Fun, Fantastic & Full of Romance: 20 Inspiring Modern Wedding Portraits

15 Jul 2015

To get you excited about your day in the spotlight, we’ve asked the wedding photographers at the 20Collective to share their favourite wedding portraits... get ready to feel inspired

Gone are the days of stiff wedding photography – thank the Lord! And wedding portraits are where professional wedding photographers really come into their own. From creative ideas to full-on romance (worthy of a Hollywood film) these are frames that are sure to fill you with excitement for your coming wedding day.


1. A Cardiff City Hall wedding by F5 Photography – Rahul Khona
“I love chasing light. We walked around outside the venue, when the sun broke just underneath the clouds and I spotted this light coming through the trees,” says Rahul Khona of F5 Photography of this image captured at Cardiff City Hall. “This was at the end of the portrait session, and I quickly placed the couple here to get this portrait, moments before they entered.”



2. A Mitton Hall wedding in Lancashire by ARJ Photography
“Taking unique wedding day portraits is in my soul,” says ARJ Photography. “As much as I see my main job being about creative storytelling, I love it when I get the chance to spend a little time with the couple and just have fun making cool, different photos like this one from Katie and Andy’s Mitton Hall wedding in Lancashire. The sky was incredible and I knew I wanted to create something that showed it off but in a different way – I was delighted with the result!”



3. A Cheshire wedding by Adam Riley Photography
“Portraits don’t always have to be posed - I like to look for opportunities to shoot natural portraits throughout the day,” explains Adam, of Adam Riley Photography. “This shot of Vivian, taken at her home wedding in Cheshire, was taken as she walked through a patch of light on the way to the ceremony.”



4. A London wedding by Albert Palmer Photography
“I tend to think that it’s virtually impossible to create a completely unique wedding portrait,” says Albert of Albert Palmer Photography. “I have seen so many photos online that they all become a blur. But I do love this one taken on a pre wedding shoot in London. I love those yellow leaves, the perspective and the complimentary colours. The couple look pretty cool, too.”



5. A Narborough Hall wedding in Leicester by Andy Gaines
“I love to make portraits as and when the moments and light is right,” says photographer Andy Gaines. “This shot of Olivia and Doug was grabbed in a short window when the sun came out and was shining down this amazing avenue of trees at Narborough Hall. The final image is stitched from 60 frames to get the effect I wanted.”



6. A Richmond Hill Hotel in south west London by Ben Joseph Photography
“This image was shot at the Richmond Hill Hotel in SW London,” says photographer Ben Joseph. “This was at the getting ready stage and the room was busy and full of make up artists and bridesmaids, so I decided to isolate the bride with this composition. A nice soft amount of window light worked well and the background is dark enough not to distract from the bride’s face; I like the block of solid black tone followed by a lighter grey tone in the background which contrasts well with the white dress.”



7. A Fetcham Park wedding in Surrey by Jackson & Co Photography
“This portrait of Kieran and Vinita stood on the grand staircase of Fetcham Park – I like to think is one in a million,” say Michael and Hannah of Jackson & Co Photography. “Fetcham Park hosts incredible weddings every weekend of the year I’m sure but right then and there, when that shaft of light burst through and lit up Vinita’s incredible Vera Wang dress. I really felt like this was a scene that could never be recreated and would be completely unique.”



8.  A village fete wedding by Kristian Leven Photography
“It looked as if Laura and Clive's village-fete themed wedding was going to be a wash out - heavy, heavy downpours continued throughout the afternoon, meaning all the guests were kept inside the marquee, despite an array of outdoor games waiting to be played,” explains Kristian Leven. “Then, a break in the clouds, the sun came out, and Laura and Clive had this wonderful moment.” 



9. A Doubletree by Hilton Chester wedding in Cheshire by CG Weddings by the Crawleys
“This image was created at Doubletree by Hilton in Chester. This image epitomises everything that CG Weddings by the Crawleys are all about: being different. My number one priority when I shoot is to try and be ‘me’,” says Liam of CG Weddings by the Crawleys. “We are all unique as people, so too should we be as artists.”



10. A Brixton Town Hall wedding in London by Lorenzo Photography
"This was a winter wedding at Brixton Town Hall in the heart of Brixton, London. Unusually for that time of year, the weather was glorious with bright winter sunshine and lovely long shadows," says Lorenzo. "The couple wanted some portraits taken around Windrush Square opposite the town hall and I couldn’t resist taking a few with the iconic Ritzy Cinema in the background. Okay, I’ll admit to a bit of artistic licence and Photoshop wizardry with the listings! Just for Bea and Jules!"



11. A wedding at The Polurrian Bay Hotel in Cornwall by Lyndsey Goddard Photography
"This portrait was taken at Amber and Nathan’s wedding at The Polurrian Bay Hotel, whilst a storm raged outside," explains Lyndsey Goddard. "We had already taken some portraits during the day, on a cliff top so windy we almost got blown away. Not long after, it began to rain heavily which put paid to any ideas of portraits outside at sunset. Instead, I asked the couple to stand in the window and silhouetted them against the blues of the sea and the sky. I love the space ship like orange ceiling lamp which adds a  pop of colour and the last rays of the setting sun hitting the bride's wedding dress."



12. A wedding at Ironmongers Hall in London by Matt Tyler Photography
"Ironmongers Hall is famous as the location of Dumbledore’s office in the Harry Potter movies," explains photographer Matt Tyler. "Matt and Dino wanted to have some fun and make the most of the location. Traditional portraits were definitely not on the agenda at this wedding! I love the energy in this photo. It really captures Matt and Dino’s personalities."



13. A Barbados wedding by Miki Photography
"Lucy and Pitch (as he’s known to all his friends) had their wedding in Barbados and I were keen to NOT do a beach photo as one of their main portraits," explains Miki. "They had their reception in this beautiful villa and the lighthouse was down the road in pitch black (pun intended). So the only way we could get it was to wait till all the guests had gone home. So at about 1.30am, we’re all standing there in utter darkness but we managed to get this shot with all of the stars. I’m really pleased with it - a risk, but well worth it!"



14. A Eaves Hall wedding in Lancashire by Neil Redfern Photography
"It’s always fun to try something a bit different at weddings and this shot, taken at Eaves Hall in Lancashire, was one that I hadn’t tried before," says Neil. "Taking this photograph was fun as it required the couple to stand still for around 15 seconds, whilst all the while they were being watched by their laughing guests who didn’t know what I was doing as I ran round them with my light! I’m especially pleased it worked as it was very cold and I only took one shot."



15. A Chateau de la Bourlie wedding by Rik Pennington Photography
"This is one of my favourite portraits from a couple shoot," says Rik. "For me, everything came together to produce an image that almost has a film noir quality to it. Emily's 50s look, her gaze into the distance, and the spot of sunlight on her face that throws the rest of the picture into sharp relief combine to make this one of my favourite black-and-white portraits."



16. A Shilstone House wedding in Devon by Sam Gibson Photography
"This shot was taken after Millie and Alex’s wedding at the gorgeous Shilstone House on the edge of Dartmoor," says Sam. "We actually drove up onto the moor after their wedding ceremony and we were joined during the portrait session by a group of wild horses! Not something that happens every day."



17. Out to Grass wedding in Worcestershire by Samuel Docker Photography
"A photographer’s best friend has and always will be light, even more so when it’s the famous golden hour and that light is yummy and glowing orange!" say Samuel Docker. "This was just the case for Jane and Sue’s gorgeous Worcestershire wedding at the incredible Out to Grass site. It was late evening in the middle of summer, guests were kicking back after a feast, and me, Jane and Sue went to sit in the long grass over-looking a killer sunset for 20 minutes."



18. A London wedding by Stephen Bunn Photography
"With this portrait of Megan and Stephen, I wanted to show some context to their London wedding. London can be busy at the best of times, not least on a Saturday," explains Stephen. "The light here was very contrasty, so I asked my couple to stand in this spot where St Paul’s was behind them. The area directly behind them was dark, but they are lit by the sun so they really pop against the dark background."



19. A Curradine Barn wedding in Worcestershire by Lawson Photography
"Us photographers are always on the look out for something a little unusual," say Pete and Laura of Lawson Photography. "It's best to start with the standard pretty images, but you always know that given half the chance you're going to end up by the bins/shipping container/grotty wall. Or in this case, the end of Curradine Barn's car park. Not only did we love the textures of the bricks and rusty metal, but also the slight role reversal with the groom leaning back. Might not be to everyone's taste, but we love it."



20. Colehayes Park wedding in Devon by York Place Studios
"This was an awesome wedding at Colehayes Park in Devon and we absolutely loved every aspect of the day," says Dominique and Liam of York Place Studios. "We had such fun with the portraits and this one was of our favourites, a reflection shot next to a spectacular giant tree! Hollie and Kieran are an incredible couple and it really was a pleasure to capture their personalities!" 

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