Just before Christmas last year I had the pleasure of photographing Jennifer and Darren's wedding at Northcote Manor in North Devon. A lovely private manor secluded in the countryside with some great views all around. Having visited Northcote a few weeks previously, to get an idea of what was available, I felt happy with the venue situation. I will always research a venue beforehand, even if it is from online sources, to help prepare for the day. Although you always need to adapt, it helps to mentally prepare for camera settings and therefore the style of shots you may produce.
The day itself was great. A lovely ceremony followed by a lively reception. My first face to face conversations with Jennifer and Darren happened on the day itself, with all previous correspondence being via calls and emails. This lends itself to feeling a bit apprehensive, hoping that everyone likes your way of working. But everyone was very accommodating and friendly, allowing me to get the angles and set up I needed.
In regards to style, the majority of the ceremony photos ended up being back and white. There are two main reasons for this. Light and style. The venue, attire and atmosphere of the day I think lends to black and white photos. But also light was a big influence. The ceremony took place in a square room with one main window as a light source. Because of the space available I spent most of the ceremony at the back, as to not interfere too much with proceedings. Shooting into the main window with little other light does not provide flattering light or colours on people, black and white turns that into a positive effect.