My favourite time of the day is during cocktail hour...

This is the point where I would have personally congratulated you both on your marriage because you now official husband and wife, covered in confetti and you cannot stop smiling!

Don't worry if you can't see me as I will usually be scouting the area for the group shots and taking photographs of all the guests congratulating you, giving you kisses, hugs, manly handshakes and they'll be all asking to see that beautiful ring now on your finger. I do love cocktail hour as this gives me a chance to observe and capture all the wedding guests telling jokes, stories and general chit-chat and this gives me a good understanding of characters at your wedding and who will be smiling or laughing next.

During this time I also prioritise capturing the elderly grandparents and young children at your wedding as sometimes the elderly, children and their parents leave prior to the wedding reception.

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How can I help improve the photographs during cocktail hour?

I would really recommend having lawn games or fun activity's ready for guests to use and play whilst canapésare being handed out as this makes for great natural documentary photographs and it's also best to organise cocktail hour where you would like your formal group photographs taken because moving people from one place to another is very challenging, especially if you had elderly guests.

If you're looking for ideas on how to entertain guests, here's a few examples which I've captured in the past:

  • Ferret Racing

  • Space Hoppers

  • Swingball

  • Giant Jenga

  • Giant Draughts

  • Sack Race

  • Horseshoes

  • Petanque

  • Table Tennis

  • Beer Pong

  • Lawn Bowling

  • Croquet


"Where do I start, if you’re looking at booking Ant as your wedding photographer look no further - he’s your one! As soon as we met him it felt as if we’d known him forever. Making us feel photogenic and comfortable behind the camera is a tough gig, but he made us at ease instantly! The wedding day was made enjoyable by having him there, then the comments we got from guests about our amazing photographer (both there for every moment, and the nicest guy!) started rolling in. The communication, keeping us up to date with editing, and the sneak previews to keep us absolutely hooked on our day! We then received our photographs, and I suddenly felt the excitement of the wedding day. We were absolutely blown away! How on earth could one man be here there and everywhere? And not miss a minute! How did you capture that emotion, that moment, that love. You only have to see 1 of our photographs, to understand just who we are - loud and laughing all the time. An Australian wedding was different than the norm, but this was taken in Ants stride, and wow did he ace it! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I still can’t wipe the smile off my face and I can’t stop looking at the pictures! I’d recommend Antony 10 times out of 10 over and over again!"