Wednesday, 30 May 2012

TAPLOW HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

This is without doubt the hotel I have visited the most over the past 15 years, since they started recommending me I've attended over 140 weddings at the hotel. It really is like a second home to me; I know most of the staff and all the great backdrops for pictures.

A couple of weeks ago I photographed the wedding of Alice and Rob.  Their ceremony was at Taplow parish church, followed by the drinks reception and meal at the hotel. The lawns were a little damp for pictures, but thankfully both the church and the hotel had plenty of indoor options. The wedding was nice and relaxed throughout, and my brief was to capture the necessary group pictures and lots of candid shots of the couple and their guests. You can see over 200 images of Taplow House on my 'Select-A-Venue' website galleries.

In the last couple of weeks I've attended weddings at Chartridge, Compleat Angler, The Beaumont Estate, Missenden Abbey and a second wedding at Taplow House, blogs to follow:

Here are a few pictures from the wedding of Alice and Rob.

Enjoy your week!
Mark




















Thursday, 17 May 2012

CHATEAU BRAMETOURTE PHOTO-SHOOT, FRANCE

A few weeks ago I was commissioned to take pictures at one of the most stunning places I've ever worked, Chateau Brametourte in the Tarn, south-west France. I just adore historical buildings, so to get this commission was heaven for me. I photograph lots of office and shop interiors every month, so this was such a welcome change of scenery for me.

The chateau has high ceilings, turrets, towers, stone spiral staircases, arrow-slit windows, gothic arches, escape tunnels, even a resident ghost! I was there for a few days taking pictures for their marketing purposes. I've renovated several very old houses in England over the years, though nothing on this scale. It was so fascinating for me to stay and work in such a stunningly restored chateau. The views from its lofty hilltop position were out of this world, and I think I'll be back soon as a fully paid up guest to this lovely bed and breakfast chateau.

The 11th century chateau, medieval home of the Viscounts of Lautrec, has a bloody history stretching back 900 years. This ‘batiment’ was developed over five centuries until it became a fortified castle complete with grand gothic and renaissance fireplaces, a central cobbled courtyard with gothic arches and four look-out towers. The fort was surrounded by a deep dry moat and underneath, its substantial cellars contained food and wine storage areas and dungeons as well as an entrance to an underground escape tunnel that came out in the local village church. Thus, during the turbulent medieval centuries, the occupants of Ch√Ęteau Brametourte were able to defend themselves within the walls for many months, confident in the knowledge of a secret escape route if required. Such a strong hold was vital during the turbulent medieval ages of Cathar martyrdom, land seizures by Knights of the Templar and feudal battles between local war lords.

Left frozen in time following the 16th century religious wars, it has been sensitively restored, using traditional and sustainable methods. Each room is furnished with elegant antiques and luxurious silks, satins and tapestries with private bathrooms and stunning reception rooms. Encompassing the chateau is 25 hectares of private woods, gardens and meadows. The medieval hilltop village of Lautrec is just 5 minutes away. The castle enjoys a much more peaceful existence these days; Alison and Paul, the English owners, now host wedding receptions and offer truly luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation to visitors.

I almost forgot to mention! As of today my brand new website is live, there are more pictures than ever in my Select-A-Venue wedding galleries, with many more reception venues to follow soon.

I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures.

Enjoy your week!
Mark















 












 








Tuesday, 8 May 2012

STOKE PARK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

I've just time to catch my breath and write this latest blog, it's now totally manic here at the studio!  As always the main wedding season has kicked in! This weekend I attended Friday and Sunday weddings at Taplow House Hotel, the previous week I was at Stoke Park for a wedding.  Sandwiched in between I was commissioned to take architectural interiors of Chateau Bramatourte in the Tarn, south west France. I'm also busy with family portraits in the bluebells, so it's 7 day weeks at present.

The wedding of Nicky and Alan at Stoke Park was sadly shrouded in cloud as most of the weddings have been over the last 6 weeks, though on the day I could see some distant blue skies heading our way. I suggested we switch the schedule, so after our impromptu discussion they had their drinks and relaxing time straight after the ceremony. I just had to pray the the small patch of blue skies would come our way, and not the nasty black rain clouds which were also equal distance on the horizon! Twenty nervous minutes passed, then bingo we had our perfect blue skies, phew!

We jumped onto the Stoke Park buggies and dashed off to take pictures by the bridge.  Their guests have since commented, 'How did you manage the blue skies in your pictures on such a dark day'!  Nicky and Alan's wedding was a real pleasure to photograph: the pictures were really important to the couple, and their great easy going and enthusiastic nature meant they were up for any of my suggestions, though I do think they were way too trusting on my meteorological skills!

Here are a few of their pictures:

Enjoy your week!
Mark