Romany Gypsy Wedding

Romany Gypsy Wedding

Romany Gypsy wedding

Romany Gypsy wedding. How many of us have watched the fly on the wall Gypsy wedding documentaries on tv. The big fat dresses and the opulence of a Gypsy wedding. A big stereotype about the Gypsy way of life is that it’s flashy, attention grabbing and revealing in more ways than one!. In the real world every couple wants the best wedding in the world. The wedding of Lewis and Whitney in Christchurch in Gravesend, Kent was the perfect day, the weather was superb, Whitney the bride looked absolutely stunning in a traditional white dress, none of the stereotypical wedding dresses as seen on Tv.

With the start of any wedding day, it’s always the hustle and bustle of getting ready, time is flying, the champagne and the Prosecco is out. The excitement of the wedding service ever approaching, tick tock the clock is counting down. Pre wedding shots in the garden with family and friends and the day is set.

The wedding

A major annoyance I find with church weddings is the stupid rules that clergy impose upon us the photographers, now if it was a set rule across the board, no photography, photography only at the back of the church, stand in one corner, then I could understand and abide by those rules. But it isn’t, the rules go from one extreme to another, one church will say “yes, do what you like” to another saying “no photography at all”. Roman Catholic, Church of England, it doesn’t matter. I understand the sanctity of the service, but come on, why are all church’s so different in their approach to photographers. At the end of the day its the Bride and groom that loses out, not the church. So all you couples out there looking to get married in a traditional church service and want lots of images of the service, make sure photography is ok in the church.Suffice to say the shots of Whitney being accompanied by her grandfather down the aisle was enough to move anyone to tears and she really did look very resplendent in her lovely wedding dress.

Then it’s off to the Hilton Dartford for the wedding breakfast

Romany Gypsy Wedding

Italian Wedding

Italian Wedding

Italian wedding

The perfect wedding, what is the perfect wedding, a lovely venue, superb weather, the beautiful couple. Try an Italian wedding if there’s a culture that knows how to enjoy a wedding it has to be the Italians.

The wedding of Jacopo and Francesca in mid September 2015 was such a wedding. In Ashford, Kent of all places. The weather on the day wasn’t exactly the best we have had for an English summer wedding, not like 2014 when it seemed to be constant sunshine everyday, overcast and the clouds were threatening to open up at any moment but thankfully the rain stayed away. With the Bridal prep out of the way, on to the church. St. Theresa R.C, quite a modern church with plenty of natural sunlight and a nice modern airy feel to it, unlike the more traditional Norman church’s.

With the church service done it was on to Eastwell park near the village of Boughton lees and the church, ruins of St. Mary the virgin, derelict church, not used since the 1950’s when the roof collapsed in a massive storm. A photographers dream, quiet, lovely ruins, plenty of shade and the perfect backdrop of a massive lake., the only problem being the damp ground, causing high heels to sink into the ground and we were massively behind time running almost an hour late after the church service, I had planned to do some off camera flash with softbox’s to get that soft, warm light feel with the couple in a romantic embrace next to the rough walls of the church, alas had to be quick and get all the shots done in about twenty minutes and settled for on camera flash. At least i did get the chance to use my new Nikon 24-70 2.8 vr lens

The highlight of the day was going to be the Evening do, The Croft Hotel. An Italian restaurant within the Hotel.
The evening really came alive and surprisingly as with most Italian wedding breakfasts it didn’t go on forever. The Wine started flowing and flowing and flowing. Luckily everyone’s English was better than my Italian which amounted to one word “si” so the language barrier wasn’t too much of a problem, not that anything needed translating the wine was doing the talking and the singing. They know how to party these Italians!.

Friern Manor wedding

Friern Manor wedding

Friern Manor wedding

Friern Manor wedding right on my doorstep, can’t get much better than that and what a great little venue. The last couple of months have been manic, weddings back to back, I’ve never been so busy, August five weddings in the first week of the month with twenty for the whole of August and thirteen in September. Getting married, has made a return and is as popular as ever. With more and more venue’s to choose from and church’s relaxing their stiff Victorian rules, the choices are better than they have ever been. Not only wedding venue’s that are becoming so popular now days, couples are asking for more than just a few stiffly posed photo’s, they want to see fun and laughter in their wedding images. Natural is the name of the game now days with maybe a few posed funny shots to make that a little different.

The wedding of Adam and Rachael. A lovely couple very laid back and so easy to get on with, in fact, if Adam were any more laid back he would be falling over by now. Joking aside a lovely wedding on a beautiful summers day, albeit a little humid, better than rain as of late.

Beautiful Georgian Manor country house with all original features. The immaculate grounds, the scenic pond, what more can you ask for from a wedding venue. A good wedding venue does not make a an excellent wedding, lovely bubbly Bride and groom, fun loving guests and good photography by which to remember the day by. Throw in a little off camera flash, few funny signs, the red umbrella and lots of Humour.

la talbooth Wedding

la talbooth Wedding

There’s wedding venue’s and there’s wedding venue’s.

La talbooth wedding

venue has to be one of the more exclusive.

Near the village of Dedham in north Essex, bordering the county of Suffolk, La Talbooth Dedham is a beautiful little wedding venue set on the river Stour. It’s not the grandest and certainly not the most brash. What it is is a 1930’s quaint English tea room with a wedding venue twist set on the most beautiful river Stour.

The wedding of Blayne and Lindsey on the 6th of August, was going to prove to be one of the most memorable of my photographic career. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all wedding venues, but La Talbooth stands out as just that little bit special. On a baking hot summers day hitting 30 degrees the gentle stillness of the river Stour in the heart of constable country, the urge to jump in the river did cross my mind at one point. In its uniqueness the actual wedding ceremony has to be performed at the Maison Hotel two minutes around the corner and this is equally as beautiful, Victorian country house laid to lawn, resident pianist. What really makes the day for any couple deciding to get married at this venue has to be the private boat ride from the ceremony to your wedding breakfast. The string quartet playing soft classical music as the boat gently slides into the pier with the rolling Suffolk countryside in the background.

The 1930’s art Deco bridge, no step ladders needed here, the perfect position for the group shot or the willow tree as a backdrop for that romantic kiss. If I have a criticism, it’s going to be the lack of shade. From. A photographer’s point of view on a blistering hot day with bare hard sunlight beaming down, exposures have to be spot on and a lot of use of flash to overpower those horrible shadows. Come the evening a photographer’s dream. No ugly clutter, just Photographic tranquility coupled with a fish eye lens, off camera flash and the perfect images.

Blayne & Lindsey @ La talbooth wedding

Summer weddings 2015

Summer weddings 2015

summer weddings 2015

With the madness of the last couple of months. The chance to knuckle down and write blog posts has all but disappeared. Summer weddings have been back to back, literally five weddings in a row, a break, then it all starts again, two here then another three. Recession, what recession not in the wedding photography industry, i’ve never been so busy. To top it off the phone and email inquiries have gone through the roof, ” can you do my wedding next Saturday”. I wish I could, if only next weeks wedding hadn’t booked me last year! The last couple of years have proved to be very busy, the wedding industry is no longer confined to the old boring church wedding, a musty old church with a vicar that’s a hundred years old then reception in an old workings Mens club or the local village hall. Yes, church weddings are as popular as ever, but now the Church is making the effort to accommodate the 21st century couple and bring the old Victorian values of yesteryear to the present day. Occasionally I will get a church that says a flat outright no to photographing a couples wedding, but that’s a rarity now days and for some reason seems to be confined to churches in the Colchester area, must be the air.

Dedicated wedding venues on the other hand, are a delight to work in, all in one place, nice and airy, manicured grounds and safe for the children, this will be the future of weddings. No stuffy stupid rules.

 

 

So it all begins again five weddings in the last five days, two days off and then another five days of straight weddings Warley Park, twice this week. La toll booth, Packfords hotel, Reid rooms, with the odd one being the London Hilton, at least business is consistent.

Lobster shack wedding

Lobster shack wedding

Lobster shack wedding

With the 2015 wedding season now in full swing. The lovely weather of the last few weeks, 2015 is looking to be a repeat of 2014. Lobster shack wedding, what a quirky little venue this place turned out to be. A wedding venue, but not a wedding venue so to speak. The lobster shack situated within the Whitstable Harbour area, on the Kent estuary of the river Thames, right on the beach, a summer wedding venue if ever there was one.

When Chris and Babs hired me to photograph their wedding in June of 2015. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be covering a venue such as this. Even the name “Lobster shack” tells you it’s going to be something different. No grandiose statement  here, simple is as simple does, wooden creaky floors, plain wooden tables and chairs with simple coverings and to be honest, it works, the lobster shack really does have a charm of its own.

The weather was superb, hot, some cloud cover, no wind. A lot of wedding venues as I have said before tend to over complicate the day for a couple, times are laid military style and too often than not it feels like their herding cattle to the next event. Not so the lobster shack so relaxed and laid back, no pressure, take the day as it comes. Being a fish and chip restaurant come wedding venue, the wedding breakfast consisted of.. Guess… Fish and chips and excellent fish and chips they were too.

On the beach for some images of Chris & Babs. From a technical point of view, the clouds had been burnt off by the now blazing sun, so harsh sunlight was the order of the day. Perfect for a wedding from a weddings point of view, not so much from a photographers point of view, lots of shadows and no cover from the sun. Direct full on manual flash half to full power and anyone who understands the sunny 16 rule will understand what i mean. Did get the chance to do some spikey sun shots and later in the evening as the sun was going down, off camera flash of the couple against the horizon.

A beautiful day for a beautiful couple, Chris and Babs

Lobster shack wedding