My thought process was this: "Where do we get the light from exactly, you know, to take the photos, after the wedding etc....?". That was one challenge. The next challenge was even more interesting...... "We're getting married by candlelight too!". I'm not ashamed to say that my heart sank again - any photographer would tell you exactly the same if they're honest, you see light is needed to take professional quality images (especially within churches) when flash is either not allowed or at the very least frowned upon, certainly during the ceremony. They looked through my sample Graphistudio albums over a coffee, looking and admiring the many summer weddings within, people laughing and enjoying themselves in the summer sun, having a Pimms on the grass, children playing outdoor games etc. Anyway, we agreed a package and signed the paperwork. It was then up to me to worry about what I would be presented with on the day, in the fast fading light......
I have never been so wrong in my expectations before. I arrived at the church early to check it out and I was blown away, the candles were out and there were MANY! The place looked like a winter wonderland and I felt privileged to see the church in all it's glory, a couple of days before Christmas day. It was truly beautiful. I was sooooo glad to be part of it and to be able to cover the wedding for them, far away from the usual bright sunny days that us Wedding Togs become accustomed to, and indeed sometimes pray for. There were a few group shots taken once we were back at Brasteds in Framingham Pigot, but I was mainly able to snap away freely whilst there. The usual amazing hospitality was forthcoming by Michael and his team at Brasted's, the food is never short of outstanding and their welcome even more so. Big thanks to him and the team!
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Helen and Neil were thrilled with their images and if I'm honest, so was I. I didn't have anything like it in my portfolio yet, but I do now! With their generous permission, here are a selection of their images (note the one of Neil handing his lovely Mum the photos which I had printed for her during the meal, ready for the speeches) . Thank you guys for letting me be a part of your big day, it was an honour and a privilege.
Big love x