Verity & Rob
4th April 2015
Verity & Rob
4th April 2015
I love a DIY wedding! There is nothing better than doing everything yourself and getting it the way you want, and that is exactly what Verity and Rob did. They called on all their friends and family to help make, decorate and assemble everything! Their wedding was held in a small quintessential village called Woodchurch in Kent, Verity was getting ready at her childhood home in Woodchurch surrounded by her all of her bridesmaids and close family.
I am a real believer in having a pre-wedding shoot in the weeks before the wedding. It helps to calm your nerves, as well as provide you with a beautiful collection of images. We arranged Verity and Robs on a Sunday in Whistable, taking some stunning romantic photos of the couple on the town's quaint seafront.
Before I got to Verity on the morning of the wedding, my second shooter James and I met at the reception venue just down the road. The day before the wedding Verity, Rob and a large group of their best friends and close family converted a small village hall into a stunning wedding venue, draping all the walls and lighting the place beautifully with purple uplighters and fairy lights. Before shooting Verity getting ready on her wedding day, James and I visited the hall to capture the venue and took the opportunity to quickly assemble my brand new photobooth ready for the guests to have fun with later that afternoon! After this, I left James with all the guys help to them finish setting up and to shoot all the little details of the day.
Afterwards, James made his way to where the guys were getting ready. He works the same way as I do, capturing the nuances of the guys’ outfits, before moving on to document the final parts of the groomsman getting ready.
When I arrived to photograph the bridal prep, I was met with complete calm and tranquillity, which tends to be a bit of a rarity. I started off photographing details such as jewellery and dresses, while getting everyone comfortable with having a photographer around. While Verity’s makeup was being finished, I began to capture these images. Working around everyone in the room can sometimes be a challenge, but I try not to disrupt anything, ensuring the images are natural and the emotional connection of each moment is captured.
Next was the ceremony held nearby in the church in Woodchurch. By having two photographers, which I offer in my ‘Deluxe Wedding Package’, we were able to document the ceremony from a large variety of angles without being obtrusive or obscuring anyone’s view for a prolonged period of time. Due to our professional lenses and cameras, photographing wedding ceremonies in dark churches is no problem at all!
Right after the wedding ceremony, Verity and Rob walked out of the church as husband and wife to be showered by their guests in rose petals! We then started with the family formals. I always make sure to organise the order to use the bride and groom’s time most efficiently as possible. I enlisted the help of the two best men Neil and Chris to usher everyone together for the group photos, 20 minutes and eight groups later, all the guests made their way to the reception to welcome and congratulate Verity and Rob.
To give their guests some time to grab a drink and make themselves comfortable, we took the time to photograph some portraits of the bride and groom around the church. After 10 minutes, we all made our way to the hall where they were greeted by the guests!
The speeches were scheduled for just after they arrived at the reception. Their best men and I ushered everyone into the centre of the hall to listen. Having two photographers really helps here, James was able to capture the reactions from the bride and groom and shoot each speaker, while I gained a height advantage at the back of the hall to photograph to laughter and tears of the rest of the gusts.
I love to encapsulate the mood of the day through the guest’s reactions and emotions, and this requires being a bit of stealth to shoot a reaction before they notice me. The other option is always to guide them to have great fun in my photobooth!
As guests were waiting to grab some food, I had a short amount of time with Verity and Rob. We jumped into the car and drove around the corner to the windmill that overlooks the whole of Woodchurch. We took some stunning photographs in the dwindling evening light while the sun was setting. We were all back at the hall before anyone had realised we had gone.
Once everyone had filled up on some food, it was time to slip on the dancing shoes! Verity and Rob were up there first to show us how it was done, before quickly being joined by their close friends and family. I love the uplighters in the background - they really help add some vibrant colour into the scene and are a great way to add some vibrancy to your photo collection.
The evening reception is one of the best times of the day to capture the joy and emotion of the day, which is why I always stick around to snap everyone with their hair down!
To finish it all off, everyone popped outside for a few minutes for some fireworks!
Verity and Rob had my ‘Deluxe Wedding Package' which includes a second shooter and photo booth. They received over 1,000 individual images.
"Absolutely amazing photographer and easily one of the best decisions we made for our entire wedding. Ed was great to have around, made sure we were happy with everything and gave us advice where we needed it. And above all, the photos are incredible! Couldn't recommend highly enough!" - Rob & Verity 04.04.15