Here’s a true love story if there ever was one – the courting of Gladys and Andy. It was obvious to me as soon as I met them that they were madly in love, and had been since the day they met at university. Despite studying in London, for their wedding photography Henley was the venue of choice. Located in the heart of Oxfordshire, it’s not a million miles away for me to travel, so I was happy to photograph this stunning location on a beautiful summer’s day.
Black and white – Wedding Photography Henley
My day started with the bride, who was getting ready at Henley Town Hall. We started with some bridal portraits before the ceremony began. Gladys and Andy had requested black and white photos, and as I have done previously, I was happy to oblige! I managed to get some stunning shots of Gladys standing by the window, using natural light to my advantage. Later on I got some “boys only” photos outside on the town hall steps.
The ceremony itself was wonderfully moving. Gladys and Andy had picked a variety of beautiful readings and their guests were entranced, giving me free rein to photograph the nuptials from different angles without being noticed. The couple’s happiness was palpable as they rushed outside for the integral “confetti shot” before I kidnapped them for some one-on-one photography.
Outdoor wedding photography
Whilst the guests were being kept entertained with champagne, Gladys, Andy and I went into town and walked by the river Thames. We had a huge landscape to play with and the weather was perfect, so I snapped them on a boat, by the river and from afar on Henley Bridge.
The wedding breakfast and reception were taking place at the Hotel du Vin, so we headed back there for the integral meal and speech photos. I slipped back into reportage mode for the first dance and the cake cutting, but the pair wanted some more photographs outside so we opted for a “sunset photo shoot.” We’d found an empty side street on the way back to the hotel, so we re-visited it for some couple-only photographs. The black and white styling here really complements the transition from light to dark, and we managed to create a very artistic effect as the couple posed against a house wall.
With the bride’s sparkling dress and the stunning choice of venue, Gladys and Andy’s big day was truly a fairy tale wedding. I’d advise those looking for a location to consider this beautiful town – for wedding photography, Henley on Thames offers opulent buildings and stunning river backdrops which will make your big day special. I’m pleased to say Gladys and Andy left me a glowing review and I wish them the very best for the future.