A Stunning Spring Wedding at Woburn Sculpture Gallery
"Hi David, I just wanted to drop you a note and say a huge thank your these AMAZING photos ! We are absolutely thrilled and don't know what magic you worked as we usually hate photos of ourselves , but these are truly wonderful. You really captured the day and we are forever grateful of of these wonderful memories. Thank you so much again".
Siobhan and Robert
It's always heart warming to get such lovely feedback from your clients and this was certainly the case when I received this lovely email from Siobhan and Robert after they had seen their wedding images for the first time. As a Bedfordshire wedding photographer its my role to capture timeless moments for my clients to cherish forever. Giving them the opportunity to relive one of the most important days of their lives, time and time again. Capturing those memories for them and re-telling the story of their wedding day.
As a Bedfordshire wedding photographer I am lucky enough to work at Woburn Sculpture Gallery on a very regular basis. It's a quite stunning venue at any time of the year but it looked particularly resplendent as the sun shone down on us earlier this spring. My day started at the Woburn Hotel where I met up with Siobhan and her bridesmaids - all the girls were very relaxed and enjoyed the pre wedding preparations to the full. The cottages at the Woburn Hotel are a great place for bridal prep with lots of room for hair, makeup, florists and photographers !
The ceremony took place at the Woburn Sculpture Gallery, two lovely readings and a few tears - a perfect combination. The obligatory confetti cannon at the end of the recessional marked the start of the drinks reception which took place on the sun-kissed terrace. Siobhan and Robert enjoyed the company of friends and family (in particular their baby, Thea) as I worked amongst them capturing some lovely candid moments. It was also great to be able to spend a little 'couple time' for some photographs in the grounds. In no time at all the wedding breakfast commenced with the happy couple making a magnificent entrance to rapturous applause from their guests. The speeches included an introduction to the 'Lovebot' - a fully functioning (well kind of) interactive robot who would spill out random (often embarrassing) information about the groom. Make sure you check out the pictures below, the Lovebot was a great addition to the bridal party and even took to the dance floor later in the evening !
If you are looking for a Bedfordshire based photographer with an unobtrusive, candid style for your Woburn Sculpture Gallery wedding - then why not contact me , I'd love to hear more about your plans.
As a Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer I love my frequent visits to the majestic Woburn Sculpture Gallery set within the spectacular and historic Woburn estate. With its private rose garden and terrace overlooking the Camellia Lake, it provides a magnificent and elegant backdrop for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions.
It was the perfect location for Rachael and Alfred's wonderful wedding. I started the day meeting the girls at the Woburn Inn Hotel, it's a great place for bridal prep with plenty of room for hairstylists, make up artists, bridesmaids, brides, wedding photographers , etc ! It can be a little daunting having a photographer turn up to capture intimate moments like the bridal prep but Rachael and the girls were great to work with and my candid style allowed me to blend in and capture all the fun they were having without the need for choreography and posing.
It was then off to the Woburn Sculpture Gallery to capture the pre wedding guest arrivals. I love capturing this element of the wedding, lots of excitement, hugs and kisses .. this was certainly the case here, it was clear how much love family and friends had for the happy couple. I always like to get up close and amongst the crowds for this time of day, Im not the type of photographer that likes to 'pap' people from a bush 100 yards away. Getting closer to the action creates a much more interesting and meaningful image.
Woburn Sculpture Gallery has to be one of the best locations for a bridal procession, as you can see, it can take a long time for the bride and her father to walk the length of the gallery to the foot of the temple for the wedding ceremony. I loved capturing the interaction between Rachael and her father as they walked towards us. It's unrepeatable moments like this that really make my heart sing as a documentary wedding photography. Moments like this can't be posed, you have to be there in the right place at the right time , a second later and the moment would have passed.
I like to work in a very unobtrusive way, capturing the essence of the wedding without interfering with the natural flow of the day. I do however like to spend a little time with the couple to capture a few softly posed images of just the two of them together. Sometimes it can be quite hard on your wedding day to get any time alone together to take in the occasion. This 'couple time' with me is a great opportunity to spend some time together alone for the first time as a married couple. This doesn't have to be rigid and formulaic - just spend a little time together and embrace the occasion, the photographs look so much more natural as a consequence. Here you can see how Rachael and Alfred did just that, their relaxed approach allowed me to capture some lovely moments for the two of them.
The wedding reception followed quickly afterwards with some emotional speeches and some fun and games from the best men. An impromptu game of 'Mr & Mrs' followed - it would appear the happy couple gave all the correct answers ! A romantic first dance completed the formalities and the newly wed's partied long into the night. A perfect day for both of them.
Perhaps you are considering a Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer for your Woburn Sculpture Gallery wedding. You may also be looking for a documentary wedding photographer who has vast experience of the venue. Why not drop me a line and we can discuss your plans. Why not have a look over some of my other Woburn Sculpture Gallery weddings below, they will give you a great feel for my style and coverage at the Woburn Sculpture Gallery.
" Dear David, thank you so much for the photo's. They are amazing. We've been looking at the gallery over the weekend with friends and family. We are so pleased with them. You have captured the whole day beautifully and got every detail of the day. We can't thank you enough. The photo's are everything I imagined they would be and more" Louise & James
My last wedding of the year took me to the stunning St Ethelreda's Church and Stationers Hall in the city of London. St Etherlreda's is the oldest catholic church in England and it's an incredible place, nestled right in the heart of the city you feel cocooned from the hustle and bustle outside. When the church was first built over 800 years ago, little regard was given to how wedding photographers in the 21st Century would cope with the low light levels (particularly on a very damp day in mid December). However, what the church lacks in light it makes up for in ambiance and atmosphere.
My day started in North London, meeting up with Louise at her parents house. The house was busy with wedding preparations but everyone was relaxed and enjoying the occasion.
I met up with the groom James at St Ethelreda's - by this stage the weather has turned rather damp but this did nothing to subdue family and friends (close to 200 of them) who filled the church to the rafters and enjoyed an emotional service and some stunning singing from one of the church choristers.
This was very much a London wedding and to maintain this theme Louise and James arranged for a Routemaster bus to transport guests to the wedding reception at the stunning Stationers Hall.
Stationers Hall is the perfect City of London wedding venue. It is one of Londons last remaining livery halls and dates back to the 17th Century. Louise and James' wedding reception took place in the stunning Main Hall and afterwards guests were treated to come traditional Irish music before the evening celebrations kicked off in style back in the Main Hall.
Perhaps you are looking for a documentary wedding photographer for your wedding at Stationers Hall. Why not drop me a line so we can chat about your plans, I'd love to hear from you.
Great Massingham is one of Norfolks most picturesque villages and the perfect venue for a informal, countryside wedding.
As we sit here shivering and the summer seems like a dim and distant memory I thought I'd post a selection of images from a wonderful Norfolk wedding I was commissioned for a little while ago. Becky and Dan were looking for a relaxed and unobtrusive style to their wedding photographs.
As a documentary and fine art photographer it’s a privilege to be able to simply wander, watch and capture the magic of wonderful weddings.
With the exception of a few posed couple shots and some family groups I work candidly, capturing moments that tell the true story of the wedding day, nothing posed, nothing contrived. Just real moments capturing the real essence of the wedding day.
I started the day at the Dabbling Duck pub, a great starting point for family and friends to gather and catch up over a refreshing drink before heading across the village green to St Mary's church for the wedding ceremony. Becky and Dan incorporated some lovely personal touches throughout their day, one of the most popular being an ice cream stand that greeted guests in the grounds of the church after the wedding. All the guests (and the photographer) tucked into Ronaldo's delicious, locally sourced ice cream until the wedding party made their way to the village hall for the reception. Hay bales, bunting and a delicious BBQ followed as the sun set on a wonderful day for the happy couple. Here's a selection of my favourite images from this wonderful Norfolk wedding.
Perhaps you are considering a country wedding and you're looking for a Norfolk Wedding Photographer who can capture the essence of your wedding day in a candid and unobtrusive way. Why not drop me a line , I'd love to hear from you.
It was wonderful to return to St Stephens Church in Hampstead to capture the wedding of Ellie and Sam a couple of months ago. I started the day meeting up with Ellie at the York & Albany opposite Regents Park. She had reserved a lovely room which offered enough space for makeup, hair , bridesmaid, parents ... oh, and the photographer ! Working very candidly I was able to capture some lovely moments during the bridal preparations.
It was then a quick dash in an uber up to St Stephens Church to meet up with Sam and the wedding party ahead of the emotional ceremony. To say the weather was inclement would have been an understatement, however it did nothing to dampen the spirits of the happy couple and guests. Sam is a toy designer (yes I know, very cool) and his work and that of his best man was on display with a very original cake topper depicting the happy couple.When you get the chance take a look at Sam's website to get a glimpse into his creative world.
Despite most of my work being candid and unposed, I often suggest to couples that they spend a little time together alone just to take the day in and reflect on the occasion. This 'couple time' is perfect for a few images of the couple together and despite the awful weather (my cameras are weather sealed unlike me) I was able to pop outside, grab some shelter in the cloisters of the church and capture some lovely, relaxed images of the happy couple.
After the wedding breakfast there were three emotional speeches from Ellie's father, Sam and his best man Nick. It was then full steam ahead into the party, preceded by a re-scheduled confetti arch as by this stage the rain had eased. An extremely well choreographed first dance rounded the coverage off. Congratulations to Ellie and Sam for organising a wonderful wedding day and for being such great sports when it came to embracing the awful weather !
SO DID YOU ENJOY LOOKING OVER ELLIE AND SAM'S WEDDING IMAGES FROM ST STEPHENS CHURCH IN HAMPSTEAD ?
If you are planning a wedding at St Stephens Church and you are searching for a wedding photographer who has a candid style then why not drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you.
Well this made a change for this summer, a wet wedding !!! We have been blessed some amazing weather this year but the heavens opened for Katie and Josh's lovely Longstowe Hall Wedding. But did the happy couple let the weather dampen their spirits ..... not in the slightest !!!! I always get asked the question by prospective clients, "what happens if it rains " ? My stock answer is always the same, EMBRACE IT ! and this is exactly what Katie and Josh did. Whatever the weather, Longstowe Hall always looks amazing and today was no exception. The lawns looked lush and the borders were spectacular. Here's a little feedback from the newly-weds :
"David did such a wonderful job capturing our wedding day. He was a pleasure to deal with in the lead up to our wedding and on the day, dealing with the rainy weather easily and finding several solutions for us so that we could still have some outdoor pictures. He was inobtrusive and captured some lovely natural shots which have turned out to be our favourites. We are so pleased with our wedding pictures and really will treasure them forever, we are so pleased we chose David as our wedding photographer."
Such lovely feedback from an amazing couple.
Perhaps you are considering a Longstowe Hall wedding and you're looking for unobtrusive, candid, documentary coverage with a splash of fine art ? Im proud to be a preferred supplier at Longstowe Hall, so why not drop me a line, Id love to hear from you. Here's a selection of images from the day to whet your appetite.
Did you enjoy looking over Katie and Josh's lovely Longstowe Hall wedding images ? Feel free to drop me a line to discuss your wedding photography requirements.
If you are looking for a wedding venue that gives you the flexibility of having a civil ceremony but the grandeur and ambiance of a church setting, then look no further than St Stephens Church located in Hampstead. The image above was take at Ellie and Sam's wonderful wedding at St Stephens - it's a spectacular location and a 'one stop shop' for your wedding celebrations.
Situated on a landmark site, at the meeting of Pond Street and Rosslyn Hill in Hampstead, stands St Stephen’s, one of the last surviving works of the Victorian architect Samuel Sanders Teulon. A Grade I listed building and national historic monument, St Stephen’s was built 1869–1873, being made redundant in 1977 and thereafter remaining empty until 2002 when it was deconsecrated and given into the care of St Stephen’s Restoration and Preservation Trust on a 99 year lease from the London Diocesan Fund. With the building having survived years of dereliction, damage and occupation by squatters, the mission of the Trust is to restore and protect the fabric and grounds of St Stephen’s, as befitting a Grade I Listed Building and to open its doors to the public as a local community asset for educational, arts and social purposes.
Back in the summer I had the pleasure of photographing Kathryn and Luke's wonderfully intimate wedding in the stunning Swiss Gardens in Shuttleworth, Bedfordshire.
The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth was created between 1824 and 1832. It was the project of a wealthy young gentleman, the 3rd Baron of Old Warden Lord Ongley, whose family had bought the estate in the 1690s. At the highest point and in the centre of the garden is the Swiss Cottage. Used as a teahouse, it has a cleverly hidden lower ground floor where the food could be prepared. Today the Swiss Cottage is a stunning venue for intimate wedding ceremonies, only a handful of guests can sit inside, those without a seat can watch proceedings through the open windows (this includes the photographer !!).
Kathryn and Luke particularly loved my style of candid, documentary wedding photography. There were no formal shots at all, it was wonderful to just go about my business as if I were part of the small wedding party, capturing those special moments in an unobtrusive fashion. Due to the intimate location I used my fuji mirrorless cameras and fast, prime lenses to capture the wedding. They were perfect for this occasion, exceptionally quiet and very light to carry (it was a hot day !!)
Perhaps you are considering a Swiss Garden Wedding and you're looking for an unobtrusive, candid style for your wedding photography. If so, why not drop me a line - I'd love to hear your plans. In the meantime, here's a selection of my favourite images from the day.
I LOVE photographing Woburn Weddings !
Woburn Sculpture Gallery is a stunning venue for a wedding and it's somewhere I am fortunate enough to return to on a very frequent basis and I can't wait to return there again in 2019 for some lovely couples who have booked me for their weddings. Whatever your wedding plans, Woburn Sculpture Gallery always delivers - amazing gardens and internal space and architecture coupled with superb customer service provided by the team there.
It was so good to return to Woburn Sculpture Gallery for Sam and Scott's wonderful wedding in May. We have been blessed with some amazing weather this year and it was no different for Sam and Scott as they were married in a lovely intimate ceremony in Maulden. It was then off to Woburn to enjoy a sun-kissed drinks reception. As a documentary wedding photographer based in Bedfordshire, the majority of my wedding photography is unposed and candid but it's always lovely to have some couple time so we can explore the grounds and I can capture the happy couple together. I always make sure that this time doesn't interfere with the natural flow of the wedding day and after a little time together Sam and Scott were able to enjoy the company of their family and friends and the wonderful wedding breakfast in the Sculpture Gallery. After the speeches it was time to party, with guests enjoying the grounds as the sun set on a wonderful day.
Perhaps you are considering a Woburn Sculpture Gallery wedding ? I'd love to hear from you and chat about your plans.
Here's just a small selection of images from the day, hope you enjoy looking over them.
What a great day I had shooting Courtney and Jack's wonderful wedding at the stunning Lapstone Barn in September. Lapstone Barn is a brand new, exclusive use venue set in the stunning Cotswold countryside. The 18th Century Cotswold stone barn was the perfect venue for our fun-loving couple to share their special day with family and friends.
Courtney and Jack booked me because they loved my unobtrusive, documentary style wedding coverage - and this worked so well for them at the Lapstone Barn as I was able to work discreetly capturing Courtney's bridal prep all the way through to the spectacular first dance and partying into the wee small hours.
This was truly a stylish affair with Jack and the groomsmen arriving in limited edition Bentleys. Courtney looked absolutely spectacular as she walked down the aisle with her father. The barn was dressed to impress also, with stunning floral displays and styling courtesy of the team at Styletopia.
It was tough narrowing down a selection of favourites to include in the blog, but hopefully the images below will give you a great feel for the wonderful day Courtney and Jack enjoyed.
Perhaps you are considering a Lapstone Barn wedding ? Feel free to contact me to check availability and talk about your plans in more detail.