I’m very fond of this image. Produced during the later stages of the day at one of my favourite Somerset wedding venues – Orchardleigh House on the outskirts of Frome.
For me, the early evening can be such a rewarding part of the day to photograph, all the nervous anticipation that has been building up for months has gone, the ceremony and speeches are now in the past and it’s time for the couple to let their hair down. It is always a (very) merry atmosphere.
Essentially, the first dance symbolises the day evolving from wedding to party.
I love shooting from a low angle with certain subjects – a perspective that often gives people much more confidence in the frame and subsequently produces images with that extra wow-factor, the technique has worked perfectly in this instance.
The dress falling the way it did was incredibly lucky and really finishes this fantastic image.
Camera and Lens Info:
Camera ● Canon 5D Mark 3
Lens ● 16-35 2.8 @ 16mm
Aperture ● F2.8
ISO ● 4000
Shutter ● 200th
Holly and Doug’s wedding in central London was a highly memorable one, it was not a small wedding by any means and yet it retained that personal vibe from start to finish. A truly great crowd, some spectacular venues and amazing weather to boot make this wedding one of my favourites of the year to date!
I first met Holly and Doug over a coffee late last year, they struck me then as particularly relaxed and up for having lots of fun at their wedding… when Barry White began playing mid-main course Holly had the entire top table up and dancing in front of their cheering guests, still chewing. It pretty much summed up the day! This casual, fun attitude made for a such a great atmosphere to work in.
I photographed alongside my colleague Ian Martindale during Holly and Doug’s wedding, this allowed us to create a particularly comprehensive collection of images for the couple and their families. A family heirloom if you will.
Here are just a few of my very favourites from this charming and memorable wedding in central London.