I first met Gareth and Natalie in a cosy little pub halfway between my home and their wedding venue, Dunchurch Park Hotel. They live near Rugby and I live in Reading. It was a bit strange I guess that they chose a Berkshire wedding photographer to shoot their Rugby wedding, but they really liked the documentary style of my images. They brought with them their two little girls and I remember thinking, “Crikey, how are they going to enjoy their wedding day running around after these two!”. I have kids myself and still remember looking after my son at a wedding where my wife was the bridesmaid, it was exhausting!
Small wedding huh?
So we had a chat in this pub and they said it would be a small wedding, very informal. When I talked to Gareth and Natalie a few months later they mentioned that the wedding was expanding just a little bit.! That’s the way of weddings in the UK, and probably the rest of the world, you start off thinking you’ll only invite a few people and then by the time the day comes the whole extended family is coming! So here is the venue for their small wedding…
So, onto the day itself…I drove up with my second shooter for the day, Helen. As usual, we started early to arrived well ahead of schedule. I had a look around Dunchurch Park Hotel with Helen before we started bridal prep. The children were being very cute, which is always fun for the wedding photographer.
The ceremony…and a problem
The wedding ceremony was not at Dunchurch Park Hotel, it was at the local church, which was awesome, the vicar was really friendly and knew the couple and all was well with the world. Then the Church Warden stepped in and demanded that we stay at the back for the ceremony. While not really what Gareth and Natalie wanted, you have to go along with the rules, so we stayed at the back and dug out the zoom lenses. I use very quiet mirrorless cameras so the warden became a lot less grumpy once he realised I wasn’t going to disturb the ceremony. If you want to see the gear I use for a wedding I wrote a blog post on it here..https://www.croshawphotography.com/2019/02/21/documentary-wedding-photography-the-gear-that-i-use/
I did get to lurk at the front until Natalie walked up the aisle, after which I was duly banished to the back of the Church!
After the wedding it was back to the Marquee set up in the grounds of the Dunchurch Park Hotel. We managed to squeeze in some family shots before what looked like a typical March thunderstorm rolled in. This venue make it very easy for these types of images as there were some magnificent stone steps to pose people on, with the house providing a magnificent background.
The marquee was truly a thing of beauty, and very cosy even in March. This is my favourite part of the day. Everyone relaxes a lot more and I can do more of the candid photography that I love. The speeches were some of the funniest of I’ve ever heard, and then the evening ended with a fantastic band and some fairly wild dancing!
Going back to my initial meeting with Natalie and Gareth, they certainly did manage to enjoy their day! The venue was fabulous as well, it’s on my list of top venues in the area..Three great Coventry wedding venues
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