Yesterday I was very fortunate to be asked by my very good friend Sean O’Shaughnessy who is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Sollihull his website is http://essayphotography.co.uk/
Sean was asked by friends to photograph their wedding at the very popular and beautiful wedding venue, Hotel Du Vin in Birmingham, a venue Sean knows I have wanted to shoot for a long time. Sean asked if I fancied ‘coming out to play’ After a bit of grovelling to Mrs P, I had a hall pass allowing me out for the day and hopped on a train armed with a very limited selection of kit to play with.
Hotel Du Vin in Birmingham is an amazing wedding venue however parking is limited so I carefully selected just 2 lenses (although I only used one all day long) and 2 lights, all of which I managed to pack in my my much loved Lowepro travel pak mini back pack. Snow Hill station is about a 4 minute walk from the hotel so it worked out perfectly.
The wedding itself was very informal and the couple – Martin and Sara wanted a few ‘great’ photos and just some shots of guests enjoying themselves. Between Sean and myself they got this and then some, the coverage of the actual wedding ceremony was amazing, the wedding took place at 4:30 so there was no natural light to speak of, but Sean and I both have top of the range Nikon Cameras and very fast lenses that allow beautifully for low light shooting. The Registrars at Birmingham were amazing and allowed us free Raine as long as we didn’t use flash, its so refreshing to find such understanding and willing to work together registrars, so thanks to then.
My brief for the day was to show off the venue and create some of the ‘Signature’ style images I love to shoot featuring the Hotel Du Vin. The inside of the hotel is like a 1940′s New York City hotel, its full of amazing features but its very dark, if your (as a photographer) not careful you can loose all of the attraction and character of the venue by using flash that just sucks all the ambiance out of the place. Because of this I got there an hour early, met up with Sean and we sent that time working out how we would approach the lighting. One thing we wanted to do was capture the fact it was Christmas and some of the Christmas trees and decorations around the hotel
I left at 8pm as there was no formal speeches or meal and Sean was staying to cover the evening. I could not wait to get home to view the images we created, and I was not disappointed !!!!!
The following images are some of the Signature images from the day and have been edited on my laptop therefor the colours might not quite be as crisp as they should be !
Many thanks to Sean, Martin and Sara for allowing me to play and spend some time shooting at a truly amazing wedding venue.
A few wedding photos from Hotel Du Vin Birmingham
The Ceremony Room at Hotel Du Vin
For the group shot we utilized the double stair case in the lobby
Then it was time for some Bride and Groom Signature Images
I love this shot, its in the TINY lift !!!!
(reminded me of one of Soukie’s stories – a Squish and a Squeeze)
Hope you like,