Guest Officiant ~ Why I Love this Wedding Picture

Guest Officiant ~ Why I Love this Wedding Picture

I recently shot a beautiful wedding in Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Varzea, Portugal.

I’m lucky enough to shoot several weddings in different countries each year, and it’s always lovely to experience the different cultures and formats of weddings abroad.

In this case, Jolene and Matthew had a friend as the officiant for the wedding.

This is lovely in its own right – having somebody close to you actually giving the service.

In this case, however, the officiant made the decision to stand on the opposite side to the normal position.

Generally, of course, the officiant stands to face the congregation and the bride and groom.

Rather than it being “odd”, I thought it was a nice touch by him and rather serendipitous for me.

You see, because he was such an important part of the service, I managed to get some shots of him, as well as Jolene and Matthew, and the congregation.  Generally, whilst shooting from the front, you won’t get many (if any) shots of the registrar or officiant of the wedding.

So, this is why I love this wedding picture and I hope you do too.

hotel rural casa dos viscondes da varzea wedding

Technical Details:

  • Camera:  Fujifilm GFX50s
  • Lens: GF45mm F2.8
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:  1/125th second at f/5
  • Flash:  Did not fire