It was an absolute pleasure to attend and photograph Nic & Ashleia’s beautiful Hanse House Wedding and reception. It was a midweek wedding starting at 4:00pm and as the clocks had just gone back for British winter time, it was almost dark by the time it all began. The ceremony was lit with candles and fairy lights which gave off a lovely warm feeling and allowed for some great shots. Its not often that I get the opportunity to shoot a candlelit wedding so I decided to use flash very sparingly and allow as much of the ambient light into the camera as possible. After the ceremony we headed out onto the cobbled streets along the side of Hanse House on the South Quay for some group photos. By this time it was really dark outside and so I had no option but to add some lighting to the scene, however I still managed to capture the natural ambience along the street in the background. After the groups came the bride and groom portraits. We chose to use the same cobbled street along with some off camera lighting and managed to create some stunning photos. I had a short while left before the evening meal and so decided to sneak up to the bistro to gather some photos of the wedding cake and table decorations whilst they all lay neatly in place. I then headed down to the bar to get some candid shots of the guests gathering before everyone headed up for their sit down meal. The meal was the final part of the evening as the couple decided against a party and first dance. I took several photos of the guests enjoying their meals and then the cake cutting, before disappearing and leaving everyone to enjoy their evening.
The father of the groom caught up with me just before I headed off, he asked me if it was at all possible to get some of the images sent over the following day so that he could take them to show a family member that was unable to attend the wedding. So I arrived home for dinner with my wife and spent an hour with my little monkey before his bedtime, and then got stuck in with the post editing. I was up at the pc for several hours, so it was a tiring day for me, but definitely all well and truly worth while.