Here’s proof that people read this blog and visit my website: Kate and Adam live in London but decided to get married at the fabulous Ragley Hall at Alcester near to Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire. They did an internet search of Wedding Photographers in Warwickshire, found my blog site, looked at my images, arranged a meeting with me and then booked me to photograph their special day.
They decided to hold the whole of their wedding day at Ragley hall, including the ceremony and a blessing afterwards by a local minister. Luckily, it was on a day that Ragley hall itself wasn’t open to the general public. It gave us plenty of opportunity to photograph the architecture of the building and gardens (specifically requested by Adam who is an architect) and to capture the story of their day from arrival of the groom until the start of the celebratory meal.
Two of us attended the wedding. We knew that there would be some photographic challenges, especially due to the light available in the grand hall and the VERY bright sunlight in the afternoon outside …. but after many hours of carefully choosing and editing images I’ve been able to present Kate and Adam with a fantastic selection of images from which they can choose for their album. I know that they are delighted with their image choice … AND … after entering some of their images for assessment by the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) I’ve picked up more awards including a Gold and a Bronze from this wedding alone! (More on this to follow in a later blog post!) Here’s a taster of the wedding photographs from their special day ……
The venue! Ragley Hall, Alcester, near to Stratford Upon Avon – dating back to around 1860
Adam, looking very dashing and outwardly quite calm, while they waited for Kate to arrive ….
Another touch of class – brand new Jaguar XJ cars – fantastic! …. And a favourite modern choice of ours
A fitting chariot for Kate who looked absolutely fantastic ….
The very grand ‘Red room’ leads into the Grand Hall. Just time for Kate and her dad to settle their nerves before entering for the ceremony.
Adam gets his first glimpse of his beautiful bride ….
Photography Plug! – notice we got an image of Kate from behind just before entering the hall and one from the front as she walked up the aisle. Once again, an advantage of having two photographers present!
Exchange of the rings …. (again, from the back of the hall and from the front)
Just married, a little time to breathe …. and then it was outside to the front of the house for a whole group photo on the front steps ….
There were certain group shots that Kate and Adam wanted us to get for them but we were mindful that they wanted to spend time with their guests.
Confetti on the back terrace (colour-popped image)
You may have noticed that it was a great day for a few silhouettes!
Kate was so natural and vivacious that you could be led to believe that she is used to being in-front of the camera!
It was nearly time for their sit-down meal and time for us to go …. but we just had to take advantage of sun setting over those fantastic grounds ….
And finally, a last look at the Hall, guests inside about to start their dinner and an evening of entertainment!
We thoroughly enjoyed taking the photographs at Ragley Hall and you can see more images of the building from a earlier blog post. The wedding coordinator was particularly helpful when we went along on a couple of occasions before Kate and Adam’s wedding day to plan our photography. We think we managed to capture the story of kate and Adam’s special day, along with the grandeur of the venue and we hope to be back there very soon for another wedding.
If you need a photographer or you know of anybody who needs an inventive and professional wedding photography service at Ragley hall or other similar Warwickshire venue please give me a call (07739096632). I’ll be glad to discuss your requirements with you and show you many more images and album samples from weddings such as Kate and Adam’s.