A beautiful rural wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire

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Gemma & Chris’ do-it-yourself backyard wedding in the heart of England

Yes, I’m still catching up on a number of previous weddings here on my blog.  When Gemma married Chris it was a truly beautiful day on what I can only describe as an archetypal rural English wedding in pretty Northamptonshire.

I’ve actually known Chris for almost 30 years now, although we hadn’t really seen much of one another in the last 15 years or so.  So it was an absolute honour and thrill to be asked to document his and Gemma’s wedding in the village of Nether Heyford – where Chris had spent his childhood growing up and still a community he has very strong ties to.

So I knew it was going to be a very special wedding day.

Bridal Preparations at home in Abington, Northampton

Colour wedding photography of the bride checking her phone, during the morning bridal preparations at home in Abington, Northampton,

My day started early, as it usually does, turning up at the couple’s home in Abington, Northampton where Gemma and her bridal party were preparing for the wedding day ahead.  As is always the way with bridal preparations there was so much happening – which is fantastic for me a documentary wedding photography who captures all those natural moments and genuine emotions.

With excited children, emotional family and fun loving bridesmaids there was never a dull moment to be had and so many great decisive moments for me to document.

Wedding at St Peter & St Paul Church, Nether Heyford

Colour wedding photography of St Michael & All Angels church in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

Without doubt the village church of St Peter & St Paul in Nether Heyford is a stunning and very traditional location for an English rural wedding. Lying in the heart of the village, surrounded by old sandstone cottages and in leafy shadows of surrounding trees, part of the church dates back to the 13th century.

To be allowed to marry in this historic parish church, you must either be part of the parish or have some other legally recognized connection with it.  Of course, Chris’ family had a long standing connection with the village, which meant he and Gemma were one of the lucky ones to be able to get married here.

Black and white wedding photojournalism of the groom and best man watching the bride come up the aisle, at St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northants.

With the church packed to the rafters with friends and family there was an excited anticipation as Gemma was escorted up the aisle by her father.  Chris and his best men looked on with a mixture of pride and happiness, which was to set the tone for the rest of the wedding ceremony.

Smiles, Hugs and Kisses

Black and white candid wedding photography kisses a wedding guest, after the wedding ceremony outside St Peter & St Paul church in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

Rings exchanged, first kiss enjoyed and wedding register signed, the newly married couple proceeded out into the afternoon countryside sunshine, where they were quickly surrounded by excited and emotional guests.

As a wedding photojournalist this is a great time for me to document some tender moments and heartfelt emotions. Lost in the moment of post-ceremony bliss, I go unnoticed and capture some truly beautiful and natural wedding photography.

A Rural Backyard Marquee Wedding Reception

Colour wedding photography of a rural back yard marquee wedding in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

Gemma and Chris were in the fortunate position of a family friend who owned a small meadow just down from the church, which made for a great location for a marquee wedding reception. With great views of the surrounding Northants countryside, hay bales and beautiful rustic diy decorations and details, it was a truly stunning backyard type setting for the evening reception.

The speeches were the traditional mix of tears and laughter, particularly as the groom paid a moving tribute to his late mother, Olive, which didn’t leave a dry eye in the house or, rather, marquee, including myself!

Black and white documentary wedding photography of the bride placing a reassuring hand on an emotional groom, during the wedding speeches in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

The remainder of the afternoon was a great time for kids to have fun with the hay bales and explore the meadow, whilst the adult guests do what adult wedding guests usually do, drink and make merry.

First Dance and Country Dancing

Black and white candid wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first dance, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.

With a hog roast slowly cooking outside and evening guests arriving it was time for the romantic first dance. As Chris serenaded his beautiful bride around the marquee’s dance floor, friends and family, looked on with happiness – after all these years, Chris had finally found the woman of his dreams.

With the cake cutting done, it was then onto some fabulous country dancing that really got both the marquee and evening in full swing.  From the smiles and grins on everyone’s faces, it was clear this was a great way to start the evening celebrations.

As is usual for the evening dancing, I love to get right into the frenzy of the dancefloor and shooting with a slow flash on my camera, in order to swirl those lights and get a real feeling of the mood and movement.

Colour documentary wedding photography of wedding guests dancing, during the wedding reception in Nether Heyford, Northampton.

Nether Heyford Wedding Photographer

As I’m sure you’ll agree from the above photos and small selection of wedding photography that follows, Gemma and Chris had a truly wonderful English rural wedding with a personal touch of a DIY backyard wedding.

If you like this post and the wedding photos I’d love you to share across your social media and even tag friends and family you know.

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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.

Wedding at the Barns at Hunsbury: Tanya & Nathan

Wedding Stories

Street Photography Wedding Photographer

Some street photography in London's Trafalgar Square, taken by multiple award winning London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Street photography taken in London’s Trafalgar Square, back in April when I hooked up with groom-to-be Nathan for some street photography fun.

Being Tanya and Nathan’s documentary wedding photographer, at their wedding at the Barns at Hunsbury in Northampton, came about as a result of my wedding photography.  Unbeknown to me, Nathan had been following my personal street photography from afar.

In one of those funny quirks of fate that life sometimes throws up, he mentioned my street photography to a fellow work colleague who turned out to be my uncle. Long story short, as a result a few messages passed between myself, uncle and Nathan and before I knew it I was booked to shoot Tanya and Nathan’s wedding at the wonderful Barns at Hunsbury – but not before I’d hooked with Nathan to shoot some street photography one Saturday in London.

Wedding Morning Preparations

The Barns at Hunsbury Wedding Photography Northamptonshire

As usual I arrived early on the wedding morning at Tanya and Nathan’s home in Northampton.  As anyone who follows me regularly, I love this part of the day. Everyone is still relaxed so there’s plenty of laughter and fun but, of course, apprehension for the day ahead can start increasing, leading to nerves and sometimes a few tears. Tanya’s bridal preparations were no exception. It was slightly unusual in that I had never met Tanya ahead of the day itself. However, I think it would be fair to say that we really clicked and definitely had a good few laughs together about things. I think it helps that I carry my sense of humour through a wedding day, it keeps people more relaxed.

The Barns at Hunsbury in Northampton

The Barns at Hunsbury Wedding Photography Northamptonshire

It was the first time I have shot a wedding at the Barns at Hunsbury. It’s in a lovely setting with a really rural feel without being out in the middle of the countryside somewhere. So it’s no surprise that it’s considered one of the best wedding venues in Northampton.

The Barns at Hunsbury Wedding Photography Northamptonshire

As I expected the wedding ceremony was full of laughs. Tanya looked gorgeous in her dress and even Nathan scrubbed up well and I definitely loved the brown tweed jackets!

It’s Just How Kids Are

The Barns at Hunsbury Wedding Photography Northamptonshire

I love weddings full of kids! Maybe I’m being selfish, but as a documentary wedding photography I love all the crazy fun, spontaneous moments and a suit emotions they can create on the day. It’s these kind of moments that make great photos for a couple’s wedding story.  So with plenty of kids at Tanya and Nathan’s wedding it was such a fun and enjoyable wedding to cover and a real one to remember!

Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer

The Barns at Hunsbury Wedding Photography Northamptonshire

I’m sure you’ll agree, from the small selection of Tanya and Nathan’s wedding photography that follows, it was a perfect day from start to finish.  If you are getting married at the Barns at Hunsbury and are looking for a Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. Equally, if you’re getting married elsewhere and enjoyed my award winning documentary wedding photography approach then do get in touch!

I can be called on 07920 422144 or you can send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you

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Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Emily & Phil’s 1st Sedgebrook Hall Wedding Anniversaty

Back in the Day, Blog Article

It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since Emily & Phil’s wedding at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire.  Very much like today we were blessed with some glorious summer weather, that just added to the warm mood of the wedding.

Northamptonshire wedding photographer at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Of course, a few things have changed since then, I’m no longer Daz Shoots Weddings but, of course, Lehane Wedding Photojournalism. Not that the name change has changed my wedding photojournalism approach.

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Emily and Phil’s wedding day definitely offered up ample opportunity of real moments, genuine emotions and true stoies to be documented and create a unique record of the wedding day.

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

And with Sedgebrook Hall providing such a wonderful backdrop,it was a fantastiic day all round. So all that’s left to say is, happy 1st anniversary Emily and Phil!

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

You can see Emily and Phil’s Sedgebrook Hall wedding photography here.

If you’re getting married at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire, or elsewhere, and enjoy my non traditional and storytelling approach to wedding photography, then I’d love to hear from you. Give me a call now on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page and I’ll be delighted to discuss your wedding plans with you.

Sedgebrook Hall wedding photography

The Descending Bride – Why I Love This Wedding Photograph

Why I Love This Image

If there is one thing I’ve picked up from both my photojournalist and street photography background is that the best images have more than just one element of interest.  The great photos generally have a number of different factors that come together as one to make something special.

That’s what happened in this image from Emily & Phils Sedgebrook Hall wedding photography in Northamptonhire.  I was perfectly placed to capture Emily coming down the central staircase, prior to the wedding ceremony, with her father carefully carrying the wedding dress train behind. There was no directing, posing or setting up the image. It’s the kind of completely natural and candid moment I specialise in as a wedding photojournalist. There’s a definite look of apprehensive tension in Emily’s face – the same look nearly all bride’s get just before the wedding ceremony is about begin. It’s the moment it’s all about to get real and serious. Had the moment been set up then the natural tension and anticipation would have gone or, at least, looked forced.  That’s why wedding photojournalism excels at documenting all those real moments and genuine emotions of a wedding story.

So, yes, a great moment and emotion of the wedding day captured – but there’s more that elevates this image for me. There’s the lovely light that’s spilling in from the window at the side, adding some real contrast to the image – from bright whites right through to black shadows. Anyone who follows me regularly know I’m just a sucker for high contrast black and white wedding photography – most probably the influence of street photographers like William Klein and Daido Moriyama on me!

Then there’s the curve of the hand rail, that adds an almost curvaceous sensual feel to the moment, its downward nature leave us in no doubt she’s heading somewhere. And finally there’s the weirdly curving wooden supports, highlighted by the window light, that add an extra eye-catching factor to the overall image and helps balance the image all across the frame.

So there you have it, that’s why I love this wedding photograph.

If you enjoyed my natural and candid wedding photojournalism approach or are getting married at the beautiful Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can call me on 07920 422144 or send me me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Go here to see more of my Why I Love This Image series.

Award Winning Wedding Photography

Awards, Competitions

I am delighted to say that this image, of a magician entertaining guests, at Hollie & Dan’s Grendon Lakes wedding in Northampton, was placed in the Top 20 of the most recent quarterly contest with the prestigious Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (AGWPJA).

Entered into the ‘Other Vendors‘ category it’s always nice when esteemed judges and talented peers recognize your work.  I am immensely proud of the fact that I am a qualifying member of the AGWPJA and this latest success only inspires me more to shoot the most creative imagery I can of couple’s wedding stories.

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One of the best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographers captures a young boy playing during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

Why I Love This Image: The Boy Beneath The Table

Why I Love This Image

A wedding is just a fun playground for kids!

Kids are great at weddings, certainly from a wedding photojournalism perspective.  In many ways they epitomise everything that documentary wedding photography is: unposed, spontaneous and full of fun.  After all, it’s the real story of your wedding as it happens that I capture.

Take this young boy, from Hollie and Dan’s Grendon Lakes wedding photography in Northamptonshire.  He doesn’t care about the wedding speeches or the toasts, no.  He’s far more interested in the table decorations that have fallen on the floor – they look far more fun and interesting!

Of course, the fact that the bride and groom are enjoying the wedding speeches and are seemingly oblivious to a child’s world of fun and adventure going on beneath the head table makes the image even more amusing and brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.

Having spotted this happening, I manoeuvred myself into a better position and waited for him to starting playing with the MR letters – after all, he was quite a young and charming mister!

Given the potential for the clutter to being a tad distracting it was definitely a wedding moment that I knew was going to be black & white.

Weddings are often a mix of chaotic fun and more formal moments.  That’s why a wedding photojournalism approach is such a natural way to capture the real and authentic wedding story.  You could never set such a natural happening scene up and you could never get that young boy to do as you wanted.  Thats why ensuring the integrity of the moment is so important in capturing authentic wedding stories. I want to make them as unique to you as you both are. It’s your day. Your story. Your way.

As a wedding photojournalist you put simply put yourself inside the moment and anticipate the story that’s about to happen. It’s not about getting the perfect shot, it’s all about getting the perfect moment. For that you need to see and feel what you are shooting. It’s why wedding photojournalism delivers the most natural and stunning memories from your day without you even being aware it was happening.

And that’s why I love this image.

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My Why I Love This Image series hopefully gives you more of an insight of why I took particular images, their context and my thought processes. As a wedding photojournalist I strongly believe in providing an open, honest and transparent explanation of the photography I capture.

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Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a Grendon Lakes wedding in Northamptonshire? Then I’d love to talk with you about your wedding plans and how my wedding photojournalism approach can capture the real story of YOUR wedding day. Call me on 07920 422144 or send me an email here.

 

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Why I Love This Image: The Laughing Groomsman

Why I Love This Image

Why I Love This Image

My Why I Love This Image articles aim to give you an insight into why I took or love a particular image from one of the many wedding stories I shoot. As a wedding photographer I believe in being as open and transparent about the work and, I hope, by sharing my thoughts on some of my images you can both see and feel my passion for wedding photography.

Traditional Posed Wedding Photography vs. Wedding Photojournalism

As a wedding photographer who specialises in a wedding photojournalism approach, most of my work will naturally feature real moments, genuine emotions and true expressions.  However, most couples do also require a number of the traditional posed portraits on the wedding day and I am always more than happy to oblige. In fact, my most popular wedding photography package, The Wedding Storyteller, includes unlimited posed portraits and group shots as part of it.  So this image, from Emily and Phil’s wonderful wedding story, at Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire, was part of the formal shots of the groomsmen.

The Influence of Anton Corbijn

Depeche Mode Anton Corbijn

I’m a huge fan of the Dutch photographer (and now movie director) Anton Corbijn – in fact it was his portraits of some of my favourite bands and musical artists, back in the mid 1980s, that inspired me to get a camera and become seriously interested in photography in the first place.  One of his favourite techniques, especially when shooting bands, is selective focus and a very shallow depth of field…in other words having one person in focus whilst others are out of focus –  as demonstrated in Corbijn’s 1997 portrait of Depeche Mode above.  So I definitely had that kind of technique in mind when I set up and posed this wedding portrait of the groom and groomsmen at Sedgebrook Hall.

The Moment’s In-Between the Moments

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Even though this image was formally set-up it still actually captures a lighthearted moment, in-between the formal shots. The two photos above show you the unedited shots that were taken either side of the main image itself. I’m not sure what we were talking about – and yes, I like to talk with my subjects when shooting portraits as I want to keep the mood light and informal if I can – but clearly we were having a laugh regarding something and the Best Man threw his head back and, bam!, a moment in-between a moment, was perfectly captured.  In lots of ways, even my posed portraits do become semi-formal and manage to capture the real moments and emotions you’d normally associate more with my candid wedding photojournalism approach.  Quite often, it’s these less rigid and less formal portraits that work best and still retain the integrity of the moment.  Add a black and white look and you end up, as here, with a classic, fun and intriguing portrait that defies most of wedding photography’s portrait cliches.  That’s why having a passion and interest in the history of photography and being inspired by great masters of the medium improves you as a wedding photographer and not peddle out the usual portraits that every other wedding photographer does.

The Geeky Technical Stuff

As with all my wedding photography, this image was shot on one of my Olympus OMD EM5 camera bodies (I shoot with 3 bodies at every wedding) – light and discrete cameras that are perfect for my wedding photojournalism approach.  The lens itself is the stunning Olympus 75mm f/1.8 prime (I always shoot with prime lenses) – which I can safely say is the best lens I have EVER shot with in terms of image quality, sharpness and clarity.  I could gush all day (and night) about this truly brilliant portrait lens. My aperture was set for f/2.2 – shallow enough for the required selective focus but not maxed out to ensure fantastic sharpness.  Although a bright sunny day, we were in the shade of  large tree, so had set ISO 400 and a shutter speed of 1/200, sufficiently fast enough to capture the best man’s movement but not so fast to run the risk of underexposing and losing detail in the shadows.

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Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Sedgebrook Hall Wedding Photography – Emily & Phil’s Wedding Story

Wedding Stories

Real Wedding Photojournalism – Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire

There’s nothing better for a wedding photographer, then to feel like you know the couple pretty well come the wedding day itself.  By the time of Emily & Phil’s wedding at the delightful Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire I had already got to know them a year previously at Lois and Dan’s wedding, also in Northamptonshire – what with Phil being Lois’ brother. Then more recently I’d had the pleasure of shooting a pre-wedding portrait shoot with Emily and Phil at Kelmarsh Hall, again in Northampton.  So in lots of ways it really did feel like I was shooting the wedding of a pair of friends – and that does mean everyone is already relaxed and comfortable.  Ideal for a wedding photojournalist looking to document the couple’s beautiful wedding story in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way.

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Northamptonshire wedding photographer at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Sedgebrook Hall is a stunning wedding venue set in the idyllic English countryside of Northamptonshire. A Victorian building, that also mixes in many modern features, it was a suitable backdrop for Emily and Phil’s wedding day.  As luck would have it, the sun was shining throughout making it a perfect English country wedding but, what’s more, meant that Emily and Phil could marry in the bogoda in the lush gardens.  Arriving early that morning, with my trusted second photographer Steve, we set about shooting the building and beautiful grounds. It was obvious early on that it was going to be a wedding day to remember.

Relaxed and tranquil bridal preparations

Northamptonshire wedding photographer at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Some bridal preparations are frantic, noisy and highly excitable affairs. Others are calmer, reflective and relaxed. Emily’s was definitely the latter, with an air of calm and confidence that comes with a bride who has every detail of the wedding day organised.  The preparations took place in the airy and spacious Birch suite, which overlooked the grounds to the front of Sedgebrook Hall, with lots of beautiful natural light – ideal for wedding photography!  Along with her Emily were her bridesmaids, her mum and her young son.  The make-up was beautifully applied by Sophie, of Blushing Orchid.  It was the first time I had worked alongside Sophie but clearly she was a talented make-up artist, great fun and sociable. And the bridal party were definitely very happy with their make-up!  As a wedding photojournalist I love to document the hair and make-up sessions, during this part of the day, as it really gives an extra detail and context to the wedding story.

Second photographer and the Groom’s preparations.

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

One of the real benefits of offering an optional second photographer to go with my wedding photography collections is the fact that the Groom’s preparations can also be documented within the wedding story.  Emily and Phil had decided on a second photographer from the outset, so I was delighted to offer them the services of my second shooter Steve – who has shot many weddings with me.  Having worked together so regularly Steve knows exactly the wedding photojournalism style I provide and is able to document the groom’s preparations in exactly the same way.

An outdoors wedding ceremony and a bogoda

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Emily and Phil’s wedding provided a couple of firsts for me as a wedding photography. It was the first outdoors wedding ceremony I had shot.  For overseas readers, especially those from warmer climates, might be a little surprised by this but the fact is that the good old British weather is so unpredictable it’s always a risk planning outdoor weddings in the UK, even at the height of summer!  Even Emily and Phil couldn’t be certain their ceremony would go ahead outside until just a few hours before it was due to start. As a precaution, an indoors location was also prepared – but in the end the weather was kind enough to allow the ceremony to go ahead in the glorious summer sunshine. Either way, being a wedding photojournalist, I’m flexible enough to work with whatever the situation is and, quite literally, whatever the weather throws at me!  The other first for me, was a wedding in a bogoda – which is a unique feature of Sedgebrook Hall’s outdoor weddings. I’m sure you’ll agree it makes for an eye-catching backdrop for a wedding!

Wedding photojournalism and the emotions of the wedding speeches

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Most people tend to think of the wedding speeches and toasts as a time of great laughter and fun.  After all, it’s the Best Man’s speech that a lot of people look forward to and remember for the laughs and amusement it provides – often at the Groom’s great embarrassment and expense. But, often, they can also be emotional affairs and certainly Phil’s Groom’s speech was emotional enough to reduce quite a few people to tears – as I paid a fitting tribute to a family member sadly no longer with us, but no doubt looking down fondly on the happy couple.  It’s these contrasting emotions that wedding photojournalism is so adept at documenting.  You can fake or stage this kind of emotion and it’s why I talk about ensuring the integrity of the moment with my wedding photojournalistic approach.

Burning up the dance floor at the evening reception

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Unlike some wedding photographers, I’m always delighted to stay on past the couple’s first dance, whenever possible, and capture the fun of the evening entertainment – whether that be a band, the traditional disco or some other kind of fun.  Again, for me, it’s all about providing not just wedding photos but a photojournalstic narrative that tells the whole story of the wedding day.  And people letting their hair down on the dance floor is perfect lens candy for wedding photojournalism!  And there was certainly lots of fun on the dance floor at Emily and Phil’s Sedgebrook Hall wedding – in fact twice the energy was so much that the fuses tripped twice!

All in all it was a fantastic wedding day and I was honoured to be part of Emily and Phil’s big day.  I never lose sight of how important wedding photography is in ensuring the memories of the day can live on and be treasured time and time again, even decades in the future.  That’s why I think wedding photojournalism is the perfect way to capture the real story of your wedding day.

Are you getting married at the Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire? Or perhaps you are looking for a wedding photographer who provides a unique and beautiful wedding photojournalism approach? In either case I’d love to talk to you about your wedding plans and how I can beautifully document your real wedding story.  Please give me a call now on 07920 422144or send me a message via my contacts page here.  Alternatively, you can send me a private message via the form at the bottom of this page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Below are a small selection of wedding photography from Emily and Phil’s special day – I’m sure you’ll agree it was a fantastic wedding. You can also see more of some of my other real Wedding Stories here.

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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 plansSend me an email here or leave a private message in the form below and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.  You can see my current collections and prices here.

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