Dewsall court in the Herefordshire countryside is one of my favourite venues to shoot at, when you pair this awesome location with a great wedding you'll have one fantastic weekend.
I met Scott and Nicole in Hereford last year where we talked over coffee about their wedding and what they had planned for the day, a nice size wedding of just under 70 people, all held at Dewsall, just a nice chilled out day with good company.
My day started a little different from normal in that I headed up to Dewsall the evening before to take a few images of the ceremony they were having before the wedding day, the weather in the evening gave a few clues that the next day would be perfect, and we weren't disappointed.
The wedding day started with everyone else arriving, getting ready and generally making everything looks awesome, flowers were delivered and the barn was setup for the wedding breakfast, then the bridal prep began.
I absolutely love shooting at Dewsall Court as everything is in once place, just park up and enjoy the day, perfect. It was soon time for the guests to head to the church while I grabbed some shots of Nicole and her bridesmaids as well as her father seeing her for the first time, I then headed inside the church, found my spot and the ceremony began.
The church at dewsall is a fantastic little place with a very intimate feel, and luckily for me I was free to stand and move wherever I needed, this allowed me to head up the aisle to the back of the church just before the end to get the shot you saw at the top of the post, often as a wedding photographer you have to make the decision to either move and get the shot or stay to the side and miss it. I'll always move to get that shot, in the years to come no one will ever remember me walking to the back of the church, but they will have that photo.
After the ceremony we headed back up to the main house for drinks and canapés, the over to the barn for the wedding breakfast. Scott and Nicole opted for an almost entirely documentary wedding, so we grabbed one shot of everyone at the church (where I was precariously balancing on a not very stable wall) and a few portraits and that was it.
The breakfast was started off with the speeches which were all fantastic and the groom, who wrote a poem was one of the best speeches I've ever heard. The evening soon rolled around which was headed with a band and many awesome dance moves, all in all an incredible day with some lovely people.
Gear wise for this wedding I used the 23mm/56mm combo on my XE2's with the fisheye coming out to play in the evening, I also did a few shots with the instax which is a great way to give people some photos right then and there.
That was the night, now onto the wedding day itself...