There’s something really lovely about being recommended to photograph a wedding and, in Chris and Emma’s case, I had been asked back after photographing Emma’s sister Holly’s wedding three years ago. Emma knew how I work really well and it’s great to be part of a day where the bride and groom really get my style and approach and just let me get on and “do my thing”! It was also bound to be a great day as they were getting married at Harston church which is a lovely building with a very nice church yard and also having the reception at Longstowe Hall – I love Longstowe and photographing there is very much like playing on my home ground so it was set to be a fantastic day!
There are lots of photographs of Longstowe Hall and it’s lovely grounds in the full set of images but for me weddings are all about people and some of my personal favourite pictures are below. My favourites are all about human interaction and emotion, there are laughs and smiles and a few funny little moments as well – I particularly like the one of one of Emma’s bridesmaids painting her toe nails – I don’t think I have ever taken a similar picture before and it’s a little detail that just appeals to me. I’m also very fond of the picture of Holly and family where their little girl is pushing a brightly coloured toy onto here Dad’s face – a funny little moment and nice for me as I last photographed them at their wedding three years previously.
Emma and Chris’s first dance was fantastic – choreographed and laced with intense concentration, moments of peril and a massive reaction from all of their guests when it was over.
I remember walking back to my car at Longstowe after I had finished for the day exhausted but with a warm little glow inside. These days, where everything just falls into place are what make my job amazing.