I first met Kathrine and Simon when they found me online back in autumn 2016. We met at their wedding venue, the Talbot Inn, to discuss an all-day wedding photography package.
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Bridal party preparations
Fast forward to the big day and I found myself with Kathrine, her daughters and her bridesmaids in her hotel room. I took the opportunity to photograph some of the finer details whilst the ladies were having their hair and makeup done, such as the flowers, dresses and one very sparkly pair of shoes. Kathrine’s grandmas had a great sense of humour – we got a lovely shot of the pair hanging onto a bouquet!
Simon and his best man arrived later on, almost ready to go, bar a few essential last minute touches to their button hole pins. As they welcomed guests arriving in the pub, I got a few more “finer details” shots before re-joining the ladies, who were now ready to go.
We had a little time before the ceremony started so I took some bridal portraits of a now visibly tearful Kathrine. It was a particularly touching moment as she went downstairs to meet her father, ready to take her vows.
Wedding photography in low light
I just had enough time to rush into the ceremony room and get some shots of Simon and the best man before Kathrine made her entrance. The ceremony was stunning, but the room itself was slightly darker than I’m used to! Thankfully, I’m proud to boast the latest generation of full-frame cameras, so low light was no obstacle for me.
Kathrine and Simon had something a little different from your traditional guest book – they were asking guests to sign a plate as they enjoyed drinks and canapés. Out in the gardens, we took the essential confetti shot before moving onto group shots. I used an external studio flash – this is great for providing that extra dramatic effect when shooting against the sunlight.
We made our way back inside for some group shots on the stairs before the newlyweds made their grand entrance into the dinner room. Everybody was having a great laugh as the groomsmen made their speeches and the sun began to go down – just in time for my trademark sunset photo shoot.
The newlyweds and I spent 45 minutes or so wandering the fields of the Talbot Inn, making the most of contrasting shadows to create stunning close-ups and wider shots. Back inside, the evening guests were starting to arrive and were enjoying being entertained by a caricaturist.
In preparation for the first dance, I set up three flashes on the dance floor, which came in extra handy as this was also where the cake cutting would take place. After a beautiful first dance, the party was in full swing as their guests enjoyed an evening buffet and a boogie.
Fun effects with vapours
For my final shot of the evening, I noticed some of Kathrine and Simon’s guests were e-cigarette smokers. I knew this would create a beautiful shot in the moonlight, so I set up two flashes in the courtyard and asked them to create a cloud behind the bride and groom. I supported this with an additional flash from behind, and the result was simply magical!
After a fun-filled, emotional day, I made my way home to start editing. I had a great time in Woking and look forward to many more weddings like Kathrine and Simon’s! If you’d like to know more about my all-day wedding photography packages, please get in touch.