I’ve shot a few civil partnerships in the past but this was my first same sex wedding since the law was changed, and hopefully the first of many.
Stuart and Paul wanted their day to be relaxed and informal with their closest friends and family. They are a proud couple and there were nerves in the air during the morning which quickly faded away after the wedding ceremony had finished. It’s difficult to describe how I see weddings, but from the moment I arrive I see all that’s going on. Much more than any guest or the happy couple. It’s a little like watching a movie and seeing the story unfold from all angles, with the couple being the main characters. I know roughly what the script is, but hope to be taken in by the story line.
From the Grooms
Been building up to show the photo’s to my parents tonight and absolute royal seal of approval (although none of us are royal).
Eaves Hall Wedding Photographer
I love photographing weddings at Eaves Hall. It’s an impressive venue set in countryside in a stunning part of the country. The venue is taken over by the wedding party and the guests have the run of the place. There’s a bowling green which is also used for croquet as well as extensive gardens providing paths for people to walk and exciting places for children to play.
For a photographer it’s a joy as there can be so much going on at any one time and each location whether inside or out is extremely photogenic and spacious.
Weddings are usually held in the main ballroom which is naturally lit through windows down one side and the interior furnishings and old wood paneling help to create a lovely warm light inside the rest of rest of the building.
There is a billiards room towards the back of the building which provides a little welcome distraction for some. At this wedding we shot a few frames in there before the wedding, and it was a nice change to be able to have some really nice lighting inside the venue on a chilly morning.
Following on from the wedding service the guests use the whole venue for the drinks reception, inside and out whilst the room is prepared for the wedding breakfast.
In the evening the venue is well lit and looks great for evening photographs. For this wedding we tried some long exposures as I wanted to create something artistic and unique for Stuart and Paul. This was just after the first dance and the ‘best hat’ competition which was a lot of fun and got everyone in the mood for an evening of dancing and celebrating.