Wedding Photography at Frenchay Quaker Meeting House
Monica & Jonathan had a Quaker ceremony at Frenchay Quaker Meeting House on 8th June 2019. Following the ceremony, their day continued opposite the meeting house at Frenchay Village Hall.
This was my first time photographing a quaker wedding and it was a privilege to witness. In a Quaker ceremony, the couple marries themself. There is no officiant and no giving away of the bride. The ceremony is held in long periods of silence. A certificate is signed and afterwards those attending may speak on the couple's behalf. The bride and groom marry "under the care of a Quaker meeting" before God and gathered family, friends, and meeting members -- but without an intermediary.
At the end of the ceremony, everyone who attended also signed their Quaker certificate as witnesses and I was felt honoured when asked if I would like to sign as well.
During the ceremony no photography was allowed. However once the ceremony had finished, I was able to photograph the room with all guests seated.
Here's a little preview of their day.