Wedding cake and waiters at Marriott Meon Valley wedding

Marriott Meon Valley Wedding Cake – Why I Love This Image

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There’s often a presumption that wedding photojournalists are only concerned with documenting people at weddings and that we don’t really bother with wedding detail shots.  Well, that’s why I’ve chosen this photo of a wedding cake at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club near Southampton in Hampshire for inclusion in my Why I Love This Image series.

Wedding Details & the Wedding Photojournalist

The groom and children with the wedding cake at the Marriott Meon Valley

The wedding cake this time with the groom and his children at the Marriott Meon Valley

As an experienced wedding photographer I realise the importance of details shots.  After all, you have spent a lot of time, thought and money on choosing the smaller details of your wedding day.  It’s only natural you will want a documented record of these.  And a wedding photojournalist is there to capture all elements of your wedding story.

But when I shoot the wedding details, such as a wedding cake, I also like to include some context and, wherever possible, some storytelling too.  There’s definitely no reason you can’t pull all these elements together, as this wedding cake shot demonstrates.

The Wedding at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel

Wedding cake and waiters at Marriott Meon Valley, Hampshire

A colour version of the wedding cake and waiters at the Marriott Meon Valley wedding

The wedding cake take’s centre stage and I’ve taken a slightly lower perspective to add a little drama – as well as eliminating some of the less desirable things like table legs and carpet.  Beyond that you have waiters serving food to the wedding party at the Marriott Meon Valley.  This inclusion, ensures the wedding cake is set within the story of the day, rather than just another anonymous wedding cake from another anonymous wedding.  And by having it in black and white, it really compliments the strong graphic nature of the image.

In my opinion it really adds to Sam and Kevin’s unique wedding story and that’s definitely why I love this image.

Contact Me To Discuss Your Wedding Plans

So if you think a wedding photojournalism approach would be ideal for documenting the individual and special story of your wedding day, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  Likewise, if you’re getting married at the Marriott Meon Valley near Southampton in Hampshire then lets definitely chat.

You can give me a call or send a text to 07920 422144.  Or send me a message to my contact page with details of your wedding and I’ll get straight back to you.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a silhouetted bride and groon sharing a kiss.

Meon Valley Marriott Wedding Photography – Sam & Kevin

Wedding Stories

A Real Story of a Real Wedding: Sam & Kevin at Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, Hampshire – a wedding reportage approach.

As a wedding photojournalist I have to be prepared for each and every eventuality. No two weddings are ever the same, so when Sam and Kevin asked me to photograph their small, intimate and fun wedding at the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel, I was both intrigued and fascinated as to what the day would throw at me.

Now just because someone is a having a small wedding there’s no reason to think it won’t throw up all the emotions, moments and drama of a much bigger wedding. And Sam and Kevin’s day certainly didn’t disappoint.

Despite the miserbale wet October weather outside, things inside were anything but miserable – it really was a wedding of laughs. As the Bride, Sam really had to fight the giggles throughout the ceremony and that wasn’t easy with both Kevin and the Registrar finding every opportunity to make her laugh.  Of course, this was perfect for me…wedding photojournalism is really a great way of capturing all those genuine, candid and funny moments.

Whilst there was no evening reception there was certainly a lot of fun to be had throughout the wedding breakfast and speeches, as I’m sure my wedding reportage approach demonstrates.

So, the one thing Sam and Kevin’s Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography demonstrates: a small wedding can certainly still pack a big punch!

Part of my Wedding Stories series.

Getting married at the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel near Southampton or elsewhere and are interested in my candid, natural and wedding photojournalism approach to your wedding day? Then lets have an informal chat about your plans. Call me on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here.

Here is a very small selection of photos from Sam & Kevin’s real wedding story at the Meon Valley Marriot Hotel near Southampton, Hampshire.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride being helped into her wedding dress during the bridal preparations

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride looking at a lucky horseshoe during the bridal preparations

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a bridesmaid caught in the reflection of a mirror, during the wedding morning bridal preparations

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride looking a little surprised by something the wedding planner has said, during the bridal preparations

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a guest bring the wedding flowers into the bridal suite

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride looking thoughtful and pensive during the bridal preparations.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the mother-of-the-groom looking at her mobile phone, before the start of the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the groom waiting nervously for the bride to arrive

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the groom turning to watch the bride arrive for the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride and groom laughing during the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride trying to supress a laugh during the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Registrar making the bride laugh during the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Best Man handing the Groom a wedding ring, during the wedding service

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Groom placing the ring on the Bride's finger, during the wedding service

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride laughing during the wedding service

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a small boy looking on with astonishment during the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a wedding guest capturing the bride and groom on her mobile phone, during the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying a kiss during the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a waiter readjusting the red carpetduring the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of two young children playing during the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a guest capturing a photo of the bride and groom, on a mobile phone, as they sign the wedding register

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the groom giving his daughter a cuddle at the end of the wedding service

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of thebride with a drink after the wedding service

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a guest hugging the bride after the wedding service.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of wedding guests chatting after the wedding ceremony

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a young boy playing with the bride's lucky black cat

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride and groom laughing during the drinks reception

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Best Man chatting with guests at the drinks reception

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride adjusting her wedding dress after the wedding service

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a young boy carrying a bouquet during a group shot

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a waiter serving food during the wedding breakfast

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride and groom kissing during the wedding breakfast

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a guest entertaining a young boy during the wedding breakfast    Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a young boy playfully poking his tongue out, during the wedding breakfast

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a guest entertaining a young boy, during the wedding breakfast

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a wedding guest drinking champagne during the wedding speeches    Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of guests eating during the wedding reception.

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride being shown the menu during the wedding breakfast

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the mother of the groom playing with two children during the wedding breakfast

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a guest being amused by a young boy during the wedding breakfast

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of a child playing with a toy during the wedding breakfast

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Groom being amused by the Best Man's speech

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the bride smiling as the Groom make his speech, during the wedding reception

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

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the Groom's parents laughing during the wedding speeches

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the groom watching his children by the wedding cake

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel wedding photography of the mother of the groom taking a photo of the bride and groom, with her mobile phone.

Documenting The Real Story Of Your Wedding. Never Dictating it.

My Wedding Stories show you a chronological selection of photos from throughout a REAL wedding day, rather than just images specially selected for a portfolio (us photographers love to do that.)  After all, your wedding photography should be about your entire day rather than the very best images from the day.  I hope this not only gives you a feel of a whole wedding day but also demonstrates how my wedding photojournalism captures the natural moments, candid emotions and real events of the day – without the need to set up or stage fake moments.

If you are getting married and enjoy my documentary wedding photography approach, then I’d really love to chat to you about your plansDrop me a line here.

Or call me on 07920 422144.

 

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