First stop of the day was to do some bridal preps shots at the Marriott Hotel in Lingfield. We made our way into the hotel suite to meet Nadia and her impressive number of 12 bridesmaids. The floor to ceiling windows created a lovelly quality of light in the room to make some beautiful bridal shots, the contemporary décor complimented the bride’s fantastic wedding dress, and the open space in the room allowed us to take some wonderful group shots of the bride with her bridesmaids. It was an inspiring environment for a contemporary style of wedding photography. That red background in the mini folio was the curtain in the room. Something I have done on the odd occasion to create a different studio kind of look to some portraits.
Afterwards we made our way to the wedding ceremony venue, one of my favourites; Hever Castle in Kent. This was a wedding I really wanted to have some decent weather on as all it seems to do this year is rain. I think 2012 will be the year people remember for being one of the wettest ever. Just as the ceremony was about to start it literally chucked in down and this was an outdoor wedding in many respects being in the Logia in the Italian Gardens, luckily there was some shelter under the archways in the gardens and the Logia itself being under cover. As the bride was ready to make her way to the ceremony under the Logia, the weather turned for the better. Luck was on our side and it turned out to be wonderful and gave us some great light to work with.
Following the ceremony we took some group shots of the bridal party and then explored the Italian Gardens and the many features at Hever Castle to make some wonderful directed wedding photographs, and some documentary photographs for the couple.
Hever Castle has to be one of my favourite wedding venues and considering I travel throughout the UK and Europe covering weddings at this venue at just 20 minutes drive for me is so very handy.
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Here’s a selction of just a few from the day: