Rowton Castle Wedding Photography: An International Love Story

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Maria & Peter’s Amazing Wedding Story at Rowton Castle in Shropshire

As far as love stories go, Maria and Peter’s is pretty much an international love affair which relied upon a good deal of luck and, arguably, twists of fate.  Maria, who is from California in the US, was asked by her company a few year ago if she would travel to Ireland to do some training there.  As chance would have it Peter, who is originally from Hampshire in the UK, was out in Ireland working at the time and, of course, as fate would have it, the pair of them met and eventually fell in love.

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Then 2 years ago the opportunity of working in the US came up and Peter didn’t hesitate at taking the job and joining his beloved Maria out in the States. The international connections don’t end there though, as Maria’s family are of Hispanic origins and Peter’s are of Scottish heritage – so the wedding offered up a real mix of proud and passionate cultures. This meant my storytelling approach to weddings would be perfect for such a unique wedding day.

Having decided on getting married in the UK, the couple sought out a wedding venue that would project the feel and mood of a traditional English wedding. Rowton Castle is among the most romantic and magical castle venues in the UK so was definitely a perfect setting for Maria and Peter’s wonderful wedding story.

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Of course, the next step for Maria and Peter was finding a wedding photographer.  I had previously photographed Kara and Jason’s wedding up at Rowton Castle during the summer of 2012 and Maria came across those photos online and the rest is history – I was booked to document another Rowton Castle wedding.

As you might expect, what with it being February in Shropshire, it poured with rain on the wedding day itself, but that didn’t dampen spirits during Maria’s bridal preparations. With friends and family supporting her and English (with a definite American twang) and Spanish being flung around it definitely had a more exotic feel than normal and I was determined to perfectly capture all the moments that arose.

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Make-up duties were expertly handled by the fun Nat Ravenscroft, whose fab work you can see more of on her website and Facebook Page.  Hair duties were as equally expertly handled by the friendly Emily Jayne Pitt, whose talented hairdressing you can see more of on her Facebook Page.  With so much going on, where you looked, it meant there were loads of great opportunities for me to capture as a documentary wedding photographer.

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The ceremony saw Peter and his side of the family all adorned in traditional kilts, complete with the family’s exclusive tartan , whilst Maria’s bridal party looked stunning in beige dresses – all made even more stunning by the brilliant orange bouquets that complimented the floral theme throughout – created by the wonderfully talented florist Julie Nicholas, whose  amazing floral creations can be further seen on her website.

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With the weather still wet and cold outside, it was a case of shooting the traditional portraits around the staircase inside the castle – but with it being such a beautiful venue, that wasn’t too much of a challenge.  After the amusing and moving speeches and toasts it was onto the traditional cake cutting. Maria and Peter had opted for a beautiful looking and delicious naked wedding cake – which was brilliantly created by the talented Karen Weaver, whose tasty wedding cakes can be viewed on her website.

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Evening entertainment was laid on by the fantastic DJ Will Tudor, a man who will get every wedding dancing and every face smiling.  You can find out more about Will on his website. With so much fun and laughter happening, it meant there was so many smiles and expressions for me to document and ensure the wedding story finished as it started…with much fun!

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I’m sure you will agree, from the small selection of photos below, Maria and Peter had a wonderful wedding at Rowton Castle.

Are you getting married at Rowton Castle or elsewhere and enjoy my relaxed and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

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Oxfordshire Wedding Photography – Alex & Peter’s Wedding Story

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Since I launched this wedding photography website a year of so ago, replacing an older one, I’m still catching up with posting some of my older weddings, so here I am looking back at the summer of 2014.

Irrespective of years there are some weddings that come along in amazing locations with lots of things going on, that it makes your job as a wedding photographer so fun and enjoyable, you start to wonder if it’s really a job at all. Alex and Woody’s (Peter) Oxfordshire wedding was one such wedding.

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Set in the heart of rural Oxfordshire in the historic church of St Laurence in Warborough – a village used as an idylic location in the hugely popular TV series Midsommer Murders (one of the most dangerous and deadly places in the entire world if you believe the TV show! Though I’m happy to report there were no such problems on the wedding day itself!) – it had all the makings of a classic and timeless English rural wedding – but one that came with a few modern and contemporary twists – all very ideal for wedding journalism approach documenting the story of the day!

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For example, it’s not everyday that a bride and groom head from the church to the wedding reception in a helicopter is it?  But after the wedding ceremony that’s exactly what Alex and Woody did – the helicopter taking them from the Warborough cricket pitch the short distance to the nearby Frilford Heath Golf Club, just south of Oxford itself, which was hosting the wedding reception. With guests waving them off, it made for some wonderful moments and emotions for my wedding photojournalism to capture.

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It’s fair to say that being set in 500 acres of glorious and undulating heathland, Frilford Heath is one of the best wedding venues in Oxfordshire.  It’s definitely a stunning backdrop for wedding photography. After the emotional and often tearjerking wedding speeches and toasts, a tethered hot air balloon was laid on for guests to go up and enjoy some sensational views of the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside at dusk. It goes without saying it was another fantastic opportunity, as a wedding photographer, to document some perfect moments and amusing emotions!

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The evening entertainment was as fun as the wedding day itself and again made for some fabulous shots of bride, groom and guests dancing the night away!  I’m sure you’ll agree, from the small selection of wedding photography displayed below, that Alex and Woody had the most amazing wedding day in the heart of beautiful Oxordshire. Please be sure to leave a comment or share across social media if you enjoyed it!

If you’re getting married in Oxfordshire or elsewhere and enjoyed my storytelling approach to wedding photography then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans and explain how my relaxed, candid and unobtrusive approach will deliver a memorable and unique wedding story for you. Please give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144. Alternatively, you can send me a message here.

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If you liked this small selection of images from Alex and Woody’s Oxfordshire Wedding, then please leave a comment in the box below.

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Woodlands Park Hotel Wedding – Elaine & Marisa

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I was really looking forward to Elaine & Marisa’s wedding at the wonderful Woodlands Park Hotel in Cobham, Surrey for a whole host of reasons – not least of all because it was the first same sex wedding I’d had the absolute honour and privilege to shoot.  With Christmas just around the corner, it promised to be a really festive day and I couldn’t wait to get shooting.

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Woodlands Park Hotel is a unique country house hotel set in 8 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside, yet is conveniently close to London.  Built in 1885 it is a Grade II listed Victorian Building and was one of the first buildings in England to have electric lighting.  It was also a favourite country retreat for the likes of Oscar Wilde and the Prince of Wales – so Elaine, Marisa and their wedding guests were definitely in some distinguished company.

As is tradition, Elaine and Marisa hadn’t seen one another on the morning of the wedding, and undertook their bridal preparations in separate rooms of the hotel.  Given my wedding photojournalism approach and desire to document their full and real wedding story, I was there for once the make-up (by Catherine Bailey) and hair was started – this part of the wedding day is great for capturing a mix of excitement and nerves.

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Both brides had opted for non-traditional dresses both from Having a Ball in Kingston, London and is fair to say they both looked fab.

The wedding ceremony, set in one the fabulous drawing rooms of the hotel and looking out onto the sculptured gardens, was a relaxed and refined affair – both ladies lovingly surrounded by family and friends, as they made their vows and lifelong promises to one another.  As with all weddings, there were laughs, smiles, the odd tear and, of course, kisses.  As a wedding photojournalist there were plenty of moments and emotions to capture.

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Once the guests had mingled with drinks, post ceremony, it was then in for the wedding breakfast after which the speeches began.  Marisa’s father delivered an emotional speech that reduced not just guests to tears, but also himself. It was clear he loved his daughter very much and was overcome with emotion of her spending the rest of her life with her soul mate Elaine.

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By contrast, Elaine’s son speech had everyone in tears of laughter and even caused his mother a few blushes.  However, there was no doubting the very special mother-son bond between him and Elaine, and he was genuinely happy his mother had found someone who in Marisa who, in turn, also made her very happy.

The evening proceeded with the fun of a photobooth and, of course, the evening reception full of dancing and laughs.

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I was really struck by the amount of smiles and laughter throughout Elaine and Marisa’s special day and it was clear there was a lot of love for them both.  It was a genuine honour to share their wedding day with them.

I hope you enjoy a small selection of photos from their day – it would be great (and help me out!) if you could share them on social media.

If you enjoy my storytelling approach to wedding photography and are getting married, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  Please call me on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message here.  I cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings abroad so will be delighted to hear from you no matter where you are.

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Ashridge House Wedding Photography in Hertfordshire – Carly & Sonny

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Carly & Sonny’s Stunning Wedding Story

When I met Carly and Sonny for the first time, one grey and wet afternoon in Welling, Kent, the thing I most loved was the fact they both got the whole idea of a documentary wedding photography approach. In fact, they had been looking for the right wedding photojournalist for a little while when they happened across one of my Facebook advertisements.  So I knew straight away that I wanted to take my own unique wedding reportage approach and photograph their special wedding story.

Then they told me that would be having their wedding up at the stunningly beautiful Ashridge House near Berkhamsted.  Carly had seen the venue in a magazine a year and a half before and had fallen instantly in love with the beautiful Hertfordshire wedding venue – so booked it straight away…without Sonny even knowing about it!

So I just knew it was going to be a fabulous wedding and was delighted when they asked me to be their wedding photographer.

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Despite the wet, windy and, yes, even a light smattering of snow on the journey up, myself and my 2nd wedding photographer (available as an optional add on to any of my wedding photography packages) arrived at Ashridge House in good time for both of the wedding couple’s morning preparations.  We were both instantly taken about by how beautiful the venue and it’s grounds were – it was easy to see why it is considered one of the best Hertfordshire wedding venues.

With a huge hall and stairways coming down either side from the upper levels it reminded me of the wizard’s school Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling – and there was definitely magic in the air – of the wedding kind!

So I left my second photographer shooting the venue whilst I went off to document the bridal preparations that were already underway in a large ground floor suite called the Compton Room.

Hair, Make-Up & Tears

Ashridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids tying their dresses during the bridal preparations.

I make no secret of the fact that I love the bridal preparations on the morning of the wedding. As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing all those genuine moments and true emotions that happen as hair is put up and make-up is applied – and Carly’s was no exception with so much going on in the large and spacious Compton Room of Ashridge House.

With 4 bridesmaids, 2 hairdressers, a make-up artist, the mother-of-the-bride, a godparent and, of course, the bride herself there was never a dull moment and when the time came for Carly to step into her beautiful wedding dress, there was hardly a dry eye in the room.

Up on the Stairs for Love

Ashridge House wedding photography of the father of the bride escorting the bride down stairs to the wedding ceremony.

With such a fantastic central hall it makes perfect sense for the wedding ceremony to be conducted up on a raised part of the old staircase – complete with old painted portraits and sculptured statues looking on as Carly and Sonny made their wedding vows to one another.

The ceremony was a short but sweet affair and it was then onto a book lined room for a drinks reception complete with music and some dancing – which gave me a lot of subject matter as a documentary wedding photography.

Speeches, Emotions and Partying

Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride and the father of the bride overcome with emotion during the wedding speeches

As you’d expect, the speeches and toasts raised a lot of laughter, a few tears and even the odd cringe – as we heard about the bride’s Gothic phase amongst other things.  The father-of-the-bride delivered a moving and emotive speech that drew a few tears.  But there was a lot of laughter as we took in funny stories and saw amusing photos. Then the groom and the best men delivered amusing speeches…it really was a wedding of laughter and joy.

The evening entertainment progressed with the excellent singers and a video booth – provided by the videographers – which was based on the TV program Big Brother’s diary room, which invited guests to record videos for the bride and groom, a great idea for any wedding.  As always I was on hand to unobtrusively capture the moments, emotions and little details that go into make up an authentic and individual wedding story – after all, it’s this very wedding photojournalism approach that Carly and Sonny had wanted from the very start.

As I’m sure you’ll agree, the small selection of wedding photos (from the 1000+ images provided) show what a fantastic wedding day it was.  It really was a huge honour for me to capture this wonderful young couple’s unique wedding story.

Are You Getting Married?

Are you getting married at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire, or elsewhere, and have enjoyed my natural, candid and unobtrusive approach to documenting the emotions and moments of Carly and Sonny’s authentic wedding story?  Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans and discuss how my wedding photojournalism approach will deliver your own unique wedding story.

Please give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page here

A Small Selection of Wedding Photos from Carly & Sonny’s Wedding Story:

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photography of the bridal flowers and flower print pyjamasAshridge House wedding photography of make up artists during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the make up artist applying make up during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride caught in thought during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom during his morning preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of a groomsman getting dressedAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid taking a photo of the bridal party's wedding slippers on her smartphoneAshridge House wedding photography of the bride giving a thumbs-up during the bridal preparations.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom laughing as the groomsman gather behind him.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride laughing as the hairdresser plays around.Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid checking herself in a mirror during the bridal preparations.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride getting into her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of the bride getting a wedding shoe onAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids watching as the bride gets into her dressAshridge House wedding photography of the bride's wedding dress being buttoned up.Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid adjusting the bride's veil as she gets dressedAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids assisting the bride as she gets into her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid crying as she sees the bride in her wedding dress for the first time.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaid seeing herself in her wedding dress in the reflection of a mirrorAshridge House wedding photography of the bride in her wedding dress, as a bridesmaid has her make-up touched up in the backgroundAshridge House wedding photography of the bride overcome with emotion as her father sees her the first time in her wedding dress.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom awaiting the arrival of the bride, as the bridesmaids enter the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the father of bride guiding the bride to the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the groom wiping away a small tear as he sees his bride for the first time.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom and best man watching as the bride enters the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride taking in the groom for the first time before the wedding ceremony.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride fighting back tears as she sees the groom for the first timeAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest taking a photo on her smartphone, during the wedding ceremony.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom placing the wedding ring on the bride's fingerAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom sharing a first kiss during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom hugging tenderly at the end of the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid talking with the best man during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom kissing during the signing of the wedding registerAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom looking on at their guests, during the signing of the wedding registerAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests taking a photo as the bride and groom prepare to leave the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests throwing confetti over the bride and groom.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom's father enjoying a lighthearted momentAshridge House wedding photography of the bride hugging a guest during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a moment during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the groom hugging a guest beyond a couple of groomsmenAshridge House wedding photography of the bride having a conversation with an elderly relativeAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid adjusting the bride's dress, as viewed from aboveAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids admiring the high decorative ceilings as they await the formal portraitsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying a kiss high up in the buildingAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a dance with a guest during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and wedding guests enjoying themselves during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and bridesmaid enjoying a kiss against the backdrop of the beautiful gardensAshridge House wedding photography of the father of brides speechAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying the father of the bride's speechAshridge House wedding photography of the bride embarrassed by an old photo of her during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom giving the thumbs up to an amusing photo of him during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom pointing out a guest during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride tenderly kissing her father following his speechAshridge House wedding photography of he wedding party raising their glasses in toast to the beautiful brideAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party amused during the grooms wedding speechAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party listening on as the groom delivers his wedding speechAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party toasting the Best Man's speechAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest congratulating the groom during the receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding videographer adjusting settings of the video boothAshridge House wedding photography of guests enjoying the evening video boothAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cakeAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first danceAshridge House wedding photography of a personal moment during the bride and grooms first danceAshridge House wedding photography of the groom pulling a funny face during the first danceAshridge House wedding photography of the father of the bride enjoying his last dance with his daughterAshridge House wedding photography of an emotional moment as the bride hugs her father during their last danceAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest enjoying a dance during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests dancing during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a photograph with a young guest, whilst bridesmaids adjust her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of bridesmaids adjust the bride's wedding dress during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of a guest pointing with amusement during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a photograph with a wedding guestAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests having fun dancing during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of a young wedding guest enjoying the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of two wedding guests having fun during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the mother of the bride having a fun conversation with a wedding guestAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest enjoying a boogieAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid enjoying a conversation during the evening reception

 

Bromley Court Hotel Wedding Photography in Kent – Steph & Paul’s Fun Wedding Story

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It would be fair to say that from the moment I first met Steph and Paul I knew they were a really fun couple who saw their wedding day as an opportunity to have fun, laughs and really enjoy.  This was reinforced on their pre-wedding portrait shoot in Greenwich Park a month or so before their wedding day.

So I knew coming into their wedding that my reportage style wedding photography approach was going to be a perfect fit for catching all those fun moments.

And I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

Bridal Preparations in Welling, Kent

My first call on the wedding morning was to Steph’s Dad’s house in Welling, Kent where the stunning bride and her beautiful bridesmaids were getting ready for the day.  In the run up to the wedding the weather had been pretty wet and miserable but on my way to Welling the sun was shining brightly and it was promising to be a beautiful day.

The bride and bridesmaids were already having their hair and make-up beautifully done when I arrived – all in their delightful wedding gowns. As I expected there was already lots of fun and laughter as the bubbly started to flow.  Steph was definitely a cool and calm bride ahead of her big day.

Mario, the father of the bride, was on hand to provide reassurance and ensure the wedding car had the ribbons and bow properly attached.

Steph looking stunning as she stepped into her wedding dress – a moment when the wedding starts to feel real.  As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing all the moments and emotions of the wedding preparations – they can be some of the most fun and natural elements of the wedding story.

Fun Wedding Ceremony at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent

The Bromley Court Hotel is set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens, just 10 miles south east of central London – so is a perfect setting for a wedding, especially with the sun shining as it was for Steph and Paul.

As you’d expect of a fun couple, all the wedding guests were full of smiles and excited for the happy couple.  The entire wedding ceremony was full of laughter and a light hearted approach – in keeping with the overall mood. This was just perfect for my documentary wedding photography approach – there were so many fun, interesting and truly emotional moments to capture.

Standing Applause for the Speeches

The good fun and humour carried on into the speeches. Paul, as groom, was determined not to be upstaged by his best men and got a lot of good natured digs in, before the best men could do their worse.

As is usual with the speeches there was laughter as well as tears and its this variance in emotions that gives me, as a wedding photojournalist, so many moments to capture and document.

Disco Fun Into The Night

The evening reception saw the excitement carry through to the dancefloor.  There was the cutting of the cake, Paul and Steph’s first dance and a touching dance between Steph and her Dad, Mario.  Being a wedding photojournalist it was all about capturing the decisive moments of the evening and truly reflecting the authentic mood and emotion of Steph and Pauls real wedding story.

With their wedding guests in high spirits that was a lot fun on the dancefloor – again giving me ample opportunities to document all those real, natural and candid moments I specialise in as a wedding photographer.

I can safely say, Steph and Paul’s wedding at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent was a fun and great wedding to photograph.  I’m sure you’ll agree my wedding photography really shows what a wonderful wedding day it was in the wedding photography that follows.

Affordable Wedding Photography Kent

Are you getting married at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent and are looking for an affordable wedding photographer who will document your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive manner?  Or perhaps you are getting married elsewhere and are looking for a documentary wedding photography who provides a unique reportage approach to documenting your real story?  If so, I’d love to hear from you and to discuss your wedding plans in more detail.  You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me an email via the contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.

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A posed wedding portrait in Worthing, West Sussex

Mormon Wedding Photography in West Sussex – Imogen & Seb’s Beautiful Wedding Story

Wedding Stories

West Sussex Wedding Photojournalism

Imogen and Seb had happened across me as a wedding photographer when I shot an acquaintance of Seb’s wedding in Brighton over a year or so before.  I often say it, but as a wedding photographer nothing delights or pleases me more than couples booking me based on the wedding photography of someone they know.

I agreed to meet Imogen and Seb at a Starbucks in Brighton to discuss their wedding plans and how my reportage style wedding photography would deliver the unique and beautiful wedding story they would want.  It was only after we sat down did I discover that Imogen and Seb were practicing Mormons – so bringing them to a coffee shop wasn’t my cleverest ploy ever given that Mormons don’t drink tea or coffee!  Oooops!  Thankfully, despite my faux pas, we clicked and got on really well, which is an important factor for me as if I think I might not click or gel with a couple – or actually think I am the wrong wedding photographer for them – then I’ll actually be up front about it and not take the wedding. Thankfully there were no such worries or concerns with Imogen and Seb and equally them seemed to like both me and my wedding photojournalism approach.  So I was thrilled when they contacted me the following day to say they’d love me to be their wedding photographer.

Mormon Wedding Photography

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Being a Mormon wedding – there was to be civil ceremony at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Goring in Worthing, which was then to be followed by a religious ceremony 40 miles away at the Mormon London Temple on the border between Surrey and West Sussex. Then it was back down to Worthing for the evening reception. Now normally I wouldn’t make such a point of a couple’s faith but given this was my first Mormon wedding, as such, things were a little different to the weddings I had shot before so I was excited going in to it to experience something a little different. Whilst I’m not religious myself I am respectful of others faith and interested in how different faiths view the marriage ceremony.

A Reportage Style Wedding Photography Approach to the Bridal Preparations

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First off though, it was a really early start at Imogen’s parents beautiful house right on the seafront just outside Worthing itself.  Imogen was already up and the hairdressers were hard at work.  After all 3 of Imogen’s sisters were to be bridesmaids as well as a couple of flower girls – so the hairdresser was clearly in demand.  The 4th sister lived in the US but was able to watch some of the proceedings via Skype. The weather, which had been a little cloudy on the way down to Worthing had brightened up no end and the kitchen, where the bridal preparations were being undertaken, was bathed in lots of beautiful light – just perfect for capturing the hair and make-up part of the day!  And when I say kitchen, it was huge…almost half the size of my entire flat in south London!

I often say how I really look forward to the wedding preparations part of the day. Clearly my job, as a wedding photojournalist, is to tell the real and genuine story of the wedding day – without interfering or staging it. Therefore, I’m always looking for the authentic moments and genuine emotions that add so much to the natural story. In that regard, the bridal preparations are always choc-a-bloc with tears, laughter, nerves, excitement and lots of joy.  Imogen’s was no exception whatsoever.  In fact, there was so much going on – what with hair being done, cakes being baked and different people coming and going – it was a real challenge to keep up with everything…but, of course, I did!

A Mormon Civil Service, Wedding Cake & Wedding Photojournalism

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It was then off to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Goring for the civil ceremony – for which Imogen and the bridal party arrived in a fun VW Camper Van.  Given it was a Mormon Church and service, as a wedding photographer I wasn’t allowed into the chapel to take photos of the wedding ceremony itself which, of course, I totally respected.  However, by being a little creative I was able to get a sneaky shot of Imogen walking down the aisle – thanks to a couple of the groomsmen also taking a moment to watch proceedings from behind some curtains. I did however get the opportunity to photograph the signing of the marriage register, which took place outside the main chapel.

Once the ceremony was over it was the chance to grab the more traditional portraits outside, as Imogen and Seb had booked my Wedding Storyteller photography package that includes all the expected posed and traditional wedding portraits.  After this we headed back inside the church to a large room at the bank where the was a cutting of a wedding cake and much eating of other cakes and drinking fruit juices.  This afforded me the opportunity to shoot the natural and candid moments that I specialise in as wedding photojournalist.

Fields of Gold & the London England Temple

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Before we headed off for the next wedding ceremony at the main Mormon temple, up near East Grinstead, I had come up with an idea for a quick portrait session which seemed almost fated.  Amusingly, when I had met Imogen and Seb for that first time at a Starbucks in Brighton I’d immediately had this photographic vision of Imogen being photographed waif-like in a golden field corn as a sun set behind.  Now whilst we didn’t have the sunset I couldn’t believe it that when I arrived at the church there was actually a corn field directly opposite – and honestly I had no prior knowledge of this! So it just felt like a photo opportunity that had to happen and luckily for me both Imogen and Seb were up for the suggestion and, as a result, I feel I got my best portrait shots of them both in that field.  If ever there was a photo fated to be, that was it!

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It was about a 45 minute drive up to the London England Temple – but it was certainly worth the drive. It’s an impressive building with a total of 42,775 square feet (3,974 m2), four ordinance rooms, and seven sealing rooms. It is faced with white Portland limestone with a green copper spire upon which is a statue of the angel Moroni – which dazzled brilliantly in the afternoon sunshine as we arrived. The temple is also set in the most amazing grounds with colourful flowerbeds, trees, a lake and ornate bridges.  It really was a beautiful setting for Imogen and Seb’s religious wedding ceremony, which only a select few had been invited to attend.  Again not being a Mormon I was not able to go inside to document the ceremony but afterwards was able to get some more beautiful portraits in the stunning grounds.

Highdown Vineyard a Beautiful West Sussex Wedding Venue

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It was then back down to Sussex to the lovely Highdown Vineyard, beautifully situated upon the southern slopes of the South Downs in-between the seaside towns of  Worthing and Littlehampton which makes for a perfect Sussex wedding venue, for the evening wedding reception.  What was really fantastic was the opportunity to shoot some more beautiful portraits of Imogen and Seb within the vineyard itself.

Prior to the evening meal, the wedding speeches and toasts were held and the laughter and smiles again provided some fantastic moments and expressions for me to document. After the meal, there was another cutting of a wedding cake and then that was where the wedding day draw to a close.

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All in all it was a fantastic wedding day that enabled me, as a wedding photographer, to gain some new and different wedding experiences. I’m sure you’ll agree that Imogen and Seb looked great and it was certainly a wedding day that I won’t forget in a hurry. Below are just a very small selection of wedding photography from their special day. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Grendon Lakes Wedding Photography – Hollie & Dan’s Northamptonshire Wedding

Wedding Stories

Hollie and Dan’s Fun Northamptonshire Wedding Story

When Hollie told me that her wedding to Dan was going to be at the Northamptonshire wedding venue of Grendon Lakes I knew I had to be their wedding photographer. After all, it was the very same wedding venue where my brother and sister-in-law held their wedding reception.  As a wedding photographer I love nothing more than when a couple come to me having been guests at a previous wedding.  This was most definitely the case with Hollie and Dan who were guests at Tracy and Gary’s lovely wedding at the Saracen’s Head in Little Brington in Northamptonshire the year before. In fact, Hollie is Gary’s sister – so it’s always a huge compliment for a wedding photographer to book a wedding in this way.

Pre-wedding morning preparations

Northamptonshire wedding photography captures a flower girl pulling a face at a bridesmaid during the bridal preparations in Moulton, Northamptonshire

The bridal preparations were already underway at Hollie’s parents beautiful house in the Northamptonshire village of Moulton – literally just down the road from where my own mum and step dad live and where I was staying whilst up in the Northampton.  The first thing that struck me about the bridal preparations was how beautiful and nigh on perfect the room was; what with its white walls, lots of natural light, love hearts and wedding related decorations all around. So it came as no surprise when Hollie explained that the room, that used to be her brother Gary’s old bedroom before he marred Tracy, had been specially decorated for the morning bridal preparations.  As a wedding photographer I just knew it was going to be a beautiful setting for capturing and documenting all the emotions, joy and excitement that makes up the pre-wedding preparations. With two bridesmaids and two flower girls, one being Hollie and Dan’s daughter, it really was filled with lots of laughter, fun and amusing moments which makes my job, as a documentary wedding photographer, so much easier.  Hairdresser Gavin McIntyre was already hard at work and doing a great job of dealing with all the hair requirements of all the girls present!

Wedding Helicopters & Bogodas

Northamptonshire wedding photojournalist captures the bride and groom, with a witness looking on, during the weding ceremony at Grendon Lakes,Northamptonshire

The big secret of the day – which I didn’t know about until just before the wedding day – was that Hollie would be flying to the wedding venue at Gendon Lakes by Helicopter, via the nearby Sywell Aerodrome.  Interestingly, this was my second wedding inside a year where a helicopter was used for transportation! Perhaps flying by choppers is the next big thing for weddings? So, I jumped in a car with the bridesmaids and flower girls, in order to get ahead of the bride and be at the wedding venue to ensure I was able to document her arrival in the helicopter – which none of the wedding guests knew was happening and, of course, which excited them no end when Hollie arrived.

The other coincidence with Hollie and Dan’s Grendon Lakes wedding was that it was outside and within a bogoda styled structure.  Only a few weeks before, at Emily and Phil’s wonderful wedding at Sedgebrook Hall, also in Northamptonshire, I had shot my first wedding in a bogoda as a wedding photographer.  Of course, bogoda’s look beautiful, especially the way it had been decorated for Hollie and Dan’s big day, but they do present a challenge for a wedding photographer.  Being fairly small and confined they can often obscure and hide the ceremony a little – but having now shot bogoda weddings twice in as many weeks I do feel I know the best way to shoot around them to ensure the wedding couple do get the very best wedding photojournalism coverage.  One interesting fact I did learn from the Registrar, was that as it’s the bogoda itself that is licensed for the civil ceremony, the vows do have to be undertaken under the roof of the bogoda itself.  So, as I’m sure you can imagine, fitting in the bride, groom, witnesses and registrars into such a small structure is quite a task.  It definitely didn’t leave any room for me, as the wedding photographer, to get in and get close-up which, as a reportage style wedding photographer, I like to do – so I did have to quickly work out the best way of shooting things which, thankfully, the experience from the previous wedding helped no end with.  That’s why experience is such an important part of being a wedding photographer and, specifically being a documentary wedding photography, being able to react quickly on instinct – no matter what events throw up at you – is such a great thing to offer couples.

Fun, laughter and games

One of the best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographers captures a young boy playing with a large during the wedding coctail hour at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

However, none of this got in the way of a beautiful ceremony or beautiful wedding photos.  Much amusement was caused when the Registrar almost forgot the exchange of rings during the ceremony – but this only added to the fun and laughter (which was a feature of the whole wedding day) of proceedings and allowed me to capture those moments and emotions that I specialise in documenting as a wedding photojournalist and provide the special moments of the wedding story.

The cocktail hour, prior to the wedding breakfast, took place in the grounds of the venue itself and with the beautiful views of Grendon Lakes beyond.  And, of course, with so many children at the wedding it made for so many great and natural candid shots of them playing and having fun.

The Comedy of the Best Men Speeches

Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographer captures the best men during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

The wedding speeches and toasts took place after the wedding breakfast and within the large and beautiful marquee that is a feature of this particular Northamptonshire wedding venue.  Dan had chosen to have 3 best men for his wedding day and their speech was delivered like a comedy sketch, with perfect timing between the three guys.  It went down really well with the wedding guests and again provided all those real and natural moments I enjoy specialising in as a documentary wedding photographer.

Wedding Magic and Jetskis

Leading Northamptonshire wedding photographer captures professional magician Jamie Docherty at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

There was more time spent in the gardens after the wedding breakfast, which allowed guests to enjoy the fantastic entertainment of award winning professional magician Jamie Docherty. Jamie definitely wowed and mystified guests with his fantastic close-up magic, card tricks and other psychological illusions.  There was also an impressive chocolate fountain for guests to enjoy and sample, with Chris Tabor of Passion For Chocolate, talking them through how to enjoy the dips and skewers.  Outside, some of the guests even managed to be taken for rides across Grendon Lakes on the back of jetskis again making for fabulous wedding photography!

Funky Moves and Disco Grooves

One of the best wedding photographers Northamptonshire captures a male wedding guesting enjoying the evening wedding reception at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

Having been such a fun filled wedding day, it was no surprise that the evening wedding reception and disco was such a great time.  No one was shy about getting up and dancing and being a wedding photojournalist I was right there in the middle of it to capture people’s funky moves and disco grooves!  The dancing part of the evening is really the only part of the wedding day when I revert to shooting with flash.  However, I always ensure I have my camera set for a slow 2nd curtain synch which means I can illuminate the main subjects whilst still allowing the frenzy and fun of the dancefloor to be evident to.

All in all Hollie and Dan’s wedding day at Grendon Lakes was such a pleasure to be a wedding photographer at – with a fab couple, beautiful bridesmaids, lovely parents and family, great guests and some familiar faces!  Grendon Lakes itself is a fabulous Northamptonshire wedding venue and as a professional wedding photographer is one I cannot fail to get great wedding photography of.  I hope you enjoy the small selection of the wedding photography from the day.

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One of the best wedding photographers Northamptonshire captures a guest taking a photo of the bride and groom on her smart phone, during the wedding coctail hour at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

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