What a quaint wedding venue. Mountains country house in the heart of the Kent countryside. A Mid-Victorian grade 2 listed mansion with some interesting features, listed Minton floor from the 1860s. The redwood trees from Canada. The laid lawns and permanent wedding Marquee within a stone’s throw of the house all make for a stunning wedding venue.
The wedding of Matt and Sian in late July 2016. A perfect wedding with a lovely couple on a glorious English summer’s day, what more can one ask for on their wedding day, well the weather wasn’t looking that perfect, to begin within the morning. Heavy dirty black looking clouds building up in the morning and I was expecting torrential downpours, well that’s what the weather forecast said. A few spots of rain and then it all blew over. Oh, the joys of the English summer wedding and our oh so unpredictable weather.
Matt, his dad (best man), and grandad (usher) made it a real family affair, none of my father and me, more like best mates. Bridesmaids in crimson and flower girls with wings. A very emotional wedding and a very close couple with lots of outgoing friends they had the perfect day. With the wedding breakfast and speeches done, relax and chillax for the remainder of the day. Time for a little off-camera flash and some natural posing with the couple in front of the main house. Getting ready for the evening dance, a little set up I don’t often get the chance to use, a single flash on the stand in manual creating a star effect behind the couple and then another single flash in a lastolite softbox to create a soft light in front on the couple for the first dance, a little something different for that first dance.
The Grandiose English country mansion Gosfield hall has it all. The high ceilings the original massive Georgian windows the Queen Charlotte’s Oak panelled gallery with a 120ft long aisle with loads of natural light. The Tudor courtyard and the opulent master bedroom with its marble columns and a four-poster bed. A beautiful wedding suite if ever there was one.
As with all weddings, it’s the Bride and Groom, friends and guests that make a wedding. Trevor and Tanya were that perfect wedding couple on the most excellent wedding. Trevor “Mr. Guinness” the groom. A real friendly and outgoing guy, couldn’t stop laughing all day and boy he loves his Guinness, a big kid at heart. Tanya, really full of fun and with not a hint of nervousness on her big day, resplendent in her gorgeous wedding dress. With a June wedding, you would expect there to be blazing sunshine, not the very un summery like the weather of late. The sunshine was out and about in the morning and with the clouds moving in the threat of rain was looking ominous. Luckily Gosfield hall is such an excellent venue for picture taking that just as good images can be taken inside as well as outside. With the ceremony and heart shot done, the heavens opened up to two hours of torrential rain, then it was summer again as if nothing had happened. The joy of our gloriously unpredictable weather on an English summer wedding. Then it was family and friends shots moving into the cake cutting and first dance. Towards Dusk a mist descended down on the surrounding grounds for some lovely evening shots with the setting of the evening sun.
A wedding photographer’s dream has to be the master bedroom and it’s reflecting mirrors, the grand staircase, the library, banqueting hall and not to mention the gardens, the list goes on and on
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.