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

Frilford Heath Golf Club Wedding Reception

Blog Article, Featured Blog Post, Why I Love This Image

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.

Oxfordshire Wedding Photography – Alex & Peter’s Wedding Story

Wedding Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wedding Storyteller Competition

Blog Article, Competitions

I Am Wedding Storyteller Competition

I’m really excited and thrilled to have been invited to participate in the I Am Wedding Storyteller competition run by the MyWed website and sponsored by Nikon. As a photographer who specialises in wedding photojournalism and documenting the real story of a wedding day, a competition based on wedding storytelling was too good to miss.  Therefore, I am delighted to have now submitted my 50 image wedding story, Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage Noir and you can view it by following the link.

B&W Wedding Photojournalism

Warborough wedding photojournalism of bridal prarparations

I knew straight away that I wanted a wedding photography story that would have a strong narrative and a consistent aesthetic to pull it all together.  Therefore, I made the decision pretty quickly that my submitted wedding story was going to be exclusively black and white.  I decided on this for a number of reasons.  Firstly, I am passionate about black and white photography. For me it’s both timeless and classic – it somehow see’s into the soul of a photograph in a way colour photograph tends to focus on the surface of things.  Nearly all my photographic inspirations worked exclusively in b&w photography, see it’s definitely the field I feel most comfortable in.  I also firmly believe that b&w presents a visual narrative much more strongly – the viewer isn’t distracted by colours and can focus more on the heart of the story. I guess this is why photojournalism and photojournalists are synonymous with b&w photography.

Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage

Vicar in St Laurence church in Warborough, Oxfordshire, before the wedding ceremony.

The difficult decision was deciding which wedding I have photographed to work on for the wedding story submission.  The rules were clear, the story could only feature the wedding photography from one wedding – so I couldn’t pick and choose from the many fantastic weddings I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot.  Knowing I wanted my entry to have a very strong narrative I decided to settle on Alex & Woody’s wedding in Oxfordshire from last August.  Their big day had a lot of varied and interesting elements within it which would really help to hang a strong story off.  There were all the bridal preparations in the morning, a Church wedding in Warborough, a reception at the delightful Frilford Heath Golf Course, a Rolls Royce, a helicopter and even a hot air balloon!

Yes, there may have been stronger singular images from other weddings, but I was determined my entry was to be a real story of a real wedding day with a real couple, rather than a stylized portfolio of sorts. So with that in mind, that’s why I settled on the title of an Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage Noir.

The Integrity of the Wedding Story

Wedding photography of a boy looking bored during the wedding reception at Frilford Heath Golf Course, Oxfordshire.

Given that I was going for an exclusively b&w wedding photojournalism submission, it meant I did have to re-edit images from the wedding day – this simply ensured a consistency in the narrative.  It’s this strong sense of story that I believe makes wedding reportage what it is.  Also, in order to ensure a storytelling flow to the entry, I did re-sequence a couple of images here and there. However, I don’t believe this harmed the integrity of the wedding story in any way at all.  I’m really delighted with what I have submitted. I firmly believe it’s a strong and visual wedding story and, most importantly to a wedding photojournalist, authentic and real.  Like all the wedding photojournalism I pursue, it’s about the couple’s story rather than my interpretation of that. That’s why there were no posed or formal portraits included in Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage Noir.  I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did shooting the wedding photography and pulling the story itself together.

Wedding Photojournalism for your Big Day

Wedding photography of a guest capturing a photo of the Bride & Grooms first dance on their smart phone, at Frilford Heath Golf Course in Oxforshire

If you liked my wedding reportage story or are getting married and looking for wedding photojournalism that will document your wedding story in a unique, candid and unobtrusive way then I’d love to talk to you about your wedding plans.  You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me an email via my contact page.

To see all my wedding packages and prices, please visit the Collections & Prices page.

I look forward to hearing from you.

You can see the entire 50 image Oxfordshire Wedding Reportage Noir story by clicking here.

Why I Love This Image: The Emotional Friend

Why I Love This Image

A Perfect Example of Wedding Photojournalism

Wedding photojournalism is all about documenting the real story of wedding day in a candid, natural and unobtrusive manner, without ever dictating events or staging fake moments. It relies on the skill, experience and anticipation of the wedding photographer to capture genuine moments, emotions and expressions. And that’s why I love this image of an emotional friend – it perfectly captures the emotions of a fleeting moment during a private but pivotal time of the wedding day.

Small But Important Moments

The bride, Alex, has just been helped into her wedding dress during the morning bridal preparations at home in Warborough, Oxfordshire, by her close friend. I often say that the bridal preparations are a fantastic time for me, as a wedding photojournalist, to capture lots of emotions. At this time of the day everyone is relaxed and excited and enjoying doing the things that girls really love to do…like hair, make-up and dressing up! Wedding photojournalism relies on fast reactions and being alive to the possibility of situations, so as Alex’s friend stood back to admire her in her wedding dress for the first time I had anticipated a small but important moment was about to pass between the friends in the quietness of the bedroom – enhanced by the gritty black & white and low light levels.

The Drama and the Integrity of the Moment

And, wow!, what a moment it was! Her face is positively glowing with pride, excitement and emotion. Her body language, the way her hands are grasping her own thighs, suggests someone doing everything to hold it together and not be totally overcome with her emotions.  It’s completely real and raw. You couldn’t fake or stage this moment – any attempt to set it up would lose both the drama and the integrity of the moment. This is real, genuine emotion passing between two friends, in the quiet privacy of a bedroom, at one of the defining moments of the wedding day.  For me, this is the power of photojournalism. He couldn’t be moved by such a display of real closeness and raw emotion?

And that’s why this is an image I love!

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Love this image too and are getting married? Or maybe you are having a wedding Oxfordshire? 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.

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.