A perfectly lit bride staring out a stained glass window, a mother smiling as she lovingly puts a necklace around her daughter's neck or an adorable flower girl sitting sweetly next to her flower basket. These are probably the images that come to mind when you think of wedding photos - but if you hire professional photographer Ian Weldon, these are not the wedding pictures you are going to get.

Repeatedly listed as 'not a wedding photographer' on all of his pages, this artist explains: "I’m completely unbiased in the photographs I make. A sort of photographic democracy where one photograph is no more important than any other. Where all things are equal, people the same as objects." The subjects of his photos show the nitty-gritty, hilariously real behind-the-scenes moments that take place on these special days. "Much as I’d love to stand around for hours lining people up and taking photographs of every combination of family members and guests, I’ve more important things to be doing. And quite frankly, so have you." Scroll down below to check out the coolest photos from weddings as you've never seen it before, and don't forget to upvote your faves!

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Foxxy
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11 months ago

Looks like the speech isn’t going down too well.

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“I started to photograph weddings to earn money so I could work on other photo ideas. When I found that weddings were fruitful ground for great photographs, and they had not really been approached as a documentary subject they became the project,” the photographer told Bored Panda, explaining how it started.

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Pan Narrans
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11 months ago

"Grandma? No, never a problem with her. Provided you give her a private bottle of champagne."

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Steph Lindsey
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11 months ago

This is pretty adorable. I hope they show this photo to his children when they're older. I imagine it'll bring back family memories <3 haha

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This genius idea worked so well that it generated exposure and a beautiful wedding photography book. I Am Not A Wedding Photographer was also produced to coincide with the exhibition of the same name, on display at the Martin Parr Foundation June 26 to August 10th, 2019.

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Katrin
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11 months ago

Like an albatross feeding its chick

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Lexis
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11 months ago

This one is kinda sweet

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"I didn't choose the underbelly of society and I didn’t choose social injustice. I chose Weddings, full of people and character and laughter and happiness and sadness and dancing and drinking, funny photo ops, and Love."

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Podunkus
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11 months ago

These are the only possessions you have left after paying for that blasted wedding.

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C
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11 months ago

Cupid

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Pan Narrans
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11 months ago

Uncle Bobby performing his beer bottle opening trick again.

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Zelda Blue
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11 months ago

" But I want to be in the picture tooooo!"

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Abby Not Normal
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11 months ago

I guess the wedding theme was racism.. I'm sorry.. I meant racist heritage pride.

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goodmorning
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11 months ago

"I think I fell.."

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Kelly Murray
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11 months ago

I have one of those, and they are awesome! Not pretty, but awesome!

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jo_shortland
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11 months ago

Well timed

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Lilla Bence
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11 months ago

Interesting wedding decor in the background

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Phantom Captain
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11 months ago

"I thought that I had everybody on my side But I went and blew it, all sky high And now she won't even spare a passing glance All just because I (rip) ripped my pants" -Spongebob

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Sill Marien
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11 months ago

I found her like that Mr Officer

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Dave In MD
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11 months ago

Who Farted?

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Chancey
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11 months ago

Looks like they cooked the rice before they threw it!

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Riles
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11 months ago

I've had to help my mom with. That.

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Chris Jones
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11 months ago

That's a great dress - and I'm not one for normally having an opinion on wedding dresses.

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Char Char
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11 months ago (edited)

'You put your right leg out...'

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rakuninaru
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11 months ago

Why?

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Lexis
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11 months ago

Backstory please

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ChaiDai
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11 months ago

Official wedding photographer when you're in the witness protection program.

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Bonzo Deep
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11 months ago

Hilarious!!!

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Zelda Blue
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11 months ago

Stop!! I don't want champagne coming out my nose.

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Chancey
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11 months ago

I think it's funny that most people are completely ignoring him.

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Podunkus
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11 months ago

Well drink up laddies, your beers are on the window sill.

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Chris Jones
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11 months ago

Windy days and lots of layers - not a good mix.

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Bill
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11 months ago

The lady in pink is going for the bouquet

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Mary Rose Kent
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11 months ago

Uncle Billy scores big with the story about the time Daphne fell in the swimming pool.

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kathryn stretton
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11 months ago

Yup. Quick fag before the nuptials.

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Jo Bebe
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11 months ago

This looks like a country shin-dig not a wedding lol

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Jo Bebe
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11 months ago

I am guessing this might actually be a good picture of them??

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Dave In MD
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11 months ago

Furry wedding.

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Chancey
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11 months ago

No wait, it's ok, I found it!

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Addy
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11 months ago

For a second I couldn't tell whose arms were whose

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kathryn stretton
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11 months ago

Mother in law fine....stuff the bride....lol

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comboplush
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11 months ago

The lady in red has some impressively sculpted arms! Goes great with that dress! :)

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jamie1707
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11 months ago

She's really stoned.

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Lexis
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11 months ago

Walking chair!

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Mary Rose Kent
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11 months ago

I think the juniper’s winning...

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ChaiDai
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11 months ago

When your date is a blow-up doll

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Kristy P
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11 months ago

This is more Oktoberfest than wedding, no?

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Mary Rose Kent
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11 months ago

Game and nervous at the same time

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Jo Bebe
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11 months ago

face. teeth. face, teeth

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Chris Jones
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11 months ago

Well, she's clearly had a few too many.

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Sill Marien
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11 months ago

this is awesome in a renaissance-ish posing sort of way

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Marilyn Holt
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11 months ago

Someone's gonna have a headache tomorrow.

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Mary Rose Kent
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11 months ago

If you get only one break, ya gotta smoke ‘em all!

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Susan Gardner
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11 months ago

The way the chair frames her hips

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Jo Bebe
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11 months ago

You forgot to wash your face after the bachelor party ? Maybe?

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John Forman
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11 months ago

Trump White House wedding?

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Jo Bebe
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11 months ago

The baby is eyeballing that food tho!!

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ChaiDai
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11 months ago

What to do with leftover cake

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Sunzilla
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11 months ago

Praying to the flowers.

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ChaiDai
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11 months ago

Wow! They look real!

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Slinkman
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11 months ago

'Hellow my patatoey little friends... long time no see! Time to Ketchup!'

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Kimberly Young
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11 months ago

This one's cute!

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Jo Bebe
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11 months ago

...."When I dance I like to stop and ponder the true meaning of life"

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jamie1707
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11 months ago

Noel and Liam Gallagher having a rare chat without beating the shit out of each other.

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kathryn stretton
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11 months ago

Wòooops. Where's the blue suspender?

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Jo Bebe
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11 months ago

Somebodys is in trouble !!!

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Zelda Blue
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11 months ago

This is Aunt Sue the pot head,

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BusLady
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11 months ago

Let's take a pic of everyone with their mouths full.

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HC
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11 months ago

Ooh ooh. My gay wedding/Godfather wedding theory in earlier posts may have been premature.

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Jo Bebe
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11 months ago

Mob style ?

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Mary Rose Kent
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11 months ago

Now...where did I park the car?

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BusLady
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11 months ago

Granny: Who's wedding is this again?

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Susan Gardner
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11 months ago

I guess this was before anyone got there, or after everyone left