Egbe & Peter are one of the loveliest couples I have had the pleasure of working with. Right from the beginning I loved seeing the connection they have. That made it all the more enjoyable for me as their wedding photographer. We first met at Frensham ponds for a get to know you shoot and within minutes I remember feeling so excited about the wedding day. When It came around I was welcomed with open arms by both families, Peter's traveling all the way from the Isle of man and Egbe's family members from London originally coming from a Nigeria. If you'd told me a couple of years before that I would be photographing a beautiful and unique wedding like this I perhaps would of been surprised. From photographing Egbe getting ready in the morning right the way through to leaving the dancefloor at the end of the night It was a real pleasure. I loved seeing family members from two different cultures mingle and get on so well. It was a great atmosphere which helped me blend in and document the events of the day. Thank you Egbe and Peter for asking me to photograph your special it was a pleasure.
When I arrived at wotton house I started by capturing Donna and friends getting ready, I don't think I have ever seen anyone so relaxed on the morning of their wedding day. Seeing donna so calm was quite something. Shortly after I found my self going out to the front of the venue to take photos of Nick arriving in his friend Dave’s ferrari. It was great seeing the reactions of Nick’s friends to the car turning up. It was almost the highlight of the entire day for them except of course it was second to seeing Donna and Nick’s first kiss at the ceremony. One of the highlights for me was seeing Donna’s Dad smiling away as he walked her down the aisle, something I'm sure will stay with me when I look back at the weddings I have photographed in the years to come. Another thing that we were all so thankful for on the day was the weather. It was perfect, which made capturing Donna and Nick together in the late afternoon sunlight very enjoyable. I have always loved shooting into the light, It’s something I feel brings a magical feel to photos. As it was a March wedding the sun didn’t stay around for long and in no time at all we were inside for the wedding breakfast and then the speeches. the night ended for me on a busy dance floor. I wonderful day for two lovely people .
"Since our first meeting together to view John's portfolio, we knew he was the man for us. He took a genuine interest in us as a couple. On our wedding day John was brilliant, he was very curtious of everyone involved and completely blended into the background, we total forgot he was there, he shot the day as it happened. The images we now have are a true reflection of our memory of the day. There was no dragging us away for posed photos, meaning we spent more precious time with each other and our friends and family."
- Donna & Nick
It was nice weather for an october morning, I arrived at Botleys to photograph Francesca. She was relaxed and giggling a lot with her friends which made taking the photos that much more fun. Shortly after Keith arrived, I found him with the groomsman at the opposite end of the mansion. It was great to be able to go between the two rooms capturing moments. What became clear to me about Keith while I was photographing him is he is all about friends and family, always putting others first, making sure people are happy and looked after. He really is a gentleman. I loved photographing Francesca in the moments after she put her wedding dress on. Seeing her dads reaction was wonderful.
I then went off to photograph Keith at the church as he waited for Francesca. It was a wonderful service, a packed church with friends and family. The vicker was lovely and had some great jokes up her sleave . Back at Botleys the evening celebrations began. I particularly enjoyed documenting the speeches. I recorded them, and eventually created a Still Film which I always feel really helps to get one back to the essence of the day. I will not forget being invited around to Francesca and Keith’s house to view it with them on there sofa. There were tears and I remember feeling like what I do is so much more then a job! Anyway back to the final part of the day, The first dance, I saw something unfold in the middle of it that I loved. It was a lovely moment where Francesca's Grandma is stood watching the dance while holding both her daughters hands, the look on her face says it all. As I look back on their day almost a year later I am reminded of how much I like Keith and Francesca. I do hope they will stay in touch.