I may be a Berkshire based wedding photographer but I keep getting bookings in Northampton for some reason! I’m not complaining though, all the weddings in this area have been wonderful. This wedding was no exception, and I knew a few of the guests already. I was the wedding photographer for Ben’s brother James a few years ago when he married Sophie. We began, as usual, with bridal prep.
The lighting in this room was very yellow so I used the IceLight ( which looks like half a lightsabre! ) to offset it. Katie’s mum was a good laugh, it’s always nice to have someone like her around to lighten the mood and relax everyone.
The Wedding Ceremony
I’ve been very lucky with the weather in Northampton during my wedding photography career. This was the day that luck ran out!! What started as mild drizzle during bridal prep turned into torrential rain for the ceremony. That wasn’t too much of a problem for the ceremony itself, which was beautiful and emotional.
This is where the weather brought us a bit of a challenge. Ben and Katie really wanted some cool confetti shots. I was getting the umbrellas ready when James suggested doing it indoors. The vicar was on board with this ( this is a very close knit church community ) so I got the flash out and we went for it.
The wedding formal shots
The indoor confetti run worked really well, so we migrated to the Hilton in Northampton for the guests to mingle and have a drink while I pondered how we were going to do the wedding formals in the pouring rain. I did have some indoor options of course, there is always a backup plan! In the end we didn’t need it though. The hotel had a covered area in front of the entrance, with a long lens I was able to get all the group shots done there! Here is one with Ben and Katie.
The Hilton had provided a lovely room for the wedding breakfast and after some mingling in the hotel bar everyone headed there next. Lighting was pretty yellow again, so I used a flash to make things look a little brighter. Mixing flash with ambient light is one of key technical skills for a wedding photographer. I prefer to use natural light for 90% of the wedding day but sometimes you just really need to add to it. Here are more images from the wedding reception.
One of my favourite part of any wedding is the dancing. I was a bit concerned at this wedding that people might be a bit more reserved, as it was a mostly dry wedding. If anything, people hit the dance floor a lot more quickly than normal and stayed there a lot longer, I was impressed!
I’ll end with a shot of the happy couple. They were a joy to spend the day with and despite the inclement weather the wedding went beautifully and it was a pleasure to be their wedding photographer. If you are interested in booking me for your wedding please contact me via this page…Contact Me.