Sunday, 19 May 2013

OLD LUXTERS VINEYARD WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Tamar & Dan chose probably the first warm sunny weekend of the year for their wedding at Old Luxters.  It was so nice to see all the guests outside relaxing in the sunlight, not to mention the guests willingly having their pictures taken without having to dodge the many recent blustery showers we've been experiencing!

Tamar was so very organised on the day; she arrived 20 minutes early at St.Peter's Church in Marlow for the ceremony! With none of the guests yet inside the church, this provided an ideal opportunity for me to suggest some informal pictures of Tamar and her bridesmaids beside the nearby River Thames in Marlow. For good measure we had a lovely vintage boat moor up just as we arrived, which added some extra interest to what was already an amazing backdrop. During this time the ushers hurried all the guests inside the church; Tamar then entered the ceremony at exactly 1pm after her unexpected pre-ceremony trip to the waters edge.

After the ceremony I captured the requested family group pictures in the church grounds, with stunning blossom trees and sunny skies an added bonus. My compliments to Tamar for coordinating the beautiful bridesmaids dresses with the perfect blue skies on the day! As a fun send off I created a confetti aisle with all the guests for Tamar and Dan to leave the church.

I was booked for ten hours on the day, which enabled me to capture a true story book of this lovely fun wedding. The wedding couple and their family and friends were an absolute joy to photograph; they were a lively bunch and provided great fun opportunities for my camera throughout the day.  I'll never forget their evening disco dancing, with the formalities out of the way and the guests no doubt enjoying a few glasses of champagne to banish any dancing jitters. The party really got started with a packed dance floor and some great energetic dancing: perfect for some great natural action shots for me to end the day! 

A big thank you to Tamar & Dan for making me feel so welcome at their wedding; they really were so very appreciative of all my hard work. Working for such appreciative couples like this really makes my job very special, not forgetting to mention the fact they didn't stop smiling happily all day long for my camera! 
  
Old Luxters has new owners since I was last at this gorgeous hilltop venue, and I was pleased to see we now had far more access to the grounds and facilities of the vineyard. The new owners have opened up the house as a luxury bed and breakfast, which was ideal for Tamar and her entourage to get ready on the morning. They now also let us take pictures within the vineyard with its great distant views of the Hambledon valley.

Enjoy your week!
Mark













 



 

 


 








 




 





Sunday, 5 May 2013

TAPLOW HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Gill and Brian chose to get married at my regular stomping ground, Taplow House Hotel. In fact I've just created a brand new display album for the hotel, and some of Gill and Brian's pictures just made it in before I uploaded the album to the manufacturers in Italy. Any couples visiting the hotel from the start of June onwards will be able to see my new 300 picture Graphistudio glossy coffee table display album.

The weather was reasonably kind to us; we managed a few pictures outside before returning in to the warmth of the hotel for some additional family pictures. Gill and Brian were so very laid back on the day, and this really helps when coordinating and organising my pictures. In fact much of the day Brian was entertaining us with his humorous banter. The flower girls were very keen to be in lots of pictures; there was no shyness in front of the camera for my group poses and natural window lit silhouette portraits.

The hot topic of discussion on the day was the yummy looking wedding cake! Everyone from the registrars to the staff and guests were oohing and aahing over Gill and Brian's gorgeous wedding cake.This cake has to be the fastest I've ever seen disappear; I can tell you it was nothing to do with the magician they'd hired for the day! Ian Souch the very talented Marlow magician was making things disappear in front of the guests, though if he'd tried his luck with the cake I think he would have been lynched by the couple and their guests!

Gill and Brian collected their pictures last week, and I'm pleased to report they were thrilled with the results.

This weekend I photographed a stunning horse and carriage military wedding at West Wycombe Park, a selection of the beautiful pictures will be posted on my blog within a few weeks.

Bookings are still coming in thick and fast for this and next year; this week alone I've booked in three weddings for the Dairy at Waddesdon. That has to be a record for one venue in a week for me!

Enjoy your week!
Mark