It was only my second time shooting a wedding on Exmoor, the first being over two years ago when I was first starting out in Wedding Photography. It wasn’t a normal wedding routine for me, it was a fairly late booking by the friends of the Bride, and one particular friend who used to be a Wedding Co-ordinator at a venue in Cornwall I attended last year. The wedding itself took place almost entirely, with the exemption of the Groom prep, at Little Quarme Cottages on Exmoor, Somerset, just over the border from Devon and about 30 minutes North of Tiverton through some beautiful countryside.
It was very unusual for me to turn up at the venue in the morning having not even met the Bride & Groom, and although I was a little concerned the lack of relationship could create a few issues, I was proven wrong and within a few minutes of my arrival and with a bit of distance shooting we all had a brilliant morning, ceremony and evening. The whole affair at Little Quarme Cottages was fairly intimate and was certainly very relaxed, informal, and the vast majority of my pics for the couple reflect that. Probably one of the most if not the most pure ‘Documentary Wedding’ I have shot – we literally spent about 3 minutes from the whole day doing two ‘posed’ pics, a little less than my normal 10-15 minutes or so split up into two or three 5 minute windows.
Little Quarme is a lovely little venue hidden away with what has the potential, and what was proven to be a great outdoor ceremony spot overlooking the countryside. After the ceremony and wedding breakfast the day was topped off with some great singing from a friend of the bride and groom and then a rather interestingly funny bunch of guys called the Village Disco.
From a photographic, style and processing point of view, I am starting to get interested in a lot more traditional film, even shooting more film, not particularly at weddings yet, but none the less taking aspects of what film does well and replicated a feel of film in some of my wedding pics. You may notice this in a few of the pics I have included below, more so in black and white at the moment.
Finally my congratulations and best wishes to the couple for not only their marriage, but their soon to be new addition to the family. Here are a small selection of the 400+ pics that the Brdie & Groom with receive.
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