The very last day of September brought a pleasing sunny day, a trip to the historic town of St Albans and that increasing popular event – a week day wedding.
I’ve known Lou for a couple of years now and was delighted when earlier in the year she and Gareth asked me to shoot their wedding. I always like to meet the couple at least twice before their wedding to go over the details of the day, and to check-out the locations, and having met Lou and Gareth several times the expression “Expect the unexpected” seemed the best preparation I could do for their big day. Although all weddings are special, Lou and Gareth’s wedding was always going to be a bit different from most because it had so many elements which were uniquely them. Ranging from the beautiful green wedding dress that suited Lou so well, through Gareth’s instructions to wear his big boots, to the Viking blessing which was given the reception, and many more.
The service itself took place at St Albans registry office in the Victorian Gatehouse, which was once the Governor’s residence for the old prison, which featured a lovely light airy room for the ceremony, and the option to take the formal shots both in the gardens, and outside the prominent doors, which I understand have featured in several films and television programmes.
After the formal shots, we moved to Clarence park (home of St Alban’s football club) to do some informal portraits. Knowing Lou and Gareth, and having walked around the park with them before we had some great ideas ready to go including using the swings and roundabout in the children’s playground as well as playing with the setting sun which cast some beautiful warm light and helped make wonderful long shadows. After the portrait shots, it was back to the Country Club in St Albans for the reception.
The formal part of the reception didn’t start until 7:00 so that gave me plenty of time to get some scene-setters, and start looking out the little details which Lou and Gareth had chosen, like for example the gaming dice, the detail of the sword to be presented to Gareth by Lou later in the evening as part of the Viking blessing, and of course the cake! As the evening moved I was able to capture details of the speeches, the viking blessing and to spend some time taking candid and posed shots of the bride and groom and their guests.
Whenever I shoot a wedding I process every image individually in PhotoShop or LightRoom, so it takes a few days to get everything ready, however below you’ll find a slide show, showing pictures from the day,
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ALL photos from Lou and Gareth's wedding are now uploaded!