Charlotte and Jody met up with me about 12 months before their wedding at their venue in Bracknell. We agreed to an all-day photography package, which would later turn out to be one of the warmest photo shoots I’ve ever worked on!
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The bride’s wish list
I started my day over at Hilton St Anne’s Manor in Bracknell. It was the height of summer and the temperature was beginning to rise even in the morning. I captured some tender moments while Charlotte was getting ready, such as the gift opening, and also managed to sneak in a few shots of the gents getting prepared.
Charlotte was very organised indeed! She’d given me an extensive “wish list” of photographs, including bridesmaids in their customised bathrobes and a picture of her next to the bellies of her two pregnant bridesmaids. Naturally, I would have taken these shots anyway, but to put her mind at ease I accepted the list and ticked everything off throughout the day.
Ceremony at St Frances of Assisi’s Church
St Frances of Assisi’s Church is a simply stunning venue, with plenty of natural light for photography. The bright day made for some lovely shots of Charlotte stepping out of the classic car and walking into the church. The ceremony itself was beautiful and steeped in tradition – I’m particularly fond of the shot of the newlyweds lighting their wedding candle.
As Charlotte and Jody sped off in their classic car, I prepared for some portraits in front of the manor. We started with the confetti shot before moving on to some candid photographs. As per Charlotte’s request, we took lots of family photographs, but we had to make sure we stayed in the shade. The heat was becoming almost unbearable now!
Cutting the cake
Thankfully, back indoors the function room was air conditioned. I took some close ups of the table decorations before the guests entered for the wedding breakfast. The speeches were absolutely lovely and people were grinning from ear to ear all around the room.
After the wedding breakfast, I took Charlotte and Jody outside for some couple portraits. It still hadn’t cooled down outside! I took myself upstairs to get an overhead group shot of all the guests. Charlotte and Jody took to photography naturally and looked totally at ease with each other while they cut the cake.
The first dance
The first dance was very memorable – Charlotte and Jody’s band were phenomenal. At one point, Jody’s friends surprised everyone by turning up to play brass instruments! This got a lot of laughs as everybody headed to the dance floor. As the sun began to set, I brought my studio lights outside to take a shot of the groomsmen. We took a very sophisticated black and white snap of the gents smoking in the moonlight, before finishing off with one final shot of Charlotte and Jody in the gazebo.
Two weeks after the wedding, Charlotte and Jody sent me a handwritten letter to say thank you for all my work. This makes it all worthwhile and drives me to work even harder on my next shoots, so I wish them all the best.
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