Gill and Gary were married at the stunning St Marks Church in Tunbridge Wells on a day that quite simply didn’t know if it wanted to rain or shine. What was great, however, was how St Marks Church had really thought about the importance of the photography and created lighting that not only complimented the church but was perfectly balanced for wedding photography.
Jumping ahead to the speeches and I remember Gary saying how he looked around and saw Gill walking down the aisle for the first time and he was quite simply stunned. Well doesn’t this image capture that very split second that Gary referred to in his speech. I like to think so and for me hearing that in Gary’s speech made me smile as I knew I had that moment caught, perfectly. That is what wedding photography is all about, those brief moments.
Now, before I say another thing I have to point out that Gill is a big fan of the camera…rarely do I get the time to be as creative as I want to be at a wedding but Gill (and Gary) were very keen on lots of photos. The big dark dramatic photos were actually taken around 4pm when it was still very bright. I’d already done my natural light shots and wanted to do something a bit different… the sky was looking very dramatic so my thought process was to turn the already dramatic sky even more so…. I’m very happy with the results. What was even more pleasing is the short time it takes to achieve these types of dramatic wedding images.
Gill and Gary had chosen Hotel du Vin & Bistro in Tunbridge Wells as their wedding venue, a beautiful Grade II listed boutique hotel in Kent. The wedding breakfast was held in the classically beautiful Speyside Glenlivet room, which is decorated and takes influences from the famous mirrored room in the palace of Versailles. Lots of mirrors does mean I needed to take care where I was photographing as every now and then I would appear in one of my own photos.
Special thanks to my assistant Chuck for his help and passion to make my job easier, and also for running off to find somewhere to settle my sugar craving midway through the day… yum yum.
Finally it was a fantastic day all round and I’d like to thank Gill and Gary for asking me to photograph their wedding. Here are a few images taken on the day, I hope you like them and please feel free to leave a comment (at the end of post).