Larmer Tree wedding
There’s a trend in my diary this year for small intimate weddings – couples making the decision to involve those significant people in their lives and to keep things simple. This week took me to Shell Bay restaurant on Studland and the previous week, Michelle and John were married at one of my all time favourite locations, the Larmer Tree gardens on the Dorset/Wiltshire border.
I have been photographing here for as long as I can remember but it never fails to inspire me and brings new light, colour and foliage each time I visit so it’s easy to keep things fresh.
John and Michelle involved themselves equally in the planning of their wedding and threw caution to tradition by both staying at the beautiful, historic King John House before the wedding. In fact they enjoyed an entire week at the house in Tollard Royal making it a pre wedding and mini moon holiday! So as with most small weddings, emphasis was very much on keeping things low key – this doesn’t mean the photographs should be any less interesting, in fact with so few guests, gives me more time and more opportunity. I’m not necessarily a shrinking violet, but I do like to blend into the background somewhat and observe to act when the light and time allows. Really there is nothing worse than a shouty, bossy photographer making demands. With no template to what I do, its’ more about working with my clients and understanding what is going to make their wedding memorable, this includes the experience of me being there and not putting pressure on anyone. In our consultation, Michelle and John had said that they didn’t want group photographs, but as it happened, we did include everyone in some way so I’m always happy to adhere to and go with what happens on the day. After drinks and games on the Larmer Tree Lawn we headed back to King John where I finished up my mid week four hour coverage, it’s amazing how much happens in that time and can be documented.