Pangdean Barn Wedding Photography

Pangdean Barn Wedding
Roxy & Jamie

Pangdean Barn WeddingBang, we’re here. There’s a sense of spring in the air and the 2013 wedding season is also starting to make noises at me, a slow rumbling sound that builds and builds up until April where it clobbers me squarely on the hooter screaming ‘I’m heeeeere!’

And that folks is what it’s like every year. January and February are usually really quiet, one or two weddings.

Then around the first week of March it hits you that you’ve two weddings next week…. (and they’re going to be awesome).

This blog post though isn’t for me to ramble about the year ahead.

This blog is for Roxy and Jamie. One of the biggest weddings from last year.

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Clarice House Wedding

Clarice House
Becky & Tom

Clarice House Wedding
Oh so, bit of a biggie this one, huge in fact.

There are so many facets to Becky and Tom’s Autumn Wedding at Clarice House that I’m not to sure where to start other than from the beginning.

This wedding was covered by myself and Laura jointly. Laura covered Tom and the boys at Clarice House with myself covering Becky and Co at her parents down the road.

Because of the distance we stayed the night before at the venue, (No point starting a wedding after a long drive, hard to party with the camera later on) but it was an 8am start regardless, with lots to do.

Clarice House WeddingThe start of the day was very rainy and cold. My lenses kept steaming up from going outside to shoot the shoes and back in to cover the prep…. this time of year condensation is the enemy!

Becky’s shoes were from Kurt Geiger and the dress was an Elizabeth Fillmore number from Browns Bride.

And no, I can’t tell you how much it was.

Once everyone was ready and I’d taken the portraits of family that I usually do:

I ran ahead to Clarice house and on the way it started snowing.

I’m often asked what the best weather to have for a wedding, for me at least it’s a case of ‘as long as it’s not windy’, which it wasn’t 🙂

Once there I rejoined my beloved Laura to take stock of what had happened so far and planned ahead for the rest of the day.

What followed was a beautiful ceremony and dinner. There was even a letter from the Queen saying she was unable to attend:

Becky and Tom also had a friend paint a canvas where a little piece of each was given to each guest. The intention being to piece the puzzle back together again.

Clarice House WeddingDuring the evening there was a cake competition where everyone brought their own. I found out the difference between Macaroon’s and Macaron’s and we all had a dance to the most Awesome Wedding Band I’ve seen this year, Brass Roots.

This is the point in my blog where I usually say, ‘and here are some more photo’, not so on this one.

You see we took over the Swimming Pool, with ‘That dress’ after the first dance…..

I’ve really only just touched on some of the fabulous and amazing things from the day.

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Stanrmer House Wedding

Stanmer House Wedding
Angela & Chris

Stanmer House WeddingMeet Angela and Chris. Last July I had the pleasure of shooting their wedding at Stanmer House.

It was midsummer and HOT, some 30+ degrees. So hot in fact the speeches had to be held outside of the Marquee!

This was very colourful and stylish wedding. An Alfred Angelo Dress (I think, readers please correct me), Ted Baker suits, shirts and …. flip flops.

Stanmer House WeddingAngela and Chris really pulled out the stops in the small details department. The inside of Stanmer House was well dressed with photos from the past, in frames, little tea lights everywhere but even these were wrapped in ribbon.
The cake was a Choccywoccydoodah number and the band they had in the evening were ‘The Daggers’.

If anything was memorable it was Angela’s dress kept being stepped on!

As always the staff at Stanmer House did an awesome job!

Stanmer House WeddingHere’s some more images from the day:

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Henley Business School Wedding

Henley Business School Wedding
Mary-Anne & Stephen

Henley Business School Wedding
Say hello to Mary-Anne and Stephen. This fab couple were married in August at St Peters Church in Marlow with their reception at the Henley Business School in Oxfordshire.

This was a lovely day, the beautiful church had ornate mosaics in the registry area and with Stephen being a Scot many were in kilts.

One of the highlights of the day was the Singing Waiters that were left as a surprise for after dinner. There were quite frankly, awesome. They really got everyone going and involved. I strongly recommend them!
Henley Business School Wedding

Henley Business School sits right beside the Thames. People passing by in boats waved at us throughout out the day screaming a distant ‘Congratulations’ whilst we were taking photos near the Lavender, the Foxgloves and all the other flowers that occupied these ornate gardens.

What was especially nice, comforting in fact was there was a Bagpipe player not only at the Church but he followed us to the Reception where he carried on playing in the distance right up until the start of the wedding breakfast.
Henley Business School Wedding

A great summertime wedding!

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Cripps Barn November Wedding

Cripps Barn in November
Seetal & Minesh

Cripps Barn WeddingToday I’d like to show you Seetal and Minesh’s wedding from November.

This amazing couple tied the knot at Cripps Barn, Gloucester near the start of the month.

Because of the distance I stopped overnight a few miles down the road at the Lamb Inn. It rained all night, and did so pretty hard too. When I awoke and left for the prep address, (which was Cats Abbey some 5 miles away) it was still throwing it down.

The weather forecast said it was going to be clear later and so off I went thinking it couldn’t get any worse… only to find the temperature dropped a couple of degrees and there was heavy snow for the first few hours.

Now I’m not complaining, I like snow, really I do. But I had plans, plans involving De’Loreans, Vintage Buses and smoke bombs in no particular order.

Cripps Barn WeddingEveryone got ready at Cats Abbey. A 1950’s enamel blue vintage bus was taking everyone except Minesh to Cripps Barn whilst our Groom was heading to Cripps in a Back to the Future De’Lorean.

My plan was for the De’Lorean to arrive in a cloud of smoke. I bought some Enola Gay smoke grenades from Airsoft World, (just the small ones) and the lovely Corinne at the Barn allowed me to run loose with them.

The results of which are further down, it’s nice to be creative.

So the weather was sucky until it was time to leave for the venue. Then, as if someone had thrown a switch, strong sunlight cut like a knife through the clouds and lit Seetal up just as she was boarding the bus.

We even had a little rainbow too, nice 🙂

Cripps Barn WeddingCripps is truly a great venue. It’s a photographers dream inside and out with lots of angles to bounce light from. Plenty of light fell on Seetal, Minesh and the whole wedding party due to the position of the window above them.

Cripps is very well kept, huge barbeque, a massive bonfire in the evening and small touches everywhere that when put together show just how much the owners care about the place.

It’s fab.

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Kensington and Chelsea Wedding

A Kensington and Chelsea Wedding
Nantia & Dino

Kensington and Chelsea Wedding
London Weddings in the Winter can end up being quite contrasty. The grit, the hustle, the sincerity of those who walk the streets can embrace you or push you away in equal measure.

You’ll never quite know what to expect until you’re there.

This was mid November, 3pm ceremony, 1pm start for me. No car and half my usual equipment made me feel positively naked. I had to travel smart. My old faithful, the 1Dx was too big and heavy for this trip as we had a lot of places to cover.

Traveling alone my destinations were The Hempel Hotel, then Lancaster Gate, Kensington and Chelsea Registry Office, the Phene in Chelsea and then a final stop at the Cheyne Walk Brasserie.

Hence my travelling light. I still had two cameras but went with the 5D3’s instead. Lens choices were the 24-70 Mkii, 100mm Macro, 50mm 1.2L and 85 1.2L.

Kensington and Chelsea WeddingPersonally, I love a Greek Wedding, such happy occasions and ‘we aren’t afraid to show it’.

Totally my cup of tea.

This was a small wedding party, around 16 guests with another 60 in the evening. Small, intimate, direct family made this distinctly personal.

Nantia’s dress was from Browns Bride, the Registrar was lovely to me and the food at the Phene in Chelsea was amazing.

On the way to Cheyne Brasserie we grabbed a photo op at the Albert Bridge whilst it was it up. Beautiful.

Kensington and Chelsea WeddingNantia and Dino made me feel exceptionally welcome, it’s not often the Groom pours you a triple Brandy followed closely with Dad shoving Charbonnel et Walker Marc De Champagne Truffles into your hands!

Once at the Brasserie the evening guests arrived and dinner began. It was a shame to leave them at this point but I hear they had a wonderful evening.

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Farbridge Wedding

Farbridge Barn
Alison & James

Farbridge WeddingFarbridge Wedding

Meet Alison and James, this fab couple tied the knot at Farbridge in Chichester this October.

The Mill Steamer in Bosham was my starting point but everything else took place at the Barn.

There were many guests at Ali and James’s wedding and the table arranged in a horseshoe worked really well. James’s mum sourced the flowers from Covent Garden flower market (and possibly the trees too…I didn’t ask about those).

Ali and James had an Oyster bar, a projector showing past images of them together and a lot of family input throughout.

Farbridge WeddingMusicians who played all day, the sword cutting the cake was a repeat of a previous family wedding and the guys playing the Harmonicas in the evening were friends too.

With family brewed Sloe Gin as an aperitif as well.

Family is always important and this wedding really showed it. Everything was personal and a bit like ‘Having it at home’

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Lancing College Chapel Wedding

A Lancing College Chapel and Great Ote Hall Wedding
Sarah & Alistair

Lancing College Chapel Wedding

Lancing College Chapel Wedding

So Sarah and Alistair, crikey, where do I begin…. a standard all dayer, just myself on this one, Sarah readied herself along with the bridesmaids and exceptionally pretty flower girls at her parents home in Shoreham of which they had a lovely garden that I took full advantage of for photos.

I was introduced to the family tortoises who kindly allowed me to stage the shot above.

It’s nice to work where there is plenty of light, when I do, images have a radiant glow to them that really is near impossible to replicate artificially and this showed in the resulting photos from the day. ‘Just right weather’ is a 1 in 10 wedding thing.

Sarah’s parents (Hello Jan and John), have had a blue Triumph Herald and a Morris 1000 in the family for years. If I remember rightly Sarah learnt to drive in one of them and these cars ended up being the wedding transport. You can’t get more personal than that and it was amusing watching John knocking the seat position back with a plank of wood!

Once ready the bridal party left to go to Lancing College Chapel – If you’ve never been there, please go, it’s a sight to behold.

Lancing College Chapel WeddingWith a lot of church weddings, chapel weddings, cathedrals etc the vicars can be well….irregular. Sometimes you can move about, others not. Sometimes you have to stay at the back and a couple of weeks back one vicar told me to:

a) stay at the back.

b) not move around and…

c) not to take any pictures, none at all as the couple had two people doing video and I ‘wasn’t needed’ – True story.

So I’ll take this opportunity to warn ALL COUPLES that I’ve heard it a hundred times before, ‘Our vicar is lovely’ – Yes they are, but, because of the amount of new faces trying their hand at wedding photography they are giving the pros a bad name and so laying down tougher rules.

That’s even if they went to school with your Dad and even with guests two rows back from the front making loads of noise with their compact cameras…

In the case with Lancing College Chapel I had to stay at the back of it. Lancing Chapel is big, HUGE in fact. so I was shooting at 400mm the whole time, handheld and that’s tricky.

Once you’ve got back up after being bowled over by the beauty of the Chapel you can enjoy a beautiful wedding ceremony…..and it is stunning there. The war memorial walk and gardens after were just perfect for photos and I managed to nail a group shot outside fitting the Chapel in too.

After the ceremony we all headed to the Great Ote Hall where Carolla the owner greeted us. This was my first time at Great Ote Hall and it’s a fab venue, the house is an excellent backdrop with a large grazed area complete with a generously sized marquee.

Lancing College Chapel WeddingAs well as the marquee, house and grounds there is an ornate pathway surrounded by a strip of gardens that are lovely to walk through and have photos.

In fact, everything on this day just clicked, the people, the weather, the way the sun crossed the sky relative to everything and the venues all worked perfectly.

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Notley Abbey Wedding

Notley Abbey
Chelsey and Paul

Notley Abbey WeddingNotley Abbey Wedding

So I guess from the image above you’ve pretty much clocked on to the fact that Chelsey and Paul’s wedding at Notley Abbey had rain.

Which it did, but only just before the ceremony at St Peter and Paul’s Church in Dinton.

Afterwards it was all glorious and the sun stayed around for the rest of the day:

So the day started at the Oxfordshire Hotel where Chelsey and the girls readied themselves before leaving for the Church.
Notley Abbey Wedding

Chelsey’s wedding car was her fathers Bugatti and the bridesmaids had a white VW Camper to taxi them around.

After the lovely ceremony we went to Notley Abbey. This was my first time there. I’ve been to a couple of other Bijou venues before, Botley’s Mansion and Cain Manor and all are very unique and individual.

Notley Abbey though has a lovely long drive leading up to the house and is totally secluded from the public. The lavender grows up the path too, it’s a stunning feature.
Notley Abbey Wedding

Once here we did the formals and some shots of just Chelsey and Paul alone.

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