This was a wedding that I was really looking forward to and even the rain, wind and cold could not stop me having a brilliant time. I first met Liz probably 14 years ago when I taught her at RWCMD on the Stage Management course. So I was very excited to photograph her Kingscote Barn Wedding back in November and again I had to put on my extra layers to help get through a wedding at this time of year.
I had the pleasure of working with Mr and Mrs Productions who were doing videography on this wedding and it is always nice to work closely with people I have never met before. I thought we made a pretty good team! We arrived at the same time at the barn where Liz was getting ready and got straight into capturing the bridal preperations (after a quick hug of course!) It was so lovely to see Liz and I was so pleased when she asked me to photograph her big day. Her and Leon had been together for 4 and a half years and were engaged when Leon got down on one knee at Jasper National Park whilst they were on holiday in Canada. They make such a great couple although Leon is only her joint favourite boy after their dog who was with them on the day! (see photos below)
Liz looked stunning in her Mon Cherie dress by Martin Thornburg which she bought at Grand Jour Bridal Boutique and she never stopped smiling all day even when she was really cold doing photos! Her bridesmaids were wearing dresses from TFNC London and they looked great with the flowers from The Wilde Bunch. The boys managed to scrub up OK too in their Next suits!
Kingscote Barn is a stunning venue that would be an absolute breeze to shoot at on a hot summers day – whereas for this wedding it was a bit more challenging but worth every moment. The ceremony, meal and first dance were in the main room of the barn and its thick stone walls and high ceilings give it a real rustic charm. The photos would have been even more beautiful if there was more natural light coming in through the windows but it was one of those days where the gloom does not penetrate the glazing. It did not matter though as the couple and their guests smiled and laughed their way through the day and we were given a bit of a dry weather window to shoot (very quickly) the group and couple shots outside with umbrellas on permanent stand by! It was cold but really worth it and even Liz (who is constantly cold) loved it and was glad we did.
We managed more outside photographs in the evening with the lit trees in the grounds as a backdrop and these were really textural and the added lighting in the trees added depth to each photo. If only I had 8 lights with me at each wedding (and more time to set them up and get them right!!). We also did some on the lawn outside the barn and these were different again and slightly more bold without the trees behind. Liz loved both sets of images!
The final part of the evening (before a decent drive home and getting ready for the following days wedding) was the cake cutting on the dance floor – something I can highly recommend if you hate the cake cutting shot at a wedding. The cake was made by her bridesmaid – Hannah and looked delicious. It was then straight onto the dance floor and the first dance before heading home. The dancing shots are always a great part of the day and one of my most favourite and productive times at any wedding.
Well congratulations to Liz and Leon and what a great day! It was also made special because I caught up with a couple of other students that I taught and laughed alot with them during the day – I am even going to Scotland to photograph one of their weddings later this year and I cannot wait! Please get in touch here if you would like me to be with you on your wedding day and capture some lovely photos and have a great time with you.