ZOIP: Great wedding photography is about telling stories that last generations, stories that bring a joyous tear to the eyes of Mum and Dad, amaze and delight your yet unborn children and grandchildren.
Most cutting edge work is not about stories but about confection and bride bragging on Facebook, it sells and keeps photographers fed, but its ultimately shallow and short term, These pic represent arty, technically competent and creative work, not wedding photography, but good.
There is nothing wrong with placing couples in non traditonal situations but it should have something to do with the reality of those getting married, for example a Guy who is a super keen skateboarder being shot in a skate park with his bride and mates behind in skate gear makes sense, it would have context and meaning, or say the Bride and Groom in an industrial kitchen if the Bride is a chef of super keen foodie, or a couple on a mountian top if they are both avid bushwalkers and met via that activity.
Teila, must say you do have a point there, I once photographed one of my Cousins weddings, they didn't even last the length of the honeymoon and I ended up with a bunch of pics with nowhere to go. I don't really get the trashing the dress thing either, my wife kept hers, for many years she tried it on each anniversary and still has it as a keepsake but to each their own.
Great wedding photography is about telling stories that last generations, stories that bring a joyous tear to the eyes of Mum and Dad, amaze and delight your yet unborn children and grandchildren.