What better way to brighten the dull February days than happy sunflowers! This lovely wedding at Explosion Museum featured these colourful blooms in abundance - the yellow petals perfect against the navy blue of the bridesmaids' dresses and Royal Navy uniforms. Kitty loves them so much, she even ordered white dressing gowns with a sunflower motif for herself and her four bridesmaids to wear on her wedding morning!
The ideal venue for Kitty and Jonny's Royal Navy Wedding, Explosion Museum is a museum of naval warfare set in historical 18th century buildings in Hampshire. I was excited to be photographing in such an interesting venue, but my job that day wasn't without its challenges; no natural light penetrates the heart of the vaulted red-brick structure, which was formerly a Gunpowder Storage Magazine. I rarely use anything other than natural light during marriage ceremonies, preferring to remain unobtrusive, and anyway, professional cameras are more than capable of coping in even the darkest of churches, providing you know how to use them. But on this occasion, with my ISO maxed out (in photographer speak), I was glad when the officiating officer made a point of telling me that flash would be welcomed. Even so, I was careful to avoid killing the very special atmosphere inside the Grand Magazine, using subtle additional lighting - just enough to keep skin tones clean and attractive.
Those magnificent vaulted ceilings looking amazing lit by disco-lights too, and made for one of the most attractive dance floors I've had the pleasure to photograph. But I kept one eye on the setting sun - waiting until just the right moment to coax Kitty and Jonny away from their guests. Not that they needed persuading - the light and the setting were perfect for their couple photos and after spending time with them on their engagement shoot, they trusted my judgement and knew I would photograph them naturally and at ease. Truly the perfect end to a wonderful day.
Usually, I try to meet up in person to deliver wedding photos - I love to present my clients their personalised USB, and to see their reaction to my slideshow. Sadly that simply wasn't possible for Kitty and Jonny, as they'd moved to Cornwall shortly after the wedding. But I did receive the most wonderful note thanking me and with a very lovely review for me to display on my website:
We first met Jenny at a wedding fair, when we were really struggling to find a photographer for our wedding. We wanted one that wasn’t intrusive or took the typical overly posed wedding shots. From the first moment we met Jenny she made us feel completely at ease, helped us in the lead up to the wedding and was quick to answer any questions. On the day of the wedding Jenny was unobtrusive, blending in amongst the guests and capturing people really enjoying themselves in a natural way, as well as taking all the group shots of guests perfectly, which was exactly what we wanted.
When we received our photos we were both completely over the moon at how well Jenny had captured our wedding day, and hadn’t even realised that some of them were even being taken, which made them all the more natural. All the photos were beautiful and all natural shoots. Jenny had completely out done herself. I would highly recommend Jenny to anyone with an upcoming wedding, and choosing her was definitely one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. If we had to use one word to describe our wedding photos it would be ‘Magical.”. Thank you sooooooo much Jenny!!
Lots of Love, Kitty and Jonny
I'm very much looking forward to returning to Explosion Museum in July for Megan and Lee's Royal Navy wedding. And if you're reading this because you're getting married there too? Please get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!