I think Karen and Mark’s wedding was the fifth one I had obtained from recommendations by the staff at one of London’s law firms. Like so many of the weddings I photograph, I hadn’t met Karen and Mark before the date or worked at their particular venues, but was delighted to be their wedding photographer at The Olde Bell Hurley. I love photographing weddings where there’s a mix of countries and cultures so this Anglo-German wedding was really fun to shoot. A lot of Karen’s friends and family had come over from Germany and they had made sure that everyone was catered for with bilingual signs and menus, German and UK flags and even a traditional German wedding custom of log cutting was performed by the couple during the drinks reception. More of this in part 2 of the blog post.
When I arrived at The Olde Bell, Karen had been joined by two smaller bridemaids, then the adult bridemaids arrived and soon the room was full. Karen seemed to be getting everybody else ready, tieing bows and applying make up. Once in her dress, Karen looked amazing and wowed her father when he entered the room. I was able to get a nice, wide shot of the champagne toast before they left.
Mark had been at The Olde Bell too and Karen had warned me that (like so many people I photograph) he wasn’t comfortable in front of the camera. This is pretty much what I hear all the time and the reason many couples choose me to be their documentary wedding photographer is that I photograph unobtrusively, comprehensively and without the need for dramatic, awkward posing.
The ceremony took place just across the county boundary at St John The Baptist Church in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire. This a beautiful Norman, village church with the original parts dating back to the late 12th Century. The church has made an appearance in the TV shows Poirot, Miss Marple and Lewis. It also featured in OK Magazine as the church venue for Scary Spice’s wedding.
Part 2 of the blog post with lots more pictures will be coming shortly and do feel free to leave a comment or share the post.