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Kew Bridge Steam Museum wedding

Ealing Register Office

Today’s wedding did not started until 3pm and was last one at Ealing register office. I arrived early as I was a bit worried about travelling through summer storm. Luckily the god of traffic was kind to me and I arrived without any delay, unfortunately the weather man was not so kind to me, and I got soaked thoroughly once I was getting out of car and walking briskly into the register office. Not a great start to the day, it could only get better I thought ;o)

The Ceremony

The ceremony was rather short, as they all tend to be, quick group shots at the office stairs, some pictures of groom organizing a taxi to get guest to the steam museum… just to learn the taxi is not coming, so I kindly offered bride and groom a lift to the museum, so I doubled up as a wedding limo!

Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Once we arrived at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum I  immediately assembled my trusty Bowens flash to snap bride and groom’s portraits outside of the museum, with the iconic tower in the background. We were finished and moving slowly inside, once someone started the steam engine round the corner, with a lot of thick yellow smoke everywhere… so I could not miss this opportunity to get few more “atmospheric” pictures of Emily and David… and because of all the old stuff around and orange smoke we got some of my best wedding pictures. I used natural light not to spoil the vintage look.

The guest arrived at the venue in the meantime allowing me some ambient portraits as they were mingling. I could not resist to walk around with Bride and Groom around the museum and get more portraits with all the engines. Emily & David were excellent, very patient and happy to pose here and there for me, but also very natural I think.

Next point at my agenda was a steam engine train, running at the museum grounds, which was a great fun for the kids but also for grown-ups. Moving inside meant I was again struggling with lack of lights, especially as it was getting dark and this was not one of the sunniest days, which meant I had to start using my on camera flash quite soon.

The dinner was followed by speeches, cutting cake and first dance, and might assignment was over. I was very sorry to leave as the band was fantastic, just my cup of tea, I was just too tired to stay and enjoy the music. I’ll try to get a link to the band website if I can get it. And now, enjoy the pictures!

Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel in Ware wedding

Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel in Ware

Today’s wedding in Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel in Ware (https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/stngs-hanbury-manor-a-marriott-hotel-and-country-club/) was not an easy one for one rather unusual reason – it was just too hot ;o) It was probably the hottest day in British history, it felt like that to me anyway!

I started with pictures of bride Marie getting ready in her room, taking pictures of her dress, shoes and other accessories and the usual rush of all the girls getting ready. It was nice to see Stacey again as a brides maid, which I photographed her weeding almost exactly a year ago. Quick run down the stairs to photograph groom James at the bar and back upstairs to capture bride leaving her room.

The ceremony is in the hotel chapel, which is very bright and light, so I do not have to fight with poor light conditions. After the ceremony all the wedding guests leave to the courtyard, so the chapel can be prepared for group shots, as outside it is far too sunny. After many group portraits in the chapel we all move into the dining room and the dinner is served. I take the opportunity to photograph the venue in the meantime, to be back in time just for the speeches. The live music starts so after few minutes I leave with bride and groom to do our little loop round the venue to capture some beautiful portraits. I really loved the light at the old staircase, but also the ancient trees in the garden.

When we are finished I snap few pictures of quests mingling in the nice warm evening lights, then the bouquet is thrown and cake cut. The only event for me to photograph is the first dance.

And as a bonus have a look at video trailer from the day by Richard Knight –

http://www.whitedressfilms.co.uk/blogfolio/marie-james/

I can highly recommend this videographer – Richard Knight – http://www.whitedressfilms.co.uk/ – never seen so professional wedding video man!