Many venues offer the option for couples to get married at their location.
However, many couples still prefer to get married in a church.
Whether it is a church they have attended or not they may desire to say their wedding vows inside a house of worship.
It is always a good idea to check with the church beforehand if they have any photography rules and restrictions. Some churches can be very strict and not allow the photographer pass a certain point or use flash.
I love photographing wedding ceremonies in a church, whether it is a Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal or Non-Denominational Church. Honoring faith and traditions adds another layer and background to the wedding day story.
This hilarious wedding moment was taken at Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic Church in Hicksville Long Island, NY.
During this full Catholic mass the ring bearer could no longer 'bear it" and without a shred of self consciousness he slid to the end of the pew, stood up and covered his ears in protest of the lengthy ceremony.
Meanwhile, the bride and groom are kneeling in solemn prayer unaware of what was happening behind their backs.
Antics like this make for comedic moments, precious memories and rewarding wedding photojournalism . This capture allows the bride and groom to relive a part of their day that they did not get to see as their backs were turned.
And although I love to use color in my work, some images; like this one are best edited in black and white.
It is of utmost importance to anticipate moments and to always have the camera's viewfinder up to my eye so as not to miss out on split second captures like this.
Moments and photos like this is why I do not work off of a standard shot list. I want to document a wedding and tell it's own unique story and be ready to react to how it unfolds organically.
I am passionate about capturing authentic/honest moments like this and I love when children are included in weddings.
Location: 500 S Oyster Bay Rd, Hicksville, NY 11801.