I had the most wonderful Saturday this weekend shooting the wedding of Amy and Matt in Henley-on-Thames. Hotel du Vin used to be the old Henley-on-Thames brewery before it got converted into a Hotel and wedding venue.
From Guildford where I am based it’s about an hour drive to Henley-on-Thames. My day started photographing Amy and Matt getting ready in their hotel rooms. Amy had her hair and make-up done by a local professional. With her in the room was her sister with her little children as well as two close friends. While the ladies were getting ready I shoot the flowers, the shoes and the veil. I hung Amy’s dress on a joist behind her to get a photo of her getting her hair done with the dress hanging in the background.
Matt had a much shorter procedure so I only spent about twenty minutes in his room. I asked him to put on his watch while standing by the window and to put on his tie standing in front of a mirror.
The wedding venue of the hotel is probably not the biggest in Henley-on-Thames (e.g. the Henley-on-Thames registry office is a lot bigger) but certainly one of the nicest. It’s a lovely old room with comfortable chairs giving the wedding ceremony a cosy and warm touch.
Henley-on-Thames has a lovely promenade by the water – a perfect location for some fun and romantic wedding photography. I even asked Amy and Matt to take off their shoes at some point.
At about 6pm we all went to the Henley-on-Thames river boat (Hobbs of Henley), a floating function room ideal for smaller weddings of up to 60 people. I asked Amy and Matt at three different points in time to join me on the upper deck for some photos in order to make the most of the incredible sunset we had.
As the sun went down I had to switch to artificial flashlight. I set up three wireless flashes with little umbrellas giving me ample light to continue shooting until the boat arrived at Henley-on-Thames dock in the middle of the night.