Marten Björk

First Wedding Shoot

Juni 2019 notice: I'm moving all my blog posts to Contentful and Gatsby. Some images will be missing for a few weeks as I move all the content by hand.

A month ago, I photographed my first wedding. It was booked earlier this spring and I’ve agonized about it every day since. There’s no room for errors when it comes to weddings — you have to deliver.

I arrived the day before the ceremony, which gave me some time to check out the location and to document the preparations of the venue.

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On the day of the wedding, I woke up early to have breakfast before everyone else. In-between numerous cups of coffee, I double- and triple-checked my checklists for the day. Everything was in order. Finally, the other guests arrived and the work day begun. First, I spent some intense hours covering the bride’s and groom’s preparations in their respective rooms.

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After lunch, the wedding officially kicked off. Guests arrived and mingling begun. Photographing people at parties is an interesting challenge; you have to be likable so that people relax, but also keep a certain distance so you can get the good shots. You mingle, small talk and move on.

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Then it was time for the ceremony. The dreaded once-in-a-lifetime, no-second-chances ceremony. I have to admit — I was nervous about it.

But as the band started playing and the ceremony begun, I actually felt calm. Everything was much slower and more relaxed than I had imagined. There was plenty of time to try different compositions and lenses and to double-check that the exposure was right. I even enjoyed it.

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After the ceremony, a happy sigh of relief. A quick scroll through the memory cards confirmed that I had managed to get some great shots. My phone, however, quickly reminded me that it was time for portraits.

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The rest of the evening rushed by. Reception, dinner, speeches. And finally, after 12 hours of intense photography — a first dance.