The wedding of Emma and Billy


I always look forward to helping my friend Phil out at weddings, as they are always lovely people and lovely locations, always very easy to photograph. This weekends wedding proved no exception, based at a beautiful 500 year old family run hotel The Old Rectory Hotel in Redditch.

After meeting the groom for a few shots before we got to the hotel, it was soon apparent from the cloudy weather that although the couple would naturally want a warm sunny day for their wedding, we had some great diffused lighting from all the clouds to create perfect photographs for them! A common misconception is that the best possible weather for photographs is sunshine, when in reality this can be just as difficult for a wedding photographer as rain or wind. The problem with bright sunshine is that although people associate it was summer, relaxing, and happiness it makes for difficult photos. In direct sunlight people often wince, and its hard to get people to open their eyes, plus all the white in the photo, including the brides dress is over exposed and often the detail in the dress can be lost. Then there is the dark shadows, under the eyes, making people look like panda bears! Not forgetting the washed out colours. In reality, as much as the couple didn’t want a cloudy day, it really was best for their photos!

We met up with the bride and her friends in the hotel room getting ready, and tried to capture some of the fun and emotion of the bride getting ready for the climax of her big day. I love this part of the day more than anything else as its an often overlooked part. Not all brides think about having photographs taken when they are getting ready, but so much planning goes into who is going to be where and who will be doing what and picking who up. There is so much excitement and emotion in this part of the day that for me it is almost as important as the ceremony itself! Of course brides always feel a little self concious about being photographed with no make up on, but thats not what this is all about, and taking photographs that the bride is thrilled about is obviously our end plan. So far I have never had a bride complain about her getting ready shots once she has seen them, and inevitably they end up in the album! Emma chose quite a unique 1920’s theme for her wedding and looked fantastic in her dress! Some of her friends had also dressed to match the theme.

After the ceremony we had some unexpected help from the lady who ran the hotel in rounding up people for the group shots quite efficiently and made sure we got these done quickly just in case the grey clouds decided to drop some rain on us.

For the speeches I borrowed Phils zoom lens and instantly fell in love with it. Its now at the top of my “to buy” list for next year!

Here are some of the photos from the day!

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