Same Sex Weddings | A historic day for equality

The legalisation of same-sex marriages went through parliament last year but it wasn’t until earlier this month that couples could register their intention to marry and in fact not until this very day, 29th March 2014, that couples could legally be married in England and Wales.

“When people’s love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change”

David Cameron.

Campaigners have fought tirelessly for same-sex couples to have the right to get married, and not just in a legal sense but one of outright equality.

Huge congratulations to any couples getting married on this very significant day.

Same Sex Documentary Wedding Photography in Headley, Berkshire | Rob & Adam

Rob and Adam's same sex wedding in Berkshire had a fun, family vibe. It all took place in the peaceful village of Headley and was hosted by Rob's brave parents on their beautiful front lawn! Because the couple currently live in Australia planning the day was a team effort but it paid off and is certainly one of my more memorable commissions so far this year.

Many of Rob and Adam's friends made the huge commitment to fly in from Australia - a testament to how amicable these two are.

This was also the first real test for the latest Canon 5D Mark 3 set up I've moved to. The speeches in particular during this wedding were tough, with next to no ambient light to work from. Adding flash during the speeches, for me at least, is an absolute no-no as it attracts far too much attention and alters the entire atmosphere of the space.

With these new cameras I was able to shoot at 8000 to 16,000 ISO and produce professional results. I'm now going into my low light, winter weddings safe in the knowledge that I'll be able to work in much tougher situations than last year.

These cameras are a real game changer, for the documentary wedding photographer at least.

It's fair to say that this wedding was full of people that really knew how to have a good time, this is always good for reportage wedding photography and many of my favourite wedding photography were created during the latter stages of the day.

Documentary Wedding Photography in Wandsworth

Phil and Steve's wedding in London was made up of three key chapters, the first of these small chapters documented their civil partnership at Wandsworth Town Hall. Shortly afterwards, we walked a mile or so to have some afternoon drinks before some informal speeches at The Waterfront on Battersea Reach, we then finished the day by walking along the river to Marco Polo.

The whole day had a relaxed atmosphere with a very clear emphasis on what's important to the couple; their closest family and friends. And, because of the intimate nature of the day, it was incredibly rewarding to work on as a documentary wedding photographer.

The pictures you took that day are so evocative of the atmosphere and happiness of the occasion.

It was very special and everyone there made an emotional contribution to the 'feel' of the event. Looking through the documentary photography gives me a shock of recognition each time I view them, they bring a lump to my throat!

Peter and I enjoyed meeting Steve and Phil's other guests and your presence was so subtle and unobtrusive, but the pictures really capture all the laughter and engagement evident on everyone's face, which we will always remember as a special characteristic of the whole day.

Thank you so much for giving us all a record of a special and memorable day in the history of our family.


Cilia and Peter Clinton

Below are just a few of my very favourites.