Sophie and Tom’s wedding photography started with preparation photos at the Swan. you can already tell it’s going to be a great wedding when the theme comes together in the form of details and styke of dress, flowers etc.
The photography always starts with photos that set the scene, so I started with photos showing the location, the Swan Hotel sign and classic Lavenham backdrop.
The wedding ceremony at Bulmer Church, Suffolk looks great in black and white. Unless I’m expressly invited to the front of the church by the vicar, I usually photograph a church wedding ceremony from the back of the aisle, unlike a civil ceremony where I’d take a position at the front.
At a church wedding I will usually arrange a few group photos, just the smaller groups, perhaps parents, siblings, ushers and bridesmaids, and then the larger groups at the reception, once everyone has had time to mingle for a while.
At church weddings I’ll usualy arrange a confetti photo as the last thing we do before heading off to the reception. At Bulmer Church this was also a good time to get photographs of the bride and groom walking together,
After a while mingling (a great opportunity for casual atmospheric photos too) I approach the bride and groom and suggest we start the formal family group photos. These can be as breif or as lengthy as required.
Once the group photos have been taken it’s nice to take the bride and groom off for a stroll around the grounds. Photos of the happy couple go through a range of styles, starting with walking hand-in-hand, which I think of as the most casual photos possible. Smeetham hall has an amazing numer of roses in bloom on this weekend!
Composing the photograph with the bride and groom set off to one side (The ‘rule of thirds’ principle) makes for a pleasing composition, especially with other elements on the other side of the photograph, like these flowers.
For a change of lighting, a shady spot under the tree is nice. Short depth of field keeping the background fuzzy, I love to keep the subject sharp but also something else in the focal plane is great, like the bark on the tree.
My favourite photographs from this wedding are the photographs we took in the shade of the driveway at Smeetham Hall. Here I used my remote lighting setup to light the bride and groom. This lighting really lifts sthe subject from the background, plus adds depth and texture. the speckled light onthe floor throught trees looks great too! Lavenham Photographic, Wedding Photographer ,Smeetham Hall, Suffolk