I attended a second wedding in as many weeks recently assisting David Ashbourne. The wedding was held in St Mary’s Church Warwick, a glorious Norman church founded in 1123. The church grandiosity gave the wedding a hightened sense of occassion, complete with foreign tourists looking in during the ceremony.
The reception was held at the Mallory Court Hotel, another picture perfect countryside Manor house where you are spoilt for photographic options.
The weather was fine and bright, sandwiched in between days of rain and overall greyness. And the day was topped off with pretty little bridesmaids running around without a care in the world.
Although I am no longer a wedding photographer, I have been known to accept an invite to shoot the wedding of a friend or help out as a second shooter. Recently I did just that when I was asked by the mother of the bride if I could take a few shots of her daughter Lisa and groom Fabien on their wedding day.
The wedding was a truly international affair with Fabien being French and some of his family and friends coming over from France. The day turned out to be the swansong of summer 2010. The light was fantastic and the leafy Great Glen in Leicestershire set the scene beautifully.
Good luck to you both
I was assistant photographer to David on Saturday 1st August helping out for the wedding of Steve and Eleanor at St Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry. We both photographed a previous wedding at St Mary’s last year. The Guildhall is steeped in history and has some great stained glass windows among lots more to admire.
Last years wedding was nice and sunny. This year the bride, groom and us were not so fortunate with rain, rain and more rain. We got wet, the cameras got wet, the guests got wet. We persevered though and worked with the conditions as best we could. And today, as I write this, has been brilliant weather. Good old England.
Eleanor lost her shoe walking down to the cathedral to get some portraits done in the early evening (see pic below). Steve had to pick it up and put it back on Eleanors foot. Reminded me of Cinderella.
I helped David out as second shooter at a wedding last weekend. Sam and Karen were married at Wroxall Abbey. The chapel being at one time the Shakespeare family church and the estate also being owned by Sir Christopher Wren, the venue oozes history. Wroxall Abbey is a great place for a marriage and from a photographers standpoint there are fantastic opportunites to get stunning images for the album. Great day.
Saturday 20th September 2008 saw the wedding of Will and Julia at Fawsley Hall near Daventry, Northamptonshire. My sister company Event-Pics photographed the event due to our long assocation with Julia through work done for the Hilton Warwick. Fawsley Hall is a wonderful venue for a wedding, set in 2000 acres of pure Northamptonshire countryside. With the character rich venue, bright sunshine and fun filled guests, we all had a great time and shot loads of fantastic images for Will and Julia’s album. And we loved the fireworks at the end of the evening.
Yesterday, Saturday 6th September I helped David photographing a wedding reception at Woodside in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The Woodside is a great venue with lots of opportunity for some great group shots and individual portrait images. The weather was not kind to us, with the only attendees seemingly enjoying the downpour outside being the resident rabbits in the grounds of the estate. We enjoyed a hog roast and got some great pictures of the night using our technique of slow shutter speed plus flash to create images with lots of light and movement, capturing the mood on the dancefloor.
Sunday 3rd August 2008 saw the wedding of Matt and Claire at the neo-Gothic mansion Ettington Park in Warwickshire. I played second photographer for David and although we had to dodge the rain showers for a while we had a great time at the impressive venue. You would not know Ettington Park existed unless you were familiar with the area. It is completely hidden from the main road by tall trees which is amazing considering the size of the place. The building itself is very dramatic and inspiring. The staff were fantastic and really helpful. Well worth considering as a venue ! And we bagged some great photographs.
Another busy week with my sister company Event-Pics with more proms to attend and photograph. Prom events are very busy but very enjoyable with all the attendees determined to have a great time and let their hair down. We start setting up early and finish very late (or normally early the next morning) but someone we manage to keep going. This week it was the turn of Rugby High School, Warwick College and Elite Travel Association thrown in for good measure. I finished off on Sunday afternoon meeting Neil and Marie at Ansty Hall Hotel to discuss photo opportunities for their wedding in September. One more prom to do this week then I’m off to the USA for a couple of weeks. Check out more news on the proms at the Event-Pics blog.
I was second photographer to David for the wedding of Robert and Tracy-Ann at the Stratford Manor in Warwickshire on Saturday 14th June 2008. The Stratford Manor is a fantastic modern hotel with great opportunities inside and out for some stylish wedding shots with great lighting. We all had a great day and the weather was kind to us. good luck to Rob and Tracy-Ann for the future.
Saturday 7th June saw me as second photographer for David for the wedding of Ross and sara in Nuneaton. Although the front of the church suddenly had scaffolding erected days previously and we had to contend with a sudden downpour during the formal photographs it was a great day. The guests had loads of fun and enjoyed being photographed.