Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Inn On The Lake Wedding | Debbie & David

Ceremony & Reception: The Inn On The Lake, Glenridding, Ullswater, Cumbria

Second-shooting with Gav Harrison

What a stunning wedding venue! The Inn On The Lake sits, as the name suggests, right on the edge of Ullswater and is completely surrounded by mountains. Everywhere you turn there are beautiful backdrops for photographs - I felt like a kid in a sweet shop! To make things even better, the daffodils were in full bloom and the sun shone all day. It doesn't get better than this!

We arrived early to have a wander round and earmark a few potential areas for photos, then Gav went off to photograph Debbie & the girls getting ready, while I took David & the boys off for some nice relaxed shots by the lake. I was so pleased for Debbie & David that the weather was amazing. I could just imagine what it must be like to choose such an incredible venue and then find that it's thick fog or pouring rain on the big day (remember this is March in the Lake District!). As it was we had free reign to go wherever we wanted and we ended up with loads of cracking photos. Neither Debbie nor David stopped smiling all day, and I can't say I blame them!

In the evening, a magician kept everyone entertained and just before the hog roast supper (just when you thought it couldn't get any better!), everyone went outside and released chinese lanterns (most of which ended up in a nearby tree, but we won't mention that!)

It was a very long day (17 hours!) but it went by in a flash. You can't call this work, what a fantastic day!

Congratulations to Debbie & David and thanks for letting me share their special day.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Holdsworth House Wedding: Caroline & Neil

Ceremony & Reception: Holdsworth House, Halifax
Caroline and Neil are a very bubbly couple, in fact it's a job to get a word in edgeways at times ;-) Fortunately, that meant there was plenty of banter and it led to some cracking photos. Caroline in particular has a vast repertoire of very articulate facial expressions, as you can see below.
I arrived at their house to find Neil & usher, Andy so relaxed that I thought I'd gone to the wrong house! Gav, on the other hand was coping with mayhem with Caroline & the bridesmaids. Thankfully, shirts were ironed, shoes were polished and we arrived at Holdsworth House in plenty of time.

Last time we were at Holdsworth House, we very nearly got snowed in and hardly anyone turned up for the evening reception. It was quite different this time with the warm early spring sunshine making the place look stunning. What a great venue! The House itself was built in the 17th Century and retains many of its original features, such as oak-panelled rooms, huge fireplaces and tiny leaded windows. It certainly has plenty of scope for some amazing photos and the staff are very professional and friendly and know exactly how to make the couple feel special. The whole ambience is very relaxed, which was perfect for Caroline & Neil.

Congratulations to Caroline & Neil and I hope you enjoyed your special day as much as I did!

Don't forget you can enlarge the images by clicking on them.

In case you were wondering, yes, we did run through all the corny "Bridal / Bridle" and "Horse & Groom" jokes we could think of. It would have been rude not to!

The keen-eyed among you will notice that this set of images are all in black & white (heavily influenced by the work of Simon Mark Whitten - there, I've admitted it!). Caroline & Neil haven't opted for an all black & white album, it's just that I thought it would be nice to show that it could be done - purely a bit of self-indulgence on my part, really.

It always seems to be the black & white shots that everyone picks out as being their favourites from my sample albums, although whether anyone would be brave enough to go for an all black and white wedding album, I don't know. I've photographed a number of weddings where the colour scheme has been black and white, although most couples opt for something more colourful - one couple even had a bright cerise & orange theme, which despite what you might think, actually worked really well.

Let me know what you think about black and white wedding photography in the comments box below. Should it just be used as an 'arty' option on a few shots in a wedding album? Is it just a way for Photographers to rescue otherwise unuseable shots? Or is it still worthy of filling an entire wedding album, even now in the digital age?