It was a pleasure to photograph the wedding of Rebecca and Bradley, at St. Leonard’s Church at Dordon, and then off to their reception at the Hotel at Drayton Manor theme park.
We started the photography of Rebecca at home before she left for the Church, along with her bridesmaids and parents. Then we met Bradley at the Church before the ceremony started, which gave me time to take photographs of the groomsmen, as well as Bradley’s parents. I was able to take photographs from the back of the Church, using a long lens on a tripod, which gave some fantastic shots of the service.
After the wedding ceremony I used the Church grounds for photographs of close family and the Bride sand Groom location shots, which will look great in their storybook wedding album. Having two photographers gives a greater coverage of the wedding, as Jayne who was the second photographer has a long lens on her camera, which enabled natural, fly on the wall shots of people, giving a far greater range of shots.
When we arrived at Drayton Manor, I used the grounds outside for group photographs of family and friends, before Rebecca and Bradley were taken by golf buggy to the lake for photographs in a more scenic location. I also photographed them on the carousel and by some of the rides at Drayton Manor.
Lichfield Registry Office is the busiest in Staffordshire, so it is no wonder I am there so often. I have photographed weddings there since it moved from the previous Registry Office in Lichfield, which was in Lombard street, many years ago.
I was pleased to be the photographer for Emma and Stephen, who were married at Lichfield Registry Office, and held their reception at Netherstowe House in Lichfield. I met Stephen outside the Registry Office for photographs before the Registrar needed him for his interview, and I also photographed Emma’s arrival. After the ceremony the beautiful grounds of Beacon Park and the nearby Remembrance gardens were used for the photographs of family and friends. I have my favorite locations that I like to use, which make for fantastic photographs. The reception was held at nearby Netherstowe House. Concluding the photography at the reception meant lots of great locations were used for the wedding photography of Emma and Stephen.
The George Hotel in Lichfield is one of our regular venues for Civil Weddings. Sarah and Mark chose to hold their wedding there on a lovely warm day.
I met Mark and his best man at the George before the ceremony time, and took photographs of them both, along with Mark’s immediate family. Sarah was getting ready at the Hotel, so I took photographs of her with her bridesmaids before the registrars wanted Sarah for the ceremony.
After the wedding we used the courtyard to take the family and friends photographs, and then took the couple along with bridesmaids to the nearby remembrance gardens next to minster pool for their photographs. During this time the Hotel staff prepared the Garrick room that will be used for their meal.
On Saturday 30th July we photographed the wedding of Shelley Leeson and Matt Force, at Swinfen Hall near Lichfield.
The weather was warm and sunny throughout the day, and after the ceremony the guests enjoyed drinks on the lawns at the back of Swinfen Hall. We took our group photographs after the ceremony, and then took Shelley and Matt to some of our favorite locations around the grounds. There was a wondeful relaxed atmosphere with everyone having a great time. We also took Matt and Shelley to our favorite indoor locations for more photographs.
We have photographed many weddings at Swinfen Hall over the years, and keep coming back on a regular basis. It is a great venue in all weathers as there are so many good locations both outside and inside the building.
On Wednesday I photographed the Queen when she visited Lichfield Cathedral, for the medal parade and thanksgiving service for the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry.
The last time I photographed the Queen was when she visited County Buildings in Stafford, in 2006. Then I was commissioned by Staffordshire County Council to cover the visit, and this time it is for the Lichfield Gazette. All photographers and journalists had to apply for media accreditation beforehand and pass the security checks.
After a 9.00am briefing, we were allocated to a fixed point outside Lichfield Cathedral. Some photographers were allocated a rota, which gave them greater movement but meant their images were in a ‘pool’, and must be made available to other news organisations, including those at a fixed point, which generally did not have the best vantage points.
I used two cameras, a Canon 1D mk4 with a 70 – 200mm F2.8 IS lens, for the long shots, and a Canon 5D mk2 with a 24 – 105 lens for the closer shots (if I was lucky!). The weather stayed fine and warm, and the crowds enjoyed the spectacle.
Here are a small selection of photographs taken on the day.
On Wednesday 5th July we photographed the wedding of Ben Bishop and Laura Owen at Packington Moor. This one of our favourite venues, close to home and absolutely wonderful for wedding photography.
The day started off dull and wet, so we took a good supply of white umbrellas, however there was only one short spell of rain, and the sun shone through after that. Laura, Ben, and all of their guests were wonderful to work with, and everyone really got into the spirit of enjoying the day.
On Saturday I photographed the wedding of Edward Hill and Emma Rainsford, at Christchurch Lichfield, and then at the reception at the Belfry.
The weather on Saturday was truly a sunshinne and showers day – all day. The sun could be out for five minutes, and then suddenly there would be a sudden torrential downpour, which stopped after ten or fifteen minutes, and the whole cycle carried on. However Edward and Emma had a fantastic day and we managed to get a great set of photographs.
We started at the brides home, and then met Edward at the church. Within minutes the rain came, so I took photographs inside the church and under trees. When we arrived at the Belfry, it rained just after our arrival, but we managed to get some fantastic photographs by the lake and then the family groups, in a wonderful window of dry and sunny weather.