Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A fairytale wedding ….

Oh my word - what a fabulous time was had by all at the very stylish wedding of N & N this week.I did the preparatory church visit last week even though it was a church I had been in several times. I wanted the day to flow from our side as their photographers.

We met up with the older girls at the hairdresser in the morning & what a buzz was already in the air …

Gorgeous long hair being beautifully styled (another of my ex students)

Off to their home for coffee & time to start all the photos. I love photography but admit to nerves when I have to do a wedding - it is such a huge responsibility to capture as much of the day as possible while staying out of the limelight & not intruding on the events - no one wants the photographer to interrupt the flow of the day ….

My style definitely leans heavily towards photojournalism - capturing moments in a relaxed, natural way with minimal direction & intrusion.

I was thrilled to see the vintage, photojournalism style was used by Mario Testino who did the Christening photos of Princess Charlotte  - this is a popular style, a move away from very formal ones.

Our first glimpse of all the lovely dresses & before long, they were being filled by excited people & their lovely parents - many of whom I knew well.

Some of the fairytale entourage of lovely little ones - all looking so stunning - the attention to detail has made it simply lovely - tiny details that are special ….

Off to the church with the entourage of stunning girls of all ages while the bride finished her preparations & to catch up with the waiting groom & his entourage.

Well - I take back my words about a camera shy groom - he oozed confidence, taking all the photos in his stride, suggesting photos & happily obliging photos with a gaggle of girls & more.

How lovely is this waiting group? The older girls all looked so grown up (5 of them are ex students) and the little princesses - well, what can one say?

The little ones were all so brilliant at being on display all day - perfectly behaved & very obliging for photos - perfectly lovely …. The little ones doing a 'We're looking at you' photo with the Groom

The essential meeting with the priests - photographing the bride as she walks up the aisle then no closer than the back row of seats (10+ rows back),  challenging as the front of the church is way down as shown in our preparatory visit but we are always respectful of the wishes of the Clergy so a quick chat between us & we were ready for the bride.

Modern day challenges also include just about everyone having a smart phone & the modern trend of large iPads / screens used by eager guests & in evidence in some photos. Technology is evolving …

A beautiful & sincere church service in a packed church with so many familiar past & present students & their families - all glammed up & looking so grown up.

An absolutely stunning bride & groom, a beautiful wedding & most importantly - a very happy day for everyone with lots of smiles, fun moments & genuine warmth ….

This is just a glimpse of the wedding A Wondering Star daughter photographed with me - I am truly grateful for her amazingly engaging personality & giving up her time - I am blessed.

Camera info - We both needed our zoom lenses so used our Canon EF70-300mm & EF28-300mm
                Canon 5D mk11 with EF 24-105mm f/4l lens 
                Canon 40D with EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS lens 
                Canon 650D with EF 28-300 lens
                Canon speedlite 580EX11 flash
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Dee ~♥~


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