Reminder: This is Why You Don’t Shoot the Wedding Party on a Flimsy Dock

Consider this a friendly reminder for any wedding photographers who haven’t already heard it or maybe even forgot the tip when we shared it almost exactly a year ago.

When you’re trying to find the perfect location to photograph the wedding party, take into account the stability of the location of choice, and particularly avoid flimsy docks. If you don’t, your subjects might end up like the poor folks in the short video above.


From the looks of the video, everybody turned out okay, if a bit wet and miserable. Only four people managed to reach safe ground (and avoid what must have been a nasty dry-cleaning bill) thanks to their cat-like reflexes.

And while we may cringe at the thought of this being us, the minute-long video is still a good watch and will hopefully put a smile on your face this hump day.

(via Fstoppers)

  • Locke42

    No, that is precisely why you DO shoot the wedding party on a flimsy dock.

  • Who Is Matt?

    Great song choice at the beginning. Coupled with the 5fps video it really shines.

  • Will

    I worry for their phones and wallets

  • ReinoldFZ .

    I don’t get it, I thought it was a wedding not a baptism, lol.

  • Ashley

    The downfalls of having way too big of a bridal party!

  • Mucic B

    same thoughts :)

  • Trevor Dennis

    Some poor guy owns the jetty, and probably didn’t find out about it until got back from his fishing trip. :-) If this was America, I’d be surprised if they didn’t sue the photographer!

  • Smarten_Up

    Skip wedding, elope, save the dough…

  • David Portass

    Just hope he has public liability and professional indemnity cover in-case they do just that. Also how many of them were there in the wedding party??? I’ve never been to or shot a wedding with more than 4 on the brides side (bridesmaids and flower girls) and 6 on the grooms side (best men, ushers and fathers) plus bride and groom.

  • Al Stuart

    looks like a set up. The men all have trainers on as if they know theyre going to get their feet wet.

  • Fullstop

    You haven’t shot many weddings then if you haven’t seen one without more than 4 or 6 on either side.

  • Fullstop

    and this is relevant to this story how?

  • VarshaMoretoniss

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  • David Portass

    You are right, I have only shot 10 weddings to date but perhaps it’s also the norm in the UK to be a little more conservative on the numbers :)

  • ISO640

    It’s quite common in the US for men to wear trainers (or tennis shoes) during a wedding. They think they’re being original but they aren’t.

  • the truth hurts

    they sometimes were that during pictures in muggy/wet grass areas so they dont ruin their shoes (especially the woman) shoes are just as expensive as the outfit half the time.

  • David Vaughn

    Because if you get married your dock will collapse with the wedding party on it. Duh.

  • Jon Peckham