Latimer Place Wedding Photography

Latimer Place
Charlotte & Joel

Latimer Place WeddingHere is Charlotte and Joel’s wedding from August. This lovely couple said their vows at St John the Baptist Church in Pinner, Middlesex before traveling to their reception at Latimer Place in Chesham.

This was a very big wedding with over 120 guests and Pinner’s church is gorgeous inside.

After the ceremony we headed to Latimer Place and took some photos in the grounds before the guests arrived. There is a walk up the steps and along the hotel that was excellent for photos as well as a spot under some nearby trees. I did want to crash some long grass in the adjoining field but it seemed impossible to access, (something to work on next time).

Latimer Place WeddingCharlotte and Joel’s formals list was minimal, ( three group shots ) and this gave me a lot more time to be creative with flash and to have some fun with a Hadoken inspired shot.
For those of you who don’t know, a Hadoken shot is one that is inspired by the Street Fighter video games. Last year it was dinosaurs but I wanted to do something different this year.

As with all types of these shots I need to get the original photo right first and then rely purely on my ability in photoshop. It helps that I was a gaming freak in my teens so I know what works.

Latimer Place WeddingAlso new this year is that I’m adding a glossier studio look to my work for those who want it. I’ve always been a strong supporter of natural light photography and this in the mainstream is because flash is tricky to do right and do well.

Done right, it’s a very nice look and where I have the time I’ll set something up. Saying that, I’ll still use natural light most of the time but the flash work adds that little bit…extra.

Having the time is a key thing. At this wedding I had minimal group shots to do and that gave me OODLES of extra time to consider and take great shots of Charlotte and Joel.

When you have to set up flashes, test the lighting and so on it has to potential to suck time from the best planned days.

Berkshire country weddings

A Farm Wedding in Buckinghamshire
Georgina & Will

Farm Wedding Photography‘I love cows’ was one of the first thing Georgina said to me over the phone when talking about her wedding. ‘My sister is painting cow table names and in the field next to the marquee all the cows will be there’.

And so they were.

Farm Wedding PhotographyGeorgina and Will said their vows at St Mary’s in the picturesque village of Leckhampstead in Buckinghamshire. This was a big farm wedding with 180 guests so as you would expect the church was packed with a few of the guests standing.

After the ceremony we went to the family farm in Akeley.

As you would expect the whole area is very good for photos, we went over to a small orchard for the shots of them both and covered the key family formals in the family garden whilst all the guests arrived across the road.

Farm Wedding PhotographySpecial mention goes to Sarah Spade, the Ukelele Lady who, along with two others provided great entertainment during the reception.

Old Luxters Barn Wedding

Old Luxters Barn
Rachel & Joseph

Old Luxters Barn Summer WeddingThe last time (and the first time) I was at Old Luxters Barn it was in March and because it was cold and a little muddy we didn’t have the freedom to go to the vineyard or the woods across the road.

This time though things were different, here is Rachel and Joseph’s wedding.

Old Luxters Barn is an excellent venue whatever the weather, beautifully decorated and ambient inside it serves as a homely and welcoming place.

Old Luxters Barn Summer WeddingRachel and Joeseph used the cottage opposite to get ready in and everything took place here.

It was also nice to be working with Jay Archer again who was responsible for all the flowers, votives and table decor on the day. Jay is a rarity in that she sticks around for a good portion of the wedding rather than dropping off the flowers and leaving first thing. It’s good to have her onboard.

Old Luxters Barn Summer WeddingAs favors Joe brewed his own beer called ‘Hoppily Ever After’ and showed some images of the process from start to finish. It was strong stuff!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Riverside Wedding Venue Heathrow

A wedding Riverside Venue Heathrow with added Hadouken
Kiran & Jason

Riverside Wedding Venue Wedding
Want something different to liven up your wedding album? Kiran and Jason certainly did, and this shot really packs a punch! (Well, a Hadouken, actually.) Jason used to work in a video game store and thought it’d be fun to recreate signature moves from 90s classic, Street Fighter.

The newlyweds took aim at their hapless friends, which led to much laughter and some great mid-air faces. There’s nothing wrong with traditional wedding photos, but it’s always nice when couples want to spice things up with a personal twist. Staging images like this allows me to get creative with Photoshop, and I really enjoyed editing it (all part of the service).

Riverside Wedding Venue Wedding
The location was Riverside Venue, Heathrow, which actually backs onto the airport runway (perfect for those quick honeymoon escapes!). The day really took flight with plenty of colour on show, and it was a truly beautiful event to be part of.

Kiran looked amazing, and I enjoyed documenting the behind-the-scenes action as she prepared for the big day. I love that pre-wedding atmosphere – all the nervous energy and raw excitement bubbling away – and it was a privilege to be invited inside to capture the moment. This fly-on-the-wall approach allows me to take some really natural shots, as everyone’s far more focused on getting ready than taking time out to pose for the camera.
Riverside Wedding Venue Wedding

The makeup was perfect, the dresses were great, and the ladies had lots of fun. I also managed to get some dazzling shots of the wonderful jewellery on display.

Round Chapel Hackney

Hackney Picturehouse Wedding and The Hackney Round Chapel
Jojo & Joe

Hackney Round Chapel Wedding

Jojo and Joe had their ceremony at the Hackney Picturehouse in London with their reception at The Round Chapel nearby.

By all accounts it was a very cool affair and this wedding was filled with many personal touches. All the guys had different lego button holes for their suits, all the table favours were unique and everyone received a small note in a glass bottle with a personal message just for them.

Hackney Round Chapel Wedding

On arrival at the cinema there was popcorn for everyone and just before the ceremony began there was a short movie clip played before Jojo and her entourage danced down the cinema steps to meet with Joe.

Afterwards we took some pictures in the Cinema (the eclectic decor was very good for photos) and with a few formal ones on the steps of Hackney Town Hall.

From here we went to the Round Chapel where the party began. There was plenty to entertain the guests with a football table, giant Jenga, Connect 4, Air Hockey and a photo booth.

The Round Chapel is a very big space with a great, imposing upper level and there was plenty of space to move around in. After dinner the evening kicked off, lots of dancing, a bouquet toss, several cakes were cut and burritos were served.
Hackney Round Chapel Wedding

I like to be taken out of my comfort zone from time to time when shooting a wedding and there are many ways to do this. Photographing a wedding in a Cinema is one of them.

I know how to shoot in low light but working in a Cinema is something else. It’s essentially a big dark box and I had to think on my feet, manually adjusting everything as I went. The saving grace though was the massive cinema screen behind me (being white) allowed me to use it as a super duper bounce card.