A Look back at some of my favourite weddings

Sian & Simon

Main Picture (above left) - Canon 5D Mark ii with EF24-70mm - 58m, F2.8, 1/1250, ISO 400.

The night before the big day, Sian stayed along with her bridesmaids in a remotely located boat house. This made for a very relaxing morning of preparations for the bridal party, and a great opportunity for photographs as the house benefitted from beautifully diffused natural light from windows and skylights. I advised Sian that a spot by the French doors looking out to the lake would be an ideal place to take advantage of the natural light for applying her make up I was able to capture a number of elegant images as she relaxed in the moment. The image above was one I was very happy with as her pose, which was completely natural, is perfectly captured with the soft light creating a nice even exposure across her face.

Main Picture (above top left) - Canon 5D Mark ii with 70-200mm - 105mm, F2.8, 1/60, ISO 1600

My second photographer Maggie was following the guys in the morning, and when I arrived at the church Simon seemed in good shape. As the moment came ever closer for Sian to walk down the aisle, I captured a few moments as the nerves finally set in and he took a few moments to compose himself. The couple looked very comfortable as they  conducted their vows.

Main Picture (above) - Canon 5D Mark ii with 24-70mm - 70mm, F4.0, 1/125, ISO 100

As Sian and SImon left the church they were swarmed with friends and family offering them congratulations. The group photos were organised to be taken at the church grounds and making sure these were taken was at the back of my mind, however this was one of those instances when I didn't want to ruin the moment  for the couple and the friends and family wanting to celebrate the occasion. It was also a really nice moment to take some natural photos of happy people which is what weddings are all about after all. As Sian and Simon headed towards their wedding car, I sneaked around the other side to get an alternative view and caught this lovely moment as a very happy Sian turned towards the car and landed her eyes on my camera which was focused through the back doors of the car.

Main Picture (above right) - Canon 5D Mark ii with 24-70mm, 40mm, F4.0, 1/60, ISO 400

Simon was lucky enough to have parents who owned a farm with land big enough to accommodate such a large gathering. It was also an ideal place for some fun portraiture. I left second photographer Maggie photographing the guests, and took the couple away for a few relaxed moments alone in front of the camera.

This clothes line for ladies hats, was not just a quirky solution for guests, but also proved to be a nice photo opportunity.

Main Picture (above) - Canon 5D Mark ii with 24-105mm, 35mm, F4.0, 1/40, ISO 100

The meal, along with the speeches, were held in a marquee on the grounds of the farm. The natural light in marquees is generally very good as they act like a big lightbox, diffusing the light from the sun and creating a nice even soft light over all the guests. The wedding was in mid summer so the longer days meant the light was ideal during the speeches.

Main Picture (above) - Canon 5D Mark ii with 24-70mm, 24mm, F3.0, 1/80, ISO 400 with EX580 ii Speedlite

As the sun went down it was time for the dancing to start. Sian and Simon had a rocky uplifting first dance and invited the guests to join them leading to this lovely moment. I positioned myself just in front of the DJ and as Sian threw her arms in the air, I fired off a couple of exposures firing my flashgun into the roof of the marquee ensuring a soft light fell on the couple. It's moments like this that I really enjoy about photographing weddings, when people are thoroughly lost in the moment and forget the cameras presence, allowing for great natural images like this.