For me, every wedding photography opportunity is special, but some occasions really stick out in your mind. This was certainly the case with Lorraine and Dave, whose wedding at Coworth Park will provide me with happy memories for years to come.
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First off, I must give mention to the gorgeous location – located in Ascot, the Coworth Park Hotel is part of the prestigious Dorchester Collection, and I could see that Lorraine and Dave pulled out all the stops to make their day memorable. I had 240 acres of parkland to play with and I certainly did just that – but more on that later.
Lorraine and Dave had me booked for a half day job, giving me six hours to get all of the essential shots. We started our day by photographing the integral “getting ready” process, during which Lorraine’s daughter was on hand to apply her make up outside her hotel room. The whole atmosphere was very relaxed as Lorraine’s family began to arrive, including her children, their partners and her grandchildren.
As the ladies popped open the first bottle of champagne, I could tell we were going to be in for a fun day! They were all lovely to work with and I’m pleased to say that, with Lorraine’s mother in tow, I managed to get a “four generations” photo outside in the stunning gardens.
I could tell that family were hugely important to Lorraine, so we took some photographs outside on the bridge and among the parkland before the ceremony began. Later on, Lorraine’s grandchildren would serve as flower girls, and it was a beautifully moving celebration attended by just the close family of the couple. Lorraine’s daughter’s partner even had a singing/guitar session during the signing of the register, so every member of the family had a role to play!
Lorraine & Dave’s Wedding at Coworth Park Hotel
Following the ceremony I “kidnapped” the couple for the formal photographs. You don’t get to photograph a wedding at Coworth Park every day so I treated the parkland like my playground! After chatting with the couple we decided to do some “environmental portraits,” which means that the couple only make up a small portion of what is essentially a photograph focusing on nature. This was a great opportunity for me to experiment with different focuses, giving the flowers and other natural wonders a starring role.
Later on I took some interior shots of the family at the dinner table, during which we also had to take a mock cake cutting shot due to timescales, but I like to think it looked pretty convincing! As the sun began to set I made sure I captured those beautiful natural shots once again with a few more photographs outside on the bridge.
Reportage photography – not too subtle!
As with my reportage photography, I tried to be as quiet as I could when I headed for the exit. However, the guests made sure that wasn’t the case, and even started clapping after I said goodbye! It was truly humbling and the first time I had ever been applauded for a wedding photography project, so I won’t forget that in a hurry.
I’m pleased to say I received a five-star review from the couple, and it was lovely to work with such family oriented people in such a beautiful venue. I only hope I’m invited back here soon!