Documentary Wedding Photography at Painshill Park, Surrey

Sam & Mathans Fun and Laughter Documentary Wedding at Painshill Park, Surrey

In all the years I have been photographing weddings I haven’t encountered many more delightful, easy going, fun loving couples than Sam and Mathan! I photographed their pre wedding shoot not so long ago in Windsor which was great fun so I was really looking forward to being their wedding photographer on their big day. I remember Sam asking for a pre wedding shoot as she said they’re not naturals in front of the camera and barely have any nice shots of themselves together. I always recommend pre wedding shoots for entirely these reasons. If you don’t like having your picture taken or feel self conscious it’s a brilliant way to get used to the camera and understand how I work. It’s so relaxed and informal that there’s nothing to worry about.

I met up with Sam to shoot her bridal prep at the Premier Inn, Cobham before heading over to Painshill Park in Surrey where Mathan and his groomsmen were completing the finishing touches. The ceremony room at Painshill park was full of light which was great news for me! After the ceremony and watching Mathan strut his stuff back down the aisle :-) we moved on to do a handful of group photos before jumping on a golf buggy and whizzing around the gorgeous grounds of Painshill Park. It’s such a big venue that it was really the only way to get to the great locations like the lake, ruins and bluebell wood! As expected the evening reception was full of colour, laughter, great food and amazing dance moves with Mathan being hoisted onto his mates shoulders and paraded around the dance floor :-) For their first dance Sam changed from her beautiful white wedding dress into a traditional Indian red dress full of detail. I left later that evening with music in my ears and a smile on my face.

Black and White Reportage Wedding at Hyde House, Cotswolds

I’m a big fan of black and white images so when I shoot weddings I always make sure I have a nice mix of vibrant contrasty colours as well as the smooth timeless tones of monochrome. Some scenes and environments completely suit the black and white medium, for example when you are indoors with lots of different artificial light sources. Each light source gives off a different colour temperature which can really detract from the image and play havoc with skin tones. You may be surprised to see some outdoor shots also converted. Overcast days with moody dark clouds really work in black and white, in fact pretty much any image can look awesome with great light in monochrome!

I photographed the amazing rustic wedding between Megan and Barney at Hyde House, Stow on the Wold in the beautiful Cotswolds and made sure I shot lots of black and white as the bride loves the look. I think monochrome really focuses the eye on the light and the details within. If you have never tried it why not pick up your camera and give it a go. You may be surprised with the results, I love it,

Danielle & Nick - Romantic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Arley Arboretum

It was the first time I had been to Arley Arboretum in Bewdley and it really didn’t disappoint. It’s a stunning venue so I could see why Danielle and Nick had chosen it for their wedding day! The morning consisted of photographing both bride and groom getting ready, thankfully they were in the same building so it made things easy! Despite persistent showers there was thankfully a break so the ceremony could take place outside under a pergola. To ensure the guests didn’t get drowned the umbrellas had to be kept up but that’s a small price to pay for an outdoor wedding! When it came to the couple shots I really wanted to make use of the wonderful scenery so as with all weddings I arrived in plenty of time to have a good look around to make a mental of note of some cool backdrops. Danielle and Nick were so friendly, easy going and happy to have a walk around the grounds for some great portraits. I loved the style and little details that went into making the wedding day so special. Congratulations to you both!

Katie and Anthonys Rock n Roll Themed Wedding at Kenilworth Castle

Rock n Roll Vintage Wedding at Kenilworth Castle!

I first met Katie while I was exhibiting at the National Wedding Show in Birmingham last year. When she told me about her wedding plans I knew straight away that it would be an awesome wedding to shoot. Vintage cars including a Plymouth Coupe that her talented partner Anthony had restored, a rock n roll wedding dress, rustic reception, castle.. what more could I want! !!

Fast forward approximately 9 months to the wedding day and it really lived up to all the expectations and more! Katie was so welcoming and friendly when I arrived for bridal prep which made me feel right at home. Her wedding dress was rock and roll and perfect for the look and era she loves! After shooting the church service we arrived at Kenilworth Castle. It really is a majestic castle and well worth a visit. A lot of the grounds are ruins where you can visualise what it must have been like in its heyday. You can also venture inside the narrow staircases to the top for epic views. Luckily Katie and Anthony were completely in agreement about making the most of the venue and were eager to explore!

Thanks again to you both for inviting me to be a part of your epic day!

Kate and Tom - Natural and Fun Documentary London Wedding

I shoot a lot of weddings every year in all sorts of locations and always love travelling into London for a wedding in the capital. A certain type of adrenaline kicks in as i’m presented with awesome architecture, and famous landmarks. Last year I was honoured to shoot the amazing wedding between the lovely and super friendly Kate and Tom. They couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating which always gets the best out of me :-)

I started the day shooting Kate getting ready at a hotel in central London whilst my awesome second photographer Lola met up with Tom and the boys at a local pub. After a short black cab ride Kate and her mum arrived at RSA house where the ceremony and evening reception was held. It’s a great venue with very atmospheric rooms down to the amazing vaults underneath perfect for a wild night of dancing and partying! After the ‘ I Dos ‘ we managed to find a break in the weather to dash out for the throwing of the confetti on the steps of the RSA before heading down to the river for some cool couple shots! What an amazing day with even better people!!