Sam & Phil's Wedding - 12th September 2015


The day before this wedding, I returned from a well earned break in Yorkshire and was itching to get back to shooting! Luckily I didn't have to travel too far to this one, as Sam & Phil are very local to me and were getting married just down the road from where I live at the Gatwick Manor in Crawley! 

A few years ago, before I moved to this area, I shot a previous wedding here too though this time we were in a much bigger room. The Gatwick Manor is a very pretty collection of barns (with a few modern additions), sat next to the busy A23 road though you would never know it as a line of trees cancels out all noise.

Within the room that Sam & Phil were getting married in, sadly there was not much light and a very high ceiling making bounce flash quite difficult. I decided to risk using 2400 ISO on my main camera (fitted with 18-200mm 3.5 lens) and 800 ISO using my 5D with 1.8 50mm prime, using flash only occasionally to supplement when the telephoto lens was zoomed in on someone. This actually worked quite well, though obviously the images needed some work in camera raw to see off any noise. I was quite pleased with the freedom of movement offered to me as well by the registrars, as this meant I could stand directly behind them and was able to capture the happy couple exchanging vows at the same time as their entire sizeable congregation reacting to them! 

As usual, one of my favourite parts of the wedding was photographing the dancing at the reception! Loads of guests got involved, and saw to it that the party was made great. Another highlight was the earlier couple's shoot in the Manor's grounds. I was lucky enough to have perfect sunlight around the 'golden' hour which I feel really added to the ambiance of the family themed shoot. 

Below are a few of my favourite examples from the wedding: