It's time. It's a mixture of nerves and excitement. The bride arrives at the ceremony and all eyes are on you. If you're lucky, you'll have a steady arm to lean on to help get you those last few yards to the front. Meanwhile, family and friends crane necks to catch a first glimpse of you, and break into broad smiles at how wonderful you look.
Bedfordshire wedding photographer Wedding ceremony: Walking up the aisle
Christina walks up the aisle at Elstow Abbey in Bedford, accompanied by her father. You can tell by her expression that she has already spotted Stevie at the front. I love the excitement in the faces of the children in the pews as well. What a moment!
1/80 sec at f/4.0, ISO 3200 - this can be a tricky moment for photos, coming in from the bright light outside into the relative darkness of the church or hall. I could turn the flash on, but that would mean that only the foreground was lit. Here, I wanted to capture the lovely historic setting of the church building, too. I was still on the move, so the exposure time needed to stay quite short. That meant a wide aperture and a high ISO, plus quite a lot of post-processing the RAW file to get a good balance of light and colour temperatures across the image. But the work was well worth it to create a memorable image of this key moment.
Canon EOS 5DS R with Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 24mm - I'm bobbing down next to a pew, so I need the wide angle to get a full-length shot.