Driving from Surrey to Exeter is quite a journey but it was definitely worth it to shoot Jessica and Stephen’s wedding at Rockbeare Manor. Couples choose me for my documentary style. And like the idea of me blending in and capturing the atmosphere of the day. I always hope people don’t think I'm the professional photographer as it’s nice to be viewed as a friend with a camera. This allows me to get to the heart of the day capturing the moments that matter. Jessica and Stephen’s day was a really special one. From the moment I walked into the family home in the morning I was hooked. It’s important you feel a buzz as a photographer and thankfully weddings have all the ingredients I need to to keep me interested. I loved seeing Jessica’s relationship with her dad, and the bond that he had with her mum was also lovely to see. I’ve not seen a hat quite like his, which attracted a lot of interest from others on the day. Rockbear Manor is a beautiful venue with such friendly staff which added to the atmosphere. There was a warmth in the way they did things throughout which could not have made people feel more welcome. At the end of the evening I left knowing this would definitely be a wedding that would make my blog. I feel ever so thankful to have been asked to photograph it. Here are a few of my favourites.
One of the highlights for me so far as a photographer has been shooting Louise and Leighton's wedding on the Hawkesbury river in Sydney, Australia. Looking back, ending up in a lovely location was exactly what I needed creatively after an english summer of weddings. I started by photographing the morning preparations at the boat house, in no time at all Lou was in her dress, all smiles. I also had the chance to be with Leighton as he got ready just a short walk away. It was then time for the ceremony where we all listened to the vows they had chosen to say to each other. It was great seeing so many people there witnessing that part of the day. As the evening came I couldn’t help but feel inspired. When the golden Sydney light faded It felt like there was no place like it on earth. Louise and Leighton have a wonderful group of friends who were very much involved in making their day a very happy and memorable one. I always say it's the people that make the wedding day special, everything else is a bonus.
"Wow that was incredible and Beautiful. Thank you so much for spending the time to put the Still Film together"
- Louise & Leighton
When looking back at Rebecca and Dan’s wedding I am reminded of how similar it would be to to what I envision perhaps happening on my wedding day. I loved that everything took place in close proximity, Rebecca’s aunties house being just a short trip away from the church. I started off by photographing Rebecca and her sisters and friends at the house before heading to the church. Everything was set up beautifully in a lovely big back garden with a marque. There was so much attention to detail, I was really taken back by seeing Rebecca’s vision come into fruition. In no time at all I was at the church where we awaited Rebecca’s arrival with her dad by her side. It was a lovely laid back service. Just after leaving a highlight of the day for me was being their to capture Dan and his Father having a hug. For me this is what I live for as a photographer, and it’s what I feel wedding photography is all about. To see the bond they had as father and son was so special, to this day I still feel something when I look at the pictures. We then made our way back to the marquee where the afternoon evening celebrations began. I loved the speeches and remember vividly how emotional Rebecca’s father was as he talked about her being a miracle as a baby. There was also an extremely funny best mans speech. I remember feeling like I might need to put my cameras down as one of Dan’s best men had some really funny things to say about him. The speech was so well put together and executed, so funny! To top it all off the night ended with Dan’s father singing and playing guitar for the first dance, shortly after I left to a packed dance floor. A wonderful day. Here are a small few of my favourites.