Kenilworth Castle is a magnificent backdrop to Rayner and Emma’s pre-wedding photoshoot; with their interests in history and Renaissance Art it was the perfect place.
There was no shortage of photo ideas. With a fantastic location we decided to go with the flow, making the most of the weathered and textured stonework, the confined rooms, the open grounds, the remains of a tower and the stunning views from the castle.
A real mixture of photos. I think of Renaissance Art as very solemn affair although very beautiful and skilled. When Emma told me they both liked this period in Art History I decided to use more natural areas around the castle. An outer castle wall covered in creeping ivy was a good backdrop as was an impressive upturned root with gnarled branches in the castle grounds and a pair of grand oak doors. Emma brought along a pair of lovely sparkly red shoes to wear. I wanted to include these as much as possible in the shoot and dancing came to mind in the ruins of a turret creating fun action shots. A present from Valentines Day they gave a flash of colour to the cold February day.
Like most couples I meet Rayner and Emma were not keen on having their photos taken, however there is always a turning point in a couple shoot and after the first few shots both Rayner and Emma were both enjoying themselves (I hope!) and thats when the best shots start happening.
This was the longest and the most shots I have taken to date on a couple shoot, about 70 edited in all. I think all three of us had so many ideas and there was so much scope to try things out, I just kept snapping!
A relaxed wedding morning celebration at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry.
Coombe Abbey is a large impressive former monastery and as such is a fantastic wedding venue. Dark gothic interiors, contrast with the open expanse of uniform gardens and an impressive lake while the Abbey exterior serves as an amazing backdrop.
An early start. Preparations were in full swing by 6.30am, tea and pastries were served from 9am for the guests and the ceremony started at 10am, afterwards it was cupcakes and drinks on the terrace, by 12.30 Mr and Mrs Bertram were off on their honeymoon.
A black and white colour theme, the bridesmaids wore black dresses with white rose bouquets, while Jess wore an impressive wedding dress by Mori Lee http://www.morilee.co.uk complemented with a bouquet of black roses. Stunning!
The wedding was a real joy to photograph, there was so many opportunities for great composed photographs and the weather and light were fantastic. Jess and Chris were evidently happy and smiled throughout the morning, making my role as photographer so easy and enjoyable and I hope this shows in the photographs.
A sunny and bright day the weather was perfect for lots of posed and natural shots outside in the manor grounds all through the day until dusk. It was a relaxed and special day.
So we’ve seen them! (the wedding gallery) I just can’t put into words how fantastic we think they are! The detail is unbelievable so many memories I could have forgot but all documented forever. I have already spent hours looking at the photos and we will spend many more. We couldn’t ask for anything else. Just thinking about it makes me emotional!! So what can I say but a massive Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!