Wood Norton Wedding Photography
Laura & David
Laura and David got married at Fladbury Church, and held their wedding reception at the Wood Norton - A venue which I am very familiar with and am one of only three recommended wedding photographers.
Laura used the bridal suite at the Wood Norton in order to get ready along with her bridesmaids. At the same time, my associate photographer, Aaron, was with David and the groomsmen to cover things from their perspective.
David and his groomsmen got ready at home and travelled from there straight to the church.
The bridal suite at the Wood Norton is a gorgeous location, with lots of space and natural lighting, and wood panelling that gives a lovely warmth.
Myself and my associate photographers synchronise our cameras, so once delivered to the couple, they can look back through the images in perfect chronological order, allowing each to see what the other was doing at the same time! It is for this reason that the images between the bride and groom getting ready can jump to-and-fro.
Laura's wedding dress had a stunning lace design on the back that perfectly matched the details on the front.
This is one of my favourite photos from the morning of Laura and David's wedding. I was busy photographing the maid of honour doing up the buttons on Laura's dress, when I heard the door directly behind me opening. I turned around, and took a single frame of this angelic flower girl standing in the perfect light, and in a perfect pose. I didn't have chance to change my camera settings or anything, but the outcome is a photo that the bride and groom cherish.
After this last photo of the bridal prep at the Wood Norton, I drove the short distance to photograph David making his way to Fladbury Church.
David didn't seem nervous before the wedding ceremony at all - he even took to greeting each one of his guests with open arms.
What bride could hope for a better reaction from their husband-to-be?!
We took a few formal photos at the church with the view of taking the majority back at the Wood Norton.
The Wood Norton has a huge front lawn which gives more than enough space for formal group photos of almost any size. For the biggest formal photo (usually the photo containing all of the wedding guests) I usually head back inside and utilise the balcony of the bridal suite as can be seen in one of the images below.
At the Wood Norton, the bride and groom are taken to view the reception room (usually the Orangery) to make sure they're happy with everything before the guests are asked to take their seats. I used this same opportunity to take photos of the room, free from wedding guests.
The bride and groom chose to name their tables after various cities from around the world that they had visited together.
I thought that the centrepieces were particularly well thought out - A large display of flowers on the table tops themselves often means that people sitting directly opposite can't see or talk to each other. These thin-stemmed vases raised the flowers up by 40cm meaning that everyone around the table had an unobstructed view. This approach also proved successful when it came to the speeches.
Once the bride and groom had given their approval of the Orangery's appearance, I took them back into the gardens to have their couples photos taken. At the same time the wedding guests were moved from the lawn into the reception room, to be seated for the wedding breakfast. The 20 minutes this takes is the best time for couple's photos as the guests are occupied and the bride and groom are free to have some more intimate photos taken in relative quiet.
It was oppressively hot in the sunshine, and I was very conscious that David was wearing a black jacket and a waistcoat too - in order to stop him from becoming uncomfortably (or dangerously) warm, I made the decision to keep the newlyweds in the shade as much as I could. It was still so bright that they have a wonderful glow to them in these photos. Open shade gives the best light for this kind of photo; warm, delicate and soft, it's very flattering.
After the wedding breakfast and speeches were complete, the bride and groom headed back to the bridal/honeymoon suite whilst the guests moved to the terrace to enjoy the evening sun. Lawn games were provided to keep the guests, both young and old, thoroughly entertained.
Laura really wanted some photos to be taken on the staircase, and I knew that I wanted to shoot these images in what little light there was - I didn't want to kill the ambiance using flash, and using flash in a room with a reddish-wood panelling is fraught with difficulties. In order to shoot using only the available light I used a Pentax digital medium format camera, which, with it's massive sensor, allowed me to shoot using nothing but the light inside the hotel.
After a couple of hours enjoying the evening sun on the terrace, the wedding guests moved back to the Orangery for the evening reception which kicked off with the cutting of the cake and then the first dance.
The wedding photo below was inspired by one I took in exactly the same location a couple of years ago, late in the night and in a dense bank of fog. For Laura and David's wedding, I knew that I wanted to recreate this well-received image which meant staying later into the night, as it would only start to get dark enough for this type of image after 9pm.
In order to get this wedding photo I placed a powerful light behind the bride and groom, and made sure that it's beam was wide enough to light the trees as well as the couple themselves.
If you'd like to have a look at Laura and David's wedding album design, please click here.