Category Archives: Recent Weddings

Sneak Peek – The wedding of Tamzin and Neil – Rhos y Gilwen Pembrokeshire

Hello there,

Just a quick sneak peek today – Yesterday I was down in Pembrokeshire for a fabulous wedding, it was the wedding of Tamzin and Neil – I shot Tamzin’s sisters, Zoe’s  wedding 4 years ago so was delighted to be asked back to shoot Tamzin’s big day.

I have to shoot out for a couple of shoots today so this as said is just a quick sneak peek

The highlights !

Neil and Mum before the wedding

pembrokeshire wedding photography

Tamzin arriving at the church

beautiful black and white wedding photos

Tamzin being pipped into church

Tamzin getting married

The wedding – I know Tamzin has her eyes closed but I LOVE this pic 🙂

tamzin and neil wedding photos

The photo Sue helped me create – Thanks Sue !

Kissing outside church photo

The Beautiful Miss Ella

Flower girl photo

The photo the guy with the sword helped me make !!!!!

(Look on Tamzin’s Veil – you will see the top of the bottle and the cork – this is not a photoshop trick – this is actually caught in the camera)

amazing wedding photos

 

Congratulations to Tamzin and Neil

It was so nice to see so many faces I remember, what a GREAT day !

 

 

Birstmorton Court Wedding Photography – Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week – June 23rd 20112

Hello there,

This weeks photo of the week comes from the amazing wedding of Helen and Jon which took place at the stunning Birstmorton Court wedding venue nr Malvern in Worcestershire

Yesterday was another very challenging day weather wise – I will be doing a full blog story shortly but a HUGE thanks goes out to the amazing venue staff, especially Sophie who really looked after us like kings and queens – if thats how they look after the hired help I can only imagine that the bride and groom and all their guests felt like nothing on earth as the hospitality was second to NONE, and I dont say that lightly.

Anyway the photos for the couple were a challenge as it rained quite heavily all day, you would have heard me say time and time before that if it rains on your wedding day that is NO excuse for your photgrapher not getting great shots for you and your album.  Well later when you see more photos – I might add a few more after my next shoot – you will see we pulled off some amazing photos despite the weather.

But to the photo of the week – Birstmorton Court has a lake around it, and the couple had fireworks.  The fireworks were on one side of the lake and the couple and guests were on the other.  We positioned the couple slightly in front of the guests and in front of a portable 600 Watt second studio light – we tested our exposure to get the couple perfectly lit in the dark and then waited for the fireworks to begin.

we had many great photos, but my personal favorite was this one

Its a 12 second exposure and shot at F16 at 200 ISO – it was shot at 16mm’s on a wide angle lens

hope you like

fireworks at birstmorton court

EDITED Monday 25th June

As promised here are a few more photos from the amazing Birstmorton Court Wedding Venue

Birstmorton Court Wedding Venue

the marquee at birstmorton set up for a wedding

function room at birstmorton court wedding venue

photo of a dress hanging up in the garden house of Birstmorton Court Malvern

As it rained most of the day we only got out to the white garden later at night, the couple challenged me to come up with something since we had no light really, this is what we did quickly before we ran off for a few more signature style images then fireworks

night time wedding photos at birstmorton court wedding venue

If you know the venue, at the back of Birstmorton Court is a fabulous garden, at the very far end is a stunning gate which Helen wanted photos with, again it had rained all day so we missed out on that but while we there there, I positioned her just inside the white garden and then shot a few shots with Mark (My assistant) holding a light just the other side – its hard to see for those who dont know the gate but if you do, you would instantly recognize it – its kind of a different take on the gate photo but I think it makes Helen look magnificent

the white garden at birst morton court

views from birstmorton court over the malvern hills

last but not least is Helen’s Favorite shot from the whole day – we had the greatest Vicar who when I asked if I could shoot the garter shot in church said, God created women so he would not mind – I had not expected so much leg but as a full blooded male I didnt mind,  When Helen saw this shot in the slideshow she was delighted with it !!!!!

photo from inside birstmorton church

and not knowing if I prefer black and white or colour, here is both side by side, you choose

black and white photos inside church

Naturally all of these images are one created with off camera lighting etc, I will be posting the full blog story shortly which will show the whole day off better, but wanted to share a few amazing shots from Helen and John’s amazing wedding

Brokencoat Hall Wedding Photography – Alison & Mark

Hello there,

The first of of a couple of sneak peeks comes from the fantastic wedding of Alison and Mark which took place at the beautiful Worcestershire wedding venue of Brokencoat Hall in Chaddesley Corbett nr Kidderminster – or just 10 minutes from my house 🙂

This has been a funny few weeks, it has rained at pretty much ever wedding I have attended so the photos we took were kind of dictated to us by the weather, lucky for me however my brides are hardy souls and were all up for popping out for some photos even in the rain or the wet.

Brokencoat Hall is an amazing backdrop for photographs however although my couple for the day were up for anything you have to think about all those beautiful shoes the female guests wear so we ended up doing most of our photos inside.  Bad weather is NEVER an excuse for a photographer not getting great photos or it should not be, so when we got a break in the rain and wet weather, we shot outside and took a good few signature style photos.

Here are a few photos from the day, more later with the blog story but a sneak peek for Alison and Mark.

Ciao

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brokencoat hall wedding venue in worcestershire

couple getting married at brokencoat hall worcestershire

LOVE the look on this little boys face !!!!!

boy handing over ring to bride

Some couples magic shots

night time photo of broken coat hall hotel

night time photo at brokencoat hotel worcestershire

external shot of brokencoat hall

Congratulations to Alison and Mark and thanks for being such troopers and coming out to play in the wet !

ciao

dp

Swinfen Hall Wedding Photography

Photo of the Week – June 17th 2012

Hello there,  A little bit of time travel magic again this week, as June 17th’s photo of the week was actually taken on the 18th of June, I was pretty busy that I missed posting.

This weeks photo of the week come from the amazing wedding of Cymonie & Mark who were getting married at The breathtaking  Swinfen Hall Hotel in Litchfield.  I really enjoyed this wedding as I was not technically the lead photographer, the wedding booking had been taking by a very good friend of mine, a Birmingham based wedding photographer called Paul Goode from Paul Goode Photography Paul and I often work with one and other if we have free time, he will tag along with me and I tag along with him, that way we get to try out new things and if it does not work the couple have lost nothing.

I had on my Artsy Fartsy head and aimed to shoot the whole day looking for little bits of magic,  I also wanted to shoot the whole day using an ultra wide angle lens.

Anyway let me first start off showing you the photo then giving you a little background about it.

a couple getting married at swinfen hall hotel in litchfield

Okay, the effects on this photo are pretty much shot in camera, no special effects or photoshop magic here. Some of you will be looking at this photo and thinking hummmm thats nothing special and I hope some of you will be looking at it and saying to yourself, WOW thats amazing.  The only photoshop was the black and white conversion and a little adding of film grain.

so here is some background.

As I mentioned the couple got married at Swinfen Hall Hotel, the entire outside was had paper bag lanterns on the ground, I didnt really get any closeup shots of the bags and normally they only look good in the photos once lit.  The bags had something akin to a snowflake cut out patten on them

While Paul was setting up for the group shots, I took this wide angle shot more for testing light than anything else but it shows one of the bags.

The back of Swinfen Hall Hotel

After I took this photo, I walked down the stairs to the grass area below to see what a wide angle shot would look like, as i walked back up I noticed the bag and the patten, I took a quick test shot to see if I could pull off the effect I wanted, here it is

looking thru bag

Checking it out on the back of the camera, I knew it would work, so went ahead and got a lot closer and shot the photo at the top of this post.

The thing (in my mind about this photos is this) Cymone had spent a long time planning every little detail of the day, these lanterns were part of her preparation and therefor its a detail shot that has lots of meaning to the couple.

later that night we also did some of my Signature style shots which made full use of the grounds and the amazing venue.

here are a couple

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night time photo fo swinfen hall wedding venue

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black and white wedding photo

amazing first dance wedding photos

wedding photography in staffordshire - first dance photos

ciao

dp