This is a reblog from my old site on a wedding I shot last year for Jane and Paul, the wedding was at Lyde Court in Hereford on a fantastically sunny day, got to say Lyde court is fast becoming my favourite venue to shoot at, here is the blog, I hope you enjoy.
Mid way through August I had the great pleasure of photographing Jane and Paul's wedding, they had the entire day at Lyde Court, which is a fantastic Wedding venue in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside. Made up form several farmhouses and a stunning barn this venue offered countless opportunities for some great photography and is the perfect setting for a wedding.
The day started at about 10.30, I arrived to get some shots of the finishing touches being put to the venue, meet the Bride and get a feel for where I would be working that day, soon after this it was onto the bridal preparations. One of the farmhouses that make up Lyde Court is handed over to the wedding party on the day, and the room were the preparations was taking place was perfect, two massive windows and white floors and walls meant for some great shots. I carried on doing my thing, only interfering to set a few shots of the dress and shoes, once the bride was ready I headed outside to meet the groom and start getting photographs of the guests.
The day was quickly underway and once all the guests had arrived the bride made her entrance, the weather was most definitely on side that day as it was fantastically sunny, meaning that the wedding could be outside as planned, a fantastic musician was on hand [I'll get his name on here soon] to provide some great music to set the mood and the place looked just great. After the service the guest enjoyed drinks and canapés on the grass and I got to work getting candids of all the guests.
The newly married couple and myself then went a way for a few minutes just to get some posed shots, even though the documentary style is my thing I still like to get a few stages shots of the bride and groom, something for the mantle piece so to speak, these shots literally took about 5 minutes which gave the guests enough time to be seated for their meal, the bride and groom made their entrance, then it was a lunch break for me.
The afternoon saw in more candid photography outside and in, as well as cake cutting and the speeches, by now time was flying by and before I knew it we were on the first dance. Lyde court has an amazing stage, with spot light inside the barn, which allowed for some really great shots, as well as a balcony for a different angle, which allowed me to get a really cool spotlight shot. Straight after the first dance guests got really into the dancing, some great live music [by a band whose name I will also have on here soon!] set the mood and I got to work creating some fun dancing images. This is the most likely stage of the night where I will bring out the flash, I tend to take photos in a similar way to that which I use for live band photography, by dragging the shutter you get all these great blurs of motion which the flash then freezes, great for capturing action.
The night carried on with more dancing and a Hog roast, which is always a winner at a wedding in my book. Overall this was a fantastic day, great fun and fantastic people.
From a photographic point of view I used my usual set up of the 5Dii/100mm and the Fuji XE1/35mm, as well as the X100, given that it was a super sunny day the optical viewfinder of the X100 came in very handy. I also used the Sigma 15-30mm lens quite a bit, I wanted to capture not only the beauty of the building in some of the shots, but the fantastic weather we had as well.
To Jane and Paul, thank you for letting me into your lives on your special day, I wish you a lifetime of happiness.
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