I feel like I'm on a mission to make a positive change in the wedding industry every time I photograph a couple.
A couple of weeks ago during a prep, someone asked me what they were supposed to do with the dress. I mentioned it may be nice to hang it up somewhere visible, because it'll look nice, but they could do whatever they wanted, and they said "thanks, I just don't know what I'm supposed to do!"
Guys - there's no rulebook of weddings saying what one is supposed to do.
Say it with me. There's no rulebook!
All this stuff we do, all this ritual, can be wonderful. It can have immense meaning.
However, I can tell you from experience that the weddings I found more enjoyable to photograph, where the couple were less stressed and more present, were less concerned with what others had done before them. They were more invested in starting a marriage than the 24 hours that was happening at the beginning of it.
That's how it should be.
Ward and Kirsty planned a day just for them, with rituals they chose just for them, and they didn't ask anybody about "the rules".