There's a longstanding debate about using primes versus zooms in wedding photography. Much of it involves balancing a pragmatic approach with maintaining a level of creativity that shows off your style and encapsulates the life and love of the day. This wedding photographer will both tell you why she uses primes and walk you through a typical wedding using them.
Coming to you from Julia Trotti, this great video follows her as she discusses her reasons for using a set of prime lenses (24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 135mm) as opposed to something like the standard 24-70mm and 70-200mm zooms. As you might guess, a lot of her philosophy is centered around the creative factor of using primes and their generally higher image quality and wider apertures, which can be important in dimly lit venues. On the other hand, it's very interesting to listen to her walk us through a typical wedding day and explain just how much she has to anticipate the scenes as they unfold to make sure she has the right lenses on both bodies (she carries two cameras almost the entire day). It's a very different way of working as compared to using zooms that carries both benefits and drawbacks. It really comes down to what you're comfortable with and your creative vision.
Lead image by Terje Sollie, used under Creative Commons.