The Wedding Photographer

“It’s no longer enough to take wedding pictures that show a bride and groom in love — dancing, whispering during dinner, playing with a nephew or niece. These days, wedding pictures are elaborate, photographer-contrived setups that show the newlyweds kissing in a wheat field (as if it were a natural act to go wheat-harvesting on one’s wedding day) or aboard an old-time fire engine.”

A wedding photographer checks back in with a few of the 451 couples he’s photographed over the past dozen or so years, and although “most … are still married,” others are not: “As warning signs go, having one of your mother’s friends — whose husband had come out of the closet years earlier — whisper in your ear before your wedding, ‘Courtney, you know you’re marrying a gay man, right?’ is up there.” Also, The Wedding Photographer could be the title of a potentially profitable romantic comedy (like the Singer and the Planner), although IMDb reveals it already is, in Sweden, where a young man’s attempt to become a wedding photographer “changes not merely his outlook on life but also his hairstyle.”