Kari and Josh | Our wedding day | Greetham Valley | 26th August 2017

 

 

Set in the picturesque distrust of Rutland, Greetham Valley hotel is an absolute gem of a venue. It is a hotel and golf complex that combines majestic views, lakes and artistic overloads create spectacular wedding day photography. I carried out a combined recce weeks before the wedding day at Greetham and Normanton church, as they were both close by. I couldn’t help falling in love with the beautiful villages surrounding this area such as Exton. Take in all you can from a recce, absorb and draw in all you can visually and physically. This wedding is where I stepped up a notch in my photography and learned new tricks…

Creating the magic with the make up was my partner in crime Feroza, at Feroza’s Hair and Make Up Artistry. Our bride Kari, has that natural beauty which reminds me of Arwen, from Lord of the rings. So when applied with the sublime work of Feroza, one is simply speechless. No one does make up like Feroza and this is why I always recommend her. Hair was stylised by Peteborough’s Emma Woods, from Serenity Loves. While the make up and hair was in mid flow, I took the divine wedding dress (Private label by G), with the help of Kari’s daughter, Scarlett, to a perfect location to show it off. Once I was happy with the shot, I took the bouquet and the bride’s shoes to a secret location for that perfect shot. However, this came at a price…I fell in the lake! So please admire the photo and framing of the shot with the bouquet and shoes as the shot had to be taken in the lake.
With plenty of time to spare, Kari was ready and relaxed. There was only one thing to do, a relaxed Bride only shoot. We went out onto the complex where she couldn’t be spotted by her groom, Josh. This is moment I refined new tricks. I had to time to experiment and learn all I needed to know about the rules of f/11 and the veil. F/11 I hear you say? Don’t worry, it is an aperture setting that I wanted to experiment with and while having oodles of time before the ceremony, I was able to broaden my horizons, literally.
After the lovely ceremony, a golf buggy awaited us. Now although I mentioned a recce, this buggy had plans to take us to a secret location, not part of my recce and on unknown ground. However the scenery was spectacular and was situated at the salmon lakes of Greetham Valley. On arrival, I asked for just 60 seconds to create a plan. spontaneity is a trait, but to create from spontaneity is a natural skill.
The grand finale for this wedding was a confetti canon for Kari and Josh’s first dance. My camera has a target focus which locks the focus on a subject.  So I used my 12mm super sharp lens and manually focused on the couple and locked them as my target.  Then it was a case of being trigger happy at the right moment. And that I did. This was wedding 2 of 3 back-to-back and my next stop to finish the week took me to Shropshire, to the Iron Bridge and Shifnal…