Could groom prep be the new bridal prep? On the day of a wedding, a wedding photographer’s day usually begins by photographing the bridal wedding preparations with the bride, her bridesmaids and close family. However there is one important member of the wedding party that is left out in this process… The groom!
It’s great fun capturing the girls sipping champagne, having manicures and putting on their beautiful dresses, but photographing the men can also be just as enjoyable - Swapping bubbly for a Budweiser, polishing nails for shoe buffering and hoisting up stockings for adjusting ties, the groom’s wedding morning is equally as eventful.
The wedding in these wedding photographs is that of Rob and Lucy in Clacton On Sea.
Lucy knew that as much as she wanted photographs of herself and her bridesmaids getting ready for their big day, she also wanted to see what Rob and his groomsmen got up to on the morning of their wedding in Clacton On Sea. So whilst Lucy’s bridal prep was being taken care of by another photographer, I headed off to the groom’s location and took some snaps of the boys.
Such a calm atmosphere surrounded the house, the complete opposite to how it often feels with the bride. Usually there is a lot going on in such a short space of time, hair needs to be perfected, make up needs to be applied, the bride and bridal party need to be dressed and this is often quite a chaotic, yet enjoyable none-the-less, time on a couple’s wedding day. Rob and his groomsmen were making cups of tea, listening to music and polishing their shoes whilst sat out on the lawn in the sunshine, totally relaxed as if it was just an ordinary day.
With showers still to be had, teeth to be brushed and shirts to be ironed, roughly 2 hours before they needed to be stood at the alter, the boys felt they better get a move on, and dispersed into the different rooms in the house to begin their wedding preparations, 'groom prep'.
A short amount of time passed by and before I knew it, everyone was suited and booted, ready for the exciting wedding day ahead. A surprise arrived in the form of Lucy’s brother carrying a wooden trinket box full of gorgeous gifts for the groom; a thoughtful handwritten card, leather wristwatch and personalised silver letter opener.
Placing the watch onto his wrist, this was the groom’s final preparation and he was ready to go, but with 1 hour still to spare before they needed to leave, what were they meant to do to pass the time?! Play dominos of course!
Gathering around the dining room table, the groom and his groomsmen laid the bricks down and began to play. The atmosphere was still just as relaxed as it was when I first arrived at the house.
So could groom prep be the new bridal prep? Why not book to have a second photographer at your wedding and ensure that every moment is captured, for both you and your husband-to-be!