I do so love a good wedding venue. Even better when that wedding venue is only just down the road from me. Golf club wedding venue’s tend to be a little more laid back than dedicated wedding venues, no strict adherence to timings, no fussy overbearing venue managers, and the day is allowed to “go with the flow”, so to speak. But on the other hand, they can be quite bland from a wedding photographer’s point of view. Too much open green space (not surprising really being golf clubs) and no features to add ambience to a wedding day.
Warley park golf club, really, is the exception to the rule, yes, it does have the big open green boring spaces but at the same time it also has the dedicated wedding venue, gorgeous backdrop lake and really is a photographers dream venue albeit on a smaller scale. The winding path down to the covered wedding pier, overhanging the really lovely lake, views into the distance. With prices starting from £2199, and no I don’t get a commission for plugging Warley park, it really is very good value for money.
The wedding of Lee & Gemma on Thursday the 18th June, what a glorious hot summers day this one turned out to be. Luckily 2015 has turned out to be quite good with sunshine almost on a par with 2014 and a couple whom relished having their pictures taken. With pre bridal shots taken at the Kilns hotel just a minutes drive down from Warley Park, a very nice Georgian country house hotel, lovely jubbly bridesmaids, bride to be laughing and joking and no sign of stress, in fact the opposite.
The day went exceptionally smoothly, the weather was perfect, Lee the groom very smart and laid back, Gemma the bride radiant in her flowing white dress and full of smiles all day.
The perfect Warley park wedding
Last not least Lloyd, the venue manager for helping everything run smoothly
Pre-wedding shoots are big business now within the wedding industry. Photographers galore are offering pre-wedding shoots or couples shoot or whatever you want to call it as probably another way to sell something to a couple before their wedding. Is it a good idea, yes, it can be, but most likely not for the reasons you’re thinking about. Yes, I want you the couple to have a perfect wedding as we all do. You’ve looked at the website, like the look of the wedding images, the package is right, and feels that this photographer has your tastes in mind as to what style of images you want on your wedding day, made an appointment, heard all the sales spiel and voila! Booked him or her. Did you book your pre-wedding shoot, probably not, because just like most couples it never even crossed your mind to do so, but why would I need a pre-shoot I hear you ask yourselves. Cheesy poses, in a local park in front of hundreds of people, no, not for me.
A pre-wedding shoot from the right photographer isn’t about getting cheesy crap poses that you feel the photographer has offered you just to add value to the package he or she has sold you. Or at least it’s not what I’m all about. I’m moulding those images I take of you and your partner to benefit you on your wedding day, molding the photography to your tastes and desires of what you want your pictures to look like of you the couple on your wedding day. We meet up, preferably at your wedding venue a couple of months before your wedding keeping it all very relaxed and casual, cheesy poses, awkward poses, you’re not robots, I don’t think so, we’ll leave those to the amateurs. Slim, maybe a lower angle is better for you. A larger size than maybe the angle is better from slightly above. Chins or no chins, a right angle could be better for you, chubby arms, thin arms, thin face, large face, how the light falls onto you is a deciding factor on how you look good in front of the camera and the final images and lots more. Everyone’s different, I’m taking mental notes of each picture I take of you to decide how you will look in your wedding images. Weddings move at a hundred miles per hour and getting those angles and the light right only comes with experience and information about you Husband and wife to be if collected before hand in the right way and once I’ve created a pre-wedding gallery and heard your positive and negative thoughts, I’m pretty much well-armed of how to make you look good.
So, Why a pre-wedding shoot, yes, you want to print invites, you want to see how I work, am I easy going and great to get along with, of course, I am!, but really I’m doing it so we get it right on your wedding day.