White Lace and wedding veils
This is a glimpse into the intimate world of women: candid pictures taken in those last few hours of preparation, as the bride is fussed over by a private circle of female friends and family, before she takes that big step into matrimony.
For some brides, the moment before they walk down the aisle is like a fairy-tale they have waited for since childhood. A grandmother's gnarled hands smooth a veil; a younger sister devotedly applies her older sister's make-up; bridesmaids giggle and tease. For some brides it is an almost tortuous time of dashed hopes, exasperation, and loneliness. Amidst a tangle of tulle there's a grimace of fear; a bride dons her dress alone; the clench of a corset; a swig of champagne to calm nerves. In these intense and intimate moments the camera finds these women coy, determined, funny, sensual, clumsy, frantic, silly, trashy, contemplative, and more.
I bring my skills as a photojournalist to wedding photography
and cover these events as a visual narrative, creating very singular
day-in-the-life documentaries. I have photographed over 250 weddings
and the women in this collection of photographs vary in ages, ethnicities
and religion, and include gay as well as straight brides. The settings
range from an English manor home to a trendy salon, a Las Vegas chapel
to an urban studio apartment, from fashionable hotels to sparse function
hall rooms, and reconverted city buildings to chic country estates.