So my next wedding took me into the heart of Buckinghamshire to the Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel. It was the venue where the bride, Vicki was getting ready with her mum and bridesmaids.
I was really excited the night before about covering the wedding anyway, but when I turned up the drive towards the hotel a huge smile spread across my face. These are the venues as a Photographer you want to shoot at.
I arrived a little earlier than scheduled as usual, in particular as I hadn’t had chance to visit the venue(s), so wanted to have a look around.
It was amazing when I met the bridal party, I found out they were from the same town I was living in! Living in Enfield, not just that but a street away from my home, unbelievable.
The Bride was really easy going, and there as no stress whatsoever in the room, which makes my job a walk in the park. I don’t usually take my kit straight in when I arrive, and this was no different so after introducing myself I returned back to my car to get my kit together.
I spent some time getting some great natural light shots whilst the ladies had their hair and make-up done in a really well lit room. I hate using flash indoors; I much prefer natural light as it lends itself to the black and white shots I love to capture.
I went to capture a few shots of the grounds whilst Vicki put her dress on. I had already spoken to her about getting some shots of her outside prior to leaving the room.
As the time approached for the bride to leave we quickly captured some shots in front of the fountain and I left for Pinewood Film Studios a little excited to say the very least. Seriously, The Carry On franchise, Batman, and James Bond have all been shot at Pinewood in part or in full and there was something being filmed whilst we were there.
When I arrived I met Aaron and his best man and set about capturing the shots, which were on the list.
It wasn’t long before the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride arrived and the ceremony began.
One of my favourite moments of the ceremony is when the groom gets his first look at the bride at the bottom of the aisle. It’s often a look like the first time they’ve met and something, which is one of the key moments in a couple’s special day.
So we moved on to the drinks reception after the ceremony and I set about capturing some shots of the reception hall and it’s setup. Something, which I’ve only seen at this wedding, which I loved, was the tower of profiteroles sealed together with caramelized sugar. It did amuse me a little that guests were eating the cake before it had been put together.
We headed outside to capture the group shots and the images of the bridal party.The group pictures can be really boring for most of the guests so I try to make it as pain free as possible. We covered the group shot first, and worked through the list of pictures finishing off with the bridal party.
I prefer to take the bridal party somewhere a bit quieter and away from the rest of the guests. Again this is where we as photographers can be a little more creative, have some fun with the core of the party.
The speeches were entertaining; there didn’t seem too many nerves to be honest. The toastmaster was hilarious and kept the guests more than entertained.
This particular wedding was filled with things going on, during the meal there was a string quartet playing, who had some more upbeat numbers, which they played as the guests, danced on the terrace with each other.
There was another surprise for the guests as a live band took to the stage for the evening reception, which went down a storm.
- Well that’s all for now.