How to have moment driven images at your wedding
Vet your wedding photographer beforehand
If you can, take the time to have an in-person client meeting with the photographers that you've shortlisted. You want to feel comfortable with them as they'll be around you for most of your wedding day. If you're comfortable around the person who is taking your photos, then you'll look more natural in the photos themselves.
See how they approach weddings and how they create documentary-style photos at a wedding like yours. Ask about particular photos that you love in their portfolio and find out how they captured it, it'll give you an insight into how they work on the day.
Look at a full gallery
Viewing a full gallery from a wedding day that is similar to what you're planning. It's the best way to get a feel for the balance between documentary images, the formal photos and the detail shots. Every photographer always shows what they consider their very best work on their portfolio, but a full wedding gallery will give you a better idea of what your final product will look like.
Invest in your wedding photography
It can be hard to balance your wedding budget when there so much to plan for and as you're planning you will notice a whole range of wedding photography price ranges, and it can be hard to make sense of why that is.
Full time, experienced photographers will charge more than someone who may be just starting out in their journey. From owning expensive gear, plus backup gear, full insurance cover and paying taxes, the expenditures of running a business properly add up quickly.
So if you want to make sure that you are getting the best possible experience and images from your photographer, and you value having quality images that you will look back on for the rest of your life, consider making photography an important part of your budget.