I started off photographing the day at Natasha's parents house. Natasha’s Mum and Dad made everyone feel welcome, including my driver, bringing him a cup of tea while he waited outside. I soon found myself at the church taking pictures of Kevin before Natasha’s arrival. He was in a surprisingly relaxed mood. Shortly after I ran outside, it was great to see the wonderful old wedding car appear in the distance. And to see Natasha’s gaze through the window made for a lovely photo before being helped out by her father. Then came the walk into the church and down the isle where a very happy Kevin waited. It was a nice service with a extremely witty vicar. There was also a choir which added to the atmosphere. Outside the church I jumped into in the wedding car with Natasha and Kevin and left for Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, where the afternoon/evening celebrations began. After the first dance there was an extremely funny rendition of Macarena by Natasha and Kevin's close family. A wonderful day.
As a wedding photographer I feel it’s important to get to know people before I photograph their special day. From talking at our initial meeting to visiting the venues together I enjoy these meetings very much. I was ever so pleased when Martin and Sarah first visited me. And I felt honoured that they chose me to photograph their wedding. On our visit to the church I could see how much preparation had gone in to the day, the way Sarah and Martin stood looking around the church excited me.
So along came the day…. I started off at Sarah’s house where her and her daughter and a friend got ready together, there was lots of fun and laughter. I then headed off in the car to the pub where Martin was enjoying a drink with the company of his friends and family, a nicely relaxed atmosphere before heading off to the church. Sarah and Martin had decided to hire the Hart male voice choir for the service which was quite something to see and hear. All of this reminded me of how much I love documenting weddings and how unique each of them I photograph is. It really is a joy to be doing this job.
Particularly being around people on the day, observing and looking out for the fleeting moments. After the service we walked down to the reception which was at Sarah and Martin’s friends’ house. It had a lovely big garden and marquee set up. Guests mingled before the speeches. All throughout this time I found plenty to photograph. One thing that I thought was particularly impressive was the flower arrangements that were created by Sarah’s mum. They were beautiful. I have been thinking since then I should be recommending her to the new couples I meet. I have not seen anything quite like it in all the weddings I have photographed. As the day came to a close Sarah and Martin left in a lovely old jag allowing me to get a special group photo. I say this because it was completely done naturally with no intervention from me.
Just how I like it and more importantly just how the guests like it. No waiting around for the photographer. They were all in the moment enjoying seeing Sarah and Martin drive off. But only after quite a bit of help from Sarah’s dad and Martin’s sons in getting the car started. Thanks to their slow departure the photographer didn't get run over. I will always have this wedding in memory. A truly special day.
“Sarah was showing them to a close friend, who said ” your photographer has such a good eye for a scene, for a moment, and has captured the emotion of the day. And look how people are smiling and laughing and crying. Just beautiful!” I think that sums it up. On the day you were inconspicuous yet everywhere, capturing all those moments that were hidden from us. So many of our guests complimented us on our choice of photographer because you were polite and courteous and thoughtful. What impressed us about you John, is that this wasn’t just another job to you. The result, the photographs, capturing our day was everything, and that shows in the finished result. Thank you, thank you.”
- Sarah & Martin
When I first met Sarah and Adrian I loved how much fun they were. As we walked around Northcote House, they were all smiles, and I could certainly see why. Northcote House is a beautiful venue with some of the nicest staff that I have had the pleasure of meeting on my journey as a photographer.On the day, I started off by photographing Sarah with her bridesmaids. Then I made my way downstairs to be with Adrian and his friends. Adrian was at ease as he mingled with his friends before going to the ceremony room.
A short time after Sarah walked down the aisle with her Father. I have seen this many times of course at different weddings but I simply never get tired of seeing it, each Father and Bride aisle walk is ever so special. The ceremony was full of fun and laughter, perfect for me to capture some special moments. We then headed out to celebrate shortly before the speeches. As the night progressed I was pleasantly surprised to see how good the band were. They are a great bunch of guys…….Kieran and Dominic. They call themselves Rock my Reception.
I found myself reminiscing about my time in the music industry as we talked. The lads and I could not agree more about how much we enjoyed being involved with weddings and how it felt much more than a job to us. We were so pleased that Sarah and Adrian asked us to be with them on their special day.