Valentine’s Day 2019 – The Black and White Edition

Can a photograph show true love?  How many kinds of love are there?  What makes the wedding world go round, is not only about the romance between the couple getting married who are clearly very much in love. Weddings are such emotional and joyous occasions, so to me, natural wedding photography takes in the connections between friendships, parents and the bond with their children, even the love we can feel for a beautifully made outfit or a thoughtful gift, and yes, even a healthy self-love when you look in the mirror and are happy with what you see. All these relationships count because they are all so precious and vital.
black and white natural wedding photograph of a young very in love couple laughing together by yorkshire photographer CatherineWhat’s so good about a black and white photography? Without the distraction of any colour, your eyes automatically seek out shape, mood or emotions. For my wedding photography, the absence of colour leads you to all the beauty of the feelings between the people in it.

a black and white reportage style photograph of three ladies holding hands at a wedding in celebration of Galentine's Day

Just one day ahead of Valentine’s Day, we now have Galentine’s Day. Women buy twice as many Valentine’s Day cards as men so it’s little surprise that ladies have decided to have a day to celebrate each other and the support and friendship they give to one another.

a black and white reportage style photograph of three sisters who clearly love each other at a wedding in celebration of Galentine's Day

Having both a wonderful sister and lovely brother who I adore, seeing sibling love warms my heart.

a natural photograph showing male friends hugging and laughing together at their friends weddinga beautiful natural photograph of a young couple as they see each other for the first time at the top of the aisleOne of my favourite couples photographs. I think the ‘why’ is obvious, but here I go… firstly, would you just look at the faces of the couple! If a split second could say I love you so much, it would be this one. I am especially happy I caught this moment as they are not a couple to show any public displays of affection – so no kissing or snuggling, just this one completely natural and spontaneous split moment in their ten hour wedding day. Now secondly, look at the groom’s best man, and the bride’s dad – are they feeling the love for the couple or what? !

natural wedding photography by Catherine, a wedding photographer in Yorkshire showing a toddler flower girl loving her dressThe best caption for this one surely has to be – I love my dress!

a natural wedding photograph of a young very in love couple smiling by yorkshire photographer Catherinegroom grinning like gromit on seeing his bride at the top of the aisleAnd the groom grinned like Gromit!

a natural wedding photograph of a young very in love couple smiling by yorkshire photographer Catherinea couple looking at each other during their wedding ceremony at Abbey House Hotel in the Lake District in CumbriaLooks you’ll never catch in a selfie…

a bride looking at her groom at their wedding in Portofino Italya close lovely family dancing and laughing together at their friends wedding reception at the talbot hotel in malton north yorkshireFamily love

a close up stylish black and white photograph of a couple hugging on their wedding day
The hands that say I love you… I do love photographing warm, snuggly people.

a very in love couple dancing and laughing together at their wedding reception at the talbot hate in malton north yorkshireCoping with the first dance in front of a 80 people together. Look at the connection between them and the twinkle in the eye.

a natural wedding photograph of a stylish couple looking very in love by Bowcliffe Hall photographer Catherine at bohochicweddingsa natural black and white photograph showing two close friends on a wedding day May close friendships never end.

a chic and stylish couple on their wedding day looking at each other full of loveblack and white natural wedding photograph of a young couple kissing on a misty day in north yorkshire

When your love is smokin’ !

a natural photograph of the brides friends looking at her with love as she shows herself to them in her wedding dress Happiness for your friend is magical too.

a documentary style photograph of a wedding guest friend hugging her friend the bride a young mother holds her little flower girl daughter to the mirror to show her how pretty she looks in her hair band

Being happy with yourself makes it easier to give your love to others

a natural wedding photograph of a young very in love couple smiling by yorkshire photographer Catherine

One of the most-loved up couples I photographed in 2018.

So, can a photographer truly capture love?

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