Tuesday, 31 December 2013

THE DAIRY - WADDEDSDON MANOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Becky and Steve's wedding took place on a glorious sunny winter's day at the Dairy at Waddesdon. I can't believe how lucky we were with the weather; I love working with low winter sunlight! Breathtakingly beautiful, the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor offers a wonderful location for a wedding at any time of year. Every time I photograph a wedding at the Dairy I discover new backdrops; the attention to detail everywhere and the sheer number of picture opportunities is fantastic.

Becky looked radiant as her sons led her into the civil ceremony. With continuous rays of warm sunlight streaming through the windows during the ceremony it was hard to believe Christmas was approaching.

After the ceremony we went straight into the pictures to make the most of the remaining afternoon sunlight, and we dashed from one backdrop to another before the sun vanished over the trees. It was so soggy underfoot in the areas we planned to use that Becky and Steve brought their wellies; they were not going to let the muddy conditions put a dampener on their picture wishes!   

Later in the day the wedding developed a very distinct Take That theme, as Becky is a big fan of the boy band. She had arranged masks for the guys at the top table of each of her idols, and towards the end of the meal the singing waiters were belting out the band's big hits. By the end of the meal they had everyone up from their seats dancing and waving their napkins; the champagne and party atmosphere was clearly doing the trick!

I stayed for most of the day to capture the evening guests and a few of my signature floodlit poses. My favourite shots of the day are the ones I captured at dusk with the full moon.

Becky and Steve were just about the nicest couple I could wish to photograph for one of my last weddings of the year. They were so appreciative of my work on the day; also their friendly easy going manner certainly made my job a pleasure. 


This was my sixth wedding of the year at the Dairy, next year looks even busier with eight booked in so far for the venue. A big thank you as always to the staff for recommending me for the past 12 years.

I hope you like the pictures!

Happy New Year!

Mark














































Monday, 16 December 2013

SCULPTURE GALLERY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, WOBURN ABBEY

Victoria and Dan were married a few weeks ago at the very grand Buckingham Parish Church, and their reception followed at the truly amazing Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey. Over the years I've photographed several weddings there, though the last one I attended was probably 6 years ago. I was quite excited about returning to this beautiful lakeside location! Victoria and Dan said I was the very first photographer they'd met at their first of several wedding shows, so I was very flattered when they came back a few months later and said they loved my approach and style of work and would like to book me!

Woburn Abbey was founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. It was taken by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford in 1547, when it became the seat of the Russell Family and the Dukes of Bedford. Woburn Abbey has now been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years, and today it is occupied by the 15th Duke and his family. The Abbey lies at the heart of an Estate whose activities are many and varied. Woburn is a special place full of history, ancient tales and beautiful objects, set in a beautiful 3,000 acre deer park, with 10 species of deer roaming free. Anna Maria, the wife of the 7th Duke, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England. Notable royal visitors include Elizabeth I, Charles I, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Fast forward several hundred years, Victoria and Dan's stunning wedding reception at the Sculpture Gallery was every bit as glamorous as I could have hoped for, and the attention to detail was apparent everywhere. Victoria looked truly wonderful in her full length wedding dress, and her radiant smiles were were just non stop throughout the whole day. They were keen for me to capture as many backdrops as possible during the day whilst capturing the events unfolding. We were even lucky enough to have about 20 minutes of blue skies on the mostly overcast day, so you can be sure I maximised these fleeting opportunities!

Victoria and Dan were also particularly keen for me to capture a few of my signature floodlit shots at dusk. Frustratingly for them the light is only ever perfect for a few minutes, and that moment happened whilst they were were enjoying their meal - the light waits for nobody! They were so determined to capture these images that without hesitation they were up from their seats and in front of my camera in the gardens like a shot! I'm pleased to report the results were well worth the effort. I would rate my favourite as being one of my top ten images of the year.

Thank you to Victoria and Dan for being so appreciative on the day, also for looking after me so well with the most wonderful meal. Your wedding was a pleasure to photograph, and your warm personalities certainly came through in the final results.


Enjoy your week!
Mark