Liz and Matt | Our wedding day | Deene Park | 3rd September 2016
Now here is a wedding venue that doesn’t pop up very often, Deene Park near Corby, where I was privileged to photograph only their second wedding in its history! However, my challenge was the torrential rain that dominated the day. I do get asked from time to time what I would do if it rained on a wedding day. My answer is simply look at the photos I have put together for this wedding, but my advice is to be creative and exceed the limits. With this in mind, you do need a bride and groom that are prepared for a little exposure to the elements.
Liz and Matt met on a dating site three years ago and wanted a dream wedding at Deene Park. They found me using google and discovered that we were only 4 minutes drive from each other. With all home visits or one-to-ones, I presented them with a mini intimate wedding exhibition of my work at their home in Peterborough. Matt commented on the sharpness of my work and Liz loved my creative side. The next stage was to meet them for a recce and an inspirational day at the venue. We met the wedding coordinator, Tina, who showed us around the main sections of the venue; the ceremony room, the great hall and the bridal room. I designed a bride and groom shoot for them but on the day of the wedding it rained very heavily. So using my car as a shelter to shoot through, lots of umbrellas and relying on my EM1’s water resistance, I got rather creative in the elements. Never before had I carried out a confetti shot in the rain but with the help of a chap called Mark (who wore an awesome hat) holding an umbrella keeping me dry-ish, I was able to carry out the confetti shot. I used the very reliable Abarth to shoot from inside the car for shoots needing the telescopic lenses. I had to come up with something special for Liz and Matt, this was their wedding day and the rain was part of it. Photography inside the simply wouldn’t do. So I had to work out a clever solution for a photoshoot outside which included the bridge, the courtyard and the gardens whilst keeping dry. Getting wet isn’t the problem, it is the build up of condensation on the lens from changes in temperature between hands and lens.
I have to admit this wedding was an amazing challenge and experience. I created some very unique and blistering shots of Liz and Matt in the rain. With precise camera settings and any form of shelter, the rain wasn’t too visible but I have to admire Liz and Matt’s fearlessness of the rain.
Highly recommend nikos! Great, fun guy who is very friendly and professional. A great eye for photography and creativity. Despite rain all day at our wedding he has developed some gorgeous photos (and I havent even seen them all yet!) Thanks Nikos, cant wait to see all pictures soon. – Liz Dennis