John and Caiti’s wedding held at bride’s mothers’ fabulous Milton Manor in Midlands, which is often opened to the general public. Three wedding photographers and one assistant needed to capture the ample decoration and shows. We started the work from Friday evening to Sunday noon. The setting was vast and beautiful, with many a water feature and hidden garden. Caiti was getting ready in the house and we took shots to show the details of the home, like it was inviting you inside the front door, then on to see the little details that make up for the bridal preparation.
The Bridal preparation came next, which was wonderful to shoot in such a dramatic setting with lots of black, creating a contrast against the bride and bridesmaids. Mirrors are always great to capture images through. They are romantic and you can shoot hard to get angles. I loved taking the portraits of beautiful Caiti with her wonderful mother Elizabeth as well as her joyful father and you could see the real emotion captured between them.
Meanwhile whilst the bridal preparation was going on, one of our three shooters went to John’s house who was busy getting ready with his groomsmen. John was a great character – lighthearted and fun going. We loved capturing this in his shots with him and his bright family and groomsmen. You could really see his personality through the camera lens.
The wedding procession was captured from start to end. Starting from the outdoor landscape, through to close ups on the camera of family and friends. At the church of St Andrew in Weston Park, we took lots of images of the couple from different angles to showcase the emotion between them.
The next series focussed on John and Caiti as a married couple – back at Milton Manor. Inside the house I chose the use of the mirror again, also some gorgeous shots of Caiti between the old doors. The garden was a spectacular backdrop for some shots of the newlyweds and we then snapped them coming in with a traditional British marching band! The band marched the couple down to the stunningly dressed marquee for the wedding reception. There was just so much beauty and over 200 guests.
Thanks to Andy Williams from Essential Couture the decoration of the reception was outstanding and there was a theme of mirrors carried throughout.
It was a wonderful extravagant wedding, which had many different entertainers throughout the eve. We captured each of these together, along with the expressions of Caiti and John and the loving moments between them, including the humorous speeches, the cutting of the cake, the first dance and the fabulous party. The fireworks were also spectacular and that is a performance I will never forget.
The last series were shoot the day after at the breakfast. It was far more casual and relaxed, so I wanted to recreate this vibe through the images. We set up a few still life shots too, to frame the end!
I would like to wish Caiti and John all the best for their future together.