Eva & Mark’s wedding photography started with preparation photos of the bride and bridesmaids at home. Eva was wearing a personalised dressing gown, and was drinking from a personalised cup with her future married name on it.
I always photograph all the small details, so I find somewhere nice to arrange the wedding shoes with the bouquet
Photographs in the mirror are great, short depth of field defocusing the foreground and emphasising the sharpness of the bride’s face.
A blank section of wall makes a great photo, with the bride ofset to one side (known as a ‘rule of thirds’ composition)
Finding interesting ways of framing a photograph can be fun, here shooting through the banisters of the staircase
The brides’s shoes are often not seen on the day, yet I know a lot of thought goes into them, so i make sure I photograph them.
The bridesmaids each wore a different pastel colour, pink, blue and yellow.
A portrait of the groom, taken with a fast prime lens, f1.8 to really make the background blur, particularly areas where light creates blobs!
The groom with his groomsmen, in front of the church doorway before the wedding ceremony.
The shiney new wedding rings, photographed against a stone surface to show the contrast between textures.
The groom’s buttonhole flower and cravat. The men wore different pastel shades of cravat, pink, blue and yellow.
Mark seemed very relaxed before the wedding, chatting with the guests in the church. any casual unposed times like this make for great photos
I like to find ways of framing photos, here with the tree branches above.
The church had a mezzanine floor that I photographed the entrance of the bride from. With a wide-angle lens this was a very striking image.
The priest at Corpus Christi church, Collier Row, was very welcoming and said I could move to the front when I wanted. Imoved to the front through a side door and took photographs of parents and close family watching the wedding ceremony
The rows of pews make a nice composition as they get increasing defocussed as they get towards the camera.
The wedding party stayed back at the church while a lot of the guests made their way to the reception venue. I took a few of the group photos here. Walking with arms linked made for a fun phtoo The family had made loads of sparkers on sticks, expressly for this photo to be set up! It made for some fun photos!
Back at Top Meadow Golf Club the wedding guests mingled for a good while, while I took casual atmospheric photographs, until the time was right to take the bride and groom away for some photographs around the golf club. Photos of the bride and groom range from very casual, walking photographs, through a little bit of posing. Hopefully the whole time keeping the feel very relaxed and comfortable
this shot came out great, just picking out the blue sky, relaxed posing and wide horizon
One of the bushes was full of blossom, so I made sure to use it for a focus. Anything like this that has a dotty effect comes out especially well with a short depth of field
I made use the the pond at Top Meadow Golf Club, surrounded by tall grasses
Mark and Eva had some light-up initial letters for their reception, they were a great touch
I thought the lace on this cake was a very pretty touch. Also the ribbons tied in to the wedding colours, pink blue and yellow, to match the cravats and bridesmaid’s dresses
Wedding Photography at Top Meadow Golf Club, by Ben Brown of Lavenham Photographic
Ben Brown: Ben Brown is a wedding photographer based on the Essex-Suffolk border. With over 14 years in the industry (and some 500+ weddings to his name) he brings a wealth of knowledge and a relaxed style of photography, along with the skills and experience to help the wedding day run smoothly, capturing all the casual, arranged, formal and informal photographs required by the client, along with the stand-out photos you'll treasure forever.