Woodhill Hall Wedding Photo

Woodhill Hall
Siobhan & Robin

Sparkler photo at Woodhill Hall

Here is Siobhan and Robins’ wedding at Woodhill Hall near Newcastle. I shoot weddings all over but I’m not usually this far up North, but it’s so worth the trip for the rolling countryside and laid back feel of the area. Everyone is so nice!

A detached Georgian manor house, uniquely decorated with its own prop hut so you can set the decor how you like it, lots of surrounding woodland, two day exclusive use, a fixed tipi on site…the place is crazy and for me, it was a world of photographic opportunity that I’m unable to compare it to.

Wedding party group photo at Woodhill Hall

It’s was great that both SIobhan and Robin got ready there as I could easily bounce between both of them and also get the guests arrival. They were married in the conservatory with their reception in the Elephant Garden.

We made good use of all the surroundings and there’s so much to take advantage of. A lot of the guests went for a wander in the fields and the reception area is seperate from the Tipi, so when that finished we went to a whole new space with it’s own garden for those who wanted some air during dinner.

Wedding photo in the woods at Woodhill Hall

The evening was crazy, bonkers and fun and as I was staying local I stayed later than I usually would.

I absolutely loved it there and can’t wait to go back!

Here are some more images from their day at Woodhill Hall:

Castle Durrow Wedding

Castle Durrow, Ireland
Anne & Nick

Here’s Anne and Nick’s September wedding at Castle Durrow in Ireland.

I love heading to the Emerald Isle for weddings, I love the local food, the Guinness and the friendliness of the locals. It’s like a calmer version of the UK!

Anne and Nick had their reception at the Castle, but their ceremony was at The Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix.

This was an Irish and Greek fusion wedding, so in the evening the dancefloor lit up and was crazy all the way through until 2am. I only just managed to keep up with everyone. From money being slapped on foreheads, to NIck being thrown into the air the party kept on going, large and loudright until the end.

Here are some more images from their day:

Syon Park
Emma & Oli

Syon Park WeddingHere is Emma and Oli’s summer wedding at Syon Park.

This was a day full of life and ‘London lively’ – These two kept me on my toes all day and I loved Every. Second. Of. It.

I started at the Hilton and jumped between both of them during prep with Oli and his bestie riding their motorcycles to the ceremony inside the Great Hall while Emma arrived by car.

The Great hall is unlike anywhere I’ve attended before and the statues, along with the black and white flooring, were a beautiful sight to see when I got there.

 

After their ceremony we milled around the garden for a bit before heading over to the Great Conservatory via the Queens Walk where the rest of the drinks, photos and dinner service took place.

The Great Conservatory is huge and awe inspiring to look at from any angle; a perfect setting for a summer wedding with guests exploring the grounds at will.

But, as nice as the grounds were unless you fill it with the right people you’ve only 50% of a wedding. Their outrageous friends who were open, friendly and who wore their hearts on their sleeves really made this day complete.

From the friendly jibes between the groomsmen during prep to the chilled approach from the brides side through to Emma swigging champage from the bottle this was a perfect wedding for me to shoot.

The guests got smashed at the gin station, Emma and Oli were thrown in to air on the dance floor and I stayed until the end of the night where they had a sparkler send off aka – ‘It’s midnight, everyone is absolutely smashed, lets do a sparklers, what could go wrong’ happened. It was certainly a memorable wedding. As every wedding should be.

It was love and life unfiltered, the absolute best.

The Old Sorting Office, London
Jess & Ali

If you cast your mind back to last Summer you’ll remember it was uh, a bit of a washout. I’m in my tenth year as a wedding photographer and up until Jess and Ali’s wedding I’d only had 1 rainy wedding!

Last summer I think I had about 7 rain filled weddings across July and August but if you’re worried about rain on your big day, Jess & Ali’s one is a shining example of why you shouldn’t let it play on your mind.

Everything took place in an around the Barnes area of London. With Jess and Ali being about 5 minutes away from each other I was able to bounce between them both before the ceremony which took place at St Mary’s Church.

We were doing ok up until the end of the ceremony when the heavens really did open but it didn’t dent anyone’s spirits. It’s not often you get a confetti throw involving brollies and it’s not often you follow an old orleans brass band 300 metres to the reception venue…in the pouring rain!

But here’s the thing. You can’t do anything about the weather and depending on who you are and what your outlook on life is you can fight it and lose or accept it’s a part of your day. Which is what everyone did.

In some ways it was the glue that helped hold things together. We were all sharing the experience and enjoying it. Jess and Ali’s reception venue was the Old Sorting Office (OSO Arts Centre). A social space with a large main room and side reception right in the middle of Barnes Green.

They had gazebo’s outside where there was ample room to shelter from the rain and because of the trees, we were able to do all the family stuff and couple shots without getting rained on (too much).

In the evening the rain did a major pullback and we were able to venture out for some more pictures and the rest of the evening kicked off spectacularly with their friends Tom and Ruben hitting the decks.

I stayed right until the end for this one, pretty much everyone was smashed, Jess threw her bouquet at the end of their exit line and I made my way home for some much needed zzzz’s after 🙂

Cripps Barn, Cirencester
Laura & David

It was great to be back at Cripps Barn this August for Laura and Dave’s wedding. From the word go the whole day was an absolute scream to be a part of, with most of their guests (as well as themselves) being from the Wirral there was a massive sense of love and community throughout the day.

Despite this Summer’s weather being more unpredictable than I’ve ever known it we were all safe this weekend!

Laura and Dave mixed up their day with a raffle for their guests after dinner along with a special ‘Brucie Bonus’, sparklers, inclusive games and what turned out to be a ‘Band of Mooners’ photo in an adjacent field.

Once the dancefloor started it never really stopped, we lost Bruce as some point but everyone who was thrown in to the air came down earth……eventually!

Villa Negri Wedding Photography Italy

The Villa Negri, Italy
Giulia & Elia’s Italian Villa Wedding

Destination Wedding Photographer

Wedding at the Villa Negri, Italy – Giulia and Elia

There are certain weddings that go above and beyond what I expected on the day. Often in part it’s down to the sheer difference of the location, the colour, the light as well as the people themselves that make a wedding new to me all over again. Giulia and Elia’s wedding is one such example.

Mainly I shoot weddings in the UK and this is a massive safety net for me, I know what to expect, the language, the format and it’s a simple case of driving along the motorway to your destination. This time though it’s Heathrow, a flight, hotel, new language, location and temperature to consider too.

As a rule, I’ll head to an overseas wedding a day or two in advance as it gives me the chance to view the venues, see the couple and be in a good place before the crazy starts!

Awesome bridal dress photo during an Italian wedding

On arrival at Malpensa airport I drove to my hotel and met Giulia and Elia who after hugs, showed me the venues involved. Giulia was going to get ready at the Locanda Lugagnano. It’s a very old house and inside there was so so so much colour and directional light to work with. Then we headed to the wedding venue which was the Villa Negri.

Set along a large fast flowing river this gorgeous villa was covered in Jasmine which smelled divine, was colourful and beautiful. The gardens particularly were going to be perfect for me to work in – shade was available when needed and the decor in all the rooms was really well considered too.

Elia was going to get ready there as well so I was able to cover both sides as both locations were only 5 minutes apart.

Fun formal photos at an italian wedding

Before the wedding though, they invited me to dinner at a restaurant called Il Fienile Dei Monaci with some of their close friends who helped me understand the menu and avoid the calamari. It was around this point that I was convinced this wedding was going to be a new type of experience for me. I was getting more emotionally invested with each passing hour. I do with most weddings but I normally get there around halfway through the day and not so early on.

Or it could be the Aperitife’s they were throwing my way. (Which apparently are good for digestion but I think they just got me drunk).

Because of the heat in Italy (this was the first week of June) early ceremonies are a great idea. But it means an early start. With an 11.30 ceremony I was at Giulia’s door for 8.30, camera in hand and ready to rock. I still treated the day as normal in the way that I shoot but there was so much more colour and points of interest that I would usally find. Although it’s easy to sell this as when something is new it has more ‘value’. I was bowled over by the yellow buildings outside, the weather blue storm protectors on the windows, the terracotta and the way the light bounced off it.

Around 10am I headed off to see Elia and his guys getting ready. His best Man Michele was helping him and also not helping him by playing dramatic music off his iphone. I’ll be honest in that this turned into a comedy act when everyone arrived with lots of emotions running free.

Cripps Barn Wedding Photography

St Peter’s Church Cirencester & Cripps Barn
Karina & Joe

Cripps Barn Wedding

Karina and Joe’s wedding at Cripps Barn in September was just a lovely wedding to shoot.

I had everything I needed, they both got ready next door to each other so I could cover everyone equall, inside the church the vicar was super cool and I had absolute free reign to go anywhere (and that means a lot), their reception was at Cripps Barn and it’s just gorgeous there and the dancefloor was packed all night.

What’s not to love?

What I will add is that all this meant nothing without these two and the way they were. I felt totally and utterly connected to this wedding as if I’d known them for years and I felt as equally wrapped up in the wedding as the guests were.

Sure, I connect with every couple, it’s almost as important to have that ability as it is to take photos. But every now and again you get something more out of the day and even now, looking back, I’m still romancing this particular wedding.

I just can’t explain it.

We had a lot of opportunities for photos as the weather was just so nice but it’s to be expected of September and in the evening the full moon was out for us too.

Brompton Oratory Wedding London

Brompton Oratory and Ognisko Restaurant
Magda & Clarence

If you’ve never been to the Brompton Oratory in London you really should go. It’s beautiful. A church that is simply stunning, huge and open to the public pretty much any time.

This was the stage for Magda and Clarence’s wedding ceremony who in October said their I-do’s before heading off on foot with their family and guests to the Ognisko restaurant for the rest of their day.

I started with Clarence in Canary Wharf, he’s an avid cyclist and has several bikes of which he’s very proud. My wife Laura was with Magda getting ready and we followed them to the Oratory.

Truth be told, this is Laura’s couple. We’re both independant full time wedding photographers and as a result we rarely work together but when we do it’s amazng. (You can see her work here: www.lauraellenphotography.co.uk)

So all the pre wedding shots of Magda are Laura’s with the rest being mine. If you’d like to see more, head over to Laura’s site!

October is such a lovely time to get married, the temperatures and the light are pretty much perfect. It attracts more laid back couples and it’s a really colourful time of year.

Where Ognisko is situated was really convenient and we used the Mews nearby, there’s also a park which is directly accessed from the back of the restaurant as well as a nice mix of urban colour locally as well.

Brunswick House and Mayfair Library
Amy & Dave

Here is Amy and Dave’s wedding from January – they got married at Mayfair Library with their evening reception at Brunswick House.

Shortly after this wedding they moved back home the Australia, but as they’d lived in Brixton for a number of years they wanted to have lots of photos in the area in order to have some great keepsakes for the future.

I started at their home and on the opposite side of the road their family was also getting ready in an air b’n’b. This meant I was able to bounce between both sides.

Once ready we walked to the skate park at the end of their road for photos, then towards town through the market and then onto the tube for Mayfair Library.

Between points we stopped in a local pub for a spot of lunch with their guests and made our way to the ceremony.

They also had their recent addition to the family, baby Josh who stole the show a lot of the time and it was really nice to see him included in so much (including the walk down the aisle)!

It was an early ceremony to allow for Josh and afterwards we went to Brixton Village for a mini reception and some photos there. Time was on our side today.

Afterwards it was on to Brunswick House were everyone was waiting for the dinner and evening do. There wasn’t any evening entertainment / dancing as they wanted to focus on their guests before leaving the UK and I loved Brunswick House for shooting in, it’s my kind of place.

The complete works

The Complete Wedding Photography Workflow
From Raw to Jpeg and everything inbetween

The complete worksSo yeah, let’s do this.

I’ve written this set of posts because not a day goes by when you don’t see someone tripping over their feet with workflow. Or worse still, a situation where a photographer hasn’t backed up their stuff and lost a whole wedding pre edit. It’s something I see sporadically on Facebook so hopefully the following content will not only give back to the community but also help avoid it happening in the future.

 

The Complete Wedding Photographers Raw to Jpeg Workflow:

This blog post covers the following –

  • Copying in from your flash cards and testing the integrity of Raw files in a simple way
  • Backup up ALL your raw wedding files to the cloud in under 8 hours
  • How to quickly sort and cull your raws ready for processing
  • How to rate your images in one single pass for culling, blogs and galleries
  • How to label up the files for social media in one hit
  • Lastly, what I feel is the best way to backup your files

What I won’t tell you is how to edit your work, that stuff is down to you but I believe this workflow is the best way to work, if you would like to share any tips from your own workflow then please, pop them in the comments below.

Hopefully this post will help you out in one way or another because we handle so many images per wedding an efficient workflow is essential to stay sane.