Arriving to an Abbey is always an awesome feeling! I love buildings that have a bit of history, and this one wasn’t short of that. A previous Monastery, we were surrounded by stone walls, arched windows, stained glass and beautiful ruins in the grounds, what a beautiful backdrop for a wedding.
Having spoken to Charlie before the day, I knew that they were both very keen for full documentary images of their day, keeping staged family shots to a minimum. I love when couples say this! My whole style is un-posed anyway, and I usually try and limit my brides to a maximum of 10 group formal images (even though I’d preferably bring that down to half that, or even lower!) Even though this was their wish, it is always a mini dilemma for me on the day when family members come up to me and ask for a group photo – when I’ve been asked specifically not to take them! Needless to say, I often take the shot, and then it doesn’t make the cut (sorry!)
These guys were fabulous in getting the minimal formal shots done very quickly. I kept them as un-posed as possible, getting natural laughs instead of military standing shots. It was great to then wander through their guests capturing the natural laughs and jokes. When I said my goodbyes, the couple even mentioned that their guests forgot I was there - fantastic! That is always my ultimate aim, and I find it such a compliment (perhaps my green top blending into the foliage helped too! )
It was a gorgeously relaxed day, and such a unique venue; it was a pleasure to capture Charlie and David’s day. I hope they had the wedding they were hoping for, and hope they enjoy looking back through all their moments!