Bristol Zoo Wedding Photographer. Michael & Rachael

October 26th, 2010

A lit­tle while ago, I received a phone call from a lady with an incred­i­ble voice. Hints of Eng­lish, Irish, Ital­ian and French.
The lady was a cer­tain Anna Debene­dic­tis, a wed­ding, child and por­trait pho­tog­ra­ph­er now based in Ireland
The good news was that she was due to give birth any day soon, the bad news was that she was due to cov­er Michael and Rachael’s wed­ding but knew that there was a risk she could pop on their wed­ding day.
Cue the Mighty Mouse theme song!

So I met up with Michael and Rachael, had an engage­ment shoot with them, and a lit­tle while lat­er I shot their wed­ding at the amaz­ing Bris­tol Zoo.
By the way, you can view their engage­ment pic­tures a lit­tle later…
The zoo was an incred­i­ble place for Michael and Rachael to have their wed­ding. So many oppor­tu­ni­ties for amaz­ing pic­tures as I’m sure you can imagine.
With it being Eng­land, it rained of course and with me only shoot­ing for a cou­ple of hours we were a lit­tle rushed, but we still had a great time.
It turned out to be a real­ly inti­mate day that was all about family.
I would of love to of stayed around for longer as as usu­al, I was in my element.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Michael and Rachael, you were an absolute pleasure.
Enjoy the pictures!

  1. Julie Batterham October 26th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Sim­ply beautiful !!

  2. Mark October 27th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    You are such a great pho­tog­ra­ph­er Joseph! You can tell that M & R are so relaxed in front of the cam­era. The shot in front of the bam­boo is a real stand­out image for me. Fan­tas­tic work.

  3. Alexander Gardner October 27th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Won­der­ful! Rachael look­ing back at you before her walk down the isle is just all sorts of cool. :)

  4. Phill October 27th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Just a cou­ple of hours? You’ve told a time­less sto­ry. Fan­tas­tic work as ever Joseph, with image after image that speaks so clear­ly on its own.

  5. Mark Kalkwarf October 27th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Some fan­tas­tic images here. Love the black and white shot of the B&G rest­ing their heads against one anoth­er. Light­ing and mood is amaz­ing, very well done.

  6. Neale James October 27th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Well, some mutu­al appre­ci­a­tion here Joseph! Love it. That black and white with the trees behind, the por­trait, SUPERB!

  7. Ryan Brenizer October 27th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    What a love­ly smile. Great job, I par­tic­u­lar­ly love the sequence of her breath­ing deeply. Fraught with antic­i­pa­tion, cap­tures the feel­ing of the moment.

  8. Jason Lloyd October 27th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Well, you man­aged to cram an awful lot of good work in to a cou­ple of hours!! I’d love to cov­er a wed­ding at Chester Zoo — maybe next year!

  9. Becca October 27th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    My favorites are the two of her tak­ing the deep breath in and then exhal­ing. I get but­ter­flies in my stom­ach for her because I know that exact moment and it’s amazing.

    The one of her in the bam­boo leaves is also stunning :)

  10. darko October 27th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Beau­ti­ful set. The por­trait of the bride in the Bam­boo is stunning.

  11. Nick Key October 27th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    the shot of her in front of the bam­boo is stunning!

  12. Tall October 27th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    A tru­ly hand­some cou­ple. Great job incor­po­rat­ing cool details from the day/location into the set. Real­ly good com­po­si­tions here!

  13. Heather Parker October 27th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I love your clean crisp detail shots rich with color.

  14. Nessa K October 27th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This entire wed­ding is beau­ti­ful, but hands down, the pho­to of the bride stand­ing in front of the bam­boo belongs in a mag­a­zine. Real­ly gor­geous work. =)

  15. Magan Blasig October 27th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I com­plete­ly agree with Nes­sa. Gor­geous wed­ding, and love that bam­boo shot!! Gorgeous!!

  16. Brad Ross Photography October 28th, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Great emo­tion and beau­ty in all these pho­tos. Stun­ning work.

  17. Albert Palmer October 28th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I love the one of the bride look­ing back at you — just perfect!

  18. Heather K November 1st, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I love the black and white of her look­ing back at you, about to enter the cer­e­mo­ny. Awe­some shot!

  19. Martins Kikulis November 3rd, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Clifton ZOO seems like a per­fect place to have a wed­ding! Nice­ly done! :)

  20. Lisa M November 7th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Amaz­ing pho­tos, love the one of the bride in the bam­boo! Where did she get the gor­grous bolero?!?

  21. Claire November 8th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Fan­tas­tic! I’ve missed your blog over the last cou­ple of months… time to catch up. Love the mir­ror, the bam­boo and all the faces — and yay for Mighty Mouse while we’re at it. Nice one!

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