Wedding number 1 is in the bag. Filed under “great success”.
On the 14th August I made my way to Somerset to capture the big day for Katie and Jon. I’d already been to visit a few weeks before to check out the venues so I had a good idea of where to be, and very little hope for the sat nav. Memory don’t fail me now. I knew Katie from the day job and she’d seen a number of images that I’d taken back in March at a Wedding Portfolio Builder day run by The Trained Eye so put her faith in me to do the job. No pressure. Actually, seriously, there was no pressure. I’ve never met such a relaxed couple!
The weather wasn’t perfect, it was wet for most of the day so we knew we were going to be limited with the type of shots that we would get and I knew that a lot of my original plans to work with natural light were possibly going to be binned, but no point crying over spilt milk – we just had to get on with it.
Venue number 1 was a lovely hotel on the outskirts of Bath. I had about an hour there to capture the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready and to catch some of the little detail shots that came in to vision. This is not natural territory for me – hair products, face products, hand products, there may have been elbow and knee products but I didn’t ask. Also featuring well were champagne bottles, wine bottles, flutes and flowers. After an hour it was time to go find some testosterone and see how the groom was getting on.
Over to the groom’s house and I was met with another picture of cool and calm. Kiss FM was playing some garage tracks from the turn of the century (this was later picked up on by the vicar. Well done vicar) and their son, Jacob, was tucking in to some breakfast to fuel his big day. Today was as much about Jacob as it was Katie and Jon. I took the opportunity to snoop around for the rings and cufflinks and any other little details, before catching some candid snaps of the groom, best man and usher getting ready. A very special gift and note from the bride to Jon meant a lovely moment was captured and focused on again later.
The time flew by, the suits were on, and all that was left for now was to get to the church in Wellow. I arrived with the groom and best man early, met with the vicar and had a look around the beautiful church. I was reliably informed by a very helpful organist that the church dates back to around 1300AD. No time to relax though! Guests are arriving! A few quick snaps of the empty church, before running outside to see who’s coming along the path. The church filled up in no time and suddenly the car with the bride and her father pulled in to view. I’m no expert on cars but this was most definitely a car. A real car that seemed like it was born for driving beautiful people around on special days.
The rain wasn’t keen on stopping just yet but it was only a short walk to the main door of the church and there were plenty of brollies on standby.
Ceremony time – and what a beautiful service it was.
Time whizzed by once again, and suddenly 2 friends were married! Now sharing a surname, witnessed by their closest friends and families. Celebrations are calling, so on to Farrington Park for drinks, group shots, plenty of candid snaps, some wonderfully emotional and funny speeches that would bring a tear to a glass eye. All that was left to do was enjoy the moments!
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Technical stuff (you don’t have to read this unless you’re bored)
Kit used on the day –
a Canon 550D with Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L Lens hired from lenslocker
a canon 500D with Sigma 17-70mm f2.8 lens
Canon 50mm f1.8 lens
Loads of batteries
Loads of memory cards
No fancy flashes, lighting set up, stepladders or anything along those lines. Just me, the cameras, and whatever else was around.