DANCE MY PUPPETS
I'm not gonna lie I have been so excited to get back to the amazing Eden, at Broughton Hall, Broughton Hall Estate after shooting an fab wedding there a couple of years back. I was actually beginning to think that my memories of this astounding place might be viewed through slightly rose tinted glasses. "Was it really that frickin awesome?" Well the short answer is HELLS YEAH! but what really made it special was sharing an unparalleled day with the beautiful Jeni & dashing (no I have never said that word in my life) Adam. That's right I was at Eden with Adam but Eve has been replaced by the red haired vision that is Jeni. I've heard Eve is now on the dole & spends her days buying Derelea dunkers in Shipley Asda.
Soooo let me begin by saying. LOOK! JUST LOOK! The owners of this estate have so much bloody taste. Everything is white & everything that isn't white is a primary colour. this pleases my brain more than I can even tell you. So of course I had to take advantage of such a magnetic interior by positioning the Bride & Groom in awkward & amusing spots like in between book shelves, beneath paintings & anywhere else I could match up this pleasing symmetry. Can you tell I'm excited? WELL I AM!
After spending the morning with Jeni & her 10 Bridesmaids for all that getting ready stuff. Yes you heard that right 10 Bridesmaids. I've actually heard that if I had put my camera down long enough. Jeni would have had me holding a bouquet, cracking on a polkadot dress & becoming number 11. but of course I wouldn't want to overshadow the other ladies. & 10 is a good symmetrical number only matched by the 10. Yes 10 again groomsmen wahoo! When adventuring with this lovely lot around the Dales for a few portraits I should have rented a mini bus.
Right after all the girls were ready it was ceremony time. & there in the most gorgeous room the happy couple spoke their vows in front of those that matter most. Culminating with everyone singing The Beatles Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da performed by the amazing Rock My Reception. Wow these guys can play! From beginning to end this acoustic duo had the wedding bouncing. It's a wonder their hands haven't fallen off!
The rest of Jeni & Adam's day was centred around the awesome teepee from PapaKåta!. Surrounded by lawn games including a coconut shy where the bristly fruits were adorned with the happy couples smiling faces. It seemed every last details was made by Jeni's mum too. HOW MANY POM POMS!?
After some awesome food & plenty of groups pics me, Jeni & Adam headed off for a wander around the stunning grounds of Broughton. Once again I was totally caught off guard by Jeni's willingness to chuck herself in between any tree, inside any bush with a smile. So much so that by the end I was convincing these guys to follow peacocks, rub their faces on Apple Trees & all sorts. DANCE MY PUPPETS!
When the final portraits were taken & the dancing began there was just one last sparkler laden photograph to be taken as I bid farewell to one of the greatest days I have ever been a part of.
Heres to these two.
SHUTTER GO... LOST & FOUND ~ JENI & ADAM
It's that awesome time of the week again when I'm strapping on my tin foil hat. Spinning around in a circle while making beeping noises & pretending I'm travelling back in time for this weeks lost & found. This time we are reliving five moments from one of my favourite weddings I have ever shot with the incredible Jeni & Adam for their day at Broughton Hall Estate, Skipton.
The first photograph was from during some early evening portrait time where me, Jeni & Adam got to walk around the incredible grounds of Broughton as the sun was just starting to ease below the horizon. Amidst the disused industrial backdrop I removed my lens hood to bring in that flare a lot of other photographers may try their hardest to avoid & click... There amidst the shadows & ageing wood love grows.
The second image is of the Bridesmaids on one of the many winding country paths leading to the venue. By laying on the floor & using the tilting LCD screen on the D750. It gave me a really cool low angle, I then sat the prism on the floor to reflect the passing grey clouds back into the frame.
The third image is one of this amazing couple on a wooden bridge amidst the many eclectic locations in & around the venue. I quite often use flowers in & around the location to add a little something to the frame. Literally by using these little pieces of my surroundings & holding them close to the lens I can add visual badassery & a sense of place to the moment.
The fourth is of Bride Jeni walking down the stairs for the first look with her dad. My favourite image from this set made it into the previews where the two share an emotional hug but this one came a close second. The widest lens I tend to use is 35 mm which often means I'm forced to make more creative compositional choices. I adore how there's so little within the frame yet as a viewer it is immediately apparent what the photograph portrays. That hand on the banister, the fathers expression & the sense of impending emotion that is about to unfold.
The fifth & final moment is one of Jeni & Adam during the ceremony as her Grandma watches on. Rather than planting my lens at the front of the aisle I like to move around for foreground interest. & often the best images are taken right from the back as family & freinds look on as the ceremony unfolds. The silhouette of her head & hat framing Jeni in the heat of the moment is just one of those special story telling moments that goes beyond simple recording of events.
So that's a wrap for another week guys. Until next time my little beauts.