Matt & Mary’s wedding was not the smallest wedding I have photographed, but with just ten people in attendance, it was certainly not the largest.
I like small weddings, there’s something very intimate about them. Only the closest friends and family are usually invited and you can see the closeness and warmth as they interact. It’s lovely. From the photographer’s point of view it’s a real privilege to be part of, and I often find small groups are quick to welcome you into their bosom .
A lovely group
This group were wonderful and I loved being there to capture every detail of their day.The kids (only two) were fab, full of confidence and fun. Kids are always great to photograph at weddings, you can pretty much guarantee at least one of those shots where everyone goes “Awww – cute”.
Whilst kids can be a challenge to photograph on occasion, I feel the reward of the image far outweighs any difficulties. Besides, once they get used to you being there, you can pretty much keep your finger on the shutter button and keep firing.
The young lad in these photos had tremendous potential as a future photographer. Only using an iPhone, he was getting some truly creative shots and was more than capable of ordering around the bride & groom to get into position. I shall be keeping my eye on him, a wedding photographer in the making.
The story of how I came to be photographing this wedding is a nice one. Matt is the electrician who, over the last year, has rewired our entire house. Starting with the initial wiring of my office when we first moved in, he has replaced all the wiring throughout. When you have someone around you for that length of time, you get to trust them and I guess it was natural for Matt to think of me when he needed to hire a wedding photographer. I glad he did – it was a lovely day.
Tylney Hall Hotel in Hook, Hampshire is a stunning location for a wedding.
The gardens and grounds are spectacular and attract hordes of visitors in their own right. Tylney Hall stands in its own 66 acres of glorious parkland and boasts the longest uninterrupted view in Hampshire which is flanked by two lines of mature Redwoods that march to the distant horizon. Pride of place though belongs to the individual historic gardens, originally designed by the renowned gardener and planter, Gertrude Jekyll.
The restaurant is host to some of the finest food in Hampshire. During the wedding meal I sat in the bar and had the traditional fair for wedding photographers… burger and chips. I have to say that the accompanying onion rings took my breath away. They were simply the most delicious onion rings I have tasted in this country (You’d have to travel to Kuala Lumpur to get as good!).
This is one of my favourite hotels in Hampshire, and certainly one of the best wedding venues I have worked at.