Wedding Photography: Rachel & Steven at The Ashes, Stoke
Every now and then I have the pleasure of photographing a friend’s wedding; now you would think this relieves the pressure slightly but not so; you still want to do the best job you can and cover every aspect of the day to your best ability. I know Steven through his brother Chris who is a close friend of mine but had not had the privilege of meeting Rachel until the morning of the wedding.
Rachel and her entourage were in good spirits and housed in a lovely little cottage all to themselves provided by The Ashes. This was a perfect location for the bridal prep shots and surrounded by lovely locations for the detail shots of the flowers and shoes.
When the groom and his groomsmen arrive I like to let them settle in and relax for a bit before I do any portrait shots; so I took the rings off Chris, Steven’s best man and set about trying to make them stand up, this is not easy in nearly below freezing conditions and numb fingers!
After 15 minutes or so I went back to Steven to get the groomsmen portrait shots out of the way so he could go back to greeting his guests and prepare himself for the ceremony.
With the ceremony due to begin I took a few quick shots of Rachel and her parents then headed over to the ceremony room which is a huge barn conversion, it had wonderful lighting and a unique arrangement with the added option of a balcony for over head shots which I made the most of to show the layout. I was restricted by the registrar with the amount of photos I could take which was a pity, but I managed to capture the essential shots so the happy couple would have something to look back on for many years to come. They had two readings from friends and family, but before we knew it the ceremony was over and we were back outside in the bitter cold air for a drinks reception in The Ashes courtyard, this was a perfect location for an overhead shot of all the guests. Soon followed the guest shots, then off for the newlyweds portrait session. I am a huge fan of simple backdrops and great textures and The Ashes had so many I was spoilt for choice, Rachel and Steven were fantastic despite the biting cold December air and helped me capture some wonderful shots of not only a great location but of two people obviously very much in love with each other.
Now with The Ashes being an old farm it has a number of converted barns, the reception room was a separate one to the barn used to hold the ceremony. This was great for me as I was able to just head straight in and shoot some more detail shots before the guests were due to come in for the wedding breakfast, it was a huge room and again had its own balcony which I made the most of for the speeches and some reportage shots of the guests enjoying themselves after the wedding breakfast.
I was with Steven and Rachel all day as they booked me for coverage from the bridal prep through to coverage after the first dance; I could tell you about the day and write endless amounts so I will stop here and just let you enjoy the photos below. Please click on any photo to enlarge and feel free to leave any comments you may have.