Monday, 24 September 2012

BAY TREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Weddings can be like buses for me, I don't go to a venue for years then I go there twice in the same week, bizarre! It's not like The Bay Tree is even a local venue, it is an 80 minute drive from my Chesham Studio to the Cotswolds.  There are probably over 100 venues closer to my studio that I've never even attended before!

Sue and Ian were married on a Thursday a few weeks ago, thankfully the weather stayed very nice for the day; there were no showers to dodge this time. They must have done lots of research to find their supplier: Tori Handsley the harpist and Simon Alexander the magician were in attendance on the day, two of the very best professionals in their fields. Sue and Ian wanted to keep the posed pictures to a minimum, so they asked me to capture mostly candid images throughout their wedding day. There are so many stunning backdrops at The Bay Tree; my favourite is their lovely 500 year old grand staircase.

Click this link to see my gallery of weddings at The Bay Tree Hotel.

This Sunday I'm at the Missenden Abbey wedding fair; I hope to see you there.

Here are a selection of images from Sue and Ian's wedding.

Enjoy your week!
Mark






























Wednesday, 19 September 2012

BAY TREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Jo and Matt were married in one of my favourite English towns - they booked the 500 year old Bay Tree Hotel in Burford, a Cotswolds town at its very best! It is quintessentially English in every way.  Last year Forbes magazine voted it the sixth most idyllic place to visit in Europe, and the best place to live in the UK. The Bay Tree won the 'Best Small Hotel' in the UK award from Enjoy England for 2011, and their next door neighbours The Lamb Inn won the 'Best Inn' award, again from Enjoy England.  It sounds like the perfect weekend away once I quieten down this winter! Amazingly Burford is only a small town with no railway station, and a population of only 1,100.  Its big draw is the perfectly preserved Tudor buildings that line the side streets and high street.  The sandstone bricks, stone mullioned windows and uneven tiled roofs look amazing no matter what the weather. This wonderful high street has no modern buildings or chain stores, just great independent shops, pubs and restaurants; it is just like stepping back in time. Whilst I was there the town was ablaze with union jack bunting for the Olympics, which was very dramatic for pictures once lit with sunlight and mixed with the dark black clouds and cotswold stone, wow!

Jo and Matt's wedding was blessed with plenty of sunny spells between the nasty black rain clouds that have been all too common this summer. I've had to become quite the expert for working at breakneck speed during the few sunny spells that we've been getting this year. The guests relaxed in the walled gardens of the hotel whilst I took lots of reportage pictures, followed by the essential family group pictures. Matt decided to have two best men.  A few years ago this was almost unheard of, and now probably every third wedding I attend has 2-3 best men; it certainly helps to share the often stressful responsibilities of the day. I stayed through until the first dance, and thankfully the worst of the rain didn't happen until I was safely home. What is really bizarre is that I'd not been to The Bay Tree for about 5 years, yet my very next wedding on the following Thursday was back at the hotel.  Hopefully I'll be back to this lovely hotel a little more often in future.

Don't forget I'm at the Taplow House Hotel wedding fair this Sunday, 23/9/12.

Click here to view my Bay Tree Wedding Photography Gallery

Here are a selection of the pictures from Jo and Matt's wedding.

Enjoy your week!
Mark