Melissa and Steve’s nuptials took me to one of my favourite Surrey wedding venues to photograph – Farnham Castle!
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One of the more interesting couple meeting stories I’ve heard is that of Melissa and Steve – they met while working on a cruise ship. While Steve was a crew member, Melissa worked in entertainment as a dancer. This gave me high expectations for entertainment at the reception!
Wedding photography at Farnham Castle
My day began at the castle with Melissa getting ready in the bridal suite. Steve was in one of the bigger rooms in the main building, so we made sure the two did not see each other before hand! Both areas offered great opportunities for wedding photos, so I went back and forth between both sides so as not to miss any key moments. Of course, I also made sure I got some shots of the room decorations and the venue between takes.
Farnham Castle’s ceremony room is large, bright and airy, so it makes it easier for me to get beautiful pictures! It was smiles all round and I enjoyed experimenting with some black and white shots in the editing process afterward.
Melissa and Steve’s guests were great to work with as they lined up on the stairs for the integral confetti shots. As everybody mingled with drinks and canapés, I started setting up the official couple shots and group photographs. With her dancing background, Melissa knew how to strike a pose!
The venue has a wonderful vantage point from the gallery surrounding the function room, so I took position here to photograph the speeches. The speeches were very animated (with a few dance moves thrown in!) and there were laughs all round.
Sunset photo shoots
My favourite part of the day came next as we headed to the castle ruins for a sunset photo shoot. While the band was setting up, I took the opportunity to set up my lights and got some stunning shots of the newlyweds in the castle’s archways and balconies.
Back inside, I got to work photographing perhaps the most anticipated part of the day for the guests – the first dance! With Melissa’s moves, it was nothing short of incredible, like something straight out of a movie. We rounded off the night with some disco dancing before I made my way home to start editing.
I delivered Melissa and Steve’s photographs whilst they were away on their honeymoon, and I’m pleased to say they gave me a great review! If you’d like to enquire about any of my wedding photography packages, please get in touch today.