Lesley and the girls were getting ready just around the corner at Groton Manor Farm, so I started my shoot there, starting with details of the dress, shoes etc and capturing the events in a mixture of candid and more arranged styles.
The softness of the flowers photographed against a hard brick texture, brings a nice contrast. The short depth of field against the bush behind bringing out the subject from the background. This casual shot to me stands out as even better than the arranged photo looking towards the camera. It’s nice to look for these moments as an aside to the arranged ones.
I thought this angle looked really pretty for a backdrop for the bridesmaids photos before the wedding ceremony- the short depth of field on the distant pink bush has lovely romantic country look.
Dove Barn is a lovely bright space for weddings, meaning I can usually shoot without flash, however if I do need to use flash, I bounce it off a hugh ceiling, like this shot here of the bride & groom coming down the aisle – the lighting is so natural you’d assume it was natural light.
I go through a range of styles of photography, often more posed or arranged shots, but always starting with the very un-posed. Certainly a photo of the bride & groom walking is the most un-posed photo possible. The long path at Dove Barn, lined with trees is great for the natural, walking photos.