The bride and her son walk down the aisle at Dodmoor House in Northamptonshire.

Brides & Grooms With Their Children – Son and Daughter Day

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Son and Daughter Day

In honour of today being International Son and Daughter Day (11 August) I thought it would be nice to share with you some wedding photography of brides and grooms with their children on the wedding day.

As a documentary wedding photographer I love to photograph those special and unique bonds between people and there is none closer than the relationship between a parent and child – young or old.

Bonds, Relationships & Emotions

Of course, it being a wedding day often makes that relationship even more intense and, excuse the pun, sharply focused. Emotions often run high as parents forge a new relationship together of which their children will form a central part.

So when I document those often powerful private moments between a bride or groom with their child, I’m recording a truly moving and intimate piece of family life.  It’s all part of your wedding’s real and unique story.

Being a natural and genuine moment it’s heartfelt and raw, in a way a posed or set up wedding moment could never capture or recreate.  As a wedding photojournalist I truly value the integrity of such moments.

So What Is Son and Daughter Day?

You may be wondering what Son and Daughter day is. To quote from the Days of the Year website, it is:

…the perfect opportunity to set aside some time to reflect on the joy that children bring to your life. Whether sons and daughters are young or old, teenagers or toddlers, the bond between parent and child is like no other on earth and this annual celebration ensures the miracle of bringing new life into the world is never forgotten. Though the origins of Son and Daughter Day are unknown, it is celebrated widely across the world simply by parents spending time with their children and letting them know how special they are to them. The best gift to give on Son and Daughter Day is the gift of time. If your children are still living at home, take some time out of your schedule to truly enjoy their company. If your children have moved away, make sure they return so you can spend quality family time together.

So share with me and celebrate Son and Daughter day with this very small selection of wedding photos featuring brides and grooms with their kids on the wedding day.

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Do you enjoy my unposed, candid and natural documentary wedding photography and how it captures real moments and genuine emotions from the wedding day?

Then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how I can document the real and unique wedding story from your day.  Although I am a London wedding photographer I do service the whole of the U.K. and destination weddings overseas.

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My 5 Favourite…Kids Being Kids

Five Favourites

An occasional consideration for some wedding couples is whether to have a child-free wedding or not. Of course, this is always a personal choice for the couple involved but there’s no denying, from a wedding photojournalism perspective, children do present some fantastic photo opportunities.  So I do love it when children are at weddings – it just gives me more moments, emotions and expressions to capture for your unique wedding story.

So here are 5 of my favourite photos of kids being kids at previous weddings.

#1 The Princess Flower Girl

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride watching as her daughter shows off her pretty dress.

I just love how the flower girl admires her pretty dress with a spontaneous twirl, during the bridal preparations for Gemma and Rich’s wedding at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, East Sussex. Kids do produce these fleeting little moments in-between the bigger moments and as a wedding photojournalist I love to document them as part of the bigger wedding story.

#2 The Unimpressed Boy

Rowton Castle wedding photography of a young boy watching the wedding singer entertain guests during the evening reception

This perennial favourite I have talked about before in my Why I Love This Image series, but it captures such a classic moment as he watches on unimpressed as the wedding singer belts out a beautiful torch song at Kara and Jasons wedding at Rowton Castle in Shropshire.  Because kids are less guarded of their expressions and emotions it means they do present some really natural and amusing moments for the wedding story.

#3  Your Hat is Much More FunNorthamptonshire wedding photographer captures a flower gil playing with the hat of the mother of the bride during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

It’s speeches time at Hollie and Dan’s wedding at Grendon Lakes in Northamptonshire and the flower girl, sat at the head table, decides there’s much more fun in yanking down her grandmother’s hat than listening to all those boring words and toasts!  You just couldn’t fake or pose a genuine wedding moment like this and its the perfect demonstration of the natural power of a wedding photojournalism approach.

#4 Yuk! Being Kissed By The Bride!

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography Shropshire

Let’s face it, young boys of a certain age hate being kissed by girls…even by beautiful brides!  This is a classic moment from Maria and Pete’s wedding, another at Rowton Castle in Shropshire. Whilst the bride is having adjustments made to her dress during the evening reception, she leans forward to kiss this adorably cheeky young guest…and clearly it’s not something he wanted to happen! Children do create such natural storytelling moments at weddings.

#5  The Fun of the Dance Floor

Holiday Inn Brighton wedding photography of children playing on the dancefloor, during the evening wedding reception.

Dance floors are for dancing, right?  Wrong!  Not when a polished, empty dance floor is just perfect for sliding across…as is happening here at Steph and Dan’s wedding the Holiday Inn in Brighton, East Sussex.  That’s the great thing about kids, they’ll turn any opportunity into a playground…and who can blame them!  After all, it does make for fun wedding photography!

Of course, there are so many other photos of kids being kids photos I could have chosen, so I’d encourage you to look through my other real wedding stories if you’d like to see more.


If you are getting married and enjoyed my natural, relaxed and unobtrusive approach to capturing wedding stories then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can either call me on 07920 422144 or simply send me a message via my contact page with details of your wedding. I’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

One of the best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographers captures a young boy playing during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

Why I Love This Image: The Boy Beneath The Table

Why I Love This Image

A wedding is just a fun playground for kids!

Kids are great at weddings, certainly from a wedding photojournalism perspective.  In many ways they epitomise everything that documentary wedding photography is: unposed, spontaneous and full of fun.  After all, it’s the real story of your wedding as it happens that I capture.

Take this young boy, from Hollie and Dan’s Grendon Lakes wedding photography in Northamptonshire.  He doesn’t care about the wedding speeches or the toasts, no.  He’s far more interested in the table decorations that have fallen on the floor – they look far more fun and interesting!

Of course, the fact that the bride and groom are enjoying the wedding speeches and are seemingly oblivious to a child’s world of fun and adventure going on beneath the head table makes the image even more amusing and brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.

Having spotted this happening, I manoeuvred myself into a better position and waited for him to starting playing with the MR letters – after all, he was quite a young and charming mister!

Given the potential for the clutter to being a tad distracting it was definitely a wedding moment that I knew was going to be black & white.

Weddings are often a mix of chaotic fun and more formal moments.  That’s why a wedding photojournalism approach is such a natural way to capture the real and authentic wedding story.  You could never set such a natural happening scene up and you could never get that young boy to do as you wanted.  Thats why ensuring the integrity of the moment is so important in capturing authentic wedding stories. I want to make them as unique to you as you both are. It’s your day. Your story. Your way.

As a wedding photojournalist you put simply put yourself inside the moment and anticipate the story that’s about to happen. It’s not about getting the perfect shot, it’s all about getting the perfect moment. For that you need to see and feel what you are shooting. It’s why wedding photojournalism delivers the most natural and stunning memories from your day without you even being aware it was happening.

And that’s why I love this image.


My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.


Contact Me

Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a Grendon Lakes wedding in Northamptonshire? Then I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and how my wedding photojournalism approach can capture the real story of YOUR wedding day. Call me on 07920 422144 or send me an email here.