Mid-summer, and the end of the June heat wave, brought me to Northampton for a great family wedding.
Like much of my work Lauren and Daniel’s wedding came from personal recommendation. Since I’ve known Daniel and his family for a number of years having shot his sister’s wedding in 2014 (see Michael and Rachel’s wedding photos here) and covered a number of family events over the years I was delighted when I was asked to shoot another family event for them.
As always I’d met the bride and groom a couple of times before the wedding to plan the details and see the venues in advance. For Lauren and Daniel’s wedding there was quite some distance between the key locations on the day and that forward planning paid dividends as I was able to plan my day to ensure that I was in the right place to cover the action for Lauren and Daniel’s special day!
Lauren had chosen to involve as many of her family and friends as possible in the wedding, including a Bridal party of 6 bridesmaid and 4 flower girls, all of which meant there were lots of dresses, lots of shoes and of course plenty of opportunities for fun shots as hair was done, and make-up applied!
The service took place in the Park Avenue Methodist church in Northampton, and on arrival it was great to see so many familiar faces. Having arrived at the church in good time I was able to spend some time taking a few shots of Daniel and his 5 groomsmen before Lauren arrived. As with all ceremonies even though I knew the celebrant, I took a few minutes to check out where I should stand to get the best shots and of course what I could and couldn’t do during the service.
The Methodist church in Northampton is on a main road, so having done a few of the group shots and the all important confetti shot, we hopped into the waiting Limo (a stretched Hummer), to make the 30 minute journey to the Orangery at Whittlebury Park, near Silverstone. Travelling in the wedding car was new experience and I was able to take some shots of Lauren, Daniel and a number of their guests enjoying the party atmosphere and champaign on-board.
Whittlebury Park gave lots of flexibility for taking the group shots, but in the end we shot most of them under the shade of a giant oak tree, and the scenic fish pond, and steps for some of the smaller group shots. For the “everyone” shot I asked the guests to move down in front of the Orangery itself, and with a bit of direction managed to get everyone in, and of course finished off with the “wave like lunatics” shots for a bit of fun.
After the wedding breakfast, a hog roast served in the garden court yard area, I just needed to capture the speeches, cutting of the cake and of course the first dance. One of the advantages of the venue Lauren and Daniel had chosen was a small balcony which overlooked the dance floor and gave a fantastic opportunity for some slightly different shots of the first dance. Since the day had been pretty full on I hadn’t had much chance to take candid photos during the day, so I spent my last hour visiting all of the tables and groups in turn taking some informal portraits, before saying my goodbyes and wishing Lauren and Daniel good luck in their new life together.
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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