Earlier this year I was invited to the magnificent Orchardleigh House in Somerset to capture Tom and Tanya’s wedding adventure. I had done photography in Orchardleigh before, the difference this time was that the weather had decided not to play ball and so it was a very British wedding weather-wise indeed – cold, breezy and raining the whole day. The beautiful grounds of Orchardleigh estate therefore were left unexplored that day by wedding guests and the newlyweds. However the good thing was in the fact that inside of Orchardleigh House is perhaps even more splendid then the outside, so despite the weather it was still a wonderful day for Tom and Tanya.
I met Wasim and Madiha last month to do their Pre-wedding photography in London. Madiha is from United States and while Wasim is a local guy, they are both now in process to moving permanently all the way across the ocean to New York. However London still holds a special place in their hearts, so they asked me to do their pre-wedding photos in this amazing city. We met up in Kensington Gardens for some photos around the park and the pond in the middle of it. Next we visited the usual suspects for pre-wedding shoots in London – The London Eye and Houses of Parliament in Westminster. I was so lucky with the weather that day – the moody skies above London added a very special dimension to the photos..
Earlier this year I once again had to pleasure to visit Botleys Mansion to do wedding photography for Matt and Carolyn, a very lovely couple based in London. It was one of the coldest March’s on record, as you can judge yourselves from the icicles on the fountain, however that wasn’t an obstacle at all for the couple and their guests to fully enjoy their wedding in the magnificent Botleys Mansion. In fact, despite the low temperatures, we even headed out to do some wedding portraits.. I must say Carolyn is one of the bravest brides I had the pleasure to work with. I was freezing there in my coat and all wrapped in a huge scarf, while Carolyn was posing for photos in her dress like it was plus twenty outside…
First of all, apologies for not blogging a single wedding since start of the year. It’s not that I haven’t shot any, it’s because winter for me is album-designing season and this year I had so many albums to do for my lovely clients, that there was no time left for anything else… Throw in a few winter weddings and it’s official – there’s no such thing as off-peak season for me anymore..
Anyway, I’d love to share with you a wedding I was invited to photograph earlier this year. Trevor and Hilary, although living in London, had their eyes set on a very country-ish setting for their wedding, so they chose to get married in Cripps Barn near Bibury in Gloucestershire. It was my first time doing photography in Cripps Barn, and with barns generally being particularly challenging to shoot in (no windows, high ceilings and so on…) I thoroughly enjoyed the day and managed to get some great photos from the action. Overall it was my kind of wedding – everyone enjoying themselves, having a laugh and not bothering too much with overly traditional wedding stuff. I especially loved the surprise song everyone sung together for the new husband and wife right after the ceremony and the traditional Scottish dance later in the night also was something to remember.
2012 is been a truly great year for me and, without doubt, the busiest ever… I have been so lucky to be invited along to capture some amazing wedding adventures and it has been also a very rewarding year, I had my photos featured in many of the top wedding magazines and blogs as well as won some awards from wedding photojournalist association and ISPWP, which made the year even sweeter.
Thanks so much firstly to all thirty couples who have trusted me with their wedding photography and also to the people who where following and appreciating my work throughout the year. THANKS SO MUCH! We now have almost 1500 followers on our Facebook page – they surely can’t all be brides and grooms, so it can only mean that wedding photography is not only a subject of interest for those planning to get married, but also for people who appreciate good photography as such.
I am so excited to share this next wedding with you.. This was something truly special and not so much because of the venue of choice (although Knowlton Court was superb) or the lovely church ceremony, or the beautiful dress, or the amazing attention to details all around, but mostly because of the two people getting married. Richard and Caroline are such a fun and genuine couple, and I was so glad they chose to share their day with me! I loved every bit of their wedding, despite even having to spend almost 9 hours driving that day, it was well worth it at the end.