Martin & Michelle
[This is a wedding I shot with a friend of mine, Brian from Gold Tree Photography. He works in partnership with another friend, and due to being away on holiday, I was called in to help cover the event.]
To kick the whole thing off, me and Brian met with Martin and Michelle at the picturesque Chine Hotel, as an initial meet and greet and an opportunity for the couple to get to know how we were going to photograph their wedding. The hotel itself is hidden in the corner of a back road, with a modest frontage that gives nothing away. However, step inside the hotel and you are met with stunning rooms, excellent décor and an incredible view. The hotel backs onto the cliff of Boscombe beach, with it’s gardens cascading down to a private entrance to the beach. It really is a hidden gem, and the perfect venue for this wedding.
The day of wedding soon came around, and the weather looked like it was going to defeat us. The plan was always to have an outside ceremony, however the morning rain wasn’t giving us much hope. I kicked my day off by heading round to Martin’s flat, where the grooms-men were all getting ready. As you can see, I was pretty much in awe with their cuff links! I spent an hour shooting here before making a head start to beat the guests to the hotel.
Some simple shots of the rooms all set up (before anyone had the chance to destroy them!) and an opportunity to capture some of the guests arriving was short lived.
The weather had begun to ease off at this point, and the chairs were all laid out ready in the main garden. A quick pep talk with Brian was all that was needed before we heading down to the garden to assume our positions.
After the ceremony we spent a short amount of time capturing some of the main group photos, as well as some candids of the guests. With this done and dusted we stole the newly-weds and took the short walk down to the beach to capture some great couple photos. We were met with a lot of crowds and onlookers all keen to enjoy the couple’s big day.
Back up to the hotel and the meals and speeches were the next port of call. A fantastic selection of words were spoken by all, with some particularly funny best men speeches that lifted everyone’s spirits.
With some time to spare before the evenings festivities, we encouraged Martin and Michelle to come with us to another location for a very quick sunset shoot. We took them onto Boscombe Pier for a simple but stunning photo shoot.
With all of the formal stuff out of the way, it was time for the party to kick off. At this point me and Brian did everything we could to melt into the background, photographing the party and trying to stay clear of the dance floor!
As you can see this really was a fantastic wedding, and we had a lot of fun shooting it.