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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Natalie & Phil - A New Year's Eve Wedding

New Year's Eve is always an exciting time for a wedding. Getting married, having a great party and seeing the New Year in at the same time!

This is exactly what Natalie and Phil did.  The weather was once again beautiful, though a little chilly at times following the morning's frost.

Natalie and her bridesmaids had a bit of fun getting ready, while Phil and the groomsmen had a sustaining late breakfast.







 The ceremony was held at St. Andrew's Church, my first there with Rev. Tim Barker.

We took advantage of the beautiful winter lighting for this lovely picture of the bridesmaids, flower girl and page boy as we waited for Natalie to arrive with her father.






 The light was streaming in through the church windows during the ceremony, this gave tricky exposures but also gave the opportunity to spot some lovely details and highlights.  Rev. Barker conducted a touching ceremony.



 When the couple left the church they had rather a large amount of confetti to walk through!


We were just in time to catch the last rays of light during a stop on the coast for a few scenic pictures.  The beach was surprisingly crowded as people went for a winter walk on the sunny afternoon.

 Soon we were in the cosy interior of The Farmhouse for the reception.  Beautiful details adorned the dining room, with quite a stunning cake which had a lot of clever touches.

 Speeches were entertaining.  Dale, the best man, did put Phil under a bit of pressure to show off his musical skills.  All in the best humour.




 We grabbed some fresh air before the evening guests arrived to take a few outdoor pictures, always a chance to take some exciting images.
 Phil is obviously also a bit of a craftsman, as his carefully constructed "Love" sign showed.  The sign provided a strong feature for the dance floor, especially during the first dance.
Not really what it was intended for, but the sign also provided a cute seat for two of the younger guests as they took a break from the dancing.
 There was plenty of time for conversation and dancing as the countdown to New Year's Eve continued.


 Happy New Year to everyone!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lisa & Ben

Just a few days before the winter solstice we were treated to weather that could almost have passed for a summer's day.  This beautiful, calm and sunny day was perfect for Lisa & Ben's wedding.

Lisa got ready at The Farmhouse, where the reception was to be held later on.
 A midday ceremony meant there was little time in the morning for everyone to get ready, but once all the preparation was finished we just had time for some stunning portraits of Lisa.



Ben cut a very relaxed figure as he got ready with his groomsmen, and again when he greeted guests at St. Martin's Church.

The bride's brother, James, proudly escorted Lisa into the church.  I love the low angled light during the winter months, as it adds some lovely atmosphere to these pictures.




The low light streaming through the windows was tricky to expose for at times, but it added a nice touch to the scene. Indeed, the whole ceremony was a beautiful occasion.




After the ceremony, we stopped off on the coast for a few pictures. As we approached, I noticed some nice light that we were just in time to take advantage of, as the sun dropped just moments later to leave the area in shadow.


As normal my wife, Karen, helped taking pictures on the wedding day.  We were also joined by Rosemary, our eldest daughter, on this occasion too.  Rosemary has got a total of 8 images in this blog, including the one below.  Anyone want to guess which others are hers?
 The Farmhouse was beautifully decorated for this winter wedding, with the multitude of lights coming into their own as it got darker.
 The intricate rings were worth a bit of effort to make a special picture of.








After the first dance, Element 6 played a couple of sets which were well received by everyone dancing, with the rest of the evening music provided by Jason of Q-Sky.  Between them they kept the dance floor busy and lively all night long.

 Enjoy your honeymoon Lisa & Ben, I hope you can check this preview from such a long way away!