It can seem for the bride and groom, that the wedding universe is expensive and it's completely normal. Every vendor does not count just the hours of the services, however, also includes the price of preparation, materials, road, etc.
For a photographer, a wedding is not just 12 hours of taking photos. You should also include the time spent on the road on the wedding day, our meetings and communication, as well as several days spent to choose the best from the thousands of photos taken and the edit of the good ones. After there is also time spend on the delivery of the photos (online gallery, USB key, photo album, etc.). Moreover, you should count the price of support and update of the photo equipment (that costs several thousand euros), price for Adobe solutions, etc. Also do not forget about social charges and taxes.
Your wedding photographer is a professional that will capture and photograph the moments of such a unique day of your life forever.