So how are we doing? I hope I haven't bored too many of you with the blog series so far! In this latest post I am going to be looking back at weddings 16 through to 20 - read on to hear about Poldark, Pubs and Pyrotechnics!
Abigail and Roberto actually celebrated their marriage twice - once in Italy and once in the UK. Their UK celebrations included a church ceremony followed by a feast at the prestigious Royal Crescent Hotel. The day was rounded of by celebration back at their own house. They had asked me to cover the entire day which meant hopping on and off of the coach with their guests between venues which was a lot of fun and also reduced my stress levels considerably as I wouldn't have to battle with traffic and fight to find parking spaces!
The winding paths at in the gardens of the Royal Crescent Hotel were brimming with lavender (which smelt amazing!) so I attempted to try something a little different - leaving space at the bottom of the image to show where the couple were heading - it also lets you into the secret that it had been raining all morning and only really stopped as we left the church.
With Roberto's family originating from Italy they incorporated a number of Italian traditions into their ceremony including giving favours of bomboniere. The Groom's mother took this to another level by deciding to shower the couple with almonds during their exit from the church!
Amelia and Alex were only looking for someone to take photos up until the start of their sit down meal. Another church ceremony, this time in the pretty village of Sherston,
That veil! It wasn't a shot we were aiming for but the wind obliged at just the right moment I managed to capture it. Unfortunately for me, it was such a bright day that the contrast in this image was of gigantic proportions. Thankfully I had been shooting in RAW which meant that I was able to balance out the highlights and the shadows to create an image that was worth keeping rather than consigning to the recycle bin (which would have been my only option if I had been shooting to JPEG).
The reception took place in a venue that was new to me - Chavenage House. Not knowing a huge amount about it, it was difficult not to be charmed by the pretty Elizabethan house. Nowadays it is regularly seen on prime time television as it doubles as Trenwith House on the latest adaptation of Poldark.
Another new venue for me, the amazing Kingscote Barn. Situated at the bottom of a winding driveway, it is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Cotswolds which makes this a lovely, intimate venue for a wedding.
I had secretly been dreading capturing the fireworks! There had actually been fireworks at the first ever wedding I shot but, because I was shooting on film, I only remember taking 2 or 3 photos and hoping they came out. I don't remember whether they did or not! This time around I was prepared - I had decided to use my flash to light the foreground and then, hopefully, pick up the fireworks with a slow shutter speed. I have decided to post this photo because I learned a lot from it. Although I was prepared regarding the settings I would use to shoot the fireworks, I didn't even think to discuss with the bride and groom where they would stand. Consequently, as soon as the fireworks started, the guests gathered around them and I wasn't able to capture a photograph of them standing alone in front of the explosions. I don't suppose it really matters but it is something I now always discuss with couples beforehand.
Zoe surprised her bridesmaids with a taxicab which transported them to the ceremony. It wasn't any old taxicab though, this one was bight pink! It was definitely a hit with the young flower girl!
Oh my goodness, this wedding - there really aren't the right words! I had worked alongside Lisa for a couple of years so when she asked me to take her wedding photos, I was so excited! It wasn't going to be anything fancy - a ceremony in one of her favourite buildings followed by a bus ride across London and then a big knees up with all of their closest friends and family in a local pub. That being said, it has to go down as one of the most emotional weddings I have EVER photographed. They could have got married in tracksuits, and they would have been just as happy and emotional!
There were so many happy tears throughout the day - John was in bits before the ceremony, Lisa was in bits during the ceremony, Lisa's sister was in bits during the speeches and I managed to capture some beautiful photos throughout the day of all of the tears. However, it was this shot that I wanted to share - it's not completely crisp, it's a bit too noisy and the colours are a little off. The fact that the registrar is also in the background is an unavoidable distraction but the joy and excitement on their faces at finally being married brings a tear to my eye every time!
Stephanie and Chris were married at Stroud Registry Office followed by a family-filled celebration at Sheepscombe Village Hall.
With vintage touches and lots of pretty decorations, I could have shared quite a few images from this wedding but I loved this shot of Stephanie greeting Chris at the top of the aisle.
Quite early on in my business life, just as I had started to shoot more weddings, I responded to a call out on Twitter (I think) for a local magazine that was looking for wedding-themed competition prizes. I offered 4 hours of wedding photography and Stephanie and Chris were the winners! It couldn't have been won by a nicer couple - they were just so happy to be getting married and had pulled out all the stops to just make it happen.
Missed part 3 of this blog? Find it here.