The bride grabs an elder guest during the wedding at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding Reception

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The evening reception is one of my favourite parts of the wedding day, and this Frilford Heath Golf Club wedding reception was no different.

It’s Time To Celebrate

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding

The great part about the evening reception is that everyone is ready to have fun and party.  The serious part of the wedding day is out of the way, everyone’s been fed and the drinks are usually flowing.  It’s the part of the wedding day when the couple can properly celebrate their tying of the knot.

As a wedding photographer I always stay beyond the first dance – at least for an hour minimum but often longer – to document all those great expressions, great emotions and, yes, even those great dance floor moves.

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding Reception

A guest at this Frildford Heath Golf Club wedding in Oxfordshire

Here a joyous bride has grabbed hold of an elderly wedding guest and is getting her disco groove thang on.

You simply can’t create that kind of emotion on her face or the genuine nature of the moment.  As a documentary wedding photographer I want to capture all those real moments as they happen.  I’m not looking to set up, stage or even fake a fantastic moment like this.

It’s All About The Colour Too

The bride grabs an elder guest during the wedding at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

Also I love the colour.  From the pink hat the bride has put on through to the disco lights that surround the dance floor.  The colour and freezing of the moment is assisted by using a flash – something I’ll only revert to during the dancing in the evening.

It’s nice too to have colour splashed across the frame.  Too often wedding photojournalism is associated with black and white photography, so it’s nice to show off colour when documenting the wedding story.

So that’s why I love this image of from a Frilford Heath Golf Club wedding.

Book Me For Your Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding

Are you having a wedding at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire?  Or perhaps you want a relaxed, natural and storytelling photography approach to your wedding day?

I’d love to have an informal chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via the contact form below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

The bride and groom dancing during a wedding at Wandsworth Town Hall

Wandsworth Wedding Photographer London – Andrea & Nick

Featured Wedding, Wedding Stories

I previously shot Andrea and Nick’s Nigerian Wedding Blessing at St Anselm’s church in Tooting Bec in the London Borough of Wandsworth .  So as a Wandsworth wedding photographer it was great to be back there again a week or so later for their formal wedding day, before moving on to Wandsworth Town Hall for the evening celebrations.

My 5 Favourite…Images from Steph & Dan’s Brighton Wedding Photography

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Holiday Inn Brighton Wedding Photography

It’s hard to believe that it was back in July 2013 that I photographed Steph and Dan’s Brighton wedding.  I can still recall quite clearly all the moments, emotions and stories from the day, as if it were only yesterday.

So I thought I’d look back and select my five favourites from all the wedding photos I shot that day and explain why.  So in no particular order:

Colour Storytelling wedding photography of the bride and groom being showered wih confetti, after the wedding ceremony at All Saints Church, Hampreston, in Wimborne, Dorset.

Dorset Wedding Photography – Ellie & James

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The Wedding Day in Ferndown, Hampreston and Stapehill

I came to be the wedding photographer for Ellie and James’ wedding down in Dorset simply because James is the son of Steve – who is often my second photographer when I require one at weddings.  So it was one of those rare occasions where I was meeting the bride and groom for the first time on the wedding day itself.

London Engagement Shoot – Anne & Alex

Engagement Photography

From Vauxhall to Pimlico: A Modern European Love Story

A few months back I had the pleasure and honour of shooting Anne and Alex’s engagement photography around Vauxhall and Pimlico in London.  However, their love story actually started 4 years before this in a ruined bar called Szimpla in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

With Anne being Finnish and Alex the quintessential Englishman, theirs is truly a modern European love story that crosses borders.

Vauxhall & I

Colour London engagement photography of the couple cuddling on Vauxhall Bridge, with views of the River Thames and the London Eye in the background. Taken one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

What immediately struck me about Anne and Alex was their down to earth and fun nature.  This was a couple relaxed in one another’s company, who were easy going and didn’t want too much fuss.  In many ways this is exactly the kind of couples I find are drawn to my relaxed and unobtrusive approach to documentary photography.

So the plan was very an engagement shoot that was was fairly low key, fun and relaxed.  With the sun shining we headed up onto the Vauxhall Bridge, which provides a beautiful downstream view of the Thames and London’s South Bank beyond, complete with the iconic London Eye rising up. It always makes for a great London backdrop to photos.

Ducks in Pimlico

Colour London engagement photography of the couple watching some ducks, in a residential square in Pimlico. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Once we crossed Vauxhall Bridge and down onto the north side of the Thames (being firmly rooted in South London nowadays, this was almost nose bleed country for me!) it was time to wander around Pimlico.

If there’s one thing I love to do with engagement shoots it is to wander and grab spontaneous shots along the way.  Yes, I have loose plan in my head but I try to have as few preconceptions ahead of the shoot.  Perhaps, this comes from my approach to street photography and a love of Flânerie.

And as if to prove how you can never plan or second guess how a shoot will go, will stumbled upon some ducks quietly relaxing in a Pimlico square and who remain completely unmoved by us, until getting so bored by my photographic goings on, decided to wander nonchalantly past the posing couple!  You just couldn’t plan for moments like these!

Transport for London & Abstract Art

Black and white London engagement photography of the couple shot through the window of a passing bus in Pimlico. Taken by one of the best documentary wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Another great example of spontaneously reacting to what naturally occurs on an engagement shoot, was when we stumbled on a pub in Pimlico decked out out with Union Jack flags and the Cross of St George.

Wanting to get a wider shot, I stepped back to a traffic island in the middle of the busy road. Conscious of the passing London double decker buses, I purposefully shot through the windows of one and was rewarded with a more unusual and abstract portrait, which added something a little more different to the overall engagement shoot.

Again by not having too many preconceptions about what I wanted to photograph, I was able to get something I would never have planned or thought about.

The Art of the Portrait at the Tate Britain

Colour London engagement photography of the couple outside the Tate Britain in Pimlico. Taken by one of the best award winning wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

Speaking of art, we ended up at the glorious Tate Britain gallery,  a location that provided some grandeur and history to the shoot.  There’s also a lovely and quiet little garden at the back of the gallery, which was a lovely spot to end in on what had been a fantastic engagement shoot around central London.

Anne and Alex were a fantastic couple and I’m really looking forward to shooting their wedding in a palace in Finland next Spring!

I’m sure you’ll agree from the small selection of their engagement photography here, they make for a great couple. I’d be delighted if you could share this post across your social media.

London Engagement Photography

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Vauxhall & Pimlico Wedding Photographer

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Kingston Old Court House Wedding Photography – Michelle and Sally

Wedding Stories

Michelle and Sally’s same sex wedding was a fun and delightful mix of home comforts in New Malden and a historic wedding venue in Kingston, Surrey.

I arrived at their home in New Malden in the morning to find Sally preparing flowers, whilst workman were putting the finishing touches to a small marquee in their back garden, which would host the wedding reception later in day.  Michelle, who is South African, also had family from South Africa staying with them – so there was a definite busy and cosmopolitan air to the morning preparations.

Wedding documentary photographer of a wedding supplier setting up furniture for a backyard wedding in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by one of the best London wedding photographers, Darren Lehane

Both the brides-to-be seemed remarkably relaxed ahead of their, even with more and more family and friends arriving at their New Malden home.  It was already clear that the wedding was going to be a fairly relaxed and informal affair.

The wedding ceremony itself took place at the delightful Old Court House which is part of the Guildhall in Kingston. With its wood paneling and high benches it definitely made for a grand wedding setting.  It’s no surprise its one of the best wedding venues in Surrey.

LGBT wedding photography of the signing of the wedding registers at Kingston Old Court House. Taken by Surrey same sex wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

After the ceremony it was up to Richmond Park for a quick sprint through some more formal posed portraits and group shots. Although I am a documentary wedding photographer, who specialises in real moments and genuine emotions, I still understand that most couples will also want some traditional portraits shooting, so I’m always happy to oblige.

It was then back to their home in New Malden for what our American friends would call a backyard wedding reception – with the house and small marquee in the garden providing the setting for the post-wedding celebrations.

Wedding photojournalism of a wedding caterer preparing food at the backyard wedding reception in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by one of the best Surrey wedding photographers, Darren Lehane.

With catering firm Rhubarb providing tasty food and spectacular service, the wedding reception was a really intimate and relaxed affair.  The weather also played its part with some glorious late afternoon sun bathing the marquee in glorious light.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable wedding to be a part of and I’m sure you’ll agree from the small section of wedding photos that follow , it truly was a memorable same sex wedding in Surrey.

Wedding photography of a bride arranging flowers at home in New Malden, Surrey by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Wedding photojournalism of the bride at home making preparations for the backyard wedding in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by London wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane

Wedding photography of a red wedding dress hanging at home in New Malden, Surrey. Captured by one of Surrey's best wedding photographers Darren Lehane

Wedding photography of the bride's shoes at home in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by Surrey wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Wedding reportage photography of the bride putting on her wedding shoes at home in New Malden, Surrey, Taken by London wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of the bride in her red wedding dress at home in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of a male guest getting ready on the wedding morning in New Malden, Surrey, Taken by one of the best London wedding photographers Darren Lehane

Wedding photojournalism of the men getting ready on the wedding morning, at home in New Malden, Surrey. Documented by candid wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Natural wedding photography of the bride taking a phone call at home in New Malden, Surrey. Captured by London documentary wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Candid wedding photography of the brides preparing to leave home in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by New Malden wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Wedding reportage photography of guests taking a photo at home in New Malden, Surrey. Documented by Surrey wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane

Storytelling wedding photography of a wedding guest smelling some flowers outside Kingston Registry Office. Taken by Darren Lehane, one of the best London wedding photographers.

Kingston Old Court House wedding photography of the wedding rings, taken by award-winning London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Surrey wedding photography of the bride emerging from a wedding interview room inside the Kingston Old Court House. Taken by natural wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Same sex wedding photography of the brides before the ceremony at Kingston Registry Office, taken by same sex wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of the brides entering the Old Court House in Kingston, south west London for their same sex wedding. Captured by Darren, one of the top London wedding photojournalists.

Same sex wedding photography of a guest delivering a reading at the Old Court House in Kingston Guildhall. Taken by London LGBT wedding photographer Darren Lehae.

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Wedding photojournalism of a guest taking a photo of the brides during the LGBT wedding ceremony at Kingston Registry Office in SW London. Taken by London same sex wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Documentary wedding photography of the brides making their same sex wedding vows at Kingston Registry Office, in south west London. Taken by Kingston wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Candid wedding photography of the brides exchanging rings during their LGBT wedding at the Kingston Old Court House in Surrey, Documented by one of the best Surrey wedding photographers.

Candid wedding photography of the flower girls looking around the Old Court House in Kingston Guildhall. Documented by one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane

Wedding reportage photography of the Old Court House inside Kingston's Guildhall in south west London. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Documentary wedding photography of guests taking a selfie at the end of the LGBT wedding ceremony in Kingston Registry Office, Surrey. Taken by one of the best wedding photographer's in London, Darren Lehane.

Wedding photojournalism of guests taking photos at the end of the LGBT wedding ceremony, inside Kingston Registry Office. Taken by one the best Kingston wedding photographers, Darren Lehane

South West London wedding photography inside Kingston Guildhall in Surrey. Taken by Kingston wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Surrey same sex wedding photography of the brides laughing during their LGBT wedding ceremony at Kingston Old Court House, in south west London. Captured by award winning London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Natural wedding photography of the same sex brides exiting Kingston Old Court House at the end of their LGBT wedding ceremony. Documented by London wedding reportage photographer, Darren Lehane.

Surrey wedding photography of the same sex couple enjoying a post-wedding ceremony moment inside Kingston Registry Office, Surrey. Take by Kingston wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane.

Documentary wedding photography of a guest wiping away a tear at the end of the wedding ceremony at Kingston Guildhall. Taken by Surrey wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of the bride leaving Kingston Registry Office, taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane,

Kingston wedding photography of guests in wedding cars at the end of the wedding ceremony. Taken by one of the best Kingston wedding photographers.

Wedding photography of the brides posing for a portrait in Richmond Park, south west London. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Surrey wedding photography of the bride being toasted during her backyard wedding in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by New Malden wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of a naked wedding cake, taken by Surrey wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Black and white wedding photography of the flower girls in the backyard wedding marquee in New Malden, Surrey. Documented by Surrey wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of decorations and a naked wedding cake, taken by award winning London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Wedding reportage photography captures a tender and romantic kiss during the back garden wedding reception in New Malden, Surrey. Documented by London candid wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

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Northamptonshire wedding photographer documents the wedding ceremony at St Gregory's church in Abington, Northampton.

Northampton Wedding Photographer – Erinna & Rob’s Wedding Story

Wedding Stories

Northampton Wedding Photography

When Erinna & Rob asked me to be the wedding photographer for their wedding up in Northampton, I was absolutely thrilled. I had known Rob since we were both about 5 or 6 years old but I hadn’t seen him in about 10 years or so. So not only was it a great privilege to document their wedding day but it also meant I got to catch up with a number of (not so) old faces from the past.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Groom and wedding party laughing during the wedding speeches

Back In The Day: The Groom’s Speech

Back in the Day

A random look back through my wedding photography archives

It was a cold and wet October day at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel, near Southampton, for Sam and Kevin’s small and intimate Hampshire wedding. Yet, despite the damp weather outside, there were laughs a plenty inside, as this image of Kevin delivering his Groom’s speech ably demonstrates.

As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing these kind of real moments and genuine emotions of a wedding story.

Are you getting married at the Meon Valley in Hampshire, or elsewhere, and like my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a mail via my Contact Page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Posed wedding portrait at Rowton Castle, Shropshire.

My 5 Favourite…Posed Wedding Portraits

Five Favourites

Whilst I consider myself a wedding photojournalist who predominantly employs a candid and unobtrusive storytelling approach to wedding photography, I also realise that most couples will want some traditional and posed portraits on the wedding day too…and, of course, I am more than happy to oblige!

So here are 5 of my favourite posed portraits from some of the weddings I have shot.

#1. Intimate, Tender & So Natural

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Even when shooting posed portraits it’s still possible to capture some natural and candid moments, as this portrait from Emily & Phil’s wedding at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire demonstrates.

I always find, when getting portraits of the couple, it’s best to take them away from the guests for a short while. Not only do the couple appreciate a bit of quiet time they also much more comfortable having portraits shot without all the guests looking on.

I’d found a quiet little spot at Sedgebrook Hall and was setting up and shooting more formal portraits. In-between these shots Phil, naturally and completely un-coerced, lent forward and placed a tender and loving kiss on Emily’s shoulder.  Thankfully, due to my wedding photojournalism instincts, I was alive to this split second moment and was able to capture it for posterity!

#2 The Wedding Portrait Destined To Be

A posed wedding portrait in Worthing, West Sussex

When I first met Imogen and Seb to discuss their wedding in Worthing, East Sussex, I had a “vision” of Imogen in a field of golden corn.  Cue  to the morning of their wedding day, I happened to mention to my assistant for the day this vision I’d had months earlier.

Lo-and-behold and, completely unbeknown to me, there was actually a cornfield opposite the church in which they were married. So after their Mormon wedding ceremony and before we headed off for a second service at the Mormon Temple, I took the opportunity to take Imogen and Seb into the cornfield and capture a beautiful posed portrait of them.

Aside from it being a wedding portrait that was destined to be, it also screams beautiful Sussex to me and is a fantastic memory of their late summer wedding on the coast!

#3. Be Humble Enough To Be Guided

Wedding reportage photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Once again a wedding in West Sussex, this time Kelly and Ryan’s wedding day at the South Lodge Hotel near Horsham.  One of things I have learnt on a wedding day is never to full into the trap of being as arrogant as to think you always know best.  I often hear stories from wedding couples who talk about arrogant and bossy wedding photographers who won’t listen to anyone else and simply do what they think is best.

On this occasion the Toastmaster who had been at the venue a number of times suggested to me that I take the bride and groom away to a beautiful “secret garden” within the grounds of South Lodge – and I was happy to take his advice!

And, as you can see, it really was a magical setting complete with it’s own mini waterfall.  Had I not taken someone else’s advice I would have missed this opportunity altogether for a fabulous wedding portrait!

#4 Utilise Your Surroundings

Posed wedding portrait at Rowton Castle, Shropshire.

This bridal party portrait from Kara and Jason’s wedding at Rowton Castle in Shropshire came about from taking in one’s surroundings and being prepared to try things out.

I had already got a number of safe and more traditional portraits in the bag, when I noticed these 4 garden tables and chairs running down one side of the gardens.  As fortune would have it, there was 4 bridesmaids so I straightaway thought…why not?  I feel like I had a shot from somewhere in the back of my mind that may have influenced it but after quickly bring a chair down for the bride and ensuring I shot with enough depth of field (a little unusual from my usual approach) and captured this gorgeous and well balanced portrait.

So always think about your surroundings and never be afraid to try out things you have seen elsewhere…or that you imagined as may have been the case here!

#5 Most of All Have Fun!

East Sussex wedding portrait at the Roebuck in Forest Row.

I love to have fun at weddings when the opportunity arises. This is yet another choice from a wedding in Sussex, this time Nicole and Eugene’s wedding reception at the Roebuck Hotel in Forest Row, East Sussex.Not all wedding portraits have to be serious and overly posed and it really helps to have a wedding couple who are equally up for fun and willing to try out anything you do suggest, no matter how silly or crazy it sounds! Nicole and Eugene were exactly that kind of couple!

So when I suggested that we stage a shot where Nicole tries to rescue Eugene from being taken off by some balloons, that didn’t bat an eyelid and just got on with.  You can tell they were really having fun with the idea…and what’s a wedding if you can’t have a little fun on the day?

If you are getting married and enjoy how I mix in some more posed portraits with my normal candid and photojournalistic approach to wedding photography then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can call me on +44 (0)7920 422144 0r send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

My 5 Favourite…series looks at some of my favourite themed photos from across the weddings I shoot.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

One of the best London wedding photographers shoots the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex

The Perfect Photo or the Perfect Moment?

About Wedding Photojournalism, Featured Blog Post

My wedding photojournalism approach is all about documenting your unique wedding story as it unfolds and happens spontaneously. I want to capture the real moments and genuine emotions of the day – it’s a natural, candid and storytelling approach in which I’m passionate about ensuring the integrity of the moment.

Rowton Castle wedding photography of bride shedding a tear during the speeches .

However, I often get asked how I manage to capture those split second, fleeting little moments whilst ensuring my camera settings are right. After all, cameras are often very technical and complicated tools and in order to get the perfect photo you have to take into account so many factors, such as apertures, shutter speeds, white balance, ISO numbers and the like.

Well, the honest answer is I don’t worry too much about getting the perfect photo.  My focus is on capturing the perfect moment. That’s the holy grail of wedding photojournalism.  Real moments you can’t fake.  Yes, you could try and stage or pose them but they never look real, never appear the same or as natural as a genuine moment occurring.

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So imagine if you were fiddling with your camera settings all the time, trying to get the technically perfect photo…you’d spend so much time looking at the LCD screen of the camera you’d miss all those moments as they happen.  Wedding photojournalism cares more about the moment than technical settings. It’s all about the art of wedding storytelling.

That’s not to say I don’t care about the technical side at all. Experience allows me to ensure I’m in the rough ball park area of technical camera settings but I’m not going to fret about the shot being pin sharp, in focus from front to back, devoid of noise/grain, etc. In fact, I don’t personally like perfect looking photos – they often look too sterile, too clean, too bland to me. I want to capture the emotions, the mood, the atmosphere and everything else that goes into making a perfect moment. It’s like the difference between a pitch perfect modern pop star produced to the highest standards and a crackly old record of a soul singer with a distinct but technically imperfect voice.  Jackie Wilson or Jackie X Factor?

Brighton Old Ship Inn wedding photography of guest playing with the flower girk

Ultimately, how many times have you looked at a wedding photo and said you love it because it’s technically perfect.  Or do you get moved by the moments, the emotions and the expressions of a photo?  I’m guessing it’s the latter and that’s why a wedding photojournalism approach is the perfect way to document the story of your wedding day.

So I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and explain how my wedding photojournalism approach will capture and document the perfect moments of your wedding story. Give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

Details of my wedding photography services and fees can be found here.

Let’s create a memorable story together.

The bride comforts her bride during a same sex wedding

Woodlands Park Hotel Wedding – Elaine & Marisa

Wedding Stories

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.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

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.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

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.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

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.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

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.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

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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Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bride receiving comments about her wedding dress, during the bridal preparations

Back In The Day: Father of the Bride Looks On

Back in the Day

A random look back through my wedding photography archives

The bridal preparations can often be a slighty awkward time for the father-of-the-bride.  After all, he steps into the excitement and frenzy of the preparations which have usually been ongoing for a good few hours already.  The bride is getting ever more emotional as she gets into her dress and the wedding ceremony is getting ever near.  The bridal party are excitedly helping with hair, make-up, securing the dress and doing all those girly things that girls are normally used to doing.

On the other hand, the bride’s father – normally a little nervous and emotional himself – is seeing his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress but often feels a spare part in the proceedings.  It can be a little like standing in the middle of Piccadilly Circus at rush hour and not being entirely sure on how to cross the road!

And this image, from Gemma & Rich’s East Sussex Wedding a few years ago, at one of the best wedding venues in Brighton, the  Old Ship Hotel , is a wonderful example of that.  Both mother’s are busy helping the bride, who is focused on her beautiful wedding dress, and all the father can do is look on – but look on he does with immense love and pride for his beautiful daughter. It’s those fleeting little moments captured that are key to my wedding photojournalism approach.

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Are you getting married at the Old Ship Hotel, or elsewhere, and like my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a mail via my Contact Page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid crying as she sees the bride in her wedding dress for the first time.

The Art of Wedding Storytelling

About Wedding Photojournalism, Featured Blog Post

I’m not just a wedding photographer – I’m a wedding storyteller

As a wedding photojournalist I speak a lot about capturing your wedding story.  For me it’s the very heart of wedding photojournalism. I’m there to document and re-tell the narrative of your wedding day as it really happened.  That’s the key difference between a wedding photojournalist, such as myself, and a more traditional wedding photographer who prefers to set up, pose and stage your wedding photography.

Instead, as a wedding storyteller, I’m looking to capture and document the genuine moments and real emotions of your wedding day without dictating them.  I want you to look back, whether its in a few months, a few years or even decades away from now and remember the real story of your real wedding as it really happened – rather than remember the wedding photographer who made you and your guests do this and that to a tick list he or she uses at every wedding.

Here are 3 reasons why I think a wedding storytelling approach is the most natural for wedding photography.

#1 It’s all about the moment

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A wedding photojournalism approach is all about capturing the perfect moment, rather than the perfect picture.  It’s not about making you stand there like this, whilst I fiddle with camera settings as you or your guests get bored and irritated. It’s not about being technically perfect, instead it’s all about the emotional content – capturing the fleeting moments in-between the moments that are often the very heart of your wedding.  You can’t stage or fake genuine emotional moments, they just happen – often without warning- and you either get them or you don’t.  Because I’m not worrying about everything looking perfect or checking and rechecking my camera settings to ensure everything is technically spot on, I’m more attuned to capturing the moment – the smiles, the kisses, the tears, the expressions, the hugs, the tension.  As a wedding photojournalist – particularly one with a reportage and street photography background – I’m fine tuned to anticipating when a moment is about to happen.  Which leads me nicely into…

#2 It’s about feeling not seeing

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I often say that if, as a wedding photographer, your are seeing the moment or the photo opportunity then you’re actually too late and have missed the core of the moment altogether.  You have to feel the moment; feel the story as it evolves around you. You often have to shoot on raw gut instinct and because a more traditional wedding photographer prefers to set things up they are nowhere near as adept as a wedding photojournalist.  But it goes beyond this.  As a photographer you have to genuinely feel the moment in your heart and soul – you’ve got to genuinely love the kind of moments that do happen on a wedding day and are totally committed to capturing them.  Without this kind of inner desire to feel pictures, rather than just seeing them, you might end up with a story, but it’s going to feel more hollow than a real heartfelt wedding story.  Which brings me onto…

#3 It’s real and it’s honest

One of the best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographer captures wedding guests at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

I’ve talked elsewhere in detail about ensuring the integrity of the moment – which is the cornerstone to wedding photojournalism.  But, in a nutshell, a wedding storyteller will give you GENUINE moments and emotions wrapped up in a series of images that are real and honest. When such moments are staged or faked, the emotional core is lost.  Ask someone to laugh for you and it both looks and sounds fakes.  Observe them really laughing at something, unaware you are looking on, and you’ll see not just warm and genuine emotion – but you’ll actually see their soul.  And that’s the difference between a traditional wedding photographer and a storytelling wedding photojournalist.  We may both produce stories, of a kind, but I’m willing to bet that the wedding story I provide resonates with heart, emotion and soul.

As a wedding photojournalist I’m passionate about not just my storytelling approach but also the getting to the heart of, and emotionally feeling the very soul of you wedding story.  This I believe, is what sets me aside and is why you choose to book me as a PERSON rather than book a wedding photographer.

Book Me

Best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographer captures himself on a wedding guests smart phone camera at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

Are you getting married and think my passion for a genuine storytelling approach to wedding photography is exactly what you are seeking?  Then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can either call me now on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ashridge House wedding photography of guests looking on at the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony

Ashridge House Wedding Photography in Hertfordshire – Carly & Sonny

Wedding Stories

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.

Beautiful Hertfordshire Wedding Venue

Ashridge House wedding photography of one of the best Hertfordshire wedding venues

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

 

Photofilm – Steph & Paul’s Bromley Wedding

Photofilm

Steph & Pauls Wedding Photography Audio Slideshow

I’m delighted to add to the website this wedding story photofilm from Steph & Pauls fun wedding at the Bromley Court Hotel in south east London at the end of September.  Audio slideshow’s are available with my Wedding Storyteller photography package and are a lovely way to showcase a small selection of photo’s from a couple’s real wedding story.

If you are getting married, either at the Bromley Court Hotel or elsewhere, and enjoyed my natural, authentic and unobtrusive approach to capturing the real moments and genuine emotions of a wedding story, then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans and have a general chat with you.

You can call me on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Rowton Castle Wedding Photography of the wedding party having some lighthearted fun on the lawn, after the wedding ceremony

Back in the Day: Wonderful Rowton Castle

Back in the Day, Rowton Castle Shropshire, Shropshire wedding venues

A random look back through my wedding photography archives

I was contacted today about Kara and Jason’s wonderful wedding at Rowton Castle back in 2012 – so it got me thinking about how fabulous a venue Rowton Castle is for weddings.

As a wedding photographer I dream  of beautiful and elegant backdrops for my wedding photography and Rowton Castle in Shropshire provides exactly that.  It’s one of the best Shropshire wedding venues.

I’m also excited that I’ll be returning to Rowton Castle in February 2016 to shoot the wedding of Maria and Peter. I can’t wait!

Are you getting married at Rowton Castle, or elsewhere, and like my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a mai via my Contact Page. I look forward to hearing from you.

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

Wedding Stories

Kent Wedding Photojournalism

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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You can also view their audio wedding photofilm here.

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If you enjoyed my natural and candid approach to wedding storytelling and would like to discuss your wedding plans with me, then please give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a private message by completing the form below.

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.

Getting Married Too?

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

If you too are getting married at Grendon Lakes, or anywhere else throughout the UK or beyond, and like my wedding photojournalism approach to wedding photography, then I would love to chat to you about your wedding plans.  You can phone me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page and I’ll be delighted to get back to you as soon as I possibly can. Alternatively, you can send me a message in the contact form after the photos below. Don’t worry, no one else can read your comment and it will be sent securely to me by email.  I look forward to hearing from you. For my wedding photography packages and prices please click here.  Thanks!

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