Caroline & Colin
Caroline & Colin
I met Caroline and Colin for cake and coffee five months before their wedding - it’s a great way to get to know a couple ahead of the big day. I can learn more about their wedding and what kind of images they want from the day, as well as share my experiences at that venue and display my albums and online galleries.
The majority of my couples have a pre-wedding shoot. Colin and Caroline were no exception. We headed over to Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells and had a fantastic time shooting there. It helped Caroline and Colin to relax before their big day and gave them some fantastic memories of before they tied the knot.
Starborough Manor is a beautiful country house with a picturesque moat. The decor inside is stunning, with spectacular high ceilings that give the rooms a light and airy feel.
My day started bright and early in the morning, giving me time to photograph the grounds before the guests arrive. I then met with the bridesmaids to begin documenting the day.
I always start with documenting all the details including both of Caroline’s dresses, her shoes and all her jewellery, before moving on to the rest of the bridesmaids.
While I was photographing Caroline’s bridal party and family in the morning, my second photographer James was with the guys, keeping them all in check while capturing their start to the day.
Then, as the excited guests started to arrive at Starborough Manor, James was able to photograph them wishing Colin luck as I finished taking a few portraits of the girls before they walk down the aisle. This is where having two photographs really helps to expand your coverage of your day.
The ceremony was one of the most romantic and intimate I have had the pleasure of photographing. Together with James, we captured it from an assortment of angles to ensure the images are as diverse as possible.
I love how guests were able to be a part of the ceremony by blessing the rings, while Caroline and Colin’s close friends and family were able to be included in the service when they enclosed their hands together.
After Caroline and Colin walked back down the aisle as husband and wife, I set up an area where we could shoot the formal family photos while James documented the guests chatting and drinking.
I believe it to be really important that these formal photographs are not rushed or quickly taken. I do this by individually positioning people and teaching everyone the best way to stand, place their hands and where to look. The end result is amazing.
The details and décor of the reception room looked stunning, and the colours used flowed beautifully.
After the food and before the speeches, I popped outside with Caroline and Colin for 10 minuites to take some portraits in the beautiful evening light.
We lit the reception room to give it an airy feel throughout the speeches and into the rest of the evening.
While photographing the speeches, we split up so we are able to maximise the number of guests’ reactions we could capture. One of us of course, trained the camera on the top table, waiting for the reactions of Caroline and Colin.
Shortly afterwards, the marred couple cut their cake, completing their first task together as a married couple. It's a great opportunity for their friends and family to share and, of course, a fantastic moment to capture.
Once the sun had set, the music was turned on. Caroline and Colin took to the centre of the dance floor for the first dance surrounded by all their friends and family, and James and I photographed the moment from two angles with two completely different looks. After the dance, the party really kicked off with the guests loosening up and testing out a number of questionable dance moves!
Once the first dance finished the party really kicked off with a range of questionable dance moved pulled throughout the night!
The guys took a rest from the dance floor to have a drink and cigar outside. It’s always a great opportunity to capture a few photos of the guys for the quintessential black-and-white portrait.
The photobooth was in full swing and was a massive hit, in most shots there were over 10 people in it, none of the guests held back their ludicrous faces and some even paired them with some comical hats and glasses, there was also an appearance by Bruce Forsyth and a poor inflatable monkey!
We finished the night with a final photo of Caroline and Colin outside.
Caroline and Colin chose my ultimate package. They were presented with over 1,000 images, over 200 images from the photo booth and over 100 from their pre-wedding shoot.
"We couldn't have wished for a better photographer for our wedding. From our first meeting right through to ordering copies of our photos, Edward has been professional, friendly and very helpful. The photos look absolutely stunning, and perfectly capture our memories from the day" - Caroline & Colin