The only thing that all weddings have in common is that every couple makes it their own, whether its in the theme, the destination, or the infinite variation of family members getting drunk and quarreling that can happen at the reception. For John Taylor, he knew he couldn't walk down the aisle with his bride Lisa this September without honoring the other significant other in his life, his best mate Andy Pemberton.
John and Lisa had hired photographer Katie Bryam, who came by to shoot a traditional groom-and-groomsmen-getting-ready sequence. Beforehand, John told BuzzFeed, "I told her that we may want to take a couple of ‘funny’ shots. I don’t think she realized that she would be photographing two naked blokes in twin bathtubs.”
Friends for 12 years, the two men from northeastern England were more than ready for Bryam's photoshoot. As she told the Huffington Post, "When I turned up at their hotel room John opened the door in a bathrobe and said with a cheeky smile, 'Hello, Katie, we've been expecting you.'" After that, it was a whirlwind 20 minutes of rushing from picture to picture to create the now-viral album.
"The whole shoot was led by them," Byram said, "We were roaring with laughter through much of it." As for the groom (and lead singer/guitarist in the band Last Anthem, who played his own wedding), he got what he was looking for: "Katie completely understood what we were all about and just went along with it -- and sometimes even encouraged it a bit more."
The photographer lauded the two men on Facebook for being "such good sports," although she also gave credit to the real trooper here, John's wife Lisa. "I think Lisa knows that Andy comes as part of the package."
For more photos from the wedding, visit Katie Byram online.