Wedding guests in the gardens at Warwickshire wedding venue Ashby Manor House.

The Night Before The Wedding After At Ashby Manor House

Wedding Stories, Wedding Venue

When Sinead and Fungai booked me to be their wedding photographer at Ashby Manor House on the Warwickshire Northamptonshire border they offered me a unique proposal.

The night before the wedding day they were having an intimate family meal at the venue and invited me to attend to document the evening’s gathering.  How could I refuse?  After all, I was staying locally that evening so it would be a fun and unique way to spend the night before the wedding after.

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.

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

Back In The Day: The Groom’s Speech

Back in the Day

A random look back through my wedding photography archives

It was a cold and wet October day at the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel, near Southampton, for Sam and Kevin’s small and intimate Hampshire wedding. Yet, despite the damp weather outside, there were laughs a plenty inside, as this image of Kevin delivering his Groom’s speech ably demonstrates.

As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing these kind of real moments and genuine emotions of a wedding story.

Are you getting married at the Meon Valley in Hampshire, or elsewhere, and like my natural storytelling approach to wedding photography? Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans. You can call me now on 07920 422144 or send me a mail via my Contact Page. I look forward to hearing from you.

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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Contact Me

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.

 

One of the best Northamptonshire documentary wedding photographers captures a young boy playing with a large during the wedding coctail hour at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

My 2015 Wedding Photofilm

Photofilm

I’m delighted to say that my showreel review of 2015 is now up to be viewed and enjoyed.  The past year, as a wedding photojournalist, was a wonderful year for weddings and the following photofilm shows just a few of the real moments, genuine emotions and true stories that made the year so memorable.

If you have enjoyed my natural, candid and unobtrusive wedding photojournalism approach to narrating real and unique wedding stories and are getting married, then I’d love to hear about your wedding plans and discuss how I can deliver unique and beautiful documentary images of your special day.  I still have a few limited dates available in 2016 and am taking bookings for 2017/18.  I am a London wedding photographer but cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings abroad.

So why not give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Capturing The Soul: The beauty of b&w

About Wedding Photojournalism, Blog Article, My Style

The passion and emotion of b&w wedding photojournalism

There’s a fantastic quote by photographer Ted Grant which goes:

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

That is one of the very reasons I have a passion for black and white photography – especially with my wedding reportage approach.  Now don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy and appreciate colour photography but it’s black and white photography that really excites and moves me; it resonates with me personally in a way colour photography can’t quite – and believe me I have tried.

Ashridge House wedding photography of guests looking on at the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony

Ashridge House Wedding Photography in Hertfordshire – Carly & Sonny

Wedding Stories

Carly & Sonny’s Stunning Wedding Story

When I met Carly and Sonny for the first time, one grey and wet afternoon in Welling, Kent, the thing I most loved was the fact they both got the whole idea of a documentary wedding photography approach. In fact, they had been looking for the right wedding photojournalist for a little while when they happened across one of my Facebook advertisements.  So I knew straight away that I wanted to take my own unique wedding reportage approach and photograph their special wedding story.

Then they told me that would be having their wedding up at the stunningly beautiful Ashridge House near Berkhamsted.  Carly had seen the venue in a magazine a year and a half before and had fallen instantly in love with the beautiful Hertfordshire wedding venue – so booked it straight away…without Sonny even knowing about it!

So I just knew it was going to be a fabulous wedding and was delighted when they asked me to be their wedding photographer.

Beautiful Hertfordshire Wedding Venue

Ashridge House wedding photography of one of the best Hertfordshire wedding venues

Despite the wet, windy and, yes, even a light smattering of snow on the journey up, myself and my 2nd wedding photographer (available as an optional add on to any of my wedding photography packages) arrived at Ashridge House in good time for both of the wedding couple’s morning preparations.  We were both instantly taken about by how beautiful the venue and it’s grounds were – it was easy to see why it is considered one of the best Hertfordshire wedding venues.

With a huge hall and stairways coming down either side from the upper levels it reminded me of the wizard’s school Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling – and there was definitely magic in the air – of the wedding kind!

So I left my second photographer shooting the venue whilst I went off to document the bridal preparations that were already underway in a large ground floor suite called the Compton Room.

Hair, Make-Up & Tears

Ashridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids tying their dresses during the bridal preparations.

I make no secret of the fact that I love the bridal preparations on the morning of the wedding. As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing all those genuine moments and true emotions that happen as hair is put up and make-up is applied – and Carly’s was no exception with so much going on in the large and spacious Compton Room of Ashridge House.

With 4 bridesmaids, 2 hairdressers, a make-up artist, the mother-of-the-bride, a godparent and, of course, the bride herself there was never a dull moment and when the time came for Carly to step into her beautiful wedding dress, there was hardly a dry eye in the room.

Up on the Stairs for Love

Ashridge House wedding photography of the father of the bride escorting the bride down stairs to the wedding ceremony.

With such a fantastic central hall it makes perfect sense for the wedding ceremony to be conducted up on a raised part of the old staircase – complete with old painted portraits and sculptured statues looking on as Carly and Sonny made their wedding vows to one another.

The ceremony was a short but sweet affair and it was then onto a book lined room for a drinks reception complete with music and some dancing – which gave me a lot of subject matter as a documentary wedding photography.

Speeches, Emotions and Partying

Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride and the father of the bride overcome with emotion during the wedding speeches

As you’d expect, the speeches and toasts raised a lot of laughter, a few tears and even the odd cringe – as we heard about the bride’s Gothic phase amongst other things.  The father-of-the-bride delivered a moving and emotive speech that drew a few tears.  But there was a lot of laughter as we took in funny stories and saw amusing photos. Then the groom and the best men delivered amusing speeches…it really was a wedding of laughter and joy.

The evening entertainment progressed with the excellent singers and a video booth – provided by the videographers – which was based on the TV program Big Brother’s diary room, which invited guests to record videos for the bride and groom, a great idea for any wedding.  As always I was on hand to unobtrusively capture the moments, emotions and little details that go into make up an authentic and individual wedding story – after all, it’s this very wedding photojournalism approach that Carly and Sonny had wanted from the very start.

As I’m sure you’ll agree, the small selection of wedding photos (from the 1000+ images provided) show what a fantastic wedding day it was.  It really was a huge honour for me to capture this wonderful young couple’s unique wedding story.

Are You Getting Married?

Are you getting married at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire, or elsewhere, and have enjoyed my natural, candid and unobtrusive approach to documenting the emotions and moments of Carly and Sonny’s authentic wedding story?  Then I’d love to hear all about your wedding plans and discuss how my wedding photojournalism approach will deliver your own unique wedding story.

Please give me a call on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page here

A Small Selection of Wedding Photos from Carly & Sonny’s Wedding Story:

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photography of the bridal flowers and flower print pyjamasAshridge House wedding photography of make up artists during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the make up artist applying make up during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride caught in thought during the bridal preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom during his morning preparationsAshridge House wedding photography of a groomsman getting dressedAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid taking a photo of the bridal party's wedding slippers on her smartphoneAshridge House wedding photography of the bride giving a thumbs-up during the bridal preparations.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom laughing as the groomsman gather behind him.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride laughing as the hairdresser plays around.Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid checking herself in a mirror during the bridal preparations.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride getting into her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of the bride getting a wedding shoe onAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids watching as the bride gets into her dressAshridge House wedding photography of the bride's wedding dress being buttoned up.Ashridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid adjusting the bride's veil as she gets dressedAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids assisting the bride as she gets into her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid crying as she sees the bride in her wedding dress for the first time.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaid seeing herself in her wedding dress in the reflection of a mirrorAshridge House wedding photography of the bride in her wedding dress, as a bridesmaid has her make-up touched up in the backgroundAshridge House wedding photography of the bride overcome with emotion as her father sees her the first time in her wedding dress.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom awaiting the arrival of the bride, as the bridesmaids enter the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the father of bride guiding the bride to the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the groom wiping away a small tear as he sees his bride for the first time.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom and best man watching as the bride enters the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride taking in the groom for the first time before the wedding ceremony.Ashridge House wedding photography of the bride fighting back tears as she sees the groom for the first timeAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest taking a photo on her smartphone, during the wedding ceremony.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom placing the wedding ring on the bride's fingerAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom sharing a first kiss during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom hugging tenderly at the end of the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid talking with the best man during the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom kissing during the signing of the wedding registerAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom looking on at their guests, during the signing of the wedding registerAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests taking a photo as the bride and groom prepare to leave the wedding ceremonyAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests throwing confetti over the bride and groom.Ashridge House wedding photography of the groom's father enjoying a lighthearted momentAshridge House wedding photography of the bride hugging a guest during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a moment during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the groom hugging a guest beyond a couple of groomsmenAshridge House wedding photography of the bride having a conversation with an elderly relativeAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid adjusting the bride's dress, as viewed from aboveAshridge House wedding photography of the bridesmaids admiring the high decorative ceilings as they await the formal portraitsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying a kiss high up in the buildingAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a dance with a guest during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and wedding guests enjoying themselves during the drinks receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and bridesmaid enjoying a kiss against the backdrop of the beautiful gardensAshridge House wedding photography of the father of brides speechAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying the father of the bride's speechAshridge House wedding photography of the bride embarrassed by an old photo of her during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom giving the thumbs up to an amusing photo of him during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the groom pointing out a guest during the wedding speeches and toastsAshridge House wedding photography of the bride tenderly kissing her father following his speechAshridge House wedding photography of he wedding party raising their glasses in toast to the beautiful brideAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party amused during the grooms wedding speechAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party listening on as the groom delivers his wedding speechAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding party toasting the Best Man's speechAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest congratulating the groom during the receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the wedding videographer adjusting settings of the video boothAshridge House wedding photography of guests enjoying the evening video boothAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cakeAshridge House wedding photography of the bride and groom enjoying their first danceAshridge House wedding photography of a personal moment during the bride and grooms first danceAshridge House wedding photography of the groom pulling a funny face during the first danceAshridge House wedding photography of the father of the bride enjoying his last dance with his daughterAshridge House wedding photography of an emotional moment as the bride hugs her father during their last danceAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest enjoying a dance during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests dancing during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a photograph with a young guest, whilst bridesmaids adjust her wedding dressAshridge House wedding photography of bridesmaids adjust the bride's wedding dress during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of a guest pointing with amusement during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the bride enjoying a photograph with a wedding guestAshridge House wedding photography of wedding guests having fun dancing during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of a young wedding guest enjoying the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of two wedding guests having fun during the evening receptionAshridge House wedding photography of the mother of the bride having a fun conversation with a wedding guestAshridge House wedding photography of a wedding guest enjoying a boogieAshridge House wedding photography of a bridesmaid enjoying a conversation during the evening reception

 

Wedding Photojournalist Association

About Wedding Photojournalism, Blog Article

Why I’m Proud To Be An Active Member of the WPJA

Something I mention quite a lot is the fact that I am a qualifying and active member of the prestigious Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). So I thought it would be a good idea to tell you a little more about the WPJA and why it means a lot to me to be a member.

What is the WPJA?

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As the WPJA explain themselves on their website:

Since 2002 the WPJA has been helping couples capture the story of their wedding.

The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography. 

The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography – quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.

So the WPJA is not just any old wedding photographer’s association it is one specifically for those who pursue a photojournalistic/documentary/reportage approach to photographing weddings.  You can read more here about what wedding photojournalism is but, to quickly explain, it’s capturing the real moments and emotions of your wedding story in a candid, natural and unobtrusive way.

To read more about the WPJA’s mission and vision please click here.

Qualifying as a Member

Documentary wedding photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

One of the key and important parts of being a member of the WPJA is that you have to apply and be accepted after a review of your wedding photography portfolio.  Unlike a number of wedding photography associations and societies you cannot simply become a member by payment of a fee.

In other words, you work has to be deemed not only as wedding photojournalism but also of a standard good enough to be associated with the WPJA.  That’s very important as it gives wedding couples the confidence to know that the photographer’s work is deemed good enough by fellow pros.

Also, it never fails to disappoint me the number of wedding photographers I see around who use the “wedding photojournalism” label to apply to themselves, yet their work is full of posed and staged imagery.  At least you know that if a wedding photographer has qualified for membership of the WPJA they most definitely are a wedding photojournalist.

As the WPJA say themselves:

The WPJA only accepts into membership gifted, honest wedding photojournalists who work tirelessly to deliver excellent photography to their clients.

Strict Code of Conduct

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Which brings me on to another important part of being a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association…you have to abide by their strict code of conduct and professional values or risk being thrown out of he association and losing all the benefits that brings.

Once again this gives wedding couples the confidence to know they are not just hiring a talented documentary wedding photographer but they are also getting a complete professional who values not only their work but also the way they conduct themselves.  Wouldn’t it be nice if all wedding photographers had to be abide by such an undertaking?  It would certainly reduce a lot of the wedding photography horror stories you see and hear about in the news!!!

So what does the WPJA demand of all the wedding photographers that represent it?  Trust,  accuracy, guaranteed excellence, exclusivity and best business practices.

Can you say that all wedding photographers out there have to adhere to such requirements?  No. It’s one of the reasons that membership of the WPJA is so important.

Inspiration & Influence

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Another reason I love being an active member of the WPJA is the fact that so many of the world’s best wedding photojournalists belong to the association. It’s why it’s so respected throughout the wedding industry.

Being able to review and look at the work of so many talented wedding photographers cannot not fail to inspire you to even better work.  I firmly believe that the very best wedding photographers never stop learning so with so much talent around it’s a huge privilege to be included amongst them.  After all, the day I stop learning as a photographer is the day I will hang up my camera for good!

There’s also the highly competitive quarterly wedding photography competitions – and with so much international talent even just getting a placing is high praise indeed, especially when you consider that the competitions themselves are judged by award-winning photojournalists (including many Pulitzer Prize-winners) and news photo editors.  Such high standards cannot fail to drive you on in achieving the very best results from the weddings you photograph!  Again, how many wedding photographers out there are continually pushing themselves to produce work of the highest standards all the time?  It’s why belonging to a collective like the Wedding Photojournalist’s Association is so important and rewarding!

What It Means For You

Rowton Castle Wedding preparations

So as a wedding couple looking to get married and have a wedding photojournalist provide you with stunning, authentic and candid imagery from your wedding story you can be sure that I am:

  1. An authentic and genuine wedding photojournalist;
  2. My work has been deemed of a quality good enough to represent a professional and international wedding association;
  3. I will work to the highest professional standards;
  4. I am looking to always provide the highest quality work and creativity;
  5. Am continually learning, influenced and inspired by some of the wold’s best wedding photographers.

So if you are planning to get married then I would love to hear all about your unique wedding plans and discuss how my wedding photojournalism approach will provide you with the authentic, candid and stunning images from your wedding.

You can call me on +44 (0) 7920 422144 or you can send a message to me via my contact page.  I will be delighted to hear from you.

 

Bromley Court Hotel Wedding Photography in Kent – Steph & Paul’s Fun Wedding Story

Wedding Stories

Kent Wedding Photojournalism

It would be fair to say that from the moment I first met Steph and Paul I knew they were a really fun couple who saw their wedding day as an opportunity to have fun, laughs and really enjoy.  This was reinforced on their pre-wedding portrait shoot in Greenwich Park a month or so before their wedding day.

So I knew coming into their wedding that my reportage style wedding photography approach was going to be a perfect fit for catching all those fun moments.

And I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

Bridal Preparations in Welling, Kent

My first call on the wedding morning was to Steph’s Dad’s house in Welling, Kent where the stunning bride and her beautiful bridesmaids were getting ready for the day.  In the run up to the wedding the weather had been pretty wet and miserable but on my way to Welling the sun was shining brightly and it was promising to be a beautiful day.

The bride and bridesmaids were already having their hair and make-up beautifully done when I arrived – all in their delightful wedding gowns. As I expected there was already lots of fun and laughter as the bubbly started to flow.  Steph was definitely a cool and calm bride ahead of her big day.

Mario, the father of the bride, was on hand to provide reassurance and ensure the wedding car had the ribbons and bow properly attached.

Steph looking stunning as she stepped into her wedding dress – a moment when the wedding starts to feel real.  As a wedding photojournalist I love capturing all the moments and emotions of the wedding preparations – they can be some of the most fun and natural elements of the wedding story.

Fun Wedding Ceremony at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent

The Bromley Court Hotel is set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens, just 10 miles south east of central London – so is a perfect setting for a wedding, especially with the sun shining as it was for Steph and Paul.

As you’d expect of a fun couple, all the wedding guests were full of smiles and excited for the happy couple.  The entire wedding ceremony was full of laughter and a light hearted approach – in keeping with the overall mood. This was just perfect for my documentary wedding photography approach – there were so many fun, interesting and truly emotional moments to capture.

Standing Applause for the Speeches

The good fun and humour carried on into the speeches. Paul, as groom, was determined not to be upstaged by his best men and got a lot of good natured digs in, before the best men could do their worse.

As is usual with the speeches there was laughter as well as tears and its this variance in emotions that gives me, as a wedding photojournalist, so many moments to capture and document.

Disco Fun Into The Night

The evening reception saw the excitement carry through to the dancefloor.  There was the cutting of the cake, Paul and Steph’s first dance and a touching dance between Steph and her Dad, Mario.  Being a wedding photojournalist it was all about capturing the decisive moments of the evening and truly reflecting the authentic mood and emotion of Steph and Pauls real wedding story.

With their wedding guests in high spirits that was a lot fun on the dancefloor – again giving me ample opportunities to document all those real, natural and candid moments I specialise in as a wedding photographer.

I can safely say, Steph and Paul’s wedding at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent was a fun and great wedding to photograph.  I’m sure you’ll agree my wedding photography really shows what a wonderful wedding day it was in the wedding photography that follows.

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Are you getting married at the Bromley Court Hotel in Kent and are looking for an affordable wedding photographer who will document your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive manner?  Or perhaps you are getting married elsewhere and are looking for a documentary wedding photography who provides a unique reportage approach to documenting your real story?  If so, I’d love to hear from you and to discuss your wedding plans in more detail.  You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me an email via the contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Why I Love This Image: The Faith & The Devotion

Why I Love This Image

Why I Love This Image of Imogen & Seb Hand-in-Hand

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.

On The Southern Slopes of the South Downs in West Sussex

Highdown Vineyard West Sussex Wedding venue

I captured this moment fairly late on during Imogen & Seb’s wedding story in Worthing in West Sussex.  Having arrived at the stunningly beautiful setting of the Highdown Vineyard, which is situated on the southern slopes of the South Downs in-between the seaside towns of Worthing and Littlehampton, we ventured into the vineyard itself to get a couple of more traditional posed portraits of the happy couple before the sun set.  Afterwards, as Imogen and Seb walked hand-in-hand back towards the restaurant, where their weddings guests were waiting for the evening reception I saw the opportunity to capture this beautiful and tender moment.

A Moment of Faith & Devotion

As they walked towards me I immediately thought it would be fantastic and somewhat creative to get a candid shot of them as they passed over me, making a feature of that big Sussex sky, so I literally laid down on the ground and waited for them to pass over me.  Of course, shooting up against the sky I knew Imogen and Seb were going to be silhouetted against it so I needed to get shot that was both dramatic and graphic to make up for the loss of detail in the shadows of their silhouetted form.  I had to encourage them a little to carry on walking over and past me without letting go of their hands – but I’m so glad I did.  The final image really shows, in a very graphic form, the togetherness of the couple as the husband leads his new wife into the future of their married life together.  Also, given that Imogen and Seb are Mormons and that their faith is very important to them, the low angle of the shot up against the large expanse of sky, clouds and sun really does give the whole image of spirituality which really did echo throughout their day.  I’m really pleased, as a wedding photojournalist, that I could capture an image that summed up that spirituality and faith in a single frame.

A Moment In-Between The Moments

One of the best wedding photographers West Sussex shoots a portrait of the bride and groom at Highdown VineyardWest Sussex wedding photojournalist shoots a portrait of the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard

I have talked about it before and the importance of wedding photography that captures the smaller moments that happens in-between the bigger more traditional moments of the wedding day.  Whilst I am predominantly a wedding photojournalist who specialises in capturing the wedding story in a more natural, candid and unobtrusive manner I also realise that a lot of couples also like to include some posed portraits within that.  That’s why I offer portraits with both my Wedding Storyteller and Wedding Photojournalist packages.  However, that doesn’t mean that during the more traditional posed portrait shoots I switch off and don’t think about the natural moments – my eye is still always looking out for those moments in-between.  The relaxed and natural mood of this moment came after the couple “switched off” after some posed photos (as above) and for me personally that’s what really makes it a stronger, more authentic moment.  And that’s what wedding photojournalism is about…authenticity.

The Geeky Technical Stuff

One of the best wedding photographers in the UK shoots the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard in Worthing, West SussexOne of the best London wedding photographers shoots the bride and groom at Highdown Vineyard in West Sussex

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 s Olympus 12mm f2.0 prime (I always shoot with prime lenses) – a fantastic wide angle lens which was perfect for enhancing the expanse of sky and the drama of the moment. My aperture was set for f/9 – which ensured I a was able to keep a good deal of sharpness throughout the frame.  As the dawy was starting to draw in somewhat I had set ISO 400 and to ensure I froze the couple in moment and maintain the silhouetting I had a really fast shutter speed of 1/2500, helped by shooting up towards a bright sky.  It was then converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom in post production in which I did the draw the shadows out slightly and lessened the contrast a tad.  A couple of alternate colour shots, immediately before and after this moment, are shown above.

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My 5 Favourite…Brides Getting Dressed Photos!

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Wedding Photojournalism of 5 Brides Getting Into Their Wedding Dress

The bridal preparations are fantastic for wedding photojournalism.  I know I’ve said it before, but the early part of the wedding morning, when brides and the bridal party start getting ready, is a great time for all the emotions you’d want as part of a wedding story.  There’s excitement, nerves, laughter, tears and everything else in-between. As a wedding photojournalist it’s such emotions, expressions and moments that I specialize in documenting.

When brides and the bridal party are having their hair done, make-up applied and getting into their wedding dresses they really do forget I am there (I’m sure it’s nothing to do with the alcohol that can appear during this time!), meaning I do get some fantastic and natural shots at this part of the day.  This is, after all, why you have booked a wedding photojournalist – to capture the real story of your wedding in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way.  So how could I not love the bridal preparations?

So here are 5 of some of my favourite wedding photojournalism images of brides getting dressed and into their wedding dresses.

#1 The Whole Bridal Party

Rowton Castle Wedding preparations

What I really love about this photo, from Kara & Jason’s Rowton Castle wedding photography, is how so much is going on within that one frame. The beauty of wedding photojournalism is capturing single moments that can tell an entire story in their own right. Yes, of course, you are immediately struck by a beautiful bride in her dress, the stunning scarlet dresses of the bridesmaids and the luxurious surroundings of the bridal suite at Rowton Castle.  But, then, as you look closer you notice one bridesmaid is sewing an adjustment to another bridesmaids dress; an another bridesmaid is adjusting a shoe whilst another is helping to tie the bride’s wedding dress whilst the bride herself looks on, almost regally, at all the mini stories going on around her. This really is the best example of the power of a wedding photojournalism narrative.  It almost captures the nature of bridal preparations in a single, powerful image. In lots of ways it raises as many questions as it answers.  And isn’t that what all the best stories do?

#2 Strike That Pose!

Old Ship Inn Brighton wedding photography of the mother-of-the-bride making a final adjustment to the bride's wedding dressing, during the bridal preparations

The mother of the bride spots a last minute adjustment to the back of the wedding dress, just moments before the wedding service was to start at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton. The bride stops in the natural light of a large bay window and strikes a pose that accentuates her figure and the beauty of her dress.  Behind, almost redundant in this intimate moment between mother and daughter, the father of the bride looks on.  It’s such a strong and striking moment, that you’d expect of wedding photojournalism – the simplicity further enhanced by black & white processing. And it’s for those very reasons it remains one of my firm favourites from the wedding story of Gemma and Rich.

#3 It’s All About Team Work

Holiday Inn Brighton wedding photography of the bridal party each during the bridal preparations

It always makes me smile when I look at this image from Steph & Dan’s Brighton wedding photography at the Holiday Inn.  It really sums up the togetherness of the bridal preparations and the efficiency of ensuring everyone is ready in time.  What I also love is the suggestion of evolution in one frame, from the bridesmaid’s dress hanging in the background up to the almost ready bride with a relaxed contentedness about her. Of course, being a wedding photojournalist this is a naturally occurring and truly spontaneous moment that’s not been setup, staged or faked. That’s what makes wedding photojournalism perfect capturing for what is truly your real wedding story – rather than a wedding photographer’s interpretation of it.

#4 Wedding Dress Detail

Slaley Hall Northumberland Wedding Photography

Wedding photojournalism doesn’t always have to be about candid moments, expressions and emotions. The small details are also an important element of the wedding story.  Here, this image from Lisa and Steve’s Slaley Hall wedding photography, really shows the intricate and stunning details of the wedding dress.  Add to that the actual tying of the dress and you add a real moment, albeit a slightly abstract one, to the overall image.  Once again, the black & white processing ensures nothing detracts from the small, intricate details.

#5 More Humour & Teamwork

Documentary wedding photography at South Lodge hotel in Horsham, West Sussex

Again humour and teamwork play an important part in this image from Kelly and Ryan’s South Lodge wedding photography, down in Horsham, West Sussex.  The bridal party do whatever is necessary to help the bride into her beautiful wedding dress. One bridesmaid is up on a chair, holding the dress up, so the mother-of-the-bride can get in under the dress to secure a clip. It’s looking for the humour, in what can often be very stressful moments, that sets apart wedding photojournalism.  By capturing moments as they happen ensures the image looks natural and the integrity of the moment is maintained. It’s that integrity that is so important to me as a wedding photojournalist and ensures a strong reportage narrative.

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Of course, there are so many other photos that I could have featured of brides getting dressed  – but I hope this small selection do reflect the kind of images my wedding photojournalism approach will provide in your unique and personal wedding story.  You can also see my other personally selected 5 Favourites series here.

If you did enjoy these photos and are getting married soon, then I would love to chat with you about your wedding plans and how my candid, natural and unobtrusive photojournalistic approach can fit your wedding story. Give me a call right now on 07920 422144 or leave me a message here and I promise to get straight back to you. You can see details of all my packages and prices 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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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.

Why I Love This Image: The Couples & The Cross

Why I Love This Image

Why I Love This Image

This is a pretty recent photo from Lisa and Steve’s wedding at Slaley Hall in Northumberland yet already the first thing I get asked about the image is, “did you set this up?”

Of course, as a wedding photojournalist the vast majority of my wedding photography is shot in a candid and natural way – no staging or faking of events. I want to document a wedding story of the day itself, rather than my creation of it and this photo is no exception…this was a real and genuine moment I spotted and photographed.

Now there are two very important reasons why I love this image.  Firstly, of course it’s the symmetry between both couples and the way in which they are both mirroring each others private and touching moments towards the end of the evening.  Try and stage this and it would never look so tender and touching. The couples are clearly lost in one another and my presence is discreet and unobtrusive enough to insure the integrity of the moment is not disturbed or ruined. That’s the strength and power of wedding photojournalism. It’s real and authentic and when the bride and groom look back at this photo they will remember the private moment that they were sharing, rather than looking back and saying “oh remember when Darren made us do this.”  Reality is always more powerful than fiction.

Of course, a lot of viewers won’t realise that the two men in the image are brothers and that’s what adds an even more emotional and strong bond to the image. It has meaning on a number of levels for the couples.

The other aspect of the image that really makes this so powerful for me, is the cross formed by the frame of the window. With the bride and groom sat beneath it, tenderly engaging, it gives a really spiritual mood and atmosphere to the image.  It literally reminds us of the religious traditions of marriage, even if we’re not all religious.

As a photographer you can only be alert to such fleeting moments and why you should never switch off. This image was shot about 12 hours into my working day and proves a wedding photojournalist is always alive and alert to possibilities – even at the end of the night.

You can see other images I love here.

Techie details for the camera geeks:
Body: Olympus OMD EM5  Lens: 12mm (EFL: 24mm)  Aperture: f/2  Shutter Speed: 1/40  ISO: 1600  Flash: Did not fire.

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Slaley Hall Northumberland Wedding Photography – Lisa & Steve.

Wedding Stories

A Real Story of a Real Wedding: Lisa and Steve at Slaley Hall Spa Hotel, Near Hexham in Northumberland –  a documentary wedding photography approach.

Slaley Hall near Hexham in Northumberland is, to date, the further distance I’ve travelled to shoot wedding photography – easily beating the distance I travelled to shoot Kara and Jason’s wedding at Rowton Castle in Shropshire, back in 2012.

So loving travel, nearly as much as I love photographing weddings, how could I resist the opportunity when Lisa and Steve asked me to be their official wedding photographer? Although they both now live in Berkshire, Lisa is originally from the North East whilst Steve was born in Scotland. So it was only naturally they chose to tie the knot at a small, intimate wedding in the North East.

So after a short flight up to Newcastle and a 40 minute taxi ride from Newcastle International Airport I arrived at the impressive and beautiful Slaley Hall Spa Hotel, deep in the wild but stunning Northumbria countryside.

On arrival the sun was shining and I met up with groom-to-be Steve to have a look around the hotel and grounds it is set within, including an impressive golf course, so as to be ready for the nuptials that were to come the following day.

Waking up the following morning it was disappointing to find the sunshine of the previous day had disappeared, instead to be replaced by a persistent drizzle and misty, dank conditions. Still, as a wedding photojournalist, I’m prepared for any circumstances and I firmly believe in making a feature of the weather, whatever it is. After all, you can’t do anything about it and my job in providing wedding reportage photography is to document the day as it actually is. Besides, I’m sure when most of you think of the wild countryside of the North East you think of dank, misty but atmospheric weather more often than glorious, warm sunshine.

After a hearty breakfast, I headed out into the drizzle just to get some location shots of the Slaley Hall. Even in the wet conditions there was no denying this was a stunning Northumberland wedding venue.

Once those shots were completed it was down to the hotel’s spa where Lisa and her 3 close friends Gillian, Janki and Michelle were having their nails done ahead of the big day. Now, as a guy who rarely gets to see the inner sanctum of a manicure, it was a real eye opener!

Once nails were done, gelled and set it was up to the bride’s room where her hair and make-up was to be done by the bubbly and highly fun Michele Bailey. If it’s laughs, singing and dancing you want as you’re made to look beautiful for your wedding day, then Michele is definitely the girl for you.

As always, during the bridal preparations, there were lots of laughs, smiles and tears – especially when the mother-of-the-bride and father-of-the-bride dropped in. It was clear that there was a very special and loving bond between the bride and her parents.

Steve also didn’t miss out on the make-up fun – as Michele paid him a visit for some complexion touching up. She was a bit a concerned about me documenting Steve’s make-up session – but Steve seemed fine with it and as a wedding photojournalist there was no way I was going to miss out documenting this for their wedding story!

Both bride and groom looked stunning during the intimate wedding service – as did the small number of friends and relatives. At this point I do have to mention the special guest of honour, Lisa and Steve’s highland terrier, Hamish. And, of course, Hamish stole the show as during the part of the wedding ceremony where everyone was asked if they knew of any lawful impediment as to why the bride and groom couldn’t marry Hamish gave a bark! You really couldn’t make it up. It was pure comedy gold!

Following the ceremony, drinks and canapé’s were served in the Hotel bar and the more formal portraits were undertaken. Thankfully the rain had stopped, but the grounds were far too saturated for us to venture down to some of the areas I had hoped to do portrait shots in. Never mind though – we still got some lovely portraits in the bag.

Speeches and toasts were given ahead of the wedding breakfast – and, of course, there were plenty of tears, laughs and tissues on show – especially when those not present were remembered. After the wedding breakfast and cutting of the cake it was into the hotel’s whiskey snug for the rest of the evening for pleasant conversation and background music (each guest having pre-selected 3 songs to be included.)

As a wedding photojournalist, documenting the real wedding story, I couldn’t have asked for any more. There were plenty of genuine and decisive moments, lots of real emotions, a beautiful bride, a handsome groom and a stunning location in Slaley Hall. Such combinations really does make my job providing wedding reportage photography a completely enjoyable task.

And I’m sure you’ll agree, from the small selection of photos that follow, this Slaley Hall wedding was a very special and memorable one…for everyone concerned!

Part of my real Wedding Stories series.

Getting married at Slaley Hall near Hexham in Northumberland 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 Lisa & Steve’s real wedding story at the Slaley Hall Spa Hotel near Hexham in Northumberland. I hope you enjoy them as much I did shooting them! Click on an image to view larger version.

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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 plansDrop me a line here.

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Wedding Photojournalism: What’s In A Name?

So what exactly is thing wedding photojournalism and what does it mean for you and your wedding day?

First off let’s begin by explaining that wedding photojournalism is often lso referred to o as, or referred to as documentary wedding photography, wedding reportage photography, storytelling wedding photography, natural wedding photography, candid wedding photography or unposed wedding photography. Yes, that’s a right old plethora of terms.  

However I’m going to be a little controversial here and suggest that wedding photojournalism is a different entity in itself, but more about this later. 

What sets aside wedding photojournalism is that it documents your wedding day in a candid, natural and discreet manner, with the aim of capturing genuine moments, real emotions and unfolding events of YOUR wedding story.  There’s no awkward posing, barking instructions or setting up contrived moments.

A young wedding guest holds up a button hole flower, during a same sex wedding at The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge.

The Integrity of the Moment

In essence wedding photojournalism is about documenting the real, naturally evolving moments of a wedding without the photographer interfering, directing or setting up those moments. 

In other words, a wedding photojournalist generally shoots a wedding from the inside out ensuring the truth and integrity of the moment.  After all, when you look back at your wedding photography in years to come you’ll want to remember all those special moments that happened naturally, rather than a fake and clichéd story created by your photographer.

And let’s be honest, you can never fake true emotions or make clichéd moments look natural.  Wedding photojournalism is about authenticity and your wedding photography is more emotive and beautiful as a result. It’s essentially the art of wedding storytelling.

Wedding photojournalism of guests taking photos at the end of the LGBT wedding ceremony, inside Kingston Registry Office. Taken by one the best Kingston wedding photographers, Darren Lehane

Photojournalistic Values

Wedding photojournalism has obviously grown out of the grand tradition of news and reportage photography. One British documentary wedding photographer once described how a couple approached him looking for a “war photographer who shot weddings.”

Of course, a wedding can’t ever be compared to a war – but a wedding photojournalist will keep to the honesty and integrity of unbiased news reporting, in the context of your wedding day.  As a qualifying member, myself, of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) I have to adhere to their strict professional code of conduct and photojournalistic ethics.

The wedding first dance at Wandsworth Town Hall, in London

Capturing The Moment

In many ways, wedding photojournalism is about capturing the perfect moment rather than the perfect photo. It’s about documenting the human experience instead of fiddling around with camera settings. It lives in the reality of the here now rather than elaborate lighting set-ups or technical perfections

It’s about capturing the real and unique essence of your wedding day. After all, you’re unique as a couple and your wedding story will reflect this – and wedding photojournalism captures this brilliantly.

So wedding photojournalism is all about documenting the real and unfolding story of your wedding day in a natural and candid way.  After all, you want to remember your photos, not the way the photographer dictates them!

A classical wedding portrait of the bride and groom by by a documentary London wedding photographer.

Wedding Photojournalism is Not Documentary Wedding Photography

Remember earlier I said that wedding photojournalism is not the same as documentary wedding photography, that it’s a very distinct thing in itself.  Well, what did I mean by this?

It comes down to more formal and posed wedding portraiture.  As a wedding photojournalist 90% of my approach will be candid, unobtrusive and natural, but I understand you’ll also want some more formal portraits on the day, if only for your Aunty’s mantelpiece or parents walls.

Portraiture has been an integral part of photojournalism throughout its history so it’s not a dirty word, but a small but important part of the overall wedding photojournalism approach – unlike documentary wedding photography that really does only document a wedding without any interference at all.  And I’m guessing most of your guests aren’t professional models who don’t need some help and direction when it comes to group shots.

Wedding flash photography on the dance floor at Highdown Vineyard in Sussex

 

Contact Me

If think that wedding photojournalism would be a good fit for your wedding day, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  You can call me on 07920 422144 or fill out the form on my contact page.  I’ll be delighted to hear from you. You can check my current wedding fees and services by clicking here.

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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