The advice in this tutorial is based on shooting a traditional British Christian church wedding, for the simple reason that it's the only kind of which I have first-hand experience. If any readers would like to share their experiences of photographing marriage ceremonies in other traditions, please feel free to use the comments section at the end of the article.
Link to Part 3 of this tutorial.
In part one of this tutorial I discussed preparations for shooting a wedding as the official photographer, including what sort of equipment you'll need, planning for the big day and how utterly terrified you should be at the magnitude of the responsibility you've undertaken. Today I'll take a look at what you'll need to do on the day, what sort of shots you need to take, and the best ways to take them.
Although their wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of a young couple's life, it usually won't start out that way. After months of planning, when the big day finally dawns the bride and groom, and the friends and family members directly involved in the proceedings, will understandably be nervous and worried. A lot of of things have to happen on schedule with clockwork precision and perfect timing, and any one of them going wrong could spoil the whole day. As the official photographer you are a vital part of the process, and you owe it to the couple to be reassuringly professional. If they can see that you know exactly what you're doing it's one more worry off their minds, and one step closer to making the day a success.