Kate & Andrew got married at the beautiful wedding venue, Whiston Hall in Staffordshire. Whiston Hall is also a Golf Club however you wouldn’t be able to tell as it is an extremely picturesque wedding venue with lots of areas that are perfect for couple portraits!
I began by making my way to Kate’s parents house to capture some of the goings on during bridal prep. It was lovely to capture the hair and make up being done and also all the lovely moments between Kate and her bridesmaids. Once the hairdresser and Make up artist had done their thing it was time to put on the wedding dress! At this point I actually captured one of my favourite shots of 2016, which is of two of Kate’s bridesmaids helping to do up her dress.
At that point it was off to Whiston Hall to get wed! Andy was waiting patiently in the ceremony room for his bride to arrive. Kate looked absolutely stunning as she walked into the room with her dad who was giving her away. The vows were really heartfelt and very emotional for them and all their guests.
After they’d said their ‘I do’s’ we went for a wander around Whiston Hall’s grounds to find some lovely backdrops for their couple portrait session. During the portrait session I always begin by shooting from further away and slowly getting closer to the couple. This eases the couple into getting photographed and by the end of the day they’re so used to me, they barely notice I’m there! During couple portraits I generally only shoot using two lenses, this will be my 35mm and my 85mm, my 35mm can enable me to get super close and also creates some gorgeous wide angle shots too! Having two camera bodies on me at all times is perfect for switching between these two lenses, it means it’s super quick, there’s no messing around between shots for me to change my lens.
One thing I always do when shooting is look for the light, it is after all what makes a good photograph. I took the newlyweds into an area of the grounds that was a little bit wilder than the rest, it had some gorgeous long grass and some absolutely stunning dappled light. This was one of my favourite images of their portrait session!
I love to get a creative shot of the wedding rings, I usually ask the bride and groom if I can borrow these after their wedding breakfast. At this point I’ll go for a small wander and spend about 10 minutes getting a lovely shot of their wedding bands together. Whiston Hall has some beautiful heather in it’s grounds, I knew as soon as I saw it that this was where I was going to photograph their rings. I placed the wedding rings onto the heather and as soon as I did the sun came out at just the right time, producing some beautiful light and thus beautiful imagery!
If you’re planning on getting married at Whiston Hall, please do get in touch, I would love to photograph in this stunning venue again!