On the street in Berlin

From a random encounter on a Berlin street, a wedding party moving from one place to another, and quite by chance giving me some of my favourite wedding images:

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Preparations

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Those all important adjustments while there is still time – a shot of the best man sorting out his button hole in the pub, and converted to my favourite black and white look.

It isn’t just about the bride

Here’s a single black and whites conversion to try to sum up one of the things I enjoy most about photographing a wedding. It’s all too easy to follow the bride and groom around and photograph them either on their own or interacting with the guests, and there are some fine pictures to be found that way. But there is a risk of capturing some of the best moments happening elsewhere.

It’s a picture with two elements – guests taking photographs of the bride and groom, and an older child trying to keep a younger one under control. It’s relatively mundane – but often these moments go completely undocumented, which would be a pity.

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An emotional moment

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From a Suffolk coastal wedding last year, a captured moment during the wedding service. Quite tricky lighting and difficult to get everything just right with the camera, but I would rather risk a less than technically perfect shot to catch the right moment, with the bride just about to wipe away a tear.

Thorpeness Hotel and Country Club wedding

I was pleased to be invited by the Thorpeness Hotel and Country Club, where I photographed a wedding in November, to submit a few images from the day that they might be able to use as part of a forthcoming article featuring the venue in the January 2014 edition of Suffolk Norfolk Life.

The picture that was used- see below – is of an antique suitcase used to display congratulations cards and similar at the reception with the guests in the background enjoying their food and drink. The other two pictures aren’t mine though…the November weather turned out rather dull and grey and not conducive to spending too long out of doors!

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The Country Club was a lovely venue, close to the cliff top in Thorpeness, and I was glad to be a part of the bride and groom’s day.

Before the wedding

The tables are laid, all ready to go……a scene from a recent country club wedding in Suffolk.  Though I’m not overly concerned about capturing the inanimate details of a wedding, preferring to concentrate on people and how they interact, these shots help to present a rounded picture of the occasion and pick up on little things that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

So for instance here, there isn’t much going on, there’s no-one in the frame, but I liked the linking of the inside and outside spaces (and for anyone familiar with the venue, the buildings in the background might well help to locate it). There is a sense of something about to happen.

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I’d like to wish season’s greetings to all – and advance notice that I’ll be publishing a post with my five favourite wedding photography images of 2013 by the end of the month.

A winter wedding at the country club

From a lovely Suffolk wedding in November – I briefly nipped round from a position  on the other side of the groom and here’s a black and white taken from there. I’ll make some more images from this wedding available shortly. I do like black and white and I find that more and more of my photographs look better when presented this way.

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