Tuesday, 29 January 2013

CROWN AT CUDDINGTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Holly and Phil were married on the Wednesday just before Christmas at Weedon chapel, they had invited just their very closest family and friends to the intimate ceremony and reception. This was followed by a big party for extended family and friends on the Saturday. Sadly I was only able to attend on the Thursday; the very next day I was on a flight to Canada for a well earned Christmas break! Weedon is a very pretty village not far from Aylesbury, and it has probably been about five years since I last photographed a wedding there.

Holly looked beautiful in her stunning full length wedding gown; her bridesmaids also looked fabulous in their festive deep red dresses. I was fully aware that the dresses were all to be worn again at the Saturday party, so the damp conditions meant I was working indoors most of the time. Thankfully Holly's parents' nearby farm cottage, the chapel and the reception at the Crown in Cuddington were all great for picture opportunities. Holly and Phil were amazingly relaxed in front of the camera, and the smiles really showed how happy they were to be married.

The Crown in Cuddington was such a perfect choice for a cosy small wedding reception, the 350 year old pub is packed full of olde world charm. The guests were were certainly more than happy to gather and chat around the inglenook log fireplace with their warming drinks before the meal; I don't think you can beat a traditional English pub on a harsh winter's rainy day! The Christmas trees and decorations also added a festive sparkle to the pictures; this was one very special winter wedding.

Since the wedding I've received glowing compliments for my work from both Holly's parents and the happy couple.

This coming Sunday 3rd February, I'll be attending the Taplow House wedding show in Maidenhead. The doors are open from noon till 3.30. This show is well worth attending; there are usually 25-30 exhibitors. Hope to see you on Sunday!

Enjoy your week!
Mark






















Friday, 18 January 2013

DANESFIELD HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Deane and Andy chose the beautiful Danesfield House Hotel near Henley for their Christmas wedding. We were hoping for the same frosty conditions we had for our pre-wedding meet at the venue (thankfully I had my camera), but sadly this didn't happen on the day!  Luckily,  Danesfield House doesn't get much better for interior picture options, the Great Hall and Versailles Room with their 30ft high ceilings are unbelievable! Not to mention the stunning period features that appear at every turn throughout the rest of the hotel. The many beautiful Christmas trees and decorations just added to this very special location and gorgeous wedding.

Deanne and Andy opted for a very smart black tie dress code; the ladies also went to town with their glamorous evening dresses. 

Deane is a big fan of black and white photography, and Danesfield House really lends itself to this approach. Black and white always has a really timeless feel to it, creating a magical mood and atmosphere. 

The civil wedding ceremony was followed by a very relaxed drinks reception in the Great Hall. The wedding guests were a pleasure to photograph; being the 28th December they were no doubt still in festive party mode. After lots of fun reportage pictures, I managed to tempt a brave Deanne outdoors with her bridesmaids for a couple of pictures in the damp soggy gardens. We hurried outside once there was a break in the clouds; it would have been such a shame not to have captured a few pictures in the wonderful grounds of the hotel. With the black clouds reappearing after a few poses, we dashed back indoors to the warmth of the log fire in the Great Hall. During the wedding breakfast Deanne and Andy had a surprise treat for their wedding guests; they had booked a very talented group of singing waiters. It didn't take before all their guests were singing along, and joining in with the singing waiters' cheeky banter. As a photographer, this really provides great opportunities for those off guard candid moments.

Deane and Andy booked me to stay to capture some of my evening floodlit pictures and the dancing. 

This was my last wedding of 2012, it was certainly a very memorable wedding to finish the year on. Deanne and Andy had cut no corners for their amazing wedding day at Danesfield House.

Working with me on the day was the very talented videographer Barry Weare from Cookham.

Enjoy your week!
Mark