September was a mad, but hugely fun month at Daniel Davies Photography. As a result, I've been rather naughty with regards to my blogging. It's time to catch up! The month started with a very lovely wedding in Central London's Chancery Lane. I arrived at the Knights Templar pub bright and early and was amazed at how beautiful it is. The walls and ceilings are so much prettier than I had imagined (and I even had time for a tour of the ladies - before any guests arrived I should add - which were truly stunning). Jan Swords, the pubs manager was incredibly helpful and couldn't have done more to make the bride & grooms day go swimmingly. Massive cudos to her and her friendly team.
I spent a lovely hour or so before the session strolling around Fleet Street, Chancery Lane and the local area. I always leave a good couple of hours spare before a wedding just in case of any traffic delays, and spending this quiet time in such lovely surroundings made for the perfect preparation for my long days work as well as giving me a few more ideas for locations for shots later that day. Bang on time, the ceremony began, meaning that there was just time for me to capture this lovely image
of the nervous groom with his sister, waiting impatiently for his bride to make her entrance. The registrar's were great, very relaxed and the ceremony itself flowed easily. Here's the great moment when the new Mr. & Mrs. Minto took their first kiss as a married couple:
We headed outside for the posed part of the day, a mixture of traditional, formal family groups and some more relaxed shots of the Bride & Groom together, enjoying a quick half hour away from the throng of guests. As we walked up to the location for the formal shots, I couldn't help noticing the immaculately dressed young chap in front of me and as he turned to look for his parents, captured this lovely moment:
How grown up does he look!
After the formals, we headed into nearby Lincoln Inns Fields where together with the newlyweds, I created this fab shot.
I decided to slightly mute the colours to give the image a timeless feel - you can see how the Bride & Groom are lovely and relaxed now the scary part of their day is more or less done!
We finished these shots in Chancery Lane itself, where I deliberately took a low position so as to include the street sign in the image, so that it had a sense of place. A little photoshop work removed the stray "stop the war" sticker from the corner of the sign and we were done.
Back into the Knight's Templar and scandal ensued! It seemed that the Groom had been spreading his love around and that another woman wanted to snatch him back.
No sooner had the cake been cut and there she was, desperate to drag him away from his bride! Grandparents are truly a blessing and it was lovely that she was around to see her Grandson so smart and so very happy.
When the first dance comes, I usually try and set up some lights away from the camera. This creates drama and allows me to focus attention on the bride and groom in a way that's not otherwise possible.
I love how this image echoes the feeling that most brides and grooms have at this time (I know I did when I got married) that you are the only people in the room as you move gracefully across the dancefloor.
I finished with some silhouette shots, and these were enhanced by the light bouncing off the bubbles blown across the dancefloor by the younger guests at the wedding:
It was only when I got home and processed the images that I caught sight of the beautiful young face, eyes wide and smiling broadly in the corner of the frame in this lovely shot.
Nicola and Ben were kind enough to ask me to stay on and relax for a while once my work day was complete - this was typical of the generosity that they showed to everyone throughout the day. Nicola, you looked stunning in that beautiful dress and Ben and the boys defined "dapper" with their matching outfits. Thank you so much for inviting me to record your day - I hope that you'll be happy with the images and that you'll look forward to viewing them for years to come.