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Jason Swain wedding mosaic series -

A toast to the happy couple

We are pleased to be bringing you another of the wedding mosaics from local Isle of Wight Wedding Photographer Jason Swain. It is the 3rd in the series of 5 and we will be bringing you the 4th next Wednesday. Jason Swain created this series of mosaics of images taken at Weddings, that not only show his talent for photography but also give an insight into the little moments couples don't ask to be photographed that make up the whole wedding day. Jason kindly decided to share them with you. 

A toast to the happy couple


When you sit down to plan the itinerary for your wedding day you will almost definitely be factoring in a speech, toast or even a quick thank you. You may be choosing a more relaxed format for your day where toasts and speeches will be as-and-when they seem appropriate, or the ‘Dutch courage’ kicks in. Toasts are an inevitable part of a wedding day as there are so many people to thank and show your appreciation for, and are lots of people who want to celebrate the start of your new life together and what you have brought to them so far.

Traditionally a toast is suggested at the end of each of the main speeches either in honour of the newlywed couple, perhaps with a nice quote or anecdote for all to ponder on. We reach for our drinks and raise our glasses in the air, drink and offer a round of applause. A lovely gesture which can be peppered with humour to get smiles across the room or spoken with heartfelt love to make even the hardiest of souls cock their head to one side and silently mouth ‘aww’.

However, naturally we Brits like to drink a tipple or two to celebrate occasions like weddings and even before those speeches we are picking up reception drinks and heading towards the bar to begin the celebrations. Already people are mingling and discussing how the ceremony went and introducing themselves to each other. It is these moments where people are toasting the occasion that your wedding photographer can capture the most natural interactions and smaller scale toasts to the newlyweds. Even after the main speeches when dad has said his bit, the best man has cracked some jokes and maybe even the mother of the bride or maid of honour got up to say a few words, wedding guests will be toasting the day and congratulating those who gave speeches, helped decorate the venue or just brought up two lovely people who were lucky enough to have found each other.

These moments won’t be on your photographers to-do list as they will be natural and un-staged. You could ask if your photographer will be wandering amongst your guests to seek out these moments, but you will find most wedding photographers love this part of photographing your wedding day.  You will need to allow for time in your wedding day for people to relax, get a drink and talk to each other too.

As a true fine art photographer Jason Swain likes to let the images he captures do the talking. He has created this mosaic of images from many of the weddings he has photographed that catch moments that aren’t usually on the ‘to do’ list, little magic moments that make up the big day. Jason would be happy to hear from any couples looking for more information and details on his photographic services for their wedding day although this price list is a good starting point.


Don’t forget to come back to us next Wednesday for the fourth in the series, and if you missed the second – What’s in a kiss? - then you can see it here. 

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