Every inch an English Wedding
There was a time many moons ago that I photographed 60+ weddings a year – physically and creatively challenging to keep each one special and personal to my clients, so I now limit the number of weddings I photograph in a year to around 12, whilst also working on a variety of other projects. Working in different genres gives me the opportunity to try new ideas and to implement some freshness to my weddings. It’s very easy to be a busy photographer but there is the danger of becoming stale and burnt out. And of course, a wedding is the most important day of my clients lives so I want to give them my best.
That said, despite my small number of annual weddings, there is always that one where it rains… not just the odd shower, but torrential, all day downpour. Some of my most memorable and favourite weddings have been on these days. Firstly, the light is generally good, overcast – but sure is preferable to midday harsh sunlight. Secondly, people (especially us Brits) don a brolly and throw themselves into the day and in some ways it lifts spirits even more.
As an observer, watching the groomsmen working out brolly and transport logistics (and there is inevitably one holding a baby at the back of the church) in addition to their other duties is always amusing. But the day runs smoothly – all the photographs that were talked about are taken, the confetti is a crazy mad rush to the car and its that adrenalin buzz that I love when sometimes, I’ve no idea what is going into my camera but I do know it is full of love and energy.
So this is exactly how Florence and Jacks church and marquee wedding was – full to brimming with love, style and energy. The rain didn’t give up but we used beautiful light in the outbuildings of the venue, used the long grass as planned and didn’t allow the rain to dampen any kind of fun. Florences dress by Hermione De Paula was one of the most beautiful I have photographed – classically flattering and embellished with the most gorgeous detail – it was the perfect choice.
Motcombe Church was their choice for ceremony – Jacks groomsmen lunch (or non lunch – thats another story) was at the Mitre Pub so I could hotfoot to my local Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury to photograph Florence and her sister – the ballroom offering beautiful light as always for some portraits before we left for the church.
Florence selected Sam Edelman shoes for the day, before dancing the night away in personalised SuperGa trainers
All Jack and Florences guests retreated to the marquee for the reception – Abbas Marquees had a tricky job getting this fixed up in the wind and rain but it looked sensational (as always). Tessa Farrington’s beautiful flower creations kept the summer vibe.