Wedding! Chris and Victoria at Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire.

March 22nd, 2010


You would­n’t believe how des­per­ate I’ve been to shoot my first wed­ding of the year.
The fact that it hap­pened to be Chris and Vic­to­ri­a’s made that desire even more sweet.
I was so ner­vous, which isn’t any­thing too dif­fer­ent, but when it’s been about 3 months since your last wed­ding, you start to lose touch!
I met up with Chris and Vic­to­ria back in Sep­tem­ber if you remem­ber… (remem­ber when that big ball of fire was in the sky?!)Blog-1
We met up for a pho­to­shoot which, in case you had­n’t noticed, I go on and on about, is thee best way to get to know your photographer.
We had so much fun tak­ing pic­tures at Ash­ton Court in Bristol.

As the shoot went on, I real­ly grew to love Chris’s “sense of humor”
Chris is clear­ly a very intel­li­gent man and also very quick wit­ted, which I loved!
Vic­to­ria loves him so much, and you can see this by their wed­ding pictures.

I love how Vic­to­ria scrunch­es her nose up when she laughs at what Chris is saying.
So I hope that;
1) Chris nev­er stops mak­ing Vic­to­ria laugh,
2) Vic­to­ria nev­er stops doing that nose thing.

Onto the wedding!
As I men­tioned in the teas­er, Vic­to­ria got ready at her par­ents house with her mum Chris­tine, her dad Bob, Brides­maids Sum­mer and Jen­nifer along with uber-cute flower girls Mol­ly and Amelia.
The hair­dress­er and I both agreed that this was one of the calmest pre-wed­ding hous­es we’ve worked at!
A lit­tle too calm if any­thing! (per­haps it was the Bar­ry White that was playing?)
We were made very wel­come though. Thank you.
(If any­one knows the full name of the hair­dress­er, I’ll link to her here, thanks.)
Let’s see some pictures!

Vic­to­ria rocked a pair of Jim­my Choo’s.
Appar­ent­ly, girls like his shoes!
(also, after you’ve got mar­ried in them, Mr Choo will dye them black! There’s a pop-fact for you right there!) 
Clear­ly a very pop­u­lar cou­ple! Wed­ding Accep­tance cards everywhere!
Mol­ly was a lit­tle shy but she was good as gold!
Vic­to­ria and her mum!
Start ’em young!

And here’s Amelia. By the end of the day, Mol­ly and Amelia were best friends.
Vic­to­ria is a real trend­set­ter, but I did encour­age her to wear the wed­ding dress that she had bought, rather than the Ugg-slip­pers and dress­ing gown.

Bob was so proud of Chris­tine, his wife.
A spe­cial moment as Mum helps daugh­ter with her wed­ding dress.
And her grand­moth­ers bracelet…
Anoth­er spe­cial moment. After Chris­tine helps Vic­to­ria get ready, Her dad sees her for the first time in a wed­ding dress. Love­ly stuff!
Mol­ly and Amelia FTW
Noth­ing to say here.


And Jen­nifer. Great Brides­maids. Real­ly Great.

And here’s Chris and Craig wait­ing patient­ly for Vic­to­ria. Let me know if you get bored of see­ing pre­vi­ous brides and grooms on my blog!
An epicly beau­ti­ful Roller with an epic sky.

Here comes the bride!

I always love tak­ing pic­tures of peo­ple using their cam­eras. I’m not sure if this fin­ger and order of ser­vice image sta­bilis­er tech­nique works, but I’ll cer­tain­ly give it a shot at my next wedding.

Such proud parents.
We’ve got a sim­i­lar padded ceil­ing in our Rolls Royce too.
I love the lines in this picture!

As close as possible.
I can’t get enough of this pic­ture. It’s a style that I don’t usu­al­ly work in, but I was so hap­py with it.
I’m sure you’ll all agree that Vic­to­ria looks incred­i­ble here.

The boys, keep­ing it simple.
For a 700 year old build­ing, Sam­les­bury Hall was look­ing pret­ty good, I’m sure you’ll agree!
Chester! Anoth­er famil­iar face. 
Michael did a grand job of wel­com­ing in the top table.
The same thing was done at Matt and Yvon­ne’s wed­ding last year; each per­son or cou­ple sat on the top table were intro­duced to the guests by means of a 2‑or-so minute speech about them, usu­al­ly pret­ty cheeky but loads of fun. I’m not sure if oth­er cou­ples have been doing this at their wed­dings but I high­ly rec­om­mend it.
I always like the mas­ter of cer­e­monys, but this is some­thing a lit­tle more per­son­al. Well done Michael!
I real­ly love this shot of Craig with his mum, Chris’s Mum and Mat­t’s Dad (I think).
Blue steel!!

That was nice was­n’t it?

Thank you so much Chris and Vic­to­ria for ask­ing me to be your photographer.
With­out get­ting sop­py, I love this job so much and cou­ples like you (and guests like yours) make it feel like I’m not work­ing at all.

For the pho­tog­ra­phers reading;
I used almost entire­ly prime lens­es and flash for just 10 of these pic­tures. I shot on a cropped sen­sor body.
And remem­ber those busi­ness cards? I had 100 print­ed up.
They all went.
I gave out very few per­son­al­ly, they were just passed from table to table with­out me even real­is­ing it most of the time. Seemed to be a great talk­ing point!

Thank you to Tim­o­thy Armes who helped my blog this week.

  1. Cliff March 22nd, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Amaz­ing wed­ding. You cap­tured so many key moments in unique and fun ways. Great job.

  2. Alen Abdula March 22nd, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I think you did a amaz­ing job! Love the BW images!

  3. Laura March 22nd, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Well done! You have some fab­u­lous shots in there.

  4. Kevin Mullins March 22nd, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Qual­i­ty work Joseph. I love the con­ver­sions and com­po­si­tion in some of these shots. Real­ly nice work.

  5. christine medley March 22nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm


    The pic­tures are amaz­ing, I have tears run­ning down my face!

    We have had such love­ly thank you cards from our guests express­ing how much they enjoyed the wedding.

    Thank you so much. Christine

  6. Bob Medley March 22nd, 2010 at 7:16 pm


    These pic­tures are tru­ly fan­tas­tic and so natural. 

    You have man­aged to add the final touch to what was a won­der­ful day.

    Can not wait to see the album

    Cheers mate


  7. shipra March 22nd, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    If this is a taste of your first 2010 wed­ding, then I think you’re off to an amaz­ing start!

  8. Catherinee March 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    The pho­tos are love­ly and make me feel like I was there (even though I was­n’t!) Thanks for putting so much feel­ing into them. Could you email me the pho­tos of me, Chris and Vic too when they are ready?
    Thx Cather­ine (Chris’s sister)

  9. Chris & Victoria Bickle March 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Greet­ings Joseph from sun­ny Cos­ta Rica!
    We were wait­ing with such excite­ment for the pho­tos and are ecsta­t­ic the results. We are also feel­ing emo­tion­al about these, per­haps its the cock­tails too!
    These are just per­fect, we are so pleased to have worked with you and hope to see you at future wed­dings; we will defi­nate­ly rec­om­mend your ser­vices. Thank you all for the love­ly comments.
    Chris & Vic

  10. wedding photographer in cheshire March 23rd, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Good Work mate! Keep it up!

  11. Janie and Martin Sherbourne March 23rd, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Tru­ly amaz­ing pho­tos for a tru­ly amaz­ing wed­ding ! Con­grat­u­la­tions to the pho­tog­ra­ph­er and the Bride and Groom xxx

  12. Hannah March 23rd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    What gor­geous work, Joseph! You are a won­der­ful pho­tog­ra­ph­er and your way of han­dling black and white is just stunning. 

    Thank you for the love­ly com­ment on my blog, I have added you as ‘one to watch’ on my Read­er. Beau­ti­ful work!

  13. Timothy E Kaldas March 23rd, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Joseph this col­lec­tion of images is fan­tas­tic. I love the way you work with the light­ing in these shots and depend almost exclu­sive­ly on nat­ur­al light. The work is absolute­ly stun­ning. You’re a bril­liant sto­ry­teller and I also like how vir­tu­al­ly all the images are black and white.

  14. Sue March 23rd, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    hi joseph
    first wed­ding of the year and you are already a pro.
    keep­ing it fresh and in your own style..just great.
    have a good year x x

  15. linden March 23rd, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Best ever ..great com­bi­na­tion of funky and classic!So glad we got you start­ed, way back in Feb 08! You deserve the acco­lades! Linden

  16. linden March 23rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Sorry…Feb 09! Time goes so fast!! Linden

  17. Joseph March 23rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you Lin­den, it was nice to see you…again!

  18. Phill March 23rd, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I feel your pain and frus­tra­tion on the inter-sea­son break Joseph but all that pent up ener­gy has fuelled what I think is your best work yet (and it was already look­ing fan­tas­tic last year!)

  19. Magan Blasig March 23rd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Real­ly awe­some! I love that you share so many pho­tos on your blog — I could real­ly get a feel for your style and saw that you con­nect so well with EVERY­one at the wed­ding. Your work is great!

  20. Jenny Holt March 23rd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Joseph, I love the pho­tos and thank you for being so patient with me on the close up!!! Mol­ly loves the pho­tos of her­self too. Vic looks amaz­ing. She’s like a bride on the cov­er of a bridal magazine!

    Best regards,
    Jen­ny Holt

  21. Kelly Woodward March 24th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    What a fab­u­lous Day and what gor­geous pho­tos, Chris and Vic you look amaz­ing. What a great job.


  22. barbara & geremy March 24th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    sim­ply a bril­liant day for a beau­ti­ful cou­ple, and the pho­tos reflect it per­fect­ly. job well done

  23. jenny hula March 25th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Good morn­ing, It’s a rare find for a nice blog like this. I enjoyed it. Kudos to you. Have a nice day!

  24. Jon March 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Skills bud­dy!

  25. Linda Appleby March 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Joseph. Absolute­ly gor­geous pho­tos. Have seen your work before, but when it is your son’s wed­ding it is all the more spe­cial. Loved them and look for­ward to see­ing more!! Every­one who has seen thinks they are fab — many thanks.

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