With spring colours everywhere and summer on the horizon wedding season is starting to build
So much of my Instagram feed this month has been of recent weddings which of course is reflected in the top 5
There's another nice variety of wedding venues reflected in the list with a definite slant to Worcestershire.
An interesting change this month is that colour images have made the top 5, in fact a colour images made the No. 1 spot!
So, without further ado, here is the first image, from my most recent wedding with the ceremony at The Elgar Rooms in Malvern and the reception at that unusual Churchfields Dairy Farm. I say unusual because, well, it's a dairy farm!
It does have a cafe and is a really popular place for people to visit and works really well as a wedding venue. Making the most of the location the Bride & Groom enjoyed the gorgeous afternoon spring sunshine and went for a wander, with the cows!
In this shot I captured them as they were laughing, wondering if the cows were going to pose for the camera!! I love shots like this because it's capturing a couple at ease, relaxed and really enjoying their day
Next, we have a shot from a wedding in February at Lilleshall Hall in Shropshire. It's the second wedding I've shot there and is a great venue with magnificent grounds surrounding this former hunting lodge
The Bride & Groom were keen to enjoy the grounds and although the February sky was looking rather grey and dramatic they happily set of for their first wall together as husband and wife.
It's nice after the ceremony to get the newlyweds away from their guests for a short while, not to stand for posed shots but to enjoy time together with me there to candidly capture them on their wedding day
On to another venue now, The Granary in Worcestershire and a shot that is just PACKED with emotion
With the Bride & Groom saying their vows, to the left of camera, we have the Bride's parents, bridesmaids and other members of the family looking on.
Right in the fore is her Dad, the emotion all over his face, as his daughter is married. It's a perfect example of the part that the guests play at a wedding. Whilst the couple getting married are of course the stars, the reactions that you get from their friends and family really help to illustrate the day. So all throughout the day I'm trying to observe reactions in the background as well as the events taking place in the foreground
Next, we're back to Lilleshall, but a very different kind of shot
Children these days are practically born with a camera pointed at them so are often well used to screwing their eyes up, pulling a grimace and saying 'cheeese'. But what I find is that after the first few minutes of posing for the camera are over they can be the most natural of guests, enjoying the occasion and totally relaxed
In this shot we've actually got three girls who had been making their own movie during the afternoon using an app on an iPad! They'd be doing martial arts routines for each other to film and then using the app to join them together into a film. Now you don't need to know any of that to appreciate three girls, huddled up together, totally engrossed. Whilst the adults were all around them chatting, they'd found a comfy sofa to curl up and produce their mini masterpiece!
Finally, it's off to Curradine Barns, another Worcestershire wedding venue and again, the second time I've shot a wedding here
I think it's an image which is all about the context, looking down from a minstral gallery at the Groom and his Best Man chatting to a couple of guests as they wait for proceedings to commence. In the background is one of the registrars getting her paperwork ready for the ceremony to come
I describe myself as a documentary wedding photographer so that means that each moment is just as important as the next. Together they build to become more than the sum of their parts to tell the story of the day
This is just one moment, part of that often nervous build up towards the reason for everyone being there in the first place.
So within these 5 images we've got before, during and after the wedding. A real cross section of the ceremony of getting married but which hopefully all capture something to give a sense of place and occasion
I hope you've enjoyed reading about these 5 favourite images. If you're on Instagram then you can play a part next month is the choice by following my feed and liking the ones that catch your eye!
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