Paris Themed Wedding at the Collisheen – Nadine + Lori

Nadine and Lori took their time to get engaged but they did it in an unforgettable way in their favourite city on the Pont de Artes bridge, Paris! They love French culture and the magic of this European city and so Paris became the theme for their wedding as well as their engagement! Nadine and Lori would have loved to have got married in Paris but they are also extremely close to their family and friends and wanted to ensure that all their loved ones could be with them on their special day. There was also no ways that Nadine’s Dad would let her get away with a quiet elopement! Their wedding was an eclectic mix of Eastern and European rituals, outfits, traditions, and decor. They had a Hindu ceremony followed by a Parisian themed party which saw everything from fire dancers, glittered toffee apples to a sabrage ceremony being performed with aplomb by the groom. This was a wedding that was filled to the brim with colour, bling and a whole lot of love.

After the wedding was over Nadine and Lori jetted off to the UK where Nadine got to fulfil one of her dreams to visit Hogwarts. I think this best sums them up, they are a delightfully quirky couple who are adventuring through life in the search of magic!

Stylish Netherwood Wedding – Janine + Ryan

Janine and Ryan’s wedding was beyond stylish. Think Vogue magazine meets Harpers Bizarre! Janine radiated hotness in her elegant Julia Ferrandi gown while Ryan smouldered like a James bond candidate in his tux! The decor was out of this world with the main feature being an enormous flower wall of red blooms. This was a wedding that sizzled but that’s where the heat ended. Nottingham road experienced a freak cold snap that weekend and temperatures dropped down to 3 degrees with an icy wind blowing through the Netherwood farm. This didn’t damper anyones spirits in fact it created a buzz which turned into one heck of a party!

Wedding Guests

This one is for my photographer friends …….

A good wedding photographer isn’t just a good picture taker. You need to have the people skills of a ninja, have an enormous sense of diplomacy, patience, assertiveness and humor. You will need to learn how to deal with different personalities whilst undergoing a huge amount of stress. No one wants to hire a bossy be –yatch and so much of your future business will happen as a result of word of mouth. The way you conduct yourself on a wedding day will sell you as much as your pictures.

How you deal with the wedding guests is as important as how you deal with your bride and groom. Whether you have a wedding of 6 people or 600 people you need to treat everyone with respect. They are an extension of the couple

Today I am going to take a tongue and cheek look at some of the guests you will encounter along the way.

Autumn Wedding at Hartford House – Kate + Mark

Kate is a horsey girl who rides a gorgeous chestnut at the Umdloti stables. Any wedding involving people who understand my love of horses gets me excited, but when the said wedding happens to happen at Hartford House you will find me even more eager. I absolutely love shooting at this venue and the farm was looking particularly magnificent on Kate and Mark’s big day with all the orange leaves infused with autumn light. It’s not often that a bride in heels is keen as nails to jump a farm gate and walk through the mud but Kate is an equestrian and I think she had as much fun with the horses as I did!

How to unboring your wedding pics? – Start by asking yourself what you love about your job.

I recently gave a lecture to a group of 30 odd photographers on behalf of Nikon on “How to unboring your wedding Photography” and one of the questions I asked the audience was “What is it about wedding photography that makes you love it?”

I believe that in order to make authentic images we need to turn inward to discover what we really love and what we are drawn to instead of blindly copying trends or trying to do what everyone else is doing. If we know what we like and why, then we can apply these to our own work and use it as a map or a guide. If we keep coming back to this map we can create our own path instead of looking at everyone else and following the status quo which aside from being boring, can be an endless cycle.