Buxted Park Wedding Photos

Buxted Park Hotel
Vicky & Chris

Buxted Park Wedding
They say ‘The truth of a story lies in the details’, and that’s certainly true when it comes to the story of two people in love saying ‘I do’. A happy couple’s wedding day is but a chapter in their lives together as a whole, but as a single day, it’s a story all of its own.
Buxted Park Wedding

A story that usually requires a great deal of preparation of course, including months of planning to make sure everything goes perfectly and that all the details are in place. Often though, for the happy couple, when the big day arrives, it is so full of excitement and well wishers and celebrating, it’s hard to take in all the little touches they’ve worked so hard on. When I photograph a wedding, my job is to capture all of those beautiful details that have been so carefully crafted, so that the newlyweds can enjoy their story and share it with their loved ones for years to come.
Buxted Park Wedding

The details at Vicky and Chris’ wedding were plentiful and wonderful, with so many personal touches that made their day so uniquely their own – from the wonderful E Type Jaguar that took Vicky to the Buxted Park Hotel, to her Cardiff City garter that served as a quirky ‘something blue’. It’s a real privilege to take photos that could only belong to the particular happy couple in question; the sort of photos that really personalise a wedding album and make it one to treasure.

However much planning goes on ahead of time though, there are of course things you can’t control – namely the weather in this case! But it’s all about perspective, and Vicky and Chris had exactly the right attitude, braving the rain with a delicate pink umbrella for what actually turned out to be one of my personal favourite outdoor shots of the day.

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Fusion Wedding Photography

Nonsuch Mansion
Sumi & Simon

Hindu Fusion Nonsuch Wedding
The sun came out for Sumi and Simon’s wedding this summer which is just as well, as this globe-trotting couple are used to the hot hot heat of the Middle East!

Set in the lavish grounds of Epsom’s Nonsuch Mansion, this was a traditional English garden wedding with a difference, complete with mason jars packed with peonies, a towering white wedding cake and personal touches such as the drummers who welcomed guests to the ceremony.
Hindu Fusion Nonsuch Wedding

From the very start of the day, you could see how special this day was to Sumi, Simon and their families. They have been living in Qatar and their beautiful wedding was the perfect opportunity to reconnect with loved ones who they hadn’t seen in a while. You can see this emotion in the proud faces of Sumi’s parents, and the huge smiles of the wedding party.

To honour Sumi’s heritage, the bride wore traditional Henna on her hand, and the groom cracked a coconut following the wedding ceremony inside the magnificent, Grade II listed Mansion.
Hindu Fusion Nonsuch Wedding

After the ceremony, the guests really let their hair down, with loads of laughter and dancing among family and friends. Amazingly, the sun stayed out for the whole day, so we were able to get plenty of photos of family and friends all over the grand gardens which surround the venue.

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tonehouse Court Hotel Wedding

A Wedding at the Stonehouse Court Hotel
Alicia & Tom

Stonehouse Court Hotel WeddingI enjoy traveling and covering venues new to me. Surrey and Sussex are my common haunts but I’ll jump at the chance to work further afield, so when I was asked to cover Mr and Mrs Eight’s wedding at the Stonehouse Court Hotel in the Cotswolds I was eager to do so.

Truth be told they aren’t technically Mr and Mrs Eight, Tom plays Football and has been number 8 for years so Alicia picked up the title of Mrs Eight in the process…

Stonehouse Court Hotel WeddingWhat was also cute is that they had their 10 year old dog ‘Mouse’ with them for most of the day. As a dog owner too it’s an important thing for us because they’re like children too. I was forever looking out for mouse though and was often wandering off to make sure I knew where they had got to (which wasn’t far).

Everything took place at Stonehouse Court Hotel and as with most weddings further away from me I stayed there the night before.

The wedding went off without a hitch and we used the lake nearby for some great shots. It was also that time of year when ducklings were rife. They came up to us acting quite inquisitive only to be followed by a MASSIVE swan at which point it was decided that stepping away from the bank was a good idea. 😀

Stonehouse Court Hotel WeddingIt was a great day and even though I’d not met Alicia and Tom before the day I felt as if I’d known them for years on arrival.

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Notley Abbey Wedding Photography

Notley Abbey
Sarah & Ian

Notley Abbey Vintage Wedding‘Our first date was at Costa’ was one of the things Sarah said to me during their engagement shoot last month. ‘They’re also making our wedding cake because of it’.

And this they did, Costa made them a huge wedding cake!

Sarah and Ian were married a couple of weeks ago at St Mary’s in Haddenham with their reception and evening do at Notley Abbey.

I love this place. I’ve covered a lot of the Bijou wedding venues but this is my favourite, I love the setting, the lavender the way the light falls, the river and it has some of the nicest staff in the industry.

Notley Abbey Vintage WeddingThis was a very colourful and stylish wedding. I’m guessing, but I think Sarah’s dress was a Jenny Packham number which was very classic and vintage in design. Her flowers were a lovely mix of pinks and whites with feathers in (something I don’t often see) and this was a lovely contrast between the vibrant getting ready colours of the dressing gowns in the morning.

It rained, but this added more to the day than it took away and halfway through the ceremony at St Mary’s church the sun came out and the skies cleared of cloud.

Notley Abbey Vintage WeddingOnce at Notley Abbey we took photos by the lake and then I was told about the hedge you can walk through…I always thought it was just a hedge but it’s more like a hedge with a tunnel and we had some photos there too.

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Farbridge Wedding Photography

A Glorious Summer Wedding at Farbridge Barn
Katie & James

FarbridgeHere is Kate and James’ wedding at Farbridge in West Sussex.

Despite being born and raised in the UK Kate and James now live and work in Arizona so a lot of their planning was done from afar and over Skype.

You might think that organizing a wedding from that far away would be a task but the day itself was faultless everything ran smoothly and Kate and James did come back to the UK at important times to make sure everything was in order. On one of the days we went to Amberley Castle for an engagement shoot which can be seen here: https://www.chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/engagement-shoot-at-amberley-castle/

Farbridge

On the day we couldn’t of wished for better weather, Kate got ready at her parents home whilst James started early at Farbridge helping to ensure the venue was in order before getting ready with his groomsmen.

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645z pt1

Pentax 645z Review Pt1 – The Journey

A Pentax 645z overview. From left, Extension tube set, the 45-85mm FA 4.5, the 35mm A, the 80-160mm FA, the Pentax 645z and 55mm D-FA 2.8, the 120mm F4 Macro, the 75mm 2.8 FA, 150mm 2.8 FA and finally the x2 extender

A Pentax 645z overview. From left, Extension tube set, the 45-85mm FA 4.5, the 35mm A, the 80-160mm FA, the Pentax 645z and 55mm D-FA 2.8, the 120mm F4 Macro, the 75mm 2.8 FA, 150mm 2.8 FA and finally the x2 extender[/caption]

Welcome to my personal review of the Pentax 645z. There are many posts and even though they will undoubtedly cross over in places with regards their content, I’ve tried to focus on certain aspects with each page.

Appendix:

Part 1 – The Journey
Part 2 – Image Quality
Part 3 – Lens options and CCD vs CMOS
Part 4 – Ergonomics and weight
Part 5 – Flash System
Part 6 – Conclusion
Part 7 – 100+ Uncompressed DNG’s to download

Firstly, why I bought the Pentax 645z and the journey I took to get to this point.

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645z review pt2

Pentax 645z review Pt2 – Image quality

The Pentax 645z has the best image quality I've ever seen

Appendix:
Part 1 – The Journey
Part 2 – Image Quality
Part 3 – Lens options and CCD vs CMOS
Part 4 – Ergonomics and weight
Part 5 – Flash System
Part 6 – Conclusion
Part 7 – 100+ Uncompressed DNG’s to download

The Pentax 645z camera has, hand on heart, the best image quality I have ever seen on any format, with any sensor, ever. The images have a certain look and feel to them unmatched on any other camera unless it shares the same sensor. The next camera with this sensor costs almost three times as much when you factor in the body as well.

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645z review pt3

Pentax 645z Review Pt3 – The Lenses, CCD vs CMOS and 35mm vs Medium format.

I didn't think I needed a tilt screen until I got one.

Appendix:
Part 1 – The Journey
Part 2 – Image Quality
Part 3 – Lens options and CCD vs CMOS
Part 4 – Ergonomics and weight
Part 5 – Flash System
Part 6 – Conclusion
Part 7 – 100+ Uncompressed DNG’s to download

The Pentax 645 Lenses

The 645z lenses share a lot with Mamiya / Phase One. There is a legacy of low priced used glass out there (relative to new prices) for both the Pentax 645z and the Mamiya / Phase DF body. All the glass I purchased was used and works perfectly.

I’m very happy with all the lenses I have so far.

 

So far I’ve picked up the following:

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Windmill couples shoot

The Jack and Jill Windmills in Clayton
Charlotte & Nick’s

Windmill Wedding
When I spoke with Charlotte and Nick about a location for their engagement they suggested the Jack and Jill Windmills in Clayton. Great I thought, nice location, great views of the Downs and an imposing backdrop.

But I didn’t expect to end up inside it!

This lovely couple are getting married next year in Pyecombe Church with their reception at the fabulous Pangdean Barn.

We started off by walking around the area taking shots as something caught our eye. Because of the time of year there were daisies and dandelions everywhere adding colour and contrast.

Windmill WeddingAfter a few warm up shots on the grass we were invited up into the Jack Windmill for a walk around.

The steps up are very steep and we had to be careful. Once inside you are greeted with all the gears, pulleys and general nik naks which populate the space.

There is three levels to the mill and we went to each one. In the top floor you really notice the pitch and sway that the Windmill has as the wind catches it. Very much like being on a boat!Windmill Wedding

Afterwards we headed for some shots across the Sussex Downs and the weather really couldn’t of been better and we ended the shoot after visiting the Church in Pyecombe.

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645z Review Pt4

Pentax 645z Review Pt4 – In use and ergonomics

The Canon 1DX, 5D mkIII, Pentax 645z and the Hasselblad H4D50

 

Appendix:
Part 1 – The Journey
Part 2 – Image Quality
Part 3 – Lens options and CCD vs CMOS
Part 4 – Ergonomics and weight
Part 5 – Flash System
Part 6 – Conclusion
Part 7 – 100+ Uncompressed DNG’s to download

Hello again. I’m going to give you some technical info on this page but there a little caveat. This isn’t a full on technical page, more weights and measures.

I just want to give you and idea on how the 645z is in use. In the main, how heavy and ergonomic is it relative to other cameras?

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