For Hannah and Mark’s wedding at Roffey Park, Sussex, it certainly wasn’t a traditional couple-and-wedding photographer meeting! Hannah and I first crossed paths during an advertising shoot at Bocketts Farm, where she works.
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Wedding Photography at Roffey Park, Sussex
We hit it off and she soon got in touch to enquire about my wedding photography packages. After a personal consultation in nearby Horsham, Hannah and Mark decided to book me for an all-day wedding photography package.
Non-traditional wedding venues
If you’re familiar with Roffey Park, you may know it as more of a conference centre than a wedding venue. However, on Hannah and Mark’s big day, there wasn’t a corporate suit in sight! We had the entire venue to ourselves, so Hannah and her mother had free rein to decorate it with the help of their florist, plus they could set up the dance floor and many other elements wherever they wanted. The security was top notch too – I could leave my equipment bag wherever I wanted.
We started the day in good spirits in Hannah’s hotel room, where she and her bridesmaids were doing their own hair and makeup with fizz in full flow. Later on, I took a short five-minute drive to photograph the groomsmen, who were laughing and joking as they perfected their outfits. I popped back to the venue to take some more photos of the ladies, who by this point were practising walking down the aisle to their chosen music. As Mum finished off the room decorations, the girls got ready and waited outside for Hannah’s grand arrival. I used this time to get some individual portraits of the bridesmaids, followed by some action shots of Hannah’s dad and bridesmaids watching her in her bridal outfit for the first time.
Wall to wall guests
Mark and Hannah are certainly very popular – the huge room was filled from top to bottom! I got a few snaps of Mark and the boys arriving and greeting the guests before the proceedings began. It was a very smiley ceremony indeed, culminating in a huge cheer.
Following the ceremony, I joined the guests as we walked across the gardens for a drinks and canapés reception. We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of group shots followed by some newlywed portraits around the gardens. Just before dinner, I got one large group shot of all the guests, which had to be taken in the courtyard due to some older guests’ limited mobility.
Setting up for the speeches
I took a quick break after snapping the bride and groom’s grand entry into the dinner hall to an almighty cheer. Shortly after, I installed two studio flashes in the corners of the room to create dazzling lighting effects for the speeches. I had to change tack when I found out the best man would be giving a presentation with a projector at the other end of the room, so I moved the flashes as quickly as possible.
Later on, I installed some flashes on the dance floor ready for the first dance. There wasn’t a huge amount of space so I used a wide-angle lens to capture as much as possible. For the cake-cutting, I asked them both to feed each other, which looks pretty funny in the final edits!
As the guests got into the party spirit, I took some more dance floor photos before taking the couple outdoors for their final shots. We tried a composite shot of flash-lit portraits and a long exposure dragging shot – this looks very dramatic, as though the building is moving while the newlyweds are standing still! I managed to turn the photos around in just three days, and I sent them over to Hannah, who couldn’t resist sharing them on Facebook straight away! If you’d like to know more about my all-day wedding photography packages, call me today!