After finding my wedding photography services online, Carys and Kevin booked me for a half day six-hour session in nearby Leatherhead.
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Wedding at Leatherhead register office
I’ve shot many weddings at Leatherhead register office, so it felt like I was on first name terms with the staff! Speaking of which, the team there are fantastically well-trained in keeping the bride and groom apart, and Carys and Kevin’s wedding was no exception.
Despite the midsummer wedding date, the rain was pouring heavily, though this didn’t seem to dampen any spirits. As Carys arrived, she was taken off for her pre-wedding interview while Kevin stayed with his family in the waiting area – not so much as a passing glance!
There was a roller coaster of emotions as Carys and Kevin made their vows, followed by a loud cheer at the end of the ceremony. To our surprise, the sun peeped its head through the clouds so we rushed outside to get the essential confetti shot in the register office gardens. Unfortunately, the break from the rain was short-lived and the heavens began to open again as soon as everybody was done throwing confetti and cheering. We rushed into the cars and made our way over to Tithe Barn for the reception.
Sadly, none of the outdoor games could take place due to the weather, but to my surprise nobody seemed disappointed. The band was playing and people were merrily tucking into their traditional English tea and sandwiches, so it seems that being stuck inside made for quite a cosy atmosphere!
Large group shots indoors
Up next would be my biggest challenge – trying to create the perfect “everybody shot” within the confines of the barn. As barns are naturally quite dim, I would need a lot of light to get it right. Thankfully, light was still pouring in from outside so I asked everybody to gather together in front of the barn gates for the brightest shot.
I installed a large studio flash on a high tripod to fill the room with light and began to climb a ladder (anything for the perfect snap!). Using a wide-angle lens, I managed to get a decent photograph with everybody in focus and nicely exposed.
Later on, it seems the weather was playing tricks on us once again – the sun came out just in time for some more “official” couple shots before nightfall. We headed out to the gardens to get some intimate snaps of the bride and groom. Despite the rush, I’m pleased to say they came out very well and the newlyweds gave me a great review!
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