Natural Wedding Photography at Launde Abbey | Nina & Erik

Nina and Erik's wedding took place in the stunning and very rural Rutland, England's smallest county just east of Leicestershire. The entire day was great for wedding photography, observing the somewhat different Dutch and English cultures mingling throughout the proceedings really gave this reportage wedding photography coverage a distinctive tone.

I'm incredibly pleased with the body of work produced alongside Ian despite the weather being a little patchy however, both venues were great for light and space so the rain was never really an issue, some of my favourite wedding photographs of the year were created during the day, with some particularly strong black and white images.

Nina and Erik's marriage ceremony took place at St Peter's and St Paul's church in Exton with their wedding reception at Launde Abbey.

It was relatively non-stop coverage for us as there were five speeches during the three course meal in addition to the couple having to stand on their chairs and kiss quickly, followed by another quick kiss under the table every time wedding guests tapped cutlery on crockery, which happened often. It was quite amusing.

There were other quirky traditions too such as a shoe game during the bridesmaid's speech whereby the couple stand back to back so that they can't see each other raising a shoe to certain true or false questions regarding each other, not forgetting all of the men or all of the women running to kiss the bride or groom when either Erik or Nina had nipped to the loo! These fun little traditions and quirks really made the storytelling aspect of our coverage.

Erik is almost certainly seven foot tall and Nina closer to five and a half, so it made for some interesting compositions and scenarios. I remember being genuinely impressed when Erik quite literally folded himself up to get into his father in-law's tiny MG convertible after the ceremony.

A great wedding, a perfect couple and a truly inspiring event to document.

Below are just a few of my very favourites.