and should have had a warning sign around my neck not a camera.
The day started with us forgetting a little present we were taking for M the bride, even after me having it ready on the chair in full view, by the time we remembered we were already halfway there so no turning back.
The second disaster to happen was more out of my control, the Wedding venue is within a public park so you have to pay to park, Susie made sure I had the right change ready as she was meeting me there as travelling with part of the wedding party, I went to pay and the parking machine decided to eat half of my money and refuse to give it back, luckily for me you could also pay by a mobile phone app or I would have been getting a ticket or worse.
Number three whilst making sure I had everything I needed from the car, I managed to trip on a wooden rail around the parking area twisting my knee in the process, which left me hobbling like an 80-year-old for the rest of the day, which was difficult as we wanted to utilize the beautiful park the hotel was situated in as much as possible.
Finally, the creme de la creme, between the wedding breakfast and disco we handed out punch balloons to the 23 children at the wedding, which were originally intended to be used outside for some fun photos, however, due to heavy rain the little ones were having a great time running around with them in the lounge area, this may have got them a little too excited as whist heading to the bathroom, one overly excited little boy not watching where he was going in his delight of play, ran straight in the back of me, grabbing my trousers to stop himself falling over, and in doing so ripped the seat out of my trousers, exposing my ample rear end to the world! All I can say is, I was glad to be wearing black boxers, and that everyone was far too polite to say anything about the photographer with his ass hanging out of his trousers for the rest of the evening, although I was trying to keep my back against the wall most the rest of the wedding.
Speaking to the couple afterwards They told me no one noticed, not that I believe that! lol
I think I'll be carrying spare clothes from now on!
M & L's Wedding
For once it wasn't me this time, Sadly poor Susie was the one who ended up flat on the ground.
We had very kindly been asked to join the wedding party for the wedding breakfast, during the meal we noticed a few people swapping their chairs out as they were wobbly, however never thought anything about it until suddenly Susie suddenly disappeared from view as two of the side legs just folded under her chair tipping her on the floor with quite a bump, winding her in the process and scaring the life out of me. Luckily although she was shaken and was stiff for a few days no major harm was done, however, I suspect the venue might be more careful to check their furniture as they set up in the future.
R & S's Wedding
The one thing all wedding photographers need to remember is to look behind them, you may have seen youtube or blooper show clips of photographers falling back into fountains or missing a step and flying into a lake or pond. Luckily nothing that catastrophic has ever happened to us however I am guilty of not checking what I was stepping on.
During a recent outdoor wedding in a beautiful very natural wild garden, Susie and I were working as a team to capture shots as people milled around the garden, using the cut paths to pass between the wildflower beds, As Susie was taking photos, I nipped round the back of everyone to take up a new position, decided that blocking the path was not a good idea so found an area within the flowers I could stand causing no damage, I stepped into place, however as I went to place my second foot, it disappeared 12 inches down a hidden hole, causing me to lose my balance, made worse by my camera and bag shifting further throwing me off balance, and back first into the flowers with my legs up in the air! Luckily my foot did not catch in the hole otherwise I may have broken my ankle, so nothing was hurt other than my pride, and twisting the same knee as before, which is never great after years of playing rugby.
The father of the groom rushed to help me up, and as I found my feet, I found my sense of humour and said I hope everyone enjoyed the free stunt show, making everyone laugh.
I guess that most photographers will have stories from weddings, but based on the number we have photographed over the years we have got away lightly.!
We hope that gave you a chuckle, and I promise not children or wildflowers were harmed in this blog and each couple were left with amazing photos of their special days.