Merley House wedding


Why I love this image – Lost in Thought

As a Dorset wedding photographer I get to be a part of (probably) the most special day in my couples’ lives. In this occasional series I’m looking back at weddings from recent years, choosing images that actually speak out to me. Images that when you understand the story behind them, really come alive.

Today I’m turning back the clock to Ami and Chris’ wedding at Merley House, near Wimborne.

As my primary style is documentary wedding photography, I’m always looking for images. Opportunities to capture something that goes beyond “the norm” of wedding photography. Fleeting moments. Moments that, to the casual observer, would mean nothing. But moments that speak volumes to those involved with the wedding.

Chris had asked his very best friend, his Brother, to be his Best Man. In most cases there’s a certain bond between Brothers that can’t be explained. Sometimes it’s stronger than others. This was one of those times.

As Chris and Ami exchanged their vows all of the focus of the wedding guests was on the couple. I looked through the gap between them and saw Chris’ Brother. To me, his expression hints at being lost in his own thoughts. About the good times, and the bad, about growing up together.

As I said, without context this image wouldn’t mean anything, Just a shot of a man. But to the couple and their families, it means much more.

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Merley House wedding photography

If you’re considering a wedding at Merley House (or indeed, anywhere else in Dorset or Hampshire) then please get in touch to discuss your wedding photography requirements. I’m delighted to be a recommended photographer for a number of leading Dorset wedding venues and would love to hear about the plans for your special day. Get in touch with me now for a no-obligation chat.

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About Ian

Ian is one of Dorset’s leading wedding photographers. Based in Bournemouth and with over 20 years of experience photographing weddings across Dorset and Hampshire, Ian’s the perfect choice for couples who want unobtrusive, discreet wedding photography that captures the emotions of their special day. Read more about his own personal style of documentary wedding photography on this website.

Proud to be a recommended photographer for a number of leading Dorset wedding venues. 


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